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Quick Facts on Gloria

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 525
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Gloria

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gloria

Gloria comes from the Latin vocabulary word meaning “glory”. Glory is essentially the prestige, respect, admiration and honor that is given to one who achieves something of importance and praiseworthy. It also connotes a sense of sublime beauty which inspires great wonder or joy (a “glorious” sunset, for instance). The word is often used in a religious sense – i.e., the glory of God or in God’s glory (a state of spiritual ecstasy). Gloria is really a 20th century name, although it was coined in a couple of works of literature in the late 19th century, most notably George Bernard Shaw’s comedy “You Can Never Tell” (1897). As a female given name Gloria was pretty well-received by the early 20th century. Adding more currency to the name was Gloria Swanson, one of the most well-known film stars of the silent era.

Popularity of the Name Gloria

The name Gloria appears sporadically on the American female naming charts in the late 1800s most likely popularized by a prolific serial writer named E.D.E.N. Southworth who wrote a novel called Gloria (1891). However, the name was largely influenced by the glamorous actress of the 1920s, Gloria Swanson. The name climbed into the Top 100 in 1922 and by 1925, Gloria was a Top 20 favorite. This name would remain on the Top 100 list until 1964. Every since the latter half of the 20th century, old Gloria saw her “glory” days wane from the spotlight. Today, the name is used very lightly, but she still holds firm to the charts despite her old-fashioned sensibility. In the 1960s and 70s, Gloria Steinem rose to the public eye as a women’s rights activist and who can forget Gloria, the feminist daughter from the groundbreaking TV series “All in the Family”. We can still hear Edith Bunker saying her name. Gloria has also inspired some famous songs by Van Morrison, Laura Branigan and U2. In many Spanish Catholic countries, the name is used in honor of Our Lady of Glory (Maria Gloria). For those parents who like the “old lady” names with antique charm, but shudder at the overuse of names like Olivia and Emma, Gloria might be a name to consider. It’s soft and pretty with a “glorious” etymology.
Popularity of the Girl Name Gloria
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gloria

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Gloria

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gloria

    Gloria Clandon (You Never Can Tell) Gloria is a character in George Bernard Shaw’s light comedy, You Never Can Tell, written in 1897. She is an idealistic “new woman” who has been raised by her feminist mother to be a modern woman in all ways. When the dentist, Valentine, woos her, she proclaims herself to be uninterested in such an old fashioned subject. Why, she is emancipated, she is of a scientific bent, she is a forward looking humanist. For all that, she is also a pretty young woman who falls victim to Valentine’s charms in obeisance to the natural drive of the Life Force that Shaw so respects. After much sparring and misunderstandings, the happy couple is engaged at play’s end and we assume procreation of the species will endure.

  • Popular Songs on Gloria

    Popular Songs on Gloria

    ¡Viva La Gloria! - a song by Green Day

    ¿Viva La Gloria? [Little Girl] - a song by Green Day

    Gloria - a song by Manhattan Transfer

    Gloria - a song by Patti Smith

    Gloria - a song by Rickie Lee Jones

    Gloria - a song by Simple Minds

    Gloria - a song by Smalltown Poets

    Gloria - a song by The Doors

    Gloria - a song by Van Morrison

    Gloria - a song by Laura Branigan

    Gloria - a song by U2

    Gloria - a song by Jewel

    Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria - Mariah Carey

    La Gloria - a song by Erasure

    La Gloria Eres Tú - a song by Luis Miguel

    Marigold/Gloria Swansong - a song by The Hollies

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Gloria

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Gloria

    A Baby Sister for Frances (Russell Hoban) - An “I Can Read” book. When a baby sister Gloria arrives, Frances the badger finds a charming way to prove her own importance. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Gloria Estefan: Singing Sensation (Tim O'Shei) - Provides an introduction to the life and biography of Gloria Estefan, the Cuban-born singer and entertainer. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Gloria Goes To Gay Pride (Leslea Newman) - Gloria and her two mothers join a parade celebrating Gay Pride Day. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Gloria Rising (Ann Cameron) - Gloria is thrilled when she goes to the store to buy an onion and meets Dr. Grace Street, an astronaut. It's there that Dr. Street tells Gloria to have confidence in herself and that the big things aren't always as big as they seem. But Gloria doesn't really understand Dr. Street's advice. Right now her problem seems gigantic. It's the beginning of fourth grade and Gloria can't do anything to please her teacher Mrs. Yardley. When Gloria writes a report about meeting Dr. Street, Mrs. Yardley doesn't believe her. Gloria knows she's telling the truth. How can she prove it? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Gloria the Chipmunk (Richard Tornello) - Three winsome, fast-paced, and cheeky fables in all, Tornello creates an imaginative, down to earth world that is filled with camaraderie, team spirit, and a few nut gatherers. One of them is Gloria, a plucky chipmunk who is the youngest of her wee rodent clan. Not known as the sharpest tool in the shed, there are many who mistake Gloria’s quiet ways, but, in this truly generous coming of age narrative, Gloria takes center stage when she embarks on new adventures and demonstrates that she is one smart cookie. As she makes her way in the woods, she learns how to fend for herself, how to keep her own counsel, and, no matter what, do what is in her heart. Perfect for intermediate readers, these stories are great fun for the whole family. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Gloria's Way (Ann Cameron) - Gloria is best friends with Julian and his little brother Huey, and she has as much to say as they do. There's the parrot that ruins the Valentine for her mother; Huey's dog, who needs to be cured of his squirrel obsession; and what happens when classmate Latisha tricks Gloria, Julian, and Huey-but they don't know until it's too late! Fans of Ann Cameron's best-selling chapter books about Julian and Huey will love Gloria, too. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Grumpy Gloria (Anna Dewdney) - “Gloria was glum and grumpy / Out of sorts. / Sad and lumpy. / A brand-new doll? / It's time to pout! / Gloria felt so left out.” Poor Gloria the bulldog thinks she has lost her best friend when the little girl who owns her receives a doll as a birthday present. Suddenly the girl Gloria does everything with now does everything with her new doll! But Gloria can't exactly tell anyone why she's upset, so the girl's brother and sister figure that Gloria just needs some cheering up. Maybe a bath? Or a game of dress-up? Or a bike ride? Things go from silly to hysterical, but in the end Gloria is happily reunited with her best friend. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Officer Buckle & Gloria (Peggy Rathmann) - Officer Buckle is a roly-poly bloke, dedicated to teaching schoolchildren important safety tips, such as never put anything in your ear and never stand on a swivel chair. The problem is, Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull, dull, dull, and the children of Napville just sleep, sleep, sleep. That is, until Gloria the police dog is invited along! Stealthily pantomiming each safety tip behind Officer Buckle's back, Gloria wins the children's hearts. Meanwhile Officer Buckle assumes the cheers and laughter are all for him. As the master comedian Jerry Lewis once explained, every slapstick artist needs a straight man! Children will be highly entertained by the laugh-out-loud, adorable illustrations in this 1996 Caldecott Medal winner, while learning the value of teamwork and a paw-full of nifty safety tips. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Gloria

    Famous People Named Gloria

    Famous People Named Gloria - Gloria Estefan (musician); Gloria Swanson (actress); Gloria Steinem (writer); Gloria Gaynor (singer); Gloria Allred (attorney); Gloria Grahame (actress); Gloria Stuart (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Gloria

    Children of Famous People Named Gloria

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Gloria - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Gloria.

  • Historic Figures

    Gloria - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Gloria Swanson (27 Mar 1899 – 4 Apr 1983) - Gloria Swanson was one of the greats of the silent screen who made a relatively successful segue into “talkies”. Born in Chicago of Polish and Swedish descent, Gloria made herself into an early “glamour girl” in the movies, with her exotic dark looks and fantastic fashion style. She married six times, but is probably best remembered in that department for her long term liaison with Joseph P. Kennedy. The father of the future president, Kennedy became a business partner of Gloria’s, producing a forgettable flop, Queen Kelly, and leaving her in precarious financial straits. Not to worry – our Gloria had the gift of self-reinvention. When her movie career wasn’t exactly skyrocketing, she made a splash by writing, designing and appearing in numerous television, stage and radio productions. Her most memorable role was that of Norma Desmond in 1950’s Sunset Boulevard, in which she played a delusional, faded and aging former silent movies star in love with a young screenwriter. Art imitating life, or something of that nature. In the late 1920’s, Gloria Swanson became one of the first enthusiastic vegetarians, expounding on the joys of natural, organic eating, bringing her own food to restaurants, and, in general, making a case for a healthy lifestyle well in advance of the current craze. An adherent of yoga, Ms. Swanson was cheerfully standing on her head in her eighties. What a gal! In fact, what a “glorious” gal!

Personality of the Girl Name Gloria

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Gloria

  • No Variations Found.
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