Female, Mythology, Norse mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vorin

Vorin is a Norwegian female name, the Norwegian form of Vårin, which could be an elaborated form of Old Norse vár meaning "spring (season)" derived from a PIE root word. Vár also has several different meanings in Old Norse such as "truth", "woman (poetic)", and "solemn vow, oath". In Norse mythology, Vár is a goddess associated with oaths… Continue reading Vorin

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Emotion/Feelings, Female, Love/Beloved, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Venus

Venus is the Roman goddess of love and sex and the Roman counterpart of Aphrodite. In Roman mythology, she is also the mother of the Roman people through her son Aeneas, an important figure in Greco-Roman mythology, who survived the fall of Troy and fled, eventually settling down in what would become the Roman empire and the ancestor… Continue reading Venus

Battle/War, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vivaldi

Vivaldi is an Italian surname of uncertain meaning. It could be derived from Latin Vivaldus meaning "power in combat" or "strength in battle" made up from Old English wīġ (war, battle) via Proto-Germanic *wīgą (fight, battle) derived from a PIE root word; and walda (might, power, authority) also derived from a PIE root word. Vivaldi could also be related to Wigbald, a Germanic name… Continue reading Vivaldi

Female, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Veronique

Veronique is the anglicized form of Véronique, the French form of Veronica which is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped… Continue reading Veronique

Female, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Velma

Velma is an English female name of uncertain origin. It's been linked as a variant form of Wilma, originally used as a short form of Wilhelmina which is the feminine form of Wilhlem, the German cogante of William meaning "desiring protection" or "willfull protection" from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Vilma (Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, German, Swedish, Hungarian, Czech,… Continue reading Velma

Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Veracity

Veracity is an English word referring to something that is accurate and truthful. The origin of the word comes from Old French veracitie from Medieval Latin veracitas (truthfulness) via verax (truthful) from verus (true, real) derived from PIE root word *weh₁- (true). Nicknames: Vera, Vere Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Verity Vera   Male forms: Verus (Ancient Roman, Latin)  

Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Valentine

Valentine comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus which comes from Latin valens meaning "strong, healthy, vigorous" from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). It's a masculine name in Latin but it's the French feminine form of Valentinus. Valentine is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Valentina (Ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian,… Continue reading Valentine

Ancient Germanic, Female, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Vida

Vida is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning "life" as well as the Slovene feminine form of Vitus, a Roman name which derives from Latin vita (life) from Proto-Indo-European *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Vida could also be the Slovene feminine form of Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu "wood" or wid "wide". Vida… Continue reading Vida

Dutch, Female, Literature, Persian, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vanessa

Vanessa is a famous name created by the Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa (1713). He created it by taking the first three letters of his lover’s surname (Esther Vanhomrigh) and adding the pet form Essa. Vanhomrigh is a Dutch surname and van means “from”, referring to a habitational surname, while Esther either means… Continue reading Vanessa

Female, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Valerie

Valerie is the English, Czech, and German form of Valeria, the feminine form of Ancient Roman cognomen Valerius which comes from Latin valere meaning "to be healthy, strong" from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Valerie is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Val, Vally/Vallie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valérie (French, Czech) Valeria (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman) Valarie (English)… Continue reading Valerie

Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Valor

Valor comes from a word name meaning "value, worth" and also meaning "courage, bravery" which comes from Latin valor (value) via valere (to be strong, to be healthy, to be worth) from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Nicknames: Val Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Elves, Emotion/Feelings, English, Female, Gaelic, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, Mythological creatures, Nature, Nickname names, Old English, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Indo-Iranian, Sanskrit, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vina

Vina is an Indian and Indonesian female name meaning "lute" which comes from the Sanskrit word veena, which is also a word for the Indian stringed musical instrument. It derives from Proto-Indo-Iranian *wī́nā (lute). Vina is also a short form of names such as Davina (a feminine form of David meaning "beloved" from Hebrew), Alvina (a feminine form of Alvin meaning either… Continue reading Vina

Albanian, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vera

Vera is a Russian female name meaning "faith" which comes from Proto-Slavic *vě̀ra (faith, belief) derived from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁- (true), though it's also been associated with Latin verus meaning "true, truthful, real", also derived from the same Proto-Indo-European source. Vera is also an Albanian female name derived from verë meaning "summer". Vera is also a Spanish surname meaning "shore, riverbank; side", a place name… Continue reading Vera

Female, Late Roman, Latin, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Viatrix

Viatrix is the feminine form of Late Latin Viator which means "voyager, traveler" in Latin, so Viatrix means "female traveler/voyager". The name was later changed to Beatrix to make it resemble Latin beatus (blessed). Nicknames: Via, Trix, Trixie Origin: Late Latin Variants: Beatrix (Late Roman, English, Dutch, Hungarian, German) Beatrice (English, Italian, Swedish)   Male forms: Viator (Late Roman)  

Female, Greek, Latin, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Verona

Verona is the name of a city in Italy. The origin behind the name is unknown though there are some theories such as that it was a short form of Versus Romae meaning "in the direction of Roma" or that it comes from an expression, Vae Romae meaning "alas Roma" or "cursed Roma". Verona is also a German contraction… Continue reading Verona

Battle/War, Female, Male, Nickname names, Norse, Old Norse, Slavic, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Valdis

Valdis is used as a short form of Latvian male name Voldemārs, the Latvian cognate of Germanic Waldemar which is derived from Slavic Vladimir meaning "famous ruler" or "great ruler" or "ruler of the world" from elements vladeti (to rule, to control) and meru (great, famous), though the second element of the name has also been associated with miru meaning "peace, world" so the name could… Continue reading Valdis

Etruscan, Female, Male, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, V names

Volterra

Volterra is the name of a town in Italy that goes back to the time of the Etruscans (who called it Velathri before the Roman conquered it and renamed it Volterrae, eventually becoming Volterra). The name is of Etruscan origin and the first part of the name, vel, might come from a root verb used to… Continue reading Volterra

Female, Hindu mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vidya

Vidya is an Indian unisex name meaning "knowledge, science, learning", "correct knowledge", "clarity", coming from the same root word as Veda from Sanskrit vetti (to know, to understand) from Proto-Indo-European root word *weyd (to see). It's also one of the epithets of the Hindu goddess Sarasvati (also spelled Saraswati). Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Widya (Indonesian)