Gender: Female Meaning of Vera: "faith" Origin of Vera: Russian Vera's Popularity in 2019: #252

Vera Origin and Meaning

The name Vera is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "faith".

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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Rank in US: #252

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Famous People Named Vera

Pop Culture References for the name Vera

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)


SesameBun Says:


Not sure where ND2009 got their info, but VEE-ra remains (by far) the dominant pronunciation in the English speaking world (source: The Baby Name Wizard, 2019). I think it's classy, a bit understated, and interesting.

ND2009 Says:


The name is originally Russian, meaning "faith", and is pronounced in its native tongue something like VYAIR-ah, with a touch of a rolled "r". It became popular in the West around the turn of the 20th century and, though spelled Vera in English, was commonly pronounced VEER-uh in both the US and UK. This phonetic disconnect has fallen by the wayside in recent times, however. The default international pronunciation VAIR-uh has rapidly gained prominence, lending this once dated name fresh elegance, strength, and sophistication.

fearlessfirefly Says:


Or Vera and Vivian

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

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.