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Victoria - The Meaning, Origin And Facts About The Name

09/09/2014 21:51 | Updated 20 May 2015

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) at the time of her Golden Jubilee in 1887, 1887 (colour litho)

The name Victoria is believed to be a feminine form of the Roman name Victorius, meaning conqueror.

Until Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837 at the age of 18, the name was rare in the UK. By the time of her death 64 years later in 1901, it had become a popular name in the English speaking world. The Queen was actually christened Alexandrina and Victoria was her second name.

Famous people called Victoria:

Queen Victoria, ruler of the British Empire

Victoria Beckham, fashionista and former Spice Girl

Victoria Coren, British journalist and TV presenter

Pixie Lott, British singer born Victoria Lott

Tori Spelling, American actress

Victoria Wood, British comedian

Can be shortened to:

Vic, Vicky/Vikki, Tori/Tory, Toyah, or Queenie if you're up for going very retro

Surnames to avoid Victoria with:

Surnames beginning with an 'R' sound, ie. Rigsby or Richards, might cause problems as when said aloud this combination of sounds may result in elision – when two words slurred together end up sounding like one.

Similar names:

Foreign variants include Wiktoria (Polish), Vittoria (Italian), Victoire (French) and Viktoria (Scandinavian). Similar English names include Virginia, Violet and Vivian.

Male variations:

The masculine variant of Victoria is Victor, which has the same meaning.

Celebrities who named their baby Victoria:

Tommy Lee Jones

Charlie Chaplin

Muhammad Ali

Danielle Steel

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