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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 Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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
George Virginia Morgan (b. 2018), daughter of actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton
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)


DaphneTheSnail Says:


For some people the Virgin meaning could be embarrassing, but for me it's a wonderful meaning. I don't see how being a virgin would be embarrassing, instead it should be something to be proud of. I would use this name for so many reasons, I love it. :)

Miriam2468 Says:


It’s a pretty name, and maybe I could use as a middle name for a future daughter.

peaseblossom Says:


It's a commonwealth. And neither of these comments are useful.

Ella Says:


It's a state

headintheclouds Says:


I'm personally not a fan of Virginia. My biggest gripe with it is the obvious "virgin" aspect of it, and I don't like the sound and spelling; it's the three i's spaced out in the spelling that get me, and I don't find its clunky sound appealing (VS. other vintage names with a similar feel like Wilhelmina). However, I can always appreciate that it's an impactful-sounding name with a more unusual name initial, and that it's long and frilly with lots of nickname options.

virginia P Says:


I am Virginia, and mid-way through my childhood, I came to dislike the name. My family is southern and some of my relatives drop the r, so the sound that remains, had then to my ears, an uncomfortable closeness to the female body part. Still, the short i and dipthong in nia saved it. I began calling myself Ginger, only because a girl on television was named that, and I don't have a speck of red hair and now dislike the name, but my sister, nieces and nephews would never be able to get used to a change. I actually love the name Virginia now because check this out: The origin of the name - in the way-back time means pure and green. I love that meaning. Makes me imagine pure, green mountains of the state. Still, almost no one thinks of this meaning for the name, so we Virginias are left with names we outgrow, so to speak, and the designation of sexual purity seems embarrassing and silly. I worked with a priest once and told him, Hey my name's Virginia Marie, and my parents aren't even Catholic. His response was, "Well, neither was the virgin Mary." When I lived in Mexico, for a year, people always told me what a muy bonito nombre ( very beautiful name) it was. If you dis-associate it from that meaning and focus on the sound, i do think it's a beautiful-sounding name and the connotations of purity and greenness are also beautiful, I think.

LavenderLullabies Says:


Reminds me a bit too much of the Virginia Tech Massacre (deadliest school shooting in history.) I'm probably a hypocrite for disliking this name for that reason considering I actually like the name Columbine (site of another school shooting.) Maybe it's just because I had a family member at Virginia Tech at the time of the shooting, so it feels a lot more personal.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Such a strong, regal sounding name! I know a Virginia who goes by the nickname "Gina".

shelbynh Says:


I think this is a very pretty name... the first thing that comes to my mind is "Meet Virginia" by Train.

Impwood Says:


I like this name, with the nicknames Ginnie, Ginger and Nia. It's not a favourite of mine, though.

virginiabt Says:


As a Virginia myself, I can say it's a great name that I love and get a lot of compliments on. Every kid will be teased at some point for their name. You learn to rise above. Fear of teasing is a silly reason to avoid the name Virginia and I completely disagree with the comment about possible downsides.

yvonne_virginia Says:


Loving this with the nn Nia right now! <3

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


It doesn't have the obvious 'virgin' bit in the name.

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


This is such a nice name! I like it a lot.

DolphinLover17 Says:


I love this name! i think its so pretty. Not frilly girly pretty, just beautiful natural pretty.

amberdaydream Says:


Liking this right now. I think I'd use it as a middle name.

amberdaydream Says:


I associate it more with those two American states, Virginia and West Virginia. For that reason, I think it's really lovely and it just sounds nice to me.

jan11th Says:


I think she would get teased because of the "virgin" thing

Vicki Says:


I will probably adopt this as my second middle name when I have my confirmation in a couple of years time.

Guest Says:


I don't think the "virgin" teasing would be that bad. Agnes means the same thing and does get teased.

raevynstar Says:


This is simply one of the best classics out there.

lesliemarion Says:


Oh,Virginia is a wonderful name! I do think Ginnie is ready for revival, as well as Ginger. There's nothing wrong with being a virgin and I'd hate to see this name overlooked because of some moronic kids' teasing.