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Gender: Female Origin of Lavinia: Latin, from ancient place name Lavinium

The name Lavinia is a girl's name of Latin origin. Lavinia and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover name game: from one gender to the other".

From the experts:

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" Dickinson, sister and compiler of poet Emily Dickinson
Lavinia Lloyd Dock, American pioneering nurse and suffragist
Lavinia Margaret Engle, American suffragist
Lavinia Fontana, Italian Renaissance painter
Lavinia Ellen "Vinnie" Ream, American sculptor
Lavinia Corina Milosovici, Romanian Olympic gymnast
Lavinia Agache, Romanian Olympic gymnast
Lavinia Fenton, English stage actress
Lavinia Greenlaw, English poet and novelist
Lavinia Meijer, Dutch harpist
Lavinia Padarath, Fijian politician
(Marcela) Lavinia Șandru, Romanian politician
Lavinia Warner, British TV writer and producer
Lavínia Gutmann Vlasak, Brazilian actress and model
Lavinia Tananta, Indonesian tennis player
(Mercy) Lavinia Warren, American dwarf performer; wife of General Tom Thumb
Lavinia Mary Fitzalan-Howard, Duchess of Norfolk, British courtier
Lavinia Stunt (b.2013), daughter of British/Croatian heiress Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt
Lavinia-Marie, Princess of Yugoslavia
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress
Emma Lavinia Gifford, first wife of British novelist Thomas Hardy
Lavinia Fisher, first female serial killer in the United States
Frances Mary Lavinia Polidori, mother of the Pre-Raphaelite painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and poet Christina Rossetti
Sage Lavinia Huston, b. 2013, daughter of actor Jack Huston and model Shannan Click

Pop Culture References for the name Lavinia

Lavinia, wife of Aeneas in Roman mythology
Lavinia Andronicus, maimed daughter of Titus in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Titus Andronicus'
Lavinia Herbert, character in F.H. Burnett's 'A Little Princess"
Lavinia Catherine Swire, character on TV's 'Downton Abbey'
Lavinia Crochet, character on TV's "The Worst Witch'
Lavinia, character 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 Wilfer, Bella's younger sister in 'Our Mutual Friend' (1865) by Charles Dickens
Lavinia Penniman, Dr. Sloper's widowed sister and housekeeper in 'Washington Square' (1880) by Henry James
Lavinia Fitzroy, wife to Asa Timberlake in Ellen Glasgow's 'In This Our Life' (1942)
Lavinia, wife of Edward Chamberlyne in T. S. Eliot's play 'The Cocktail Party' (1950)
Lavinia "Livy" Waterhouse, character in Tracy Chevlair's "Falling Angels"
Lavinia Whateley, character in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror"
Lavinia Arguelles, character on Filipino TV's "Bituing Walang Ningning"
Lavinia Mannon, character in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra"
Lavinia Pernilla Kippernook, six-year old princess in the children's TV series "Jane and the Dragon"
Lavinia Hall, character in "The Sisterhood of Night"
Lavinia Putney, character in season 2 of the TV series "Penny Dreadful"

Louvenia, Levener, Levenia, Lavinie, Louvinia, Lovinia, Lavena, Lavina, Lovina, Vina, Vinnie, Lavenia, Vinny, Levinia, Vinia

Lavinia's International Variations

Luvenia, Luvena, Livinia, Levina, Laia (Spanish)


ericakatherine Says:


So lovely and full of character. Only downside is it's a bit of a mouthful.

bluecookies Says:


This will always remind me of Jane and the Dragon

abertawe Says:


To me, this is a fresh Olivia

katebaby Says:


Exactly, was just going to say the same!!!! Must be loved....different in context! I'd never be able to get over the tragic and gruesome connotations personally

Otherplications Says:


Lovely name but please don't take that Shakespeare quote as a plus - 'she is Lavinia therefore must be loved' is spoken by two men who in the next scene rape Lavinia and cut off her arms and tongue. Then she is smothered by her own father. It's not an 'aspirational' Lavinia play!!

morning_glory Says:


For those who can't get past the Lav- beginning (though it's no problem for me!), the Spanish variation Livinia is equally lovely. It also provides a more obvious route to the nickname Liv.

mill1020 Says:


Wow; I used to like this name until I read a Wikipedia synopsis of "Titus Andronicus"

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Lavinia is both strong while being dainty and feminine, qualities you don't normally think of in girls names nowadays. It's timeless, has quite a few nicknames (my favorite being Vini) and has a vintage vibe that I love. What a stunning name! :)

xhart Says:


I personally disagree. It reminds me of Lavender.

SimoneKadele Says:


Yeah...while that one quote from Titus Andronicus might be nice, the play and what happens to Lavinia in it isn't. It's a pretty name, but Lavinia's story is just so gruesome. It ruined the name for me.

clairels Says:



Wittyusername103 Says:


This name is very cold and clinical.

MaryKathryn Says:


I love this name! I especially love the nickname "Liv"!

lyz426 Says:


That's where I first discovered the name. I absolutely love Lavinia though, so one mean girl can't ruin it for me!

lyz426 Says:


I totally agree! I would love to call my future daughter Lavinia. Here's to hoping that my future husband agrees!

lyz426 Says:


I also like the nickname Linnie!

snowsbeloved Says:


The mean girl from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett ruined it for me.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Lavinia is the name of a ship in Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke. It's very elegant and pretty!

Amelia Says:


Our 3 year old daughter is called Lavinia! We love it! I get a mixed reaction from people. We are Irish so it is not heard much here in Ireland! Nobody has said they don't like it but they comment saying it is differnent anyways so I take it they don't ha ha! It is beautiful and elegant in my opinion & there won't be 4 more Lavinia's in her class when she starts school!

Ian Elliott Says:


Lavinia was also the name of Mrs. Clarence Day, Sr., well known from the biographies Life with Father and Life with Mother, by Clarence Day, Jr. Clarence Day, Sr., always called her Vinny for short.

clairels Says:


No because of the first three letters. Reminds me of lavatory.

cyoung325 Says:


This is such a pretty name that I'm a little shocked it hasn't gotten more attention lately. It's a long frilly name, starts with an L, and is an old fashioned gem. I don't particularly like the nn Vinnie but maybe that's because I always assumed Love or Lovey would the perfect nn for it.

TaylorAbby Says:


Love love love this!!! A new favorite I think! I like "vinnie" for a nick name too :)

headintheclouds Says:


Lavinia looks and sounds pretty; it's a nice frilly vintage name. But sadly reading The Little Princess has forever ruined this name for me- I will always associate it with the spoiled mean little rich girl in the book.

Catastroffy Says:


Uglier to me.

Eva Thyssen Says:


Classic and timeless.

jojobabyberry Says:


One of the most beautiful names ever to me.

Guest Says:


This is as ugly as Latrina to me.