Meaning: Its source is a Latin expression meaning "Victory."
Languages: This girl's name is used in English, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
Nicknames: Toree, Torei, Torey, Tori, Toria, Torie, Torrey, Torri, Torria, Torrie, Tory, Torya, Torye, Vicke, Vickey, Vicki, Vickie, Vickki, Vicky, Viki, Vikie, Vikki, Viky, Vyckee, Toyka, Tor, Vics and Vix
Masculine Forms: Victor
Popularity: The name Victoria ranked 20th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics, 116th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census and 21st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1994 US Census.
This name was popular earlier in the 20th century, then fell off in usage, but has begun making a comeback in recent years.
Narrative: Victoria was a goddess who smiled on the ancient Roman people for many centuries. Early Christians adopted the name, perhaps in reference to St. Paul's praise of ''God, which giveth us the victory.''
Seventeenth-century Puritans set the trend of using Victoria's English translation, Victory, as the preferred form of the name. Then in 1837 a German princess was crowned Victoria, Queen of the British. Reigning until 1901, she dominated and named the 19th century, creating an archetype of formality and moral prudishness summed up in a single word -- Victorian.
Perhaps because of their awe for this dominating queen, English speakers did not use this name widely until the mid-20th century. At that time, Victoria was escorted up the popularity lists by her male counterpart, Victor.
Arts and Music
- Victoria Bond (born 1950)
American conductor. First woman to hold a conducting position with a major U.S. orchestra.
- Co-conductor of the Pittsburgh Orchestra, 1978-80 (see list of Conductors)
- Victoria (born 1819, died 1901)
Queen of Great Britain, 1837-1901, and Empress of India 1877-1901.
- Her sixty-four-year reign is the longest in English history (see list of British Monarchs)
- Victoria Borges (born 1997)
- One of the Borges Quadruplets (see list of The Borges Quadruplets)
- La Reine Victoria
- Variety of rose (see list of Rose Names)
- Victoria Draves
Stage and Screen
- Victoria Catlin
- Portrayed Blackie O''Reilly (see list of Actors on ''Twin Peaks'')
- Victoria Newman Howard
- Character on the soap opera ''''The Young and the Restless'''' (see list of Characters on ''The Young and the Restless'')
- Victoria Hudson
- Character on the soap opera ''''Another World'''' (see list of Characters on ''Another World'')
- Victoria Jackson (born 1959)
American actress and comedienne.
- A cast member on ''''Saturday Night Live,'''' from 1986-1992 (see list of Saturday Night Live)
- Victoria Rowell (born 1960)
- Actress on the soap opera ''''The Young and the Restless'''' (see list of Performers on ''The Young and the Restless'')
- Victoria Wyndham
- Actress on soap opera ''''Another World'''' (see list of Performers on ''Another World'')
The Literary World
- Victoria Iphigenia Warshawski
Fictional private investigator.
- Created by author Sara Paretsky (see list of Fictional Detectives)
- Picky Vicky
- Vicks Vapor Rub
- Icky Vicky
- Victoria's Secret (after the lingerie store)
- Sticky Vicky