Vera (given name)

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Vera
Pronunciation/ˈvɪərə, ˈvɛrə/
GenderFemale
Origin
Word/nameSlavic
Meaning"Truth" or "Faith"
Region of originEurope
Other names
Nickname(s)Věrka, Věrča, Věruška
Related namesVeronica, Verena, Olivera, Severa
Popularitysee popular names

Vera (Cyrillic: Ве́ра Véra, “faith”) is a female first name of Slavic origin, and by folk etymology it has also been explained as Latin vera meaning true. In Slavic languages, Vera means faith.[1] The name Vera has been used in the English speaking world since the 19th century and was popular in the early 20th century.[2]

Gender: Feminine[3]

Usage: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Scandinavian, Slovak, Czech, Greek, Dutch, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian,[3] Albanian, French, Polish, Armenian, Hungarian, Romanian.

Other scripts: Вера (Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian), Βέρα (Greek)

Diminutives: Veer, Veerke, Veertje (Dutch), Verica (Serbian and Croatian), Verka or Vierka (Slovakian), Verochka (Russian).

Other languages: Verel (French), Věra (Czech), Veera (Finnish), Veer, Veerle (Dutch), Wiera (Polish), Vira (Ukrainian), Viera (Slovak)

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In the Ancient Greek and Christian faith, Saint Fides (Faith or Vera), her sisters Spes (Hope) and Caritas (Love) and their mother Sophia (Wisdom), died as martyrs in the second century AD during the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire under the emperor Hadrian[citation needed]. The names are also the words designating the three key Christian virtues mentioned in Apostle Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 13:13).

In the English language, late 13c., verray "true, real, genuine," later "actual, sheer" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French verrai, Old French verai "true, truthful, sincere; right, just, legal," from Vulgar Latin *veracus, from Latin verax (genitive veracis) "truthful," from verus "true" (source also of Italian vero), from PIE root *were-o- "true, trustworthy." Meaning "greatly, extremely" is first recorded mid-15c. Used as a pure intensive since Middle English.[4]

In Albanian the meaning of the word "verë" ([ˈvɛɾə]) is summer. The Albanian male version of the name Vera is Veriu which has the meaning "north" alb. (veri, veriu).

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  • Vera Elkan (1908–2008), South African photographer

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  1. ^ Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: Oxford Dictionary of First Names (2003)
  2. ^ Hanks, Patrick (2006). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ a b In the Russian language, Vera may also be a diminutive of the male first names Avenir and Averky.
  4. ^ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=very