Virginia (given name)
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Virginia is a feminine given name derived from the Ancient Roman family name Virginius, a name probably derived from the Latin word virgo, meaning "maiden" or "virgin." According to legend, Virginia was a Roman girl who was killed by her father in order to save her from seduction by the corrupt government official Appius Claudius Crassus.
The name was the 34th most common name for American women and girls, according to the census of 1990. It was the 545th most popular name given to baby girls born in the United States in 2007. Virginia is the name of a state in the United States, derived by an expedition sent by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1584 who recorded the name of a Native American regional "king", Wingina, and reported to Queen Elizabeth I that he ruled over a land known as Wingandacoa. She was probably influenced by this report to modify the name of the colony to "Virginia", in part alluding to her status as the "Virgin Queen." It is the oldest surviving English place-name in the U.S. not wholly borrowed from a Native American word, and the fourth oldest surviving English place name, though it is Latin in form.
Virginia Dare was the first child born to English parents in North America. Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter that prompted the famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial in the September 21, 1897 edition of the New York Sun.
- Gigi (French)
- Gina (Spanish)
- Ginata (Spanish)
- Ginger (English)
- Ginia (Spanish)
- Ginna (English)
- Ginnie (English)
- Ginny (English)
- Jenna (English)
- Jinny (English)
- Vegenia (Hawaiian)
- Virgy (English)
- Virgee (English)
- Virgie (English)
- Virginie (French)
- Wilikinia (Hawaiian)
- Βιργινία (Virginia or Viryinia) (Greek)
People with the given name
- Virginia Centurione Bracelli, Roman Catholic saint
- Virginia Clinton, mother of former United States President Bill Clinton
- Virginia Dare, the first child born to English parents in the Americas
- Virginia Eriksdotter, Swedish noble
- Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), American author
- Virginia Madsen, American actress
- Virginia McKenna, British actress and author
- Virginia Miller, American heptathlete
- Virginia Ridley, a woman who was imprisoned by her husband
- Virginia Satir, American author and psychotherapist
- Virginia Shehee, Louisiana businesswoman and former state senator
- Virginia Wade, British tennis player
- Virginia Woolf, English novelist and essayist
- Virginia Euwer Wolff, American author
- Virginia Zakian, American scientist and professor at Princeton University
- Behind the Name
- On Raleigh's subsequent voyage to the area, he recorded that Wingandacoa, the word the English had heard upon his first arrival in 1584, means "What good clothes you wear!" and was not the native name of Wingina's country.
- Three names from the Roanoke Colony are still in use, all based on Native American names. Stewart, George (1945). Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States. New York: Random House. p. 22.