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Gender: F Meaning of Gloria: "glory" Origin of Gloria: Latin Gloria's Popularity in 2013: #525

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Gloria is beginning to move beyond its de-glamorized Grandma image, most recently thanks to glamorous young Hollywood parents Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, who chose it for their second daughter. Gyllenhaal was quoted as saying they had been inspired by Patti Smith's rendition of the Van Morrison song "Gloria" at a concert and thought " 'We'll name our daughter that one day'."

George Bernard Shaw was one of the first to use this form of the ancient Latin name GLORIANA in his 1898 play You Never Can Tell It was a Top 25 name in the Gloria (born Josephine) Swanson era of the 1920's,--reaching as high as Number 20 in 1925-26) and held on in the Top 50 until 1955.

Most prominent current adult bearers: Gloria Steinem and Gloria Estefan. Glorias have also figured prominently in TV sitcoms--as Archie and Edith's only child on All in the Family and the sexpot character played by Sofia Vergara on Modern Family.

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Famous People Named Gloria

Gloria Vanderbilt, American heiress and designer; mother to Anderson Cooper
Gloria Swanson, American actress
Gloria Steinem, American feminist author and activist
Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, German socialite
Gloria Grahame, American actress
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former president of the Phillipines
Gloria Naylor, American novelist
Gloria Stuart, American actress
Gloria Gaynor, American disco singer
Gloria Trevi (born Gloria de los Ángeles Treviño Ruiz), Mexican pop singer
Gloria Ray Sarsgaard, younger daughter of Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, and sister to Ramona Sarsgaard
Gloria (G.E.M.) Tang, popular Hong Kong pop singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Gloria

Gloria, song by Michael Franti
Viva La Gloria, song by Green Day
Gloria Pritchett, character played by Sofia Vergara on TV's "Modern Family"
Gloria Stivic, character on TV's 'All in the Family'
Gloria, song by Van Morrison's band Them
Gloria Mendoza, character from Netflix original show "Orange is the New Black"
Gloria, song by U2
Gloria Cruz, character on TV's "Army Wives"
Gloria, song by Laura Branigan
Gloria Akalitus, character on TV show Nurse Jackie
Viva La Gloria, song by Greenday