Vera was the height of exotic fashion in 1910, then was for a long time difficult to picture embroidered on a baby blanket. Now, though, some hip parents are beginning to quietly revive it along with other old-fashioned simple names such as Ada and Iris.
Vera was barely known in the English-speaking world until it appeared in the 1860 novel by Ouida, Moths, and Vera Rostov is a character in War and Peace, published nine years later.
Vern Yip has a young daughter called Vera, and Vera Wang and Vera Famiga have modernized it.
Vera Lynn was an iconic British World War II singer, Vera Miles was a Hitchcock star best known for her role as Lila Crane in Psycho and Vera-Ellen (born with out the hyphen) was a dancing partner of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.
In the past two years, Vera has moved up almost two hundred places, and looks to be moving even higher.