Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Vera

Vera is a Russian name that means “faith”. It is often connected with the Latin adjective “verus” which means “true”. Incidentally, the Russians pronounce the name VYE-rah. The name was introduced to England in the late 19th century and became immediately fashionable by the early 20th century. The Scandinavians and Dutch obviously like the name Vera. It’s currently a Top 50 choice in Sweden and the Netherlands. The female name Věra is also considered Albanian, from the word “verë” meaning “summer”.

All About the Baby Name – Vera

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME VERA

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME VERA

Vera is a name that dates back to the late 19th century in America. At the turn of the 20th century, the name Vera had already landed a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used female names. The height of her popularity was really during the 19-teens when the name averaged around #65 in terms of popularity. Not bad for a once unknown name. By the 1930s and 40s it appeared as if Vera’s fashionable days were coming to an end. The name slowly fell from favor as the decades persisted into the 20th century. In fact, in 1984, the name Vera fell off the charts completely as she retreated back to obscurity. The name would remain off the charts for 25 years, only to reappear very recently in 2009. We’re not quite sure what prompted a renewed interest in this name – perhaps the famous fashion designer Vera Wang or the actress Vera Farmiga (who starred in the 2009 popular comedy drama “Up in the Air” with George Clooney). Apropos, Vera Farmiga is of Ukrainian descent. In any case, Vera is still a very lightly used female name today – given to less than 500 baby girls per year. Vera is a daring choice by today’s standards since so many people consider this name to be out-dated or old-fashioned. But that’s just part of her charm. We have “faith” that Vera will stick to the charts this time around.

Quick Facts

ON VERA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Russian

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

422

PRONUNCIATION:

VEER-ə

SIMPLE MEANING:

Faith

Characteristics

OF VERA

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Vera

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME VERA

Vera Claythorne is a character in Agatha Christie’s most popular murder mystery, And Then There Were None, first published in 1939 (1940 in the United States). It is a cunning tale of eight people summoned to a mansion on a lonely island by an anonymous, absentee host, manned by a husband and wife housekeeping team, and where they begin to die off, one by one. None of them is acquainted with any other, and naturally, they begin to suspect each other as the bodies pile up. The character of Vera is a former governess now working as a “games-mistress”, who believes she is coming to the island for a summer secretarial job. Like all the others on the island, she harbors a dark secret from her past, one that will catch up with her this summer. No matter her crime or her punishment, Vera is a very intelligent, efficient woman whose psychological unraveling is uncomfortable to witness, as her guilt overtakes her, making her become more and more hysterical and prone to “seeing things”. Such is Vera’s innate strength that she is the very last one before “there were none”, and we rather hate to see her go.

Popular Songs

ON VERA

Revenge of the Vera Gemini
a song by Blue Oyster Cult

Vera
a song by 88 Fingers Louie

Vera Cruz
a song by Santana

Famous People

NAMED VERA

Vera Wang (fashion Designer)
Vera Farmiga (actress)
Vera Miles (actress)
Vera Neumann (fashion designer)
Vera Zvonareva (Russian tennis player)
Vera Bradley (designer of fashion accessories)
Vera Lynn (English singer-songwriter)
Vera Wang (fashion Designer)
Vera Farmiga (actress)
Vera Miles (actress)
Vera Neumann (fashion designer)
Vera Zvonareva (Russian tennis player)
Vera Bradley (designer of fashion accessories)
Vera Lynn (English singer-songwriter)
Vera Wang (fashion Designer)
Vera Farmiga (actress)
Vera Miles (actress)
Vera Neumann (fashion designer)
Vera Zvonareva (Russian tennis player)
Vera Bradley (designer of fashion accessories)
Vera Lynn (English singer-songwriter)

Children of Famous People

NAMED VERA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Vera

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME VERA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Vera