Gloria Origin and Meaning

The name Gloria is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "glory".

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 1920s,--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.

# 671 in the US

Gloria Rank in US Top 1000

# 933 on Nameberry

Gloria Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Gloria Popularity

Famous People Named Gloria

  • Gloria SteinemAmerican women’s rights activist
  • Gloria Rachel AllredAmerican women's rights attorney
  • Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de EstefanCuban,American pop singer
  • (Mariae) Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Magarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine HubertaPrincess of Thurn und Taxis, Countess of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg
  • Gloria Laura VanderbiltAmerican heiress and designer; mother of TV journalist Anderson Cooper
  • Gloria May Josephine SwansonAmerican actress
  • Gloria Marie SteinemAmerican feminist author and activist
  • Gloria GrahameAmerican actress
  • Gloria MacapagalArroyo, 14th president of the Philippines
  • Gloria NaylorAmerican novelist
  • Gloria Frances StuartAmerican actress
  • Gloria GaynorAmerican disco singer
  • Gloria GruberAmerican actress
  • Gloria Tang aka G.E.M.Hong Kong pop singer
  • Gloria Trevi (born Gloria de los Ángeles Treviño Ruiz)Mexican pop singer
  • Gloria Mills "Millie" Chapman (b. 1991)daughter of singers Amy Grant and Gary Chapman
  • Gloria Vanes (b. 2003)daughter of Belgian singer Axelle Red and Filip Vanes
  • Gloria Ray Sarsgaard (b. 2012)daughter of actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
  • Gloria Griffin (b. 2017)daughter of athletes Robert Griffin III and Grete Šadeiko
  • Gloria RandFirst Wife of Star Trek actor William Shatner

Gloria in Pop Culture

  • Gloria Pritchettcharacter on TV's "Modern Family"
  • Gloria Stiviccharacter on TV's 'All in the Family'
  • Gloria Mendozacharacter on TV's "Orange Is the New Black"
  • Gloria Cruzcharacter on TV's "Army Wives"
  • Gloria Akalituscharacter on TV's "Nurse Jackie"
  • Gloria Bedlingtoncharacter in "Sims" series
  • Gloriacharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Gloriacharacter in movie "Colossal"
  • Gloriasong by U2
  • Gloriasong by Laura Branigan
  • Viva La Gloriasong by Green Day
  • Gloriasong by Michael Franti
  • Gloriasong by Van Morrison's band Them
  • Spanish diminutives include "Goya" and "Yoya"
  • Gloriacharacter in "Madagascar"
  • Gloriaa penguin in Happy Feet