Virginia

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650k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
426
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Virginia

"Virginia" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Virginal, Pure". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Vir*gin"i*a
One of the States of the United States of America.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A town in northeastern Minnesota in the heart of the Mesabi Range
  2. A state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
  3. One of the British colonies that formed the United States
Wiktionary

From Latin Virginia, feminine form of Virginius or Verginius, a Roman family name, possibly identical with Vergilius. The state was named for Elizabeth I as the Virgin Queen.

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  1. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Richmond. Largest city: Virginia Beach.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 50 Virginia, a main belt asteroid.
  3. A female given name.

Virginia was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Latin, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Virginia

Virginia Woolf was a novelist, essayist, publisher, critic, and list of essayists. Virginia was given the name Adeline Virginia Stephen on January 25th, 1882 in Kensington, Middlesex, England. She died on March 28th, 1941.

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Geena Davis is an actress, producer, writer, athlete, and model. Her ongoing career started in 1982. Geena was given the name Virginia Elizabeth Davis on January 21st, 1956 in Wareham, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Virginia Vallejo is a writer, journalist, anchorwoman, media personality, socialite., and television presenter. Virginia was born on August 26th, 1949 in Cartago, Valle del Cauca.

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She was most active from 1983 to present. Virginia was given the name Virginia G. Madsen by her parent Elaine Madsen on September 11th, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Ginger Rogers was an actress. She was most prominent from 1925 to present. Ginger was given the name Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16th, 1911 in Independence, Missouri, U.S. She left this life on April 25th, 1995.

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Patsy Cline was a nashville sound, country music, traditional pop music, rockabilly, country pop, honky-tonk, swing music, and gospel music singing. She plays Piano and Vocals. Her career lasted from 1947 to 1963. Patsy was given the name Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8th, 1932 in Gore, Virginia, U.S. Patsy is also known as Ginny and Patsy. She passed away on March 5th, 1963.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Virginia

Virginia was royalty. She holds the title Duchess of Modena, Reggio, and List of Modenese consorts. Virginia was born as the child of Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Camilla Martelli on May 29th, 1568 in Florence. She breathed her last breath on January 15th, 1615.

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Joao Virginia is an athlete for the Arsenal F.C. Academy.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 213 213 0 #99 girl name
1881 210 210 0
1882 274 274 0 #94 girl name
1883 234 234 0
1884 263 263 0
1885 289 289 0
1886 353 353 0 #96 girl name
1887 332 332 0
1888 385 385 0 #100 girl name
1889 395 395 0
1890 405 405 0 #100 girl name
1891 439 439 0 #97 girl name
1892 475 475 0
1893 498 498 0 #97 girl name
1894 583 583 0 #91 girl name
1895 633 628 5 #88 girl name
1896 621 621 0 #89 girl name
1897 638 638 0 #84 girl name
1898 807 801 6 #78 girl name
1899 776 776 0 #75 girl name
1900 1,068 1,068 0 #74 girl name
1901 831 825 6 #76 girl name
1902 1,008 1,008 0 #67 girl name
1903 1,032 1,032 0 #63 girl name
1904 1,218 1,213 5 #59 girl name
1905 1,400 1,394 6 #53 girl name
1906 1,496 1,491 5 #51 girl name
1907 1,893 1,893 0 #41 girl name
1908 2,195 2,195 0 #35 girl name
1909 2,426 2,420 6 #30 girl name
1910 2,862 2,854 8 #29 girl name
1911 3,272 3,263 9 #26 girl name
1912 4,822 4,810 12 #20 girl name
1913 6,052 6,036 16 #15 girl name
1914 7,620 7,601 19 #14 girl name
1915 10,980 10,952 28 #12 girl name
1916 12,508 12,487 21 #10 girl name
1917 14,289 14,261 28 #10 girl name
1918 16,452 16,421 31 #7 girl name
1919 15,665 15,637 28 #7 girl name
1920 17,347 17,315 32 #7 girl name
1921 19,069 19,031 38 #6 girl name
1922 19,182 19,145 37 #7 girl name
1923 18,365 18,329 36 #7 girl name
1924 18,671 18,625 46 #7 girl name
1925 17,540 17,489 51 #7 girl name
1926 16,213 16,159 54 #8 girl name
1927 15,800 15,726 74 #8 girl name
1928 14,553 14,498 55 #9 girl name
1929 13,294 13,234 60 #11 girl name
1930 13,267 13,198 69 #12 girl name
1931 11,938 11,882 56 #12 girl name
1932 10,808 10,756 52 #14 girl name
1933 9,762 9,720 42 #15 girl name
1934 10,048 10,000 48 #15 girl name
1935 9,910 9,861 49 #16 girl name
1936 9,701 9,650 51 #14 girl name
1937 9,546 9,513 33 #16 girl name
1938 9,320 9,268 52 #22 girl name
1939 9,269 9,227 42 #21 girl name
1940 9,596 9,552 44 #21 girl name
1941 10,087 10,044 43 #23 girl name
1942 10,838 10,803 35 #23 girl name
1943 10,884 10,844 40 #25 girl name
1944 9,931 9,893 38 #26 girl name
1945 9,272 9,241 31 #28 girl name
1946 10,042 10,016 26 #31 girl name
1947 10,428 10,405 23 #34 girl name
1948 9,321 9,299 22 #36 girl name
1949 8,911 8,893 18 #39 girl name
1950 8,324 8,312 12 #43 girl name
1951 8,200 8,179 21 #47 girl name
1952 8,179 8,161 18 #49 girl name
1953 7,564 7,545 19 #53 girl name
1954 7,201 7,179 22 #61 girl name
1955 6,866 6,852 14 #66 girl name
1956 6,399 6,385 14 #75 girl name
1957 6,260 6,245 15 #75 girl name
1958 5,684 5,665 19 #85 girl name
1959 5,275 5,256 19 #93 girl name
1960 4,800 4,787 13
1961 4,596 4,576 20
1962 4,290 4,284 6
1963 4,225 4,214 11
1964 3,812 3,793 19
1965 3,305 3,293 12
1966 2,956 2,942 14
1967 2,564 2,553 11
1968 2,461 2,456 5
1969 2,455 2,444 11
1970 2,341 2,329 12
1971 2,155 2,147 8
1972 1,803 1,789 14
1973 1,822 1,815 7
1974 1,713 1,713 0
1975 1,738 1,733 5
1976 1,621 1,615 6
1977 1,607 1,599 8
1978 1,667 1,653 14
1979 1,663 1,658 5
1980 1,748 1,737 11
1981 1,808 1,799 9
1982 1,771 1,762 9
1983 1,687 1,679 8
1984 1,473 1,465 8
1985 1,389 1,379 10
1986 1,367 1,367 0
1987 1,256 1,246 10
1988 1,301 1,291 10
1989 1,276 1,266 10
1990 1,343 1,335 8
1991 1,196 1,190 6
1992 1,089 1,089 0
1993 1,040 1,040 0
1994 923 923 0
1995 905 905 0
1996 986 986 0
1997 776 776 0
1998 797 797 0
1999 824 824 0
2000 811 811 0
2001 753 753 0
2002 801 801 0
2003 742 742 0
2004 696 696 0
2005 681 681 0
2006 603 603 0
2007 571 571 0
2008 549 549 0
2009 490 490 0
2010 488 488 0
2011 507 507 0
2012 507 507 0
2013 537 537 0
2014 523 523 0
2015 598 598 0
2016 599 599 0

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Popularity of Virginia as a first name

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Popularity of Virginia as a last name

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Common last names for Virginia

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

Common first names for Virginia

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Virginia U.S.
  White 75.12% 64.26%
  African American 14.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Virginia

People with the last name Virginia are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Virginia

  • How Popular is the name Virginia? Virginia is the 88th most popular name of all time. As a last name Virginia was the 49,365th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Virginia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 649,782 babies born with the first name Virginia in the United States. That's more than enough people named Virginia to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Virginia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 213 new born babies.
  • When was Virginia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Virginia is Thursday, December 17th, 1818.
  • What year had the most people named Virginia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Virginia was in 1922 with a total of 19,145 babies. That's a lot of babies named Virginia!
  • Random Virginia Factoid: According to the 1946 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Virginia ranks 40th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 171 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1946.
  • Weird things about the name Virginia: Your name in reverse order is Ainigriv. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gvniraii. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Virginia? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 426 people with the last name Virginia.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Virginia? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Virginia as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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