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.
In the past five years, Vera has vaulted up the popularity charts, and looks to be moving even higher. She is currently Number 308 in the US, 142 on Nameberry, and 26 in Sweden.