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Val f (Am.) pet form of Valentina or Valerie.

Valarie f (Am.) misspelled variant of Valerie.

Valencia f (Sp., Am.) < LL. valentia power < valens, -entis, pres. part of valere to be strong.

Valene f (Am.) < Val with the suffix -ene.

Valentin m (Rus., Bul.) (Âàëåíòèí) < L. Valentinus.

Valentin [val{'t}] m (F.) < L. Valentinus.

Valentina f (L., Sp., Port., It., E., Pol., Rus., Bul.) feminine form of Valentinus (Valentino).

Valentine m (E.) < L. Valentinus.

Valentine [val{'tin] f (F.) < L. Valentina.

Valentinus m (L.) L. Valentinus inhabitant of Vibo Valentia, city in Southern Italy; < valens, entis strong < valere to be strong, to be in good health. Name of two legendary martyrs whose lives seem to be historically based. One was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus and was buried on the Via Flaminia. Pope St. Julius I reportedly built a basilica over his grave. The other, bishop of Terni, Italy, was martyred, apparently also in Rome, and his relics were later taken to Terni. It is possible these are different versions of the same original account and refer to only one person.

Valeria f (L., Sp., Port., It., Rus., Bul.) feminine form of Valerius.

Valeri f (Am.) spelling variant of Valerie.

Valeri m (Bul.) (Âàëåðè) < L. Valerius.

Valerie f (E.) < F. Valérie < L. Valeria.

Valérie f (F.) < L. Valeria.

Valerio m (Sp., Port., It.) < L. Valerius.

Valerius m (L.) < L. valere to be strong, to be in good health.

Valeriy m (Rus.) (Âàëåðèé) < L. Valerius.

Valery f (E.) spelling variant of Valerie.

Vallie f (Am.) diminutive form of Val.

Valorie f (Am.) misspelled variant of Valerie.

Valrie f (Am.) spelling variant of Valerie.

Velva f (Am.) < Velvet.

Velvet f (Am.) upholstery fabric; ME. veluet, velvet < MF. velu shaggy < VL. *villutus < L. villus shaggy hair; akin to L. vellus fleece.

Vena f (Am.) < L. Venus.

Venedikt m (Bul., Serb., Rus.) (Âåíåäèêò) OS. âåíåäèêòú < Gk. BenedIktoS < L. Benedictus.

Venedíktos m (Gk.) (BenedIktoS) < L. Benedictus.

Venera f (Rus., Bul.) (Âåíåðà) < L. Venus, -eris.

Venere f (It.) < L. Venus.

Venessa f (Am.) < L. Venus, influenced by Vanessa.

Veneta f (It., Am.) feminine of It. Veneto of Venice < Venezia Venice, city in Northern Italy < L. Venetia < Veneti name of ancient people in Northern Italy.

Venetta f (Am.) alteration of Veneta.

Venice f (E.) ME. Venice < OF. Venise < It. Venezia Venice, city in Northern Italy < L. Venetia < Veneti name of ancient people in Northern Italy.

Venita f (Sp., Am.) probably alteration of Benita.

Vennie f (Am.) pet form of Venice.

Venus f (L., E.) L. Venus, -eris Roman goddess of love < venus lust, sexual love < venum that which is for sale. In myth and legend Venus was famous for her romantic intrigues and affairs with both gods and mortals, and she became associated with many aspects, both positive and negative, of femininity. As Venus Verticordia, she was charged with the protection of chastity in women and girls. There were two major temples of Venus in Rome - one on the Capitol hill and a second outside the Colline gate. The latter developed in a way reminiscent of the Greek temple of Aphrodite at Eryx in Sicily with its harlots, becoming the place of worship of Roman courtesans, hence the title of dies meretricum prostitutes' day attached to April 23, the day of its foundation.

Vénus f (F.) < L. Venus.

Vera f (L., Sp., E.) feminine of L. verus true.

Verda f (Am.) < Sp. verde green < L. viridis green.

Verdie f (Am.) pet form of Verda.

Verena f (Swiss) possibly a pet form of Vera. A popular Swiss name.

Vergie f (Am.) pet form of Virginia.

Vergilius m (L.) Name or a Roman gens; possibly < vergere to incline, to reach to the end. Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 B.C.) was the greatest poet of Rome, who wrote the poem Aeneid.

Verity f (E.) E. verity truth < ME. verite < OF. verité < L. veritas, -atis truth < verus true.

Vespasianus m (L.) < L. vespa wasp. Titus Flavius Vespasianus (ruled 69-79 A.D.) was a Roman emperor, who restored the institutions and the finances of Rome after the disastrous reign of emperor Nero. Vespasianus was famous with his parsimony and he was who imposed taxes on the public toilets; about the money received from them he said: Non olet. It does not smell.

Vesta f (L.) Origin unknown. Vesta was the Roman goddess of the hearth. The lack of an easy source of fire in the early Roman community placed a special attention on the ever-burning hearth fire, both publicly and privately maintained.

Vicenta f (Sp., Am.) feminine form of Vicente.

Vicente m (Sp., Port.) < L. Vincens.

Vickey, Vicki, Vickie or Vicky f (E.) pet forms of Victoria.

Victor m (L., Sp., Port., E., G.) L. victor, -oris victor, conqueror < vincere to vanquish.

Victoria f (L., Sp., Port., E., G.) L. victoria victory < vincere to vanquish. Victoria was the Roman goddes of victory. The greatest queen of England beared this name - she ruled from 1837 to 1901. A city in Canada - capital of British Columbia, a state in Australia etc. were given her name.

Victorina f (LatAm., Am.) feminine form of Victorino.

Victorino m (LatAm., Am.) diminutive form of Victor.

Victorio m (Sp.) < LL. Victorius.

Victorius m (Lat.) variant of L. Victor.

Vida f (Sp., Port., Am.) Sp. / Port. form < L. Vita.

Vidal f (Sp., Port., Am.) < L. Vitalis.

Vika f (Rus.) (Âèêà) pet form of Viktoriya.

Vikéntios m (Gk.) (BikEntioS) < L. Vincentius.

Vikentiy m (Rus., Bul.) (Âèêåíòèé) OS. âèêåíòèè < Gk. BikEntioS < L. Vincentius.

Viki mf (Bul.) (Âèêè) pet form of Viktor or Viktoriya.

Viki or Vikki f (Am.) pet forms of Victoria.

Viktor m (Rus., Bul.) (Âèêòîð) < L. Victor.

Viktoriya f (Rus., Bul.) (Âèêòîðèÿ) < L. Victoria.

Vincenc ['vintsents] m (Cz..) < L. Vincentius.

Vincens m (L.) < L. vincens, -entis vanquishing, pres. part. < vincere to vanquish.

Vincent m (F. [v}'s{], E.) < L. Vincens, -entis.

Vincentia f (L.) feminine form of Vincentius.

Vincentius m (L.) < L. vincens, -entis vanquishing, pres. part. < vincere to vanquish.

Vincenz ['vintsents] m (G.) < L. Vincentius.

Vincenza f (It.) < L. Vincentia.

Vincenzo m (It.) < L. Vincentius.

Vinzenz ['vintsents] m (G.) < L. Vincentius.

Viola f (L., Sp., Port., It.) L. viola violet.

Violet f (E.) ME. violet < MF. violete, diminutive of viole violet < L. viola.

Violeta f (Sp., Port., It., Rus., Bul.) Sp. / Port. / It. violeta diminutive of L. viola violet.

Violette f (F., E.) F. violette < MF. violete, diminutive of viole violet < L. viola.

Virgee f (Am.) pet form of Virginia.

Virgen ['virxEn] f (Sp., Am.) Sp. virgen virgin < L. virgo, -inis.

Virgie f (E.) pet form of Virginia.

Virgil mf (E.) < LL. Virgilius & Virgilia.

Virgilia f (L., Sp.[vir'xilia], Port. [vir'Jiliç], It. [vir'dJilia]) feminine form of Virgilius.

Virgilio m (Sp.[vir'xiliO], Port. [vir'Jiliu], It. [vir'dJiliO]) < LL. Virgilius.

Virgilius m (LL.) popular alteration of Vergilius.

Virgina f (Am.) alteration of Virginia.

Virginia f (L., E., Sp. [vir'xinia], Port., It., Bul. [vir'ginija]) < L. virgo, -inis virgin. According to legend, Virginia was a Roman woman killed by her father so as to keep her a virgin. The name became very popular with the development of the cult to the Virgin Mary.

Virginie f (E.) < Virginia.

Vita f (L., It.) feminine form of Vitus.

Vital m (F.) < L. Vitalis.

Vitale m (It.) < L. Vitalis.

Vitali m (Bul.) (Âèòàëè) OS. âèòàëèè < MGk. BitAlhS < L. Vitalis.

Vitaliy m (Rus.) (Âèòàëèé) OS. âèòàëèè < MGk. BitAlhS < L. Vitalis.

Vitalis m (L.) L. vitalis vital < vita life. St Vitalis was a Christian martyr (died c. 286 A.D.), who was executed at Agaunum (near modern Geneva in Switzerland) together with SS Maurice, Exuperius and Candidus.

Vitális m (Gk.) (BitAlhS) < L. Vitalis.

Vitellio m (ML.) < L. vitellum calf. The Polish scientist Vitellio (Witelo) had written the most important medieval treatise on optics.

Vitellius m (L.) Name of a Roman gens; < L. vitellum calf.

Vito m (It.) < L. Vitus.

Vitoria f (Sp., Port.) < L. Victoria.

Vittore m (It.) < L. Victor. Vittore Carpaccio (1460-d. 1525/26) was the greatest early Renaissance narrative painter of the Venetian school.

Vittoria f (It.) < L. Victoria. Vittoria Colonna (1492-1547) was an Italian poetess who was a close friend of many Renaissance artists and writers. Her most famous platonic association was with Michelangelo, whom she met in Rome in 1538 and with whom she exchanged many letters and philosophical sonnets. Michelangelo was at her bedside when she died and, in his touching memorial sonnet, wrote that on her death "Nature, that never made so fair a face, / Remained ashamed, and tears were in all eyes."

Vittorio m (It.) < LL. Victorius.

Vitus m (L.) Name of a Christian saint. Origin unclear.

Vitya m (Rus.) (Âèòÿ) pet form Viktor.

Viva f (LL., Sp., Port., It., E.) feminine form of L. vivus alive.

Vivan f (Am.) alteration of Vivian.

Vivian f (E.) < LL. Viviana.

Viviana f (LL., Sp., Port., It., E.) < L. vivere to live.

Vivien f (Am.) spelling variant of Vivian, possibly influenced by F. Vivienne.

Vivienne [vi'vjEn] f (F.) < LL. Viviana.

Vreni f (Am.) pet form of Verena.