Virgil

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Virgil

"Virgil" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Of unknown meaning". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Roman poet; author of the epic poem `Aeneid' (70-19 BC)
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Latin Virgilius, from the Roman clan name Vergilius, of unknown meaning.

  1. Pūblius Vergilius Marō (70-19 B.C.), Roman epic writer from the Augustan period, best known for writing the Aeneid.
  2. A male given name, of mostly American usage.

Notable Persons Named Virgil

Virgil is an epic poetry, didacticism, and pastoral poet. Virgil was given the name Publius Vergilius Maro in Virgilio, Lombardy.

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Virgil van Dijk is a soccer player for the Southampton F.C., Willem II (football club), FC Groningen, Celtic F.C., Netherlands national under-19 football team, Netherlands national under-21 football team, and Netherlands national football team. Virgil was born on July 8th, 1991 in Breda, Netherlands.

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Virgil Walter Earp was a union soldier, constable, deputy u.s. marshal, town marshal, farmer, rail construction, stagecoach driver, sawyer, mailman, prospector, and saloon-keeper. Virgil was born as the child of Nicholas Porter Earp on July 18th, 1843 in Hartford, Kentucky. He passed away on October 19th, 1905.

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Virgil Sollozzo is a fictional character.

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Virgil Goode is an office holder. His military service ended in 1975. Virgil was born on October 17th, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia.

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Virgil Thomson was a composer and critic. Virgil was born on November 25th, 1896 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. He passed away on September 30th, 1989.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Virgil

Virgil is an epic poetry, didacticism, and pastoral poet. Virgil was given the name Publius Vergilius Maro in Virgilio, Lombardy.

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Turk is a hip hop music and gangsta rap rapper, vocalist, rapping, and singing. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Turk was given the name Tab Virgil, Jr. on February 8th, 1981 in New Orleans. Turk is also known as Young Turk and Lil' Turk.

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Ozzie Virgil is a baseball player. Ozzie was born on May 17th, 1932 in Monte Cristi Province.

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Lawrence Virgil is a football player for the New Orleans Saints. Lawrence was born on January 20th, 1991.

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Pedro Virgil is a noted fashion photographer. Pedro was born on August 28th, 1973 in Savusavu, Fiji Islands.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 81 0 81
1881 65 0 65
1882 80 0 80
1883 70 0 70
1884 88 0 88
1885 82 0 82
1886 79 0 79
1887 77 0 77
1888 117 5 112
1889 93 0 93
1890 105 5 100
1891 133 10 123
1892 140 10 130
1893 119 0 119
1894 135 10 125
1895 152 6 146
1896 150 12 138
1897 169 10 159
1898 170 15 155
1899 166 12 154
1900 228 16 212
1901 169 11 158
1902 173 10 163
1903 188 15 173
1904 218 7 211 #100 boy name
1905 241 15 226 #97 boy name
1906 218 11 207
1907 289 13 276 #93 boy name
1908 275 17 258 #100 boy name
1909 264 14 250
1910 298 18 280
1911 369 14 355
1912 705 21 684
1913 846 27 819
1914 1,075 27 1,048
1915 1,410 34 1,376
1916 1,540 44 1,496
1917 1,563 40 1,523
1918 1,752 45 1,707 #99 boy name
1919 1,611 41 1,570
1920 1,768 57 1,711
1921 1,869 39 1,830 #98 boy name
1922 1,825 36 1,789 #99 boy name
1923 1,745 30 1,715 #100 boy name
1924 1,662 36 1,626
1925 1,525 22 1,503
1926 1,608 32 1,576
1927 1,525 27 1,498
1928 1,445 39 1,406
1929 1,365 25 1,340
1930 1,400 31 1,369
1931 1,401 18 1,383
1932 1,242 16 1,226
1933 1,156 16 1,140
1934 1,144 16 1,128
1935 1,120 17 1,103
1936 1,043 9 1,034
1937 982 12 970
1938 1,076 10 1,066
1939 953 16 937
1940 954 16 938
1941 936 14 922
1942 1,011 9 1,002
1943 1,012 20 992
1944 941 13 928
1945 861 18 843
1946 900 18 882
1947 868 14 854
1948 815 21 794
1949 802 11 791
1950 800 13 787
1951 804 14 790
1952 802 15 787
1953 769 13 756
1954 751 7 744
1955 707 10 697
1956 721 11 710
1957 672 11 661
1958 714 12 702
1959 668 16 652
1960 696 9 687
1961 635 11 624
1962 563 7 556
1963 567 7 560
1964 555 8 547
1965 512 9 503
1966 460 0 460
1967 454 7 447
1968 446 5 441
1969 391 7 384
1970 409 0 409
1971 429 7 422
1972 373 6 367
1973 354 9 345
1974 312 0 312
1975 311 0 311
1976 273 8 265
1977 258 6 252
1978 235 7 228
1979 238 0 238
1980 208 6 202
1981 226 5 221
1982 227 0 227
1983 160 0 160
1984 180 0 180
1985 151 5 146
1986 179 0 179
1987 142 0 142
1988 142 0 142
1989 146 0 146
1990 159 0 159
1991 149 0 149
1992 112 0 112
1993 114 0 114
1994 85 0 85
1995 96 0 96
1996 88 0 88
1997 82 0 82
1998 102 0 102
1999 80 0 80
2000 66 0 66
2001 74 0 74
2002 71 0 71
2003 69 0 69
2004 75 0 75
2005 69 0 69
2006 69 0 69
2007 73 0 73
2008 53 0 53
2009 64 0 64
2010 79 0 79
2011 73 0 73
2012 50 0 50
2013 68 0 68
2014 75 0 75
2015 69 0 69
2016 87 0 87

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Popularity of Virgil as a first name

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Popularity of Virgil as a last name

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Common last names for Virgil

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • White
  • Hall
  • Harris
  • Baker
  • Thomas
  • Walker

Common first names for Virgil

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Virgil U.S.
  White 35.00% 64.26%
  African American 48.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 12.71% 16.26%

Of Last Name Virgil

People with the last name Virgil are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Virgil

  • How Popular is the name Virgil? Virgil is the 791st most popular name of all time. As a last name Virgil was the 11,466th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Virgil have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 72,548 babies born with the first name Virgil in the United States. That's more than enough people named Virgil to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Virgil? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 81 new born babies.
  • When was Virgil first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Virgil is Monday, January 18th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Virgil born? The highest recorded use of the first name Virgil was in 1921 with a total of 1,830 babies. That's a lot of babies named Virgil!
  • Random Virgil Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Virgil ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 52 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1942.
  • Weird things about the name Virgil: Your name in reverse order is Ligriv. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lvigri. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Virgil? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,746 people with the last name Virgil.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Virgil? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Virgil as their last name since less than 1 person in 108k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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