Gender: Female Origin of Lavinia: 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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Pop Culture References for the name Lavinia

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)


xNameNerd Says:


It's so pretty. It brings to mind a gorgeous hue of lavender.

Violet_Rose Says:


Very beautiful, one of my all time favorite female names. If I ever have a second daughter this would most certainly be a strong contender. Lavinia in mythology was so beloved by her people they named a city for her. There may be a few bad associations but there are most CERTAINLY good ones too :) I love the idea of using Lavinia and calling her Liv/Livy but some other ideas could be Vinnie, Lav, Lovie, Nia, V, Vivi.. you most certainly wouldn't be short on diminutive options.



I first heard of this name in Dickinson (the series about Emily Dickinson, starring Haylee Steinfield). Lavinia is Emily’s little sister. I’ve been in love with this name ever since I heard it!

Yuma Says:


This used to be one of my favorite names but my SO really disliked it. I still think it's nice, but definitely not as keen on it now as I was 5 years ago

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.