"virginal, pure"

Virginia Origin and Meaning

The name Virginia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "virginal, pure".

Virginia is a lovely place name starting with the fashionable V 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 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 a number of books, movies, and TV shows—currently co-starring on Masters of Sex. Ginger Rogers was born Virginia.

# 540 in the US

Virginia Rank in US Top 1000

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Virginia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Virginia Popularity

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Famous People Named Virginia

  • Virginia "Dawson" BiondiKing Philip Middle School student
  • Virginia Bourbon del Montedaughter of the Prince di San Faustino
  • Saint Virginia Centurione BracelliItalian noblewoman
  • (Adeline) Virginia WoolfEnglish novelist
  • Virginia G. MadsenAmerican actress
  • (Eliza) Virginia CapersAmerican actress
  • Virginia WilliamsAmerican actress
  • Virginia Katherine McMathbirth name of American actress Ginger Rogers
  • Virginia Esther HamiltonAmerican children's author
  • Virginia SatirAmerican author and psychotherapist
  • Virginia Hensleybirth name of American singer Patsy Cline
  • Virginia Darefirst child born in America to English parents
  • Virginia Eliza Clemm Poecousin and wife of writer Edgar Allen Poe
  • Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Carlotta Antonietta Teresa Maria OldoiniCountess of Castiglione, Italian mistress of Napoleon III of France
  • Virginia ZucchiItalian ballerina
  • Virginia A. McKennaEnglish actress
  • (Sarah) Virginia WadeEnglish tennis player
  • Virginia Gamba aka Sister Maria Celestedaughter of astronomer Galileo
  • Virginia O'HanlonAmerican girl who wrote to "The Baltimore Sun"
  • Mary Virginia JohnsonAmerican sex researcher of Masters and Johnson
  • Virginia Dell Clinton Kelleymother of U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • Virginia Mannyounger daughter of photographer Sally Mann
  • Virginia "Ginny" ThrasherAmerican sport shooter
  • Virginia Zamperinisister of WWII POW Louis Zamperini
  • Virginia Elizabeth GardnerAmerican actress
  • Virginia Bocelli (b. 2012)daughter of Italian classical tenor, recording artist, and singer,songwriter Andrea Bocelli
  • George Virginia Morgan (b. 2018)daughter of actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton
  • Virginia McLaurinfamous black American for living over 100 years old
  • Virginia Willow (b. 2018)daughter of actress Haley Bennett and director Joe Wright

Virginia in Pop Culture

  • Virginia Polytech Universitysite of the deadliest school shooting in US history
  • Virginia MosbyTed's mom on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
  • Virginia "Pepper" Pottscharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Virginia Brushcharacter in movie 'The Strawberry Blonde'
  • Virginia Lewismain character in the miniseries 'The 10th Kingdom'
  • Virginia Chancecharacter on TV's 'Raising Hope'
  • Virginia "Ginny" Johnsonfrom Showtime's "Masters of Sex"
  • Virginia Itocharacter in "The Glass Scientists"
  • Virginia Doylemother in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
  • 'YesVirginia', animated TV special inspired by Virginia O'Hanlon
  • Virginiafrom 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 VirginiaU.S. states
  • "My name's VirginiaVirgin for short but not for long." (from 'Something Happened' by Joseph Heller)
  • Virginia ConlyElsie Dinsmore's niece in the Elsie Dinsmore series
  • Virginia au Augustus "Mustang"a main character from Pierce Brown's Red Rising Trilogy
  • Virginia Crowefrom Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock Holmes series.
  • Virginiaone of the main four characters from Platoon of Power Squadron