Vittorio

Vittorio is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Victorius, a Roman family name meaning “victor, victory” which derives from a PIE root word. Vittorio is also an Italian surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Vittore (Italian) Victor (English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Late Roman) Viktor (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Hungarian,…

Vivek

Vivek is an Indian male name meaning “wisdom, knowledge; distinction, discrimination” in Sanskrit. In this case, discrimination refers to being able to discern between what is right or wrong, or what is important or real. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Bibek (Bengali, Nepali)   Female forms: Viveka (Hindi, Indian)   Vivek- विवेक (HIndi, Marathi)     

Vail, Vale

Vale is an English word meaning “valley” which comes from Old French val via Latin vallis (valley, vale) which derives from an unknown origin, although it’s been linked to a PIE root word. Vale is chiefly used as a poetic word for valley, which refers to a tract of land lying between two hill ranges sometimes with a…

Viridian

Viridian is the name of a bluish-green pigment and color though more green than blue. The name comes from Latin viridis meaning “green; young, fresh, lively, blooming” with the –ian suffix, deriving from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Verus

Verus comes from an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “true, real” from Latin verus which derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Vero (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)   Female forms: Vera (Italian, Spanishm Portuguese, English, Russian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Georgian) Vero (Spanish)  

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…

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)  

Vito

Vito is the Italian and Spanish form of Vitus, an Ancient Roman name meaning “life” derived from Latin vita (life, living) from a PIE root word. Vito is also an Italian surname derived from the given name. Apparently it’s been confused with Ancient Germanic Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu “wood” or wid “wide”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Vance

Vance comes from an English surname meaning “marsh, fen” from Old English fenn which comes from Proto-Germanic *fanją (fen, marsh, swamp) derived from PIE *pen- (moist; wet; swamp; water; mud). It was originally used as a topographical name for someone who lived near a swamp or marsh. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

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,…