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

Virgil Origin and Meaning

The name Virgil is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "staff bearer".

The name of the greatest Roman poet and an early Irish saint who believed the earth was round, Virgil is heard most notably today as the name of designer Virgil Abloh of Off-White.

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

Pop Culture References for the name Virgil

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.