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Gender: Female Meaning of Virginia: "virginal, pure" Origin of Virginia: Latin Virginia's Popularity in 2017: #514

The name Virginia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "virginal, pure". Virginia is ranked #514 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Virginia is a lovely place name starting with the fashionable V and having deep historical roots, yet, unlike some other other girls' classics, has been sorely neglected in recent years.

The colony/state of Virginia was given its name by Sir Walter Raleigh in honor of Elizabeth I, known as the Virgin Queen, and the first child to be born of English parents in the New World was christened Virginia Dare.

Virginia was in the Top 10 for 25 years, from 1912 to 1937, hitting a high of Number 6 in 1921, when there were 19,000 newborn Virginias in their cradles.

She does have a couple of possible downsides—those teasable virgin associations, and the not-quite-ready-for-revival Ginny nickname. But we think they're outweighed by more positive factors, and Virginia is in line for a possible revival.

Virginia has such distinguished namesakes as writer Virginia Woolf, has been the subject of songs by groups ranging from The Rolling Stones to the Foo Fighters, and has appeared as a character in a number of books, movies, and TV shows—currently co-starring on Masters of Sex. Ginger Rogers was born Virginia.

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Famous People Named Virginia

Virginia "Dawson" Biondi, King Philip Middle School student
Virginia Bourbon del Monte, daughter of the Prince di San Faustino
Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli, Italian noblewoman
(Adeline) Virginia Woolf, English novelist
Virginia G. Madsen, American actress
(Eliza) Virginia Capers, American actress
Virginia Williams, American actress
Virginia Katherine McMath, birth name of American actress Ginger Rogers
Virginia Esther Hamilton, American children's author
Virginia Satir, American author and psychotherapist
Virginia Hensley, birth name of American singer Patsy Cline
Virginia Dare, first child born in America to English parents
Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe, cousin and wife of writer Edgar Allen Poe
Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Carlotta Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, Italian mistress of Napoleon III of France
Virginia Zucchi, Italian ballerina
Virginia A. McKenna, English actress
(Sarah) Virginia Wade, English tennis player
Virginia Gamba aka Sister Maria Celeste, daughter of astronomer Galileo
Virginia O'Hanlon, American girl who wrote to "The Baltimore Sun"
Mary Virginia Johnson, American sex researcher of Masters and Johnson
Virginia Dell Clinton Kelley, mother of U.S. President Bill Clinton
Virginia Mann, younger daughter of photographer Sally Mann
Virginia "Ginny" Thrasher, American sport shooter
Virginia Zamperini, sister of WWII POW Louis Zamperini
Virginia Elizabeth Gardner, American actress
Virginia Bocelli (b. 2012), daughter of Italian classical tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli
Virginia McLaurin, famous black American for living over 100 years old

Pop Culture References for the name Virginia

Virginia Polytech University, site of the deadliest school shooting in US history
Virginia Mosby, Ted's mom on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Virginia "Pepper" Potts, character in Marvel Universe
Virginia Brush, character in movie 'The Strawberry Blonde'
Virginia Lewis, main character in the miniseries 'The 10th Kingdom'
Virginia Chance, character on TV's 'Raising Hope'
Virginia "Ginny" Johnson, from Showtime's "Masters of Sex"
Virginia Ito, character in "The Glass Scientists"
Virginia Doyle, mother in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
'Yes, Virginia', animated TV special inspired by Virginia O'Hanlon
Virginia, from song "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel
'Meet Virginia', song by Train
'Leave Virginia Alone', song by Rod Stewart, Tom Petty
'Virginia', song by Tori Amos
"Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?," play by Edward Albee
Virginia and West Virginia, U.S. states
"My name's Virginia - Virgin for short but not for long." (from 'Something Happened' by Joseph Heller)
Virginia Conly, Elsie Dinsmore's niece in the Elsie Dinsmore series
Virginia au Augustus "Mustang" - a main character from Pierce Brown's Red Rising Trilogy
Virginia Crowe, from Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock Holmes series.
Virginia, one of the main four characters from Platoon of Power Squadron

Virginia's International Variations

Gigi, Virginie (French) Vegenia, Wilikinia (Hawaiian) Gina, Ginata, Ginia (Spanish)