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.
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on July 16th, 2013 at 12:20 am
I’ve always like Verity.
on July 16th, 2013 at 1:32 am
I’m surprised not to see Vertia (pronounced Versha) on this list. Always one of my faves as well as Vaera and Vele. Agree with Verity.
on July 16th, 2013 at 4:07 am
Verity is beautiful. I also adore Valerie and Vivian.
on July 16th, 2013 at 4:16 am
I love so many of these – V is just a great letter. I’ve always had a soft spot for Veronica. Verity, I adore. And Vander is new to me – but I think it really works. Great list!
on July 16th, 2013 at 5:28 am
My favorites are Viggo, Victoria, Vivienne and (as girls name) Valentine. Vesta used to be the name of my cat so it’s not really a people name for me.
on July 16th, 2013 at 8:23 am
Vera was the name of the very first Nameberry baby!
on July 16th, 2013 at 9:17 am
Vesper Katherine is one of our contenders for my baby due in the fall.
on July 16th, 2013 at 10:04 am
My name is a ‘V’ name. I’m Victoria and I honestly love it! Victoria is really elegant and sweet.
From this selection of ‘v’ names I love…
Viola (on my forever changing favourite name list)
Verity (on my forever changing favourite name list)
Violeta (prefer Violetta)
on July 16th, 2013 at 10:42 am
V-names are beautiful. My favorites are probably Victoria, Viola and Verity for a girl and Valentine and Vladimir for a boy. There’s also Veniamin, version of Benjamin.
on July 16th, 2013 at 12:01 pm
Sorry if this seems like a duplicate: I can’t see my post.
My favorite Vs are Vanessa, Verona, Viola, Virginia, Valencia, Veda, Veronica, Vesper, Valentina, and Velma.
I also like Valancy, Venetia, and Varvara not on your list.
For boys I like Victor, Vincent, Vaughn, and Van (being of Dutch descent).
It’s funny most of the V names I’ve seen tend to be used with other V names. For example, Veronica and Vincent are twins, Veronica and Victoria were sisters on a reality show, and Virginia and Victoria are daughters of a writer I like.
I also love a lot of V in the middle names such as Ava. My current favorite V in the middle name is Ginevra.
on July 16th, 2013 at 12:48 pm
Vera, Verona, Verity, Valerie, Vivienne, Vida, and Vienna are all beautiful. There’s not a lot of “V” names I dislike, actually.
on July 16th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
My favorites are Vienne, Vivienne, and Vida, sadly, all V names are off limits to me due to the surname.
on July 16th, 2013 at 1:54 pm
I seriously love most V names. My favorite girl name is Vanessa. It’s just so beautiful and elegant, and it sounds youthful without being immature. Another girl name I adore is Viviana-I think it’s so much more fun and feminine than the prim and proper Vivian and Vivienne. I also love Vienna.
I would love to use Vincent for my baby boy, but DH is not on board 🙁
on July 16th, 2013 at 2:40 pm
My favourite V names have to be Violet and Viggo.
on July 16th, 2013 at 8:07 pm
Love Victoria, it’s always one of my favorites! I also like and/or love Violet, Viola, Virginia, Vienna, Vera (prn. Vehrr-ah), and Vaughn (for a boy). And Verity has been growing on me lately, though I’ll probably never use any of these, except possibly Victoria as a middle name.
But on the whole, V names aren’t my favorite. They’re quite harsh sounding to me, especially the double-V ones, like Vivian and Viveca. I’m would guess that this is why they’ve mostly, with a few exceptions, fallen out of favor with my generation, and the one before.
on July 16th, 2013 at 10:54 pm
i *love* V-Names for girls. My favorites being: Vienna, Violette, and Vivian. I also kind of like Valerie.
the only reason I might caution against V-Names (At least for girls) is… “The V”
As far as the boys names go, I have only heard one of those from the list being used- Vito. Vito is from a *very* italian family. His cousins being Marco, Gianni, etc. Nothing wrong with the name, but it has such a strong Italian connotation in my mind, which is not a bad thing, but I’m not italian at all. hearing now that it is also Spanish (I’m mexican), it’s on my radar.
on July 16th, 2013 at 10:58 pm
My absolute favorite “v” name is Valerie because then a cute nickname could be Ri. I think it’s cute, yet the name can apply to a more sophisticated person later in life.
on August 9th, 2013 at 10:28 pm
I LOVE v names . My faves:
on March 26th, 2014 at 1:16 pm
I’m surprised no one has mentioned Vada. Contemplating giving my baby girl this name, but with a slight variation in spelling (Vayda). I fell in love with the name immediately after watching the movie “My Girl”. My husband loves it as well.
on December 16th, 2017 at 4:07 am
I don’t see the name Viorica here, it is an old romanian name! Xx
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