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Gender: Male Meaning of Virgil: "staff bearer" Origin of Virgil: Latin

The name Virgil is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "staff bearer". Virgil and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "How Old?".

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The name of the greatest Roman poet and an early Irish saint who believed the earth was round, Virgil is rarely heard nowadays, but it retains a certain pleasantly fusty feel and likable southern twang.

The first century poet known as Virgil, author of the influential epic Aeneid, was christened Publius Vergilius Maro. Centuries later, Virgil Tibbs was the noble police detective portrayed by Sidney Poitier in two films: In the Heat of the Night and They Call Me Mr. Tibbs. Currently, Virgil Minelli is a character on The Mentalist.

Virgil was the name of one of Wyatt Earp's brothers, a Tombstone, Arizona marshall. Virgil Thomson was a noted composer and musicologist, cartoonist Virgil Franklin Partch signed his work VIP, and astronaut Gus Grissom was born Virgil.

Virgil's greatest popularity took place in the early decades of the twentieth century: It was a Top 100 name for five nonconsecutive years.

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Famous People Named Virgil

Virgil (born Publius Vergilius Maro), Roman epic poet
Virgil Walter Earp, U.S. Marshal; brother of Wyatt and Morgan Earp
Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom, American astronaut
Virgil Hamlin Goode, U.S. Congressman from Virginia
Virgil Charles Frye, American actor; father of actress Soleil Moon Frye
Virgil Leo Green, American football player
Virgil Thomson, American composer
Virgil Oliver "Fire" Trucks, American baseball player
Virgil Keel Fox, American organist
Virgil Walter Ross, American animator and cartoonist
Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., birth name of Dusty Rhodes, American pro wrestler
Virgil, ring name of Michael Jones), American pro wrestler
Virgil van Dijk, Dutch professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Virgil

Virgil Tibbs, main character in film and TV series "In the Heat of the Night"
Virgil, character on TV's "Homeland"
Virgil Fox, character in TV movie "Minutemen"
Virgil Caine, main character in the song ''The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'' by The Band
Virgil Grissom Tracy, character in animated series "Thunderbirds"
Virgil, AI character on TV's "Crash Zone"
Virgil Malloy, character in film “Ocean’s Eleven
Virgil, orangutan character in film "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"
Virgil, character on TV's "Xena: Warrior Princess"
Virgil Sollozzo, character in book/film "The Godfather"
Virgil, character in film "True Romance"
Virgil Hawkins aka Static Shock, character in DC Comics
Virgil, the name of Thomas Sanders personality "Anxiety"

Vergil, Verge, Virgial, Vergitio, Virge

Virgil's International Variations

Virgilio (Spanish) Virgile (French)


catcher5 Says:


I read the book Virgil Wander by Lief Enger, and was intrigued by the main character and his name.

indiefendi2 Says:


Every Virgil I've met was an insecure bully. I'll leave it at that.

MeganV Says:


I do like the sound of Virgil, but I knew a boy named Virgil who was very mean and so I associate it with him.

quartzknee Says:


My husband's name is Virgil... (Virgil Cain is the name...) so I associate it with him and He's a cool guy. The Virg is a pretty unique person.