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Gender: F Meaning of Virginia: "virginal, pure" Origin of Virginia: Latin Virginia's Popularity in 2013: #551

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Virginia is a lovely place name starting with the fashionable V initial and having deep historical roots, yet, unlike some other other girls' classics, has been sorely neglected in recent years.

The colony/state of Virginia was given its name by Sir Walter Raleigh in honor of Elizabeth I, known as the Virgin Queen, and the first child to be born of English parents in the New World was christened Virginia Dare.

Virginia was in the Top 10 for 25 years, from 1912 to 1937, hitting a high of Number 6 in 1921, when there were 19,000 newborn Virginias in their cradles.

She does have a couple of possible downsides--those teasable virgin associations, and the not-quite-ready-for-revival Ginny nickname. But we think they're outweighed by more positive factors and that Virginia is in line for a possible revival.

Virginia has such distinguished namesakes as writer Virginia Woolf, has been the subject of songs by groups ranging from The Rolling Stones to the Foo Fighters and has appeared as a character in any number of books, movies and TV shows--currently co-starring on MAsters of Sex. Ginger Rogers was born Virginia.

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Famous People Named Virginia

Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli, Italian noblewoman
(Adeline) Virginia Woolf, English novelist
Virginia G. Madsen, American actress
(Eliza) Virginia Capers, American actress
Virginia Williams, American actress
Virginia Katherine McMath, birth name of American actress Ginger Rogers
Virginia Esther Hamilton, American children's author
Virginia Satir, American author and psychotherapist
Virginia Hensley, birth name of American singer Patsy Cline
Virginia Dare, first child born in America to English parents
Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe, cousin and wife of writer Edgar Allen Poe
Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Carlotta Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, Italian mistress of Napoleon III of France
Virginia Zucchi, Italian ballerina
Virginia A. McKenna, English actress
(Sarah) Virginia Wade, English tennis player
Virginia Gamba aka Sister Maria Celeste, daughter of astronomer Galileo
Virginia O'Hanlon, American girl who wrote to The Baltimore Sun newspaper resulting in the famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" response
Virginia Johnson, American sex researcher of Masters and Johnson
Virginia Dell Clinton Kelley, mother of U.S. President Bill Clinton

Pop Culture References for the Name Virginia

Virginia Mosby, Ted's mom on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Virginia "Pepper" Potts, character in the Iron Man series
Virginia Brush, character in movie 'The Strawberry Blonde'
Virginia Lewis, main character in the miniseries 'The 10th Kingdom'
Virginia Chance, character on TV's 'Raising Hope'
Virginia "Ginny" Johnson, from Showtime's "Masters of Sex"
Virginia Doyle, mother in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
'Yes, Virginia', animated TV special inspired by Virginia O'Hanlon
Virginia, from song "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel
'Meet Virginia', song by Train
'Leave Virginia Alone', song by Rod Stewart, Tom Petty
'Virginia', song by Tori Amos
"Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?," play by Edward Albee
Virginia and West Virginia, U.S. states
"My name's Virginia - Virgin for short but not for long." (from 'Something Happened' by Joseph Heller)

Geena, Geenia, Geenya, Genia, Genya, Ginella, Ginelle, Ginger, Gingia, Ginnee, Ginni, Ginnie, Ginny, Ginya, Jenell, Jenella, Jenelle, Jinia, Jinjer, Jinnie, Jinny, Vergie, Verginia, Verginya, Virge, Virgenya, Virgie, Virgine, Virginnia, Virgy

Virginia's International Variations

Gigi, Virginie (French) Vegenia, Wilikinia (Hawaiian) Gina, Ginata, Ginia (Spanish)