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Gender: Female Pronunciation: GLORE-ee-ah Meaning of Gloria: "glory" Origin of Gloria: Latin Gloria's Popularity in 2017: #561

The name Gloria is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "glory". Gloria is ranked #561 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Heroine Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby Name SCRABBLE".

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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.

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Famous People Named Gloria

Gloria Rachel Allred, American women's rights attorney
Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan, Cuban-American pop singer
(Mariae) Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Magarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta, Princess of Thurn und Taxis, Countess of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg
Gloria Laura Vanderbilt, American heiress and designer; mother of TV journalist Anderson Cooper
Gloria May Josephine Swanson, American actress
Gloria Marie Steinem, American feminist author and activist
Gloria Grahame, American actress
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, 14th president of the Philippines
Gloria Naylor, American novelist
Gloria Frances Stuart, American actress
Gloria Gaynor, American disco singer
Gloria Gruber, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Gloria

Gloria Pritchett, character on TV's "Modern Family"
Gloria Stivic, character on TV's 'All in the Family'
Gloria Mendoza, character on TV's "Orange Is the New Black"
Gloria Cruz, character on TV's "Army Wives"
Gloria Akalitus, character on TV's "Nurse Jackie"
Gloria Bedlington, character in "Sims" series
Gloria, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Gloria, song by U2
Gloria, song by Laura Branigan
Viva La Gloria, song by Green Day
Gloria, song by Michael Franti
Gloria, song by Van Morrison's band Them
Spanish diminutives include "Goya" and "Yoya"
Gloria , character in "Madagascar"