Vera (given name)

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Vera
Pronunciation /ˈvɪərə, ˈvɛrə/
Gender Female
Origin
Word/name Russian
Meaning

"Truth" or "Faith"

“Albanian- Summer”
Region of origin Europe
Other names
Related names Veronica, Verena, Olivera, Severa
Popularity see popular names

Vera is a female first name of Russian origin, from verus meaning verity and coincides with the Russian meaning of faith. [1]

Gender: Feminine[2]

Usage: English, German, Scandinavian, Slovak, Czech, Italian, Greek, Dutch, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian[2], Albanian, French, Polish, Armenenian, Hungarian, Romanian.

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

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

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

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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. [3]

In Albanian the meaning of the word "vera" 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. ^ a b In the Russian language, Vera may also be a diminutive of the male first names Avenir and Averky.
  3. ^ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=very