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.
Meaning: “Good looking, beautiful.”
Detail: In the book of Esther, in the bible, Vashti is the wife of King Ahasuerus. The king holds a banquet for his men, and Vashti holds a separate banquet for the women. On the seventh day, when the king was “merry with wine,” he sends for Vashti to come before him and his guests, to show off her beauty. Vashti refuses to come, and the king becomes angry. He asks his advisers how Vashti should be punished for her disobedience. His adviser tells him that Vashti has wronged not only the king, but also all of the husbands of Persia, whose wives may be encouraged by Vashti’s actions to disobey their husbands. He encourages the king to dismiss Vashti and find a new queen. The king then chooses Esther to replace Vashti as queen.
Meaning: “The Filler; Bountiful.”
Nicknames: Fu, Ulla
Detail: In Norse mythology she was a goddess of abundance who acted as Frigga‘s attendant and messenger.
Detail: The name is from the Turkish word volkan (‘vulcano’), which is ultimately of the Latin vulcanus (‘vulcano’). The name Vulcanus was borne in Roman mythology by the god of fire.
In honor of Frodo’s journey to Mount Doom.