V Baby Names: Varied and vivid, from Velvet to Viggo
The letter V gives us relatively few usable names, but many of the ones it does give us are gems. From the queenly Victoria and the steady Vincent to the wonderfully rare Verity and the popular sound of Vander, V names are where it’s at! Just take a look at some names celebrities are choosing for their little ones, such as Violet, Vivienne and Viggo.
As I looked at the V names from 2012, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of forgotten ones that deserve to be remembered, as well as some interesting picks from beyond the US borders. Let’s take a look at the names that jumped out at me with their number of 2012 births…
Oldies But Goodies
From Beyond Our Borders
Valentin 231 (Scandinavian, French, German, Slavic)Valentino 270 (Italian)Vicente 238 (Spanish)Vidal 35 (Spanish)Viggo 29 (Scandinavian)Vihaan 366 (Indian)Vincenzo 304 (Italian)Viraj 51 (Indian)Vito 75 (Italian, Spanish)Vivaan 169 (Indian)Vladimir 147 (Slavic)Vladislav 17 (Slavic)
Various Other Vs
I know Virginia could be put in the Place Name category, but I just love it so much as an “Oldie But Goodie” I had to put it there (and hope it will make a comeback soon).
Only Victoria and Violet make the US Top 100 in 2012, at #28 and #89 respectively. However, 100 years ago, in 1912, Virginia (#20), Viola (#52), Vera (#68), Vincent (#72), Victor (#81), Violet (#83), Vivian (#84), Velma (#88), and Vernon (#90) all made the Top 100. In 2012, seventeen other V names reached the Top 1000, while over thirty more reached it in 1912, including Verna, Virgie, Vesta, Vern, Velva, Vernice, Velda, Vina, Verla, Vester, and Vella. Note: There were over 27,000 fewer births in 1912 than in 2012. In any case, where have all the good V’s gone?
What is your favorite V name?
Kelli Brady is a stay at home mom of two who needed an outlet for her name obsession. She found it at NameFreak!, a blog dedicated to a wide variety of name-related whims and fancies. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.