Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaulish; Roman ; Latin

Meaning: “Alder; Man; True.”

Pronunciation: (VUR-lee)

Details: It is probable that this name could derive from a Norman surname, which was itself derived from a Gaulish word meaning “alder”.

It is also possible that the name originated from the Roman name Virilius “man”, but this is not confirmed.

It could also be connected to the medieval name Ver, derived from the Latin Verus “True”. Ver enjoyed some popularity with this usage in medieval England to honor a 4th century bishop. Thus, the exact lineage of the name is unknown, but could come from any one of these roots.

Female Variations:

  • Verlea
  • Verlia
  • Verlie

Male Variations:

  • Verle
  • Verlo


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Italian

Meaning: “One from Ephesus.”

Pronunciation: (eh-FEE-zee-oh); (eh-FEE-zhoh)

Nicknames: Fiso, Efo

Detail: From the Latin byname Ephesius, which originally belonged to a person who was from the city of Ephesus, in Ionia.

This was the name of a saint martyred on Sardinia in the 4th century


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Fruit tree.”

Pronunciation: (pah-MOH-nah)

Nicknames: Pomme (French word for apple), Pomy, Poppy, Mona

Detail: From the Latin pomus “fruit tree”. This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.

In the Harry Potter series Pomona Sprout the professor of Herbology.


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Greatest.”

Pronunciation: (MAKS-ih-muss)

Nicknames: Max, Maxime, Maxus

Detail: From the Roman byname derived from the Latin maximus, “greatest”.

This was the name of a 7th century monk and theologian from Constantinople, Saint Maximus.

Male Variations:

  • Massimo (Italian)
  • Maxence (French) [mak-SAHN-seh] Listen
  • Maxime (French)
  • Maximillian (English)
  • Maximo (Spanish)
  • Maximus (Ancient Roman)

Female Variations:

  • Maxima (Ancient Roman)
  • Maxine (French)


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Voyager, traveller.”

Pronunciation: (VEE-ah-triks); (VAHY-ah-triks)

Nicknames: Vi, Via

Detail: Earlier form of Beatrix.

Viatrix is a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator (VAHY-ah-tor) which meant “voyager, traveller”.

Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Ancestral.”

Pronunciation: (ah-VEE-tus)

Nicknames: Avo, Vito

Detail: From a Roman family name which meant “ancestral” in Latin. This was the name of an emperor who briefly reigned over the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century.

It was also the name of several saints, including a 6th-century bishop of Vienne.