Girl Baby Name

Vera

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Quick Facts on Vera

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Russian, Slavic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 422
Pronunciation:
VEER-ə
Simple meaning:
Faith

Characteristics of Vera

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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”.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Girl Name Vera
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Vera

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Vera

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Vera

    Vera Claythorne (And Then There Were None) 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

    Popular Songs on Vera

    Revenge of the Vera Gemini - a song by Blue Oyster Cult

    Vera - a song by 88 Fingers Louie

    Vera - a song by Pink Floyd

    Vera Cruz - a song by Santana

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Vera

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Vera

    Christmas with Vera! (Marjolein Bastin) - Dutch artist Marjolein Bastin's charming artwork is so warm and inviting you'll want to curl up with a hot cup of cocoa and celebrate the holiday season with Vera and her friends. Decorating a tree, making crafts and cookies...Vera and her friends are irresistible! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Vera Goes to the Dentist (Vera Rosenberry) - Vera's back and on the run again-this time from the dentist!-in this playful addition to an ever-charming series. "Open, please," said Dr. Knoll. Vera opened her mouth again. Suddenly she saw a whirring machine on a long handle coming closer and closer. It sputtered pink flecks. Vera shut her mouth tightly. When Vera goes to the dentist for a checkup, she wears her favorite cowgirl skirt since it always makes her feel brave. But not even her special skirt prepares her for the whir of the tooth-cleaning machine, and Vera's off and running before Dr. Knoll knows what's happened! A trip to the dentist can often be scary for young children. With charm and subtlety, Vera Rosenberry takes the fear out of this new experience and proves that a little reassurance goes a long way. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Vera the Fashion Designer Paper Doll (Barbara Steadman) - Vera dreams of working in the world of high fashion. Dress her in 4 smart outfits: 3 easy-to-cut-out garments for work and a magnificent formal wedding gown, complete with veil and bridal bouquet. 1 doll, 4 costumes. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Vera's First Day of School (Vera Rosenberry) - Vera cannot wait for the day when she starts school, but the first day does not go exactly as she has anticipated. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Vera's Halloween (Vera Rosenberry) - Vera is finally big enough to go trick-or-treating after dark, and this year she is dressed as a mummy! When one of her tissue bandages unravels, she stops to fix it only to discover that her family accidentally left her behind. As Vera searches for them, it starts to rain. How will she keep her bandages from falling apart? How will she find her way home? Getting separated from loved ones can be a scary experience for children. In her reassuring way, Vera Rosenberry evokes the atmosphere of a spooky yet magical Halloween, and the comfort that comes when reuniting with loved ones. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    When Vera Was Sick (Vera Rosenberry) - A comforting story about one brave little girl. "Vera was sick. She had spots all over her body, even between her toes and inside her ears. The doctor said she must stay in bed." Vera is sick. Mother puts her in the spare room and rubs lotion on all her spots. She brings in Vera's favorite pillow and tells her to try and sleep. But the sickroom is lonely and kind of scary. The wallpaper looks like it's making funny faces at Vera, and try as she might, she can't fall asleep. All Vera can do is scratch her spots. Any child who has shared the woes of being sick will find comfort and humor in this tender story about one brave little girl. Recommended for ages 4-7.

  • Famous People Named Vera

    Famous People Named Vera

    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)

  • Children of Famous People Named Vera

    Children of Famous People Named Vera

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

  • Historic Figures

    Vera - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Vera - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Vera

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