Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Victor

The name Victor comes from a Late Latin word meaning ‘conqueror’ and is a masculine personal name in use since ancient Roman times. Early Christians often used names that expressed Christian ideas, and Victor, specifically, pointed to Christ’s victory over death and sin. The name persisted into the Middle Ages as it was borne by several early saints and a few medieval Popes. Victor is one of the oldest and most enduring names that was not directly associated with a Biblical name. It is a particular favorite among Spanish-speaking countries.

All About the Baby Name – Victor

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME VICTOR

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME VICTOR

For the past 130 years in the United States (since the government began keeping naming records), Victor has maintained a constant and steady place on the charts. The name has never reached a spot below #63 on the charts, or above #136. In other words, Victor has averaged around #100 in terms of popularity without fail across many decades and periods of shifting naming styles and fashions. This one is an age-old favorite with a modern sensibility. And for over-achieving Americans, Victor is a fitting choice. The name is also used heavily within the Hispanic-American population for little boys. Victor has been experiencing a slight decline in recent years, but if history is any indication, it will probably bounce back.

Quick Facts

ON VICTOR

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Latin

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

142

PRONUNCIATION:

VIK-ter

SIMPLE MEANING:

Conqueror, Victor, Winner

Characteristics

OF VICTOR

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Victor

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME VICTOR

Victor Frankenstein is the protagonist of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s 1818 horror novel, Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. A rich young scientist who strives to create life out of an inanimate object through the use of chemistry, he leaves college in order to pursue his consuming dream. His success results in the birth of a monster of sorts, a kind of demon, who repulses his creator by his ugliness. The creature, rebuffed and lonely, tries to assimilate into the world around him and begs Frankenstein to create a mate for him. Frankenstein, however, horrified with the God-like ramifications of what he has done, refuses and spends the rest of his life hunting down the creature in order to destroy it. Along the way, it is Frankenstein’s overreaching shot at divinity that results in the deaths of his brother, his wife, his best friend and his father. At the novel’s end, it is Frankenstein who is destroyed and the creature who stumbles on to a fate we can only guess at.

Popular Songs

ON VICTOR

Victor Jara
a song by Arlo Guthrie

Victor
a song by Blondie

Famous People

NAMED VICTOR

Victor Hugo (playwright)
Victor Borge (musician)
Victor Fleming (director)
Victor French (actor)
Victor Mature (actor)
Victor Garber (actor)
Victor Grignard (Nobel Prize winner, chemistry)
Victor F. Hess (Nobel Prize winner, physics)

Children of Famous People

NAMED VICTOR

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME VICTOR

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