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Verity (alias Veretie, Verety, Verita, Veritie, etc.) is a female first name and a surname. As a first name it derives from the Latin feminine noun veritas, meaning "truth". It is thus an equivalent of Alethea, a female first name first used in England circa 1585, derived from the ancient and modern Greek feminine noun αλήθεια (pronounced "al-ee-thia"), meaning "truth". It was adopted in England as a Puritanvirtue name, truthfulness being considered as a desirable attribute especially in a female. Verity was one of the most popular first names given to girls in Australia.[when?] It is especially associated with parts of Yorkshire and Northern England. Verity is also a surname, which may have more ancient unrelated origins, possibly being a corruption of a similar word. Notable people with the name include: