Virginia (given name)

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The state of Virginia was named in honor of Elizabeth I, the "Virgin Queen,". The title inspired the name Virginia for generations of girls and women.
Gender female
Word/name Latin
Meaning "virgin"

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.[1]

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.[1]

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. The most famous Virginia is probably the English modernist author Virginia Woolf.


Reduced forms/nicknames[edit]

  • Ginnie (English) (see Ginny)
  • Ginna (English/Italian)
  • Ginger (English)
  • Ivy (English)
  • Nia (English)
  • Nini (English)
  • Ginny (English)
  • Jenna (English)
  • Jinny (English)
  • Ginia (Spanish)
  • Gina (Spanish/Portuguese)
  • Ginata (Spanish)
  • Gigi (French)
  • Ginni (Indian)

People with the given name[edit]