"staff bearer"

Virgil Origin and Meaning

The name Virgil is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "staff bearer".

The name of the greatest Roman poet and an early Irish saint who believed the earth was round, Virgil is heard most notably today as the name of designer Virgil Abloh of Off-White.

The first century poet known as Virgil, author of the influential epic Aeneid, was christened Publius Vergilius Maro. Centuries later, Virgil Tibbs was the noble police detective portrayed by Sidney Poitier in two films: In the Heat of the Night and They Call Me Mr. Tibbs. Currently, Virgil Minelli is a character on The Mentalist.

Virgil was the name of one of Wyatt Earp's brothers, a Tombstone, Arizona marshall. Virgil Thomson was a noted composer and musicologist, cartoonist Virgil Franklin Partch signed his work VIP, and astronaut Gus Grissom was born Virgil.

Virgil's greatest popularity took place in the early decades of the twentieth century: It was a Top 100 name for five nonconsecutive years.

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Virgil Rank in US Top 1000

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Virgil Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Virgil Popularity

Famous People Named Virgil

  • Virgil (born Publius Vergilius Maro)Roman epic poet
  • Virgil Walter EarpU.S. Marshal; brother of Wyatt and Morgan Earp
  • Virgil Ivan "Gus" GrissomAmerican astronaut
  • Virgil Hamlin GoodeU.S. Congressman from Virginia
  • Virgil Charles FryeAmerican actor; father of actress Soleil Moon Frye
  • Virgil Leo GreenAmerican football player
  • Virgil ThomsonAmerican composer
  • Virgil Oliver "Fire" TrucksAmerican baseball player
  • Virgil Keel FoxAmerican organist
  • Virgil Walter RossAmerican animator and cartoonist
  • Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.birth name of Dusty Rhodes, American pro wrestler
  • Virgilring name of Michael Jones), American pro wrestler
  • Virgil van DijkDutch professional footballer

Virgil in Pop Culture

  • Virgil Tibbsmain character in film and TV series "In the Heat of the Night"
  • Virgilcharacter on TV's "Homeland"
  • Virgil Foxcharacter in TV movie "Minutemen"
  • Virgil Cainemain character in the song ''The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'' by The Band
  • Virgil Grissom Tracycharacter in animated series "Thunderbirds"
  • VirgilAI character on TV's "Crash Zone"
  • Virgil Malloycharacter in film “Ocean’s Eleven”
  • Virgilorangutan character in film "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"
  • Virgilcharacter on TV's "Xena: Warrior Princess"
  • Virgil Sollozzocharacter in book/film "The Godfather"
  • Virgilcharacter in film "True Romance"
  • Virgil Hawkins aka Static Shockcharacter in DC Comics
  • Virgilcharacter in Thomas Sanders' YouTube series "Sanders Sides", representing his anxiety