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Unique Names Starting With V

ViolaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "violet"
  • Description:

    Viola has several positive elements going for it: the rhythm of the musical instrument, the association with the flower, the trending 'Vi' beginning and its leading role in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

VerityHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "truth"
  • Description:

    If you love Puritan virtue names and want to move beyond Hope and Faith and Grace, this is a wonderful choice, both for its meaning and its sound. A rare find here, though occasionally heard in England. It was used in Winston Graham's Poldark novels, was Madonna's name as James Bond's fencing instructor in Die Another Day, and made a brief appearance in Harry Potter. Not to mention being a fixture on British and Australian soaps. Verity also appears in one of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries.

VesperHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "evening star"
  • Description:

    This Latin word used for evening spiritual services was introduced to baby namers by the Eva Greene character Vesper Lynd in the modern James Bond film Casino Royale in 2006, based on the Ian Fleming novel, and is just now beginning to provoke interest among namers, with its spiritual reference and soft, whispery sound.

ViggoHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "war"
  • Description:

    Though to most Americans Viggo is a one-person name attached to intense actor Mortensen, it is actually an old Norse name dating back to the Vikings, and is currently the 32nd most popular appellation in Sweden. Viggo Mortensen is a Jr., sharing his name with his Danish father. We think this name is so, well, vigorous, that it might appeal to others as well. Taylor and Natalie Hanson seemed to agree when they chose it for their fourth child.

ValentineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    Valentine is an attractive Shakespearean name with romantic associations, but those very ties to the saint and the sentimental holiday have sent it into a decline, one which we think may be about to turn around.

VenusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, Roman mythology name
  • Description:

    The name of a heavenly planet and the Roman goddess of beauty and love was an intimidating no-no until tennis champ Venus Williams put an athletic, modern spin on it.

ValenciaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "brave, strong"
  • Description:

    This lovely orange-scented Spanish place-name would make an inventive namesake for an Aunt Valerie.

VladimirHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "renowned prince"
  • Description:

    Vladimir, which has a musical prodigy kind of vibe, is a cultured Russian name associated in this country with political strongman Vladimir Putin, piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz, and the author of Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov.

VaughnHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    Vaughn, also commonly spelled Vaughan, has been used quietly over the years, reaching a peak of Number 349 in 1949. It is now in the process of rediscovery, being seen as a good Sean alternative or an updated way to honor an ancestral Paul (which also means small).

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.

ViolettaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "purple"
  • Description:

    Violetta is a more vibrantly colored, feminissima form of Violet. It is the name of the heroine of the Verdi opera La Traviata--in fact Violetta was the original title of the work.

VesperHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "evening star"
  • Description:

    While this is usually thought of as a girls' name because of the Bond Girl connection, its sound is masculine and there's no reason it couldn't work for boys.

ValorHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Honor and bravery are certainly virtues any parent would want to encourage, and this word itself is obscure enough that it manages to sound like a real name.

VitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vital and vivacious, Vita is stirring back to life along with many of her V-themed sisters -- Vivian, Vivica -- and is becoming a new celebrity baby favorite.

VitoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "alive, life"
  • Description:

    Old World Italian name that might become fashionable in a so-far-out-it's-in way, like Enzo and Rocco. Main recommendation: It's among the rare boy names that mean life.

VinceHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Vincent, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "conquering"
  • Description:

    Vince is not a short form that often stands alone on the birth certificate, the way Jack or even Joe does, but it has certain credibility as the name always used for football great Vince Lombardi. And as a diminutive for Vincent, it's a far sight better than Vinnie or Vinny or even Vin.

VerenaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "integrity"
  • Description:

    Verena is pleasant but old-fashioned. Whether that's the outdated kind of old-fashioned or the so-out-it's-in-again kind is your call.

ViaHeart

  • Origin:

    Nickname name
  • Description:

    Could be a short form of Sylvia, Olivia, or any other similar name. Or a vivid Italian word name.

VonHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "hope"
  • Description:

    One of those midcentury shortenings that are starting to sound cool again, though we prefer Van.

VegaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "swooping eagle"
  • Description:

    Another astral name, this one relating to one of the largest and brightest stars in the heavens, is popular in Scandinavia and Spain, where it ranks among the Top 50 girls' names. In the US, it was used for only a handful of children of both sexes.

VeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "great hero"
  • Description:

    The o ending and the positive meaning in many languages makes this a winner, and with the feminine Vera making a surprise return, and the new love for the letter 'V', this becomes a name that has definite possibilities.

VidaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Like Vita and Viva, one of several similar life-affirming names, this one was chosen by Matthew McConaughey and his Portuguese-born wife Camila. Vida may also be a diminutive of Davida. Australian suffragette and human rights campainer Vida Goldstein is an notable bearer of this name.

ViviHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Viv- names
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vivi is a short form of all the Vivian and Viveca forms that is sure to get a lot more attention now that a little Jolie-Pitt girl has been named Vivienne.

VelvetHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    Velvet is a name that couldn't possibly be softer or more luxuriant. Many people have fond memories of it via the character of Velvet Brown, played by the young Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, an intrepid young woman willing to masquerade as a boy to race her horse in a dangerous steeplechase.

VirgilHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "staff bearer"
  • Description:

    The name of the greatest Roman poet and an early Irish saint who believed the earth was round, Virgil is heard most notably today as the name of designer Virgil Abloh of Off-White.

ValentineHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Valentina
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    For a girl, we'd say Val-en-teen, though many would insist on pronouncing it like the holiday.

VestaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    The name of the Roman goddess of the household is not recommended for your little goddess.

VernonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "place of alders"
  • Description:

    Once aristocratic British surname yet to be revived. Vince Vaughn recently gave his son the same double initials as his own when he named him Vernon Vaughn.

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.

VinHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Vincent, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "conquering"
  • Description:

    Minimalist nickname via XXX star Diesel (born Mark Vincent).

ValeHeart

  • Origin:

    Geographical name
  • Description:

    Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie put this name of a geographical feature on the baby name map when she chose it for her newborn daughter, Vale Guthrie Feldman. Vale might be considered part nature name, part place name: A vale is a kind of valley, often used in poetry. This truly unique choice doesn't even register on the US extended list of names given to five babies or more, but we expect Vale to register as parents are inspired by Guthrie and husband Mike Feldman's creative choice. More prosaicly, Vale might be a short form of Valerie or Valentina.

VasiliHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "royal, kingly"
  • Description:

    Alternative form of Basil that might suit the adventurous.

VivienHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vivien (Scarlett O'Hara) Leigh was born Vivian. Some sources give Vivien as a relative of the Irish goddess name Bebinn and a literary name invented by Tennyson. Others say it's related to the Latin-based Viviana, meaning life. This spelling of the name is as legitimate as many others.

VivaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "alive, living, life"
  • Description:

    Viva la baby with this life-affirming name, one of the appealing group of girl names that mean life.! Singer Rufus Wainwright chose it for his baby daughter, perhaps in celebration of a new life entering the world the year after he lost his mother Kate McGarrigle. The baby's middle name is Katherine.

VivianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Deriving from the Roman cognomen Vivianus, Vivian was originally a masculine name, with Vivien being a feminine soundalike coined by Alfred Lord Tennyson for the Lady of the Lake in his famous poetic adaptation of the legend of King Arthur. It has since become a much more popular choice for girls in the US, but retains a refined British charm which sees it cropping up occasionally for boys in the Telegraph birth announcements.

VesperaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "evening star"
  • Description:

    Said to refer to either Jupiter or Venus, either of which would be preferable as a name.

ViridianHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "blue green color"
  • Description:

    Unusual and beautiful blue green color and name possibility, a la Cerulean.

VivaanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "full of life"
  • Description:

    Vivaan is a life-related name from India that has made its way onto the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2014. While unusual, it has a familiar and appealing lively sound and feel. However, be aware that people unfamiliar with the name may misread and mispronounce it as Vivian.

VelaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "shore, coast"
  • Description:

    Vela is one of those rare names that is at once simple, straightforward, authentic, and unusual, at least in the Western World. Besides being an Indian girls' name, Vela is a Southern sky constellation whose name is Latin for sail.

ValoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish; Malagasy
  • Meaning:

    "light"
  • Description:

    Really offbeat, upbeat multi-cultural name with light sound and meaning.

VidarHeart

  • Origin:

    Old Norse
  • Meaning:

    "quiet god"
  • Description:

    Mythological son of Odin, powerful and mute.

VascoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "someone from the Basque region"
  • Description:

    Schoolchildren will recognize this name via Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

VittorioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Victor
  • Meaning:

    "conqueror"
  • Description:

    Was there ever a name that rolled more appealingly off the tongue? Vittorio calls to mind the glory days of Italian cinema, featuring names like Vittorio de Sica and Vittorio Gassman.

VashtiHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "lovely"
  • Description:

    This Persian name with an Old Testament pedigree has a warm Sasha-like feel. The Biblical Vashti was a queen who refused her husband's orders to appear naked in front of his party guests and so was deposed in favor of Esther. For her independent spirit, Vashti has become something of a feminist icon.

VittoriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Victoria
  • Description:

    An appealing Italianate alternative.

VegaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "swooping eagle"
  • Description:

    This Spanish name has a lot going for it: it's a self-confident Spanish surname, it identifies one of the most brilliant stars in the sky, and it has a musical reference to singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega.

VeronaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian place-name
  • Description:

    Verona is a scenic place-name with the added attraction of a Shakespearean connection, as in Two Gentlemen of....

ValeHeart

  • Origin:

    Geographical name
  • Description:

    Vale is part place name, part nature name -- a poetic term for a type of valley. Today Show coanchor Savannah Guthrie put Vale on the baby name map when she chose it for her daughter, but there's no reason the name can't work equally well for a boy. Vale might also be a short form for Valentine or a spelling variation of the city name Vail.

ViridianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "green"
  • Description:

    Viridiana is a frillier version of the medieval name Viridis, meaning green. Viridiana briefly made it into the top 1000 in the US in the 1990s.

VladHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian
  • Meaning:

    "to rule"
  • Description:

    The most famous Vlad was nicknamed "the Impaler." Enough said.
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