Nicknames: Sela, Vela, Ves
Meaning: “Fighter/soldier for God.”
Nicknames: Vi, Vija, Jona
Details: Formed from the combination of the Germanic/Norse vi meaning “holy, fighter” and from the Germanic jona, feminine form of John, derived from the Hebrew Yochanan meaning “god is gracious”.
For those of us who like Fiona, this could make a very unusual, alternative choice.
Origin: Gaulish; Roman ; Latin
Meaning: “Alder; Man; True.”
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.
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.
Meaning: “Maid, virgin.”
Nicknames: Vira, Viri, Ginny
Detail: At the end of the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603), who was known as the “Virgin Queen” because she never married, gave the name Virginia to the whole area explored by the 1584 expedition of Sir Walter Raleigh along the coast of North America.
Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe was the wife of American writer Edgar Allan Poe.