Latin, from ancient place name Lavinium

Lavinia Origin and Meaning

The name Lavinia is a girl's name of Latin origin.

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.

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Famous People Named Lavinia

  • Lavinia Norcross "Vinnie" Dickinsonsister and compiler of poet Emily Dickinson
  • Lavinia Lloyd DockAmerican pioneering nurse and suffragist
  • Lavinia Margaret EngleAmerican suffragist
  • Lavinia FontanaItalian Renaissance painter
  • Lavinia Ellen "Vinnie" ReamAmerican sculptor
  • Lavinia Corina MilosoviciRomanian Olympic gymnast
  • Lavinia AgacheRomanian Olympic gymnast
  • Lavinia FentonEnglish stage actress
  • Lavinia GreenlawEnglish poet and novelist
  • Lavinia MeijerDutch harpist
  • Lavinia PadarathFijian politician
  • (Marcela) Lavinia ȘandruRomanian politician
  • Lavinia WarnerBritish TV writer and producer
  • Lavínia Gutmann VlasakBrazilian actress and model
  • Lavinia TanantaIndonesian tennis player
  • (Mercy) Lavinia WarrenAmerican dwarf performer; wife of General Tom Thumb
  • Lavinia Mary FitzalanHoward, Duchess of Norfolk, British courtier
  • Lavinia Stunt (b.2013)daughter of British/Croatian heiress Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt
  • LaviniaMarie, Princess of Yugoslavia
  • Lavinia Fisherfirst female serial killer in the United States

Lavinia in Pop Culture

  • Laviniawife of Aeneas in Roman mythology
  • Lavinia Andronicusmaimed daughter of Titus in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Titus Andronicus'
  • Lavinia Herbertcharacter in F.H. Burnett's 'A Little Princess"
  • Lavinia Catherine Swirecharacter on TV's 'Downton Abbey'
  • Lavinia Crochetcharacter on TV's "The Worst Witch'
  • Laviniacharacter 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 WilferBella's younger sister in 'Our Mutual Friend' (1865) by Charles Dickens
  • Lavinia PennimanDr. Sloper's widowed sister and housekeeper in 'Washington Square' (1880) by Henry James
  • Lavinia Fitzroywife to Asa Timberlake in Ellen Glasgow's 'In This Our Life' (1942)
  • Laviniawife of Edward Chamberlyne in T. S. Eliot's play 'The Cocktail Party' (1950)
  • Lavinia "Livy" Waterhousecharacter in Tracy Chevlair's "Falling Angels"
  • Lavinia Whateleycharacter in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror"
  • Lavinia Arguellescharacter on Filipino TV's "Bituing Walang Ningning"
  • Lavinia Mannoncharacter in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra"
  • Lavinia Pernilla Kippernooksix,year old princess in the children's TV series "Jane and the Dragon"
  • Lavinia Hallcharacter in "The Sisterhood of Night"
  • Lavinia Putneycharacter in season 2 of the TV series "Penny Dreadful"