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Gender: Female Meaning of Vera: "faith" Origin of Vera: Russian Vera's Popularity in 2017: #278

The name Vera is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "faith". Vera is ranked #278 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Vera was the height of exotic fashion in 1910, then was for a long time difficult to picture embroidered on a baby blanket. Now, though, some hip parents are beginning to quietly revive it along with other old-fashioned simple names such as Ada and Iris.

Vera was barely known in the English-speaking world until it appeared in the 1860 novel by Ouida, Moths, and Vera Rostov is a character in War and Peace, published nine years later.

Vern Yip has a young daughter called Vera, and Vera Wang and Vera Famiga have modernized it.

Vera Lynn was an iconic British World War II singer, Vera Miles was a Hitchcock star best known for her role as Lila Crane in Psycho and Vera-Ellen (born without the hyphen) was a dancing partner of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.

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Famous People Named Vera

Vera-Ellen (Westmeier Rohe), American actress and dancer
Vera Ann Farmiga, American actress
Vera Lynn (born Vera Margaret Welch), English singer/songwriter/actress
Vera Wang, American fashion designer
Vera Miles (born Vera June Ralston), American actress
Vera Jayne Palmer, birth name of American actress Jayne Mansfield
Vera Brittain, English writer and feminist
Vera Mindy Chokalingam, birth name of actress Mindy Kaling
Vera Rubin, American astronomer
Vera Matovic, Yugoslavian singer
Vera Caslavska, Czech Olympic gymnast
Vera Blue, birth name Celia Pavey, Australian singer-songwriter
Vera Brosgol, Cartoonist and author
Vera Evgenieva Aldonina (b. 2006), daughter of actress Yulia Nachalova and footballer Evgeni Aldonin
Vera Lillian Beatrix Yip (b. 2011), daughter of American interior designer Vern Yip
Vera Valdés Cardona (b. 2013), daughter of footballer Victor Valdés and model Yolanda Cardona
Vera Yevgenyeva Tsyganova (b. 2015), daughter of actors Irina Leonova and Yevgeny Tsyganov
Vera Alexandrovna Terekhova (b. 2015), daughter of singer Tatiana Naynik and actor Alexander Terekhov
Elisabeth Vera Rositsan, Lithuanian rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Vera

Vera Elizabeth Claythorne, character in Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"
Vera, Jayne Cobb's gun on TV's "Firefly"
Vera Bradley, fashion bag brand
Vera Bates, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Vera Misham, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Vera, character in "The Water Wars" by Cameron Stracher
"Vera," song by Pink Floyd
Vera Peterson, Norm's wife on TV's "Cheers"
Vera, character in movie "Home Alone 4"
Vera, character in movie At the devil's door
Vera Whitefern, character in book My Sweet Audrina
Vera, character in movie "Hi-Line"
Vera Charles, character from book/movie "Auntie Mame"
"Vera Drake," 2004 film and its main character
Vera Brittain, character in the movie "Testament of Youth"
Vera Verto, spell from Harry Potter that turns an animal into a water goblet
Vera Rossakoff, Russian Countess character in Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot
Vera Kurigina, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Vera Dietz, main character in novel 'Please Ignore Vera Dietz' by A.S. King
Vera Devinish, character in TV's "House of Anubis"
Vera Stanhope, main character of Ann Cleeves's detective series and the Vera crime drama TV series
Vera Donovan, character in Stephen King's "Dolores Claiborne"
Vera Oberlin, character in "Monster Prom"

Verine, Verene, Verina

Vera's International Variations

Verania, Veira, Veranina, Véra, Vérane, Varena, Ver, Vériane, Vreni, Vere (French) Wiercia, Wiera, Wierka (Polish) Verunka, Verushka, Viera (Czech) Vjera, Verasha, Verinka, Verusya, Verka, Verochka (Russian) Veera (Finnish) Wera (Swedish) Verana, Verbena, Verena (Spanish) Veradis, Veradisia (Latin)


burg123 Says:


To me, Vera is an old lady name.

wow-wowiewowwow Says:


Vera is a really pretty name. It's simple but also fresh, in my opinion. It's a milky green, pale gold name - i know im weird but theres a lot of names that give off a certain vibe, color, etc
Overall, I think it's an amazing name to give to a daughter or a son if you go with Vero, which is also great

kriselle_e Says:


One of my favourite names. It is feminine without being as frilly as many female names ending with “a”. It sounds classic and elegant yet spunky and unique.

CittyTK Says:


I think Vera and Ivanka would be so cute for sisters!

5sparrows Says:


As an 80's kid I associate this with the lady on the show Alice. Anyone else remember it? The chef nicknamed her "dingy".

bordercollie Says:


Sadly, all I can think of is Vera Bates on Downton Abbey. A shame, since this is a lovely name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Sweet vintage name, could be used as a nickname for Verity, as well as being lovely on its own

indiefendi2 Says:


Russia produces pretty names and adorable nicknames.

Yessica Says:


I'm Vera super famous.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


It actually is. Vera means faith in many Slavic languages. I know, I speak one of them!

florajay Says:


I'm pretty sure the true origin of Vera is Latin meaning "truth"....

Starelli Says:


This name reminds me of strong and empowered women (and girls). I think it's a wonderful name. I've only met two people with it.

Jinxgirl Says:


Pretty and old fashioned but it does make me think My Sweet Audrina

thedarkfirefly Says:


I always liked how names starting with V gave a first impression of sensibility and maturity, and Vera also adds classiness to the package.

malloree Says:


I think Vera's origin should be changed to "Slavic"

hannahloulou Says:


Vera comes (in my experience) is a nickname turned name in own right derived from Veronica/Veronique the Latin transliteration of the Greek name Berenice, Βερενίκη, Pheroníkē, from φέρειν, phérein, to bring, and νίκη, níkê, "victory", i.e. "she who brings victory".

amandaberry Says:


I've never heard Vera mean "faith", y'all sure you got that right? It derives from the Latin word Veritas meaning Truth.

MaryKathryn Says:


It's truly a beautiful name, but I wouldn't use it.

bootsie Says:


Maybe it's because I'm young but I never got an old lady association with this name, I just thought about Vera Wang.

ldougie Says:


I like this, makes me think of Vera Bradley

dragonflynv Says:


I think there is also a connection to Latin "truth."

NaomiNY Says:


I like the meaning, but I'm not crazy about the name. A former friend's name was Vera. She stopped being my friend just because I didn't stop being friends with this guy she broke up with, even though she knew I was friends with said guy before she dated him.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this name

Sweekune Says:


A vintage name and a family one for me. I still can't get over the old lady feel to it though.