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FOR REAL: Virginia is the feminine form of the Roman name Virginius, which is Latin meaning "virgin." It was used throughout the Roman Empire, but not used in English until 1587 when it was given to Virginia Dare, the first baby born to American parents in North America. Virginia Dare was so named because she was born in the colony of Virginia, which was named after Queen Elizabeth I, also known as "The Virgin Queen" due to the fact that she never married. Virginia has been fairly popular ever since, as both a nod to the Virgin Mary and the Christian value of virginity, but also as a secular name as well.

diminutives: Ginny, Ginger, Virgie

related names: Ginny