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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Vesta

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ves"ta
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  1. [Rom. Myth] One of the great divinities of the ancient Romans, identical with the Greek Hestia. She was a virgin, and the goddess of the hearth; hence, also, of the fire on it, and the family round it.
  2. [Astron] An asteroid, or minor planet, discovered by Olbers in 1807.
  3. A wax friction match.

Etymology: L. Vesta, akin to Gr. "Esti`a Vesta, "esti`a the hearth of the house, and perhaps to Skr. ush to burn (see East), or perhaps to Skr. vas to dwell, and E. was

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The brightest asteroid but the fourth to be discovered
  2. (Roman mythology) goddess of the hearth and its fire whose flame was tended by vestal virgins; counterpart of Greek Hestia
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From Latin Vesta, related to Ancient Greek ἑστία (hestía, “to dwell”) and Ἑστία (Hestía, “Hestia”), all from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wes-; see also Old High German and Old English wesan (“to be”), Gothic wisan (wisan), Sanskrit वसति (vasati, “abide dwell”).

Vesta itself came to mean chaste, pure, or virgin, based from this goddess.

  1. (Roman mythology) The virgin goddess of the hearth, fire, and the household, and therefore a deity of domestic life. The Roman counterpart of Hestia.
  2. A female given name in occasional use.
  3. (astronomy) Short for 4 Vesta, the fourth asteroid discovered.

Vesta was also found in the following language(s): French, Latin, Portuguese, and Serbo-Croatian

Notable Persons Named Vesta

Vesta Williams was a rhythm, blues, jazz, funk, soul music, disco, and adult contemporary music musician. Her career lasted from 1970 to 1970. Vesta was given the name Mary Vesta Williams on December 1st, 1957 in Coshocton, Ohio, U.S. She died on September 22nd, 2011.

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Vesta Tilley was a music hall singer & male impersonator, music hall, and music hallsinger & male impersonator. Vesta was given the name Matilda Alice Powles on May 13th, 1864 in Commandery Street, Worcester. Vesta is also known as Lady de Frece. She died on September 16th, 1952.

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Vesta Roy was a Governor of New Hampshire. Vesta was born on March 16th, 1925 in Dearborn, Michigan. She died on February 8th, 2002.

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Vesta Victoria was a music hall, singing, comedian, film, actor, music hallsinger&comedian, and filmactress. Vesta was given the name Victoria Lawrence on November 26th, 1873 in Leeds. Vesta is also known as Baby Victoria and Little Victoria. She passed away on April 7th, 1951.

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They hold the title Woman FIDE Master and FIDE titles. Vesta was given the name Vesta Kalvytė on December 5th, 1984 in Panevėžys.

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How popular is the baby name Vesta in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 20 20 0
1881 20 20 0
1882 21 21 0
1883 19 19 0
1884 33 33 0
1885 27 27 0
1886 47 47 0
1887 28 28 0
1888 51 51 0
1889 54 54 0
1890 42 42 0
1891 60 60 0
1892 60 60 0
1893 52 52 0
1894 100 100 0
1895 96 96 0
1896 64 64 0
1897 92 92 0
1898 91 91 0
1899 93 93 0
1900 112 112 0
1901 84 84 0
1902 109 109 0
1903 105 105 0
1904 99 99 0
1905 103 103 0
1906 107 107 0
1907 103 103 0
1908 112 112 0
1909 97 97 0
1910 109 109 0
1911 111 111 0
1912 169 169 0
1913 122 122 0
1914 165 160 5
1915 195 195 0
1916 220 220 0
1917 218 213 5
1918 257 257 0
1919 248 242 6
1920 243 243 0
1921 202 197 5
1922 195 195 0
1923 169 169 0
1924 194 194 0
1925 156 156 0
1926 162 162 0
1927 126 126 0
1928 110 110 0
1929 116 116 0
1930 123 117 6
1931 104 104 0
1932 106 106 0
1933 102 102 0
1934 110 110 0
1935 100 100 0
1936 79 79 0
1937 69 69 0
1938 88 88 0
1939 65 65 0
1940 84 84 0
1941 72 72 0
1942 73 73 0
1943 62 62 0
1944 60 60 0
1945 59 59 0
1946 52 52 0
1947 55 55 0
1948 61 61 0
1949 50 50 0
1950 45 45 0
1951 46 46 0
1952 55 55 0
1953 48 48 0
1954 52 52 0
1955 43 43 0
1956 25 25 0
1957 28 28 0
1958 35 35 0
1959 36 36 0
1960 28 28 0
1961 24 24 0
1962 26 26 0
1963 25 25 0
1964 31 31 0
1965 21 21 0
1966 19 19 0
1967 18 18 0
1968 22 22 0
1969 10 10 0
1970 11 11 0
1971 21 21 0
1972 17 17 0
1973 9 9 0
1974 12 12 0
1975 16 16 0
1976 10 10 0
1977 7 7 0
1978 12 12 0
1979 8 8 0
1980 9 9 0
1981 5 5 0
1982 14 14 0
1983 7 7 0
1984 7 7 0
1985 5 5 0
1986 5 5 0
1987 8 8 0
1988 10 10 0
1989 13 13 0
1990 8 8 0
1991 10 10 0
1992 14 14 0
1993 11 11 0
1994 10 10 0
1996 6 6 0
1997 7 7 0
2001 6 6 0
2003 7 7 0
2004 6 6 0
2005 6 6 0
2007 6 6 0
2008 7 7 0
2009 7 7 0
2010 7 7 0
2011 8 8 0
2012 6 6 0
2014 6 6 0
2016 9 9 0
2017 15 15 0

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Popularity of Vesta as a first name

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Popularity of Vesta as a last name

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  • Miller
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  • Davis
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  • Thompson
  • White
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Vesta U.S.
  White 90.79% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.29% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Vesta

People with the last name Vesta are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Vesta

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  • How Popular is the name Vesta? Vesta is the 2,820th most popular name of all time. As a last name Vesta was the 115,034th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Vesta have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,167 babies born with the first name Vesta in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vesta to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Vesta? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 20 new born babies.
  • When was Vesta first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vesta is Saturday, December 24th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Vesta born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vesta was in 1918 with a total of 257 babies.
  • Random Vesta Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Vesta is not a popular baby girl's name in Iowa. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Vesta: Your name in reverse order is Atsev. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sveta. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Vesta? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 152 people with the last name Vesta.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Vesta? Vesta is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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