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Lavinia is a charmingly prim and proper Victorian-sounding name which actually dates back to classical mythology, where it was the name of the wife of the Trojan hero Aeneas, who was considered the mother of the Roman people.

Later literary bearers include the protagonist's daughter in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (which has the line "She is Lavinia, therefore must be lov'd"), the heroine of G.B. Shaw's Androcles and the Lion, and characters in David Copperfield, Henry James' Washington Square, and the contemporary The Hunger Games and Downton Abbey--and Lavinia was also used by Thackeray, T. S. Eliot, and by Ursula Le Guin for an eponymous novel.

Trivia tidbit: Lavinia was Ava Gardner's middle name.

With its vintage nickname Vinnie, Lavinia might well appeal to parents who favor lavender-tinged names like Amelia and Matilda and Maude.

Famous People Named Lavinia

Lavinia Norcross "Vinnie" Dickinson, sister and compiler of poet Emily Dickinson
Lavinia Lloyd Dock, American pioneering nurse and suffragist
Lavinia Margaret Engle, American suffragist
Lavinia Fontana, Italian Renaissance painter
Lavinia Ellen "Vinnie" Ream, American sculptor
Lavinia Corina Milosovici, Romanian Olympic gymnast
Lavinia Agache, Romanian Olympic gymnast
Lavinia Fenton, English stage actress
Lavinia Greenlaw, English poet and novelist
Lavinia Meijer, Dutch harpist
Lavinia Padarath, Fijian politician
(Marcela) Lavinia Șandru, Romanian politician
Lavinia Warner, British TV writer and producer
Lavínia Gutmann Vlasak, Brazilian actress and model
Lavinia Tananta, Indonesian tennis player
(Mercy) Lavinia Warren, American dwarf performer; wife of General Tom Thumb
Lavinia Mary Fitzalan-Howard, Duchess of Norfolk, British courtier
Lavinia Stunt, daughter of British/Croatian heiress Petra Ecclestone
Lavinia-Marie, Princess of Yugoslavia
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress
Emma Lavinia Gifford, first wife of British novelist Thomas Hardy

Pop Culture References for the name Lavinia

Lavinia, wife of Aeneas in Roman mythology
Lavinia Andronicus, maimed daughter of Titus in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Titus Andronicus'
Lavinia Herbert, character in F.H. Burnett's 'A Little Princess"
Lavinia Swire, character on TV's 'Downton Abbey'
Lavinia Crochet, character on TV's "The Worst Witch'
Lavinia, character in 'The Hunger Games' series
Lavinia Milliken (nee Kicklebury), wife of Horace Milliken in 'The Kickleburys on the Rhine' (1850) by W. M. Thackeray
Lavinia Wilfer, Bella's younger sister in 'Our Mutual Friend' (1865) by Charles Dickens
Lavinia Penniman, Dr. Sloper's widowed sister and housekeeper in 'Washington Square' (1880) by Henry James
Lavinia Fitzroy, wife to Asa Timberlake in Ellen Glasgow's 'In This Our Life' (1942)
Lavinia, wife of Edward Chamberlyne in T. S. Eliot's play 'The Cocktail Party' (1950)
Lavinia "Livy" Waterhouse, character in Tracy Chevlair's "Falling Angels"
Lavinia Whateley, character in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror"
Lavinia Arguelles, character on Filipino TV's "Bituing Walang Ningning"
Lavinia Mannon, character in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra"
Lavinia Pernilla Kippernook, six-year old princess in the children's TV series "Jane and the Dragon"

Louvenia, Levener, Levenia, Lavinie, Louvinia, Lovinia, Lavena, Lavina, Lovina, Vina, Vinnie, Lavenia, Vinny, Levinia, Vinia

Lavinia's International Variations

Luvenia, Luvena, Livinia, Levina, Laia (Spanish)