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Names That Mean Victory

Names That Mean Victory
Names meaning victory or glory have a naturally winning aura, imparting an upbeat feeling to a child. Name meanings related to victory include victorious and glorious. You'll notice groups of related names here which share victory-related meanings: There are the Nicholas names, those related to Sigrid, and names in the Victor constellation.

Along with Nicholas and Victor, other names that mean victory in the US Top 1000 include Colette, Gloria, Keilani, Nico, Nicole, Valerie, Veronica, and Victoria. Uncommon victorious names on the rise include Vittoria, Glory, Cleo, and Win — a word name that was recently chosen by Ciara and Russell Wilson for their son.

A name meaning victory will always be a winning choice. If you want your child's name to mean victory or some other kind of win, consider the options on this list.

Names That Mean Victory

NicoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian diminutive of Nicholas, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Nico is one of the great nickname names, full of charm, energy and effortless cool -- a neo Nick.

CleoHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "glory"
  • Description:

    Cleo, one of the few girls' names to boast the cool-yet-lively o ending, is of course short for Cleopatra, the name of one of the most powerful women in history.

NicholasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Nicholas is derived from the Greek Nikolaos, a name that evolved from the components nikē, meaning “victory”, and laos, “people.” It shares origins with Nike, the name of the Greek goddess of victory. Nicholas is also a New Testament name that is well-used in literature, such as in Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby.

VeronicaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin alteration of Berenice, also related to Latin phrase <em>vera icon</em>
  • Meaning:

    "she who brings victory; true image"
  • Description:

    The name Veronica projects a triple-threat image: at once saintly, sensuous, and strong.

VictoriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "victory"
  • Description:

    Victoria is the Latin word for “victory” and a feminine form of Victor. It is the name of the ancient Roman goddess of victory, the equivalent of the Greek Nike, and also a popular third century saint. Queen Victoria, for whom the Victorian Era is named, ruled over England for over sixty-three years.

ColetteHeart

  • Origin:

    French, short form of Nicole, feminine variation of Nicholas, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Like the French author with whom the name is most closely associated, Colette is a chic and charming name that is being rediscovered. After disappearing for nearly 30 years, Colette rejoined the Top 1000 in 2012 at Number 659 and has continued to rise since then.

ZiggyHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of Siegfried and Sigmund
  • Description:

    The ultimate nicknamey name, à la Ziggy Stardust or the comic-strip character Ziggy. Then again, there's Ziggy Marley, and most anything Marley is cool. Originally named David, his father Bob Marley gave him the nickname "Ziggy" due to the soccer move of the same name.

VictorHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "conqueror"
  • Description:

    Victor is one of the earliest Christian names, borne (as Vittorio) by several saints and popes, symbolizing Christ's victory over death. It has been quietly in the Top 200 since 1880, but just recently has taken on a cool edge by fashionable parents in London and seems ripe for a similar reevaluation here too.

LaszloHeart

  • Origin:

    Hungarian
  • Meaning:

    "glorious ruler"
  • Description:

    The Hungarian classic Laszlo, with its zippy 'z' middle and energetic 'o' ending, has become something of a hipster option, beginning to be considered by cutting-edge parents.

NicoleHeart

  • Origin:

    French feminine variation of Nicholas, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Nicole was derived from Nicholas, the English variation of the Greek Nikolaos, composed of the compounds nike, meaning "victory," and laos, "people." The variation Nicole arose in the Middle Ages in France to honor St. Nicholas. Names related to Nicole include Colette, Nicolette, Nika, Nicola, and Nicolina.

NylaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "winner, one who achieves"
  • Description:

    This name of an ancient Egyptian princess could make a fitting choice for a bicoastal child.

ValerieHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Valeria
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    The name of a martyred medieval saint, Valerie has been on the popularity list since its earliest publication in 1880. Though it peaked in the 1960s, remaining in the Top 100 until 1988, it still doesn't sound terminally dated; the association with the word valor gives it a sense of boldness and makes it one of the special group of girl names that mean strong.

ZukoHeart

  • Origin:

    Xhosa
  • Meaning:

    "glory"
  • Description:

    No, this name is not an homage to Grease! Zuko is a Xhosa (Zulu) boys' name meaning glory. In a world of Zekes, Zaks and Zanes, Zuko could make a refreshing choice for parents looking for something short and snappy.

AilsaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish from Norse
  • Meaning:

    "elf victory"
  • Description:

    Ailsa is a traditional Scottish name for girls related to a rocky island in the Firth of Clyde called Ailsa Craig. It might make an interesting alternative to the outdated Ashley or overly popular Ella, and could also be thought of as a relative of Elizabeth or Elsa.

SiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Old Norse
  • Meaning:

    "Victory"
  • Description:

    Mia, Gia, and now Sia!

ClioHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "glory"
  • Description:

    Clio is the name of the ancient Greek mythological muse of history and heroic poetry, one that is rich with modern charm and would make an intriguing choice, especially thanks to its dynamic o-ending. Unlike the sound-alike Cleo, which brings up visions of Cleopatra, Clio is very much a stand-alone name.

MeridaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "one who has achieved a high place of honor"
  • Description:

    You'll probably be hearing more of this name thanks to the newest Pixar film, featuring Princess Merida, the first Pixar princess--a feisty, athletic, independent medieval Scottish girl with wild red hair. Her name, however, is not Scottish, but a Spanish place name found in both Spain and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

ValerianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    This name of a Roman emperor and of a sedating plant doesn't have much of a baby name future, unless you just like its strong, rhythmic sound.

CaelanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "slender"
  • Description:

    An Anglicized form of Caolán

GloriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "glory"
  • Description:

    Gloria is beginning to move beyond its de-glamorized Grandma image, most recently thanks to glamorous young Hollywood parents Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, who chose it for their second daughter. Gyllenhaal was quoted as saying they had been inspired by Patti Smith's rendition of the Van Morrison song "Gloria" at a concert and thought " 'We'll name our daughter that one day'."

SigneHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "new victory"
  • Description:

    Signe could make an offbeat, more unusual alternative to Sydney or Sigrid. In Norse mythology, Signe was the twin sister of Sigmund. Can also be spelled Signy.

IchabodHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "the glory is gone"
  • Description:

    Ichabod, an eccentric Old Testament name, is forever tied to the character of Ichabod Crane -- and worse, the teasing possibilities of "icky bod." Even its original meaning is a negative. Skip Ichabod, as if you were ever tempted.

SigridHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "fair victory"
  • Description:

    Sigrid is a distinctly Scandinavian name that is starting to edge out into the wider world, a la cousin Ingrid. Unfortunately, short form Siri is now off the table, but Sigrid is still a possibility.

TyrHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse, God of law and heroic victory
  • Description:

    Tyr is a very early embodiment of a Norse god, typically thought to guide the law, justice, war and victory.

CleopatraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "glory of the father"
  • Description:

    A royal name in ancient Egypt that's never quite made it to the modern world, though nickname Cleo is widely used. Other now-extinct Cleopatra diminutives, including Cleora and Cleola, achieved some popularity in the early 20th century when there was a crazy for all things Egypt-related as the ancient tombs were opened and artifacts displayed. In the US, Cleopatra became a popular silent film in 1917 starring Theda Bara.

NicolaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, feminine variation of Nicholas
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Nicola, the elegant Latinate feminization of Nicholas, has long been standard issue for English girls but for some reason has never voyaged across the Atlantic, which we consider a pity, especially as Nicole's standing has waned.

BerniceHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "she who brings victory"
  • Description:

    Rarely heard today-- it fell off the list around 1980--Bernice is a biblical name of Greek origin. In the Bible, she is a sister of King Agrippa. Bernice was a Top 100 name in the US for more than three decades--from 1900 to 1936--hitting a high of Number 39 in 1921.

ToriHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Victoria or Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "bird"
  • Description:

    A more modern nickname for Victoria than Vicky, Tori is used fairly frequently on its own, kept in the public eye by singer Tori Amos and actress Tori Spelling. Still, it's far from fashionable, sinking in the polls significantly since reaching a peak of Number 142 in 1994.

NicoletteHeart

  • Origin:

    French, diminutive of Nicole, feminine variation of Nicholas, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Nicolette is the ultra-feminine name of an enchanting princess in the medieval French romance, Aucassin et Nicolette, a name that got stacks of publicity in the heyday of Desperate Housewives and its star Nicolette Sheridan. It was also the name of Chloe Sevigny's character in Big Love.

MilosHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic, diminutive of Miloslav
  • Meaning:

    "lover of glory"
  • Description:

    Commonly heard in Greece as well as the Slavic cultures, Milos has been associated in this country with Czech film director Milos Forman. Pronounced MEE-losh, it's a more original spin on the popular Miles and Milo.

EuniceHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "good victory"
  • Description:

    Eunice is a New Testament name of the mother of Timothy, long associated with one of the Kennedy sisters, the founder of the Special Olympics. As high as Number 106 in the early 1900s, it lasted on the list until 1995. Eunice was the birth name of Nina Simone, which gives it a modicum of cool.

NicodemusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "victory of the people"
  • Description:

    This rarely used New Testament name could make an unusual route to the cool nickname Nico. Nicodemus (Noddy) Boffin is a character in the Dickens novel Our Mutual Friend.

WynnHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "fair, pure"
  • Description:

    Wynn is an attractive unisex Welsh name, especially worth considering as a winning middle name.

NicolaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian and Slavic form of Nicholas
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Related to the Russian name Nikolai, this is a fresh and worldly form of a popular favorite.

BereniceHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "she who brings victory"
  • Description:

    A name with a surprising amount of history--it was the name of the wife of Ptolemy I of Egypt, occurs in the New Testament, and belonged to a fourth century saint. In the US, it has long been spelled and pronounced Bernice. Nicknames include Bernie, Berry, Binnie and Bunny.

BerthaHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "bright, glorious"
  • Description:

    Ever since the enormous German cannon was dubbed by Allied soldiers "Big Bertha" in World War I, this name hasn't worked for a sweet little baby girl. But this was not always so. Hard as it might be to imagine now, Bertha was a Top 100 name until the 1930s, and in the 1880s was the seventh most popular name in the land--the equal of Joseph.

JayaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi-Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "victory"
  • Description:

    This name of a Buddhist goddess, a possible alternative to the trendy Maya, was chosen for their daughter by Laura Dern and Ben Harper. Jaya is simple yet unusual, a winning combination, and one of the out-of-the-box goddess names as well as one of the most easily translated Hindi names for girls.

BoudiccaHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "victory"
  • Description:

    First century queen who led her Brittonic Iceni tribe in revolution against the Romans occupying England. Also found as Boudica, Boadicea (as in bodacious) and in Welsh as Buddug, the historic namesake was defeated and committed suicide, but is still celebrated in England as intelligent and brave. One ancient name that, while unheard these days, could be revived along with such choices as Atticus and Cassius.

SanjayHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "triumphant"
  • Description:

    Historic and popular Indian name, borne by the son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. On classic Hindu epics, it was the name of the charioteer of King Dhritarashtra; in the UK is was a character on the TV series Eastenders.

SiegfriedHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "victorious peace"
  • Description:

    Also spelled Sigfrid, this hefty German name has an appropriately majestic meaning: "victorious peace". Fittingly, a famous bearer was the English World War I poet and pacifist Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon was named after the hero of a Wagner opera, which in turn was based on a tragic hero from German legend.

ViktorHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, Russian, and Eastern European variation of Victor
  • Description:

    The Viktor form of this classic name is widely used throughout Europe and is rising in the US as well.

WinHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Winslow, Winthrop, or Winston
  • Description:

    Win is an upbeat, can-do name that can be a short form of one of the buttoned-up British choices above or can stand on its own. Welsh Wyn is another possibility.

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and singer Ciara named their son Win Harrison. Harrison is Wilson's father's first name.

KinseyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "king's victory"
  • Description:

    Kinsey enjoyed popularity blip thanks to similarity to Lindsay, and because of Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries heroine, Kinsey Millhone. Now, Kinsley has become more popular than Kinsey.

GloryHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Glory sounds fresh and uplifting and a lot more modern than Gloria (which is definitely feeling the stirrings of a revival, though some might still view it as a terminal Old Lady name). Glory, as in "Glory Be" and "Old Glory," has both a religious and a patriotic flavor.

NicoloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian form of Nicholas
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Nicolo is a more lively variation of Nicholas and one of the most attractive Italian names for boys. A name with a long, distinguished Italian history of its own, it also boasts the charming nickname Nico.

SigmundHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "victorious protection"
  • Description:

    The connection to Freud is a strong one, but this German name has a strong and interesting sound and great nickname potential: Ziggy, Iggy, Sim, Sid...

GlorianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "glory"
  • Description:

    Originally the name of the titular faerie queene of Spenser's epic poem "The Faerie Queene," published in 1590. Gloriana was, along with Belphoebe, an allegory for Queen Elizabeth.

HerculesHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "glory of Hera"
  • Description:

    Any boy with this name, a synonym for power via the Greek mythology figure, better be strong of body, and of psyche.

NickiHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Nicola, Nicole, Nicolette
  • Meaning:

    "people of victory"
  • Description:

    Once the teenaged babysitter, now more likely to be the mom who hires her. The names many variations include Nickee, Nickie, Nickey, Nicky, Niki, Nikkee, Nikkey, Nikki, Nikkie, Nikky, and Niky.

AlcideHeart

  • Origin:

    French version of Heracles
  • Meaning:

    "glory of Hera"
  • Description:

    This is the French version of Alcides, birth name of the Greek mythological Heracles (Hercules). You're more likely to recognize it as the name of the hot True Blood werewolf, Alcide Herveaux.
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