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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Virginia
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Virginia in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Virginia:
Records indicate that 645,218 girls in the United States have been named Virginia since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1922, when 19,148 people in the U.S. were given the name Virginia. Those people are now 97 years old.
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Comments about the name Virginia
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19 Positive Comments
"I named my daughter Virginia because I think it's a beautiful classic name. And also so I could call her Ginny like the character in Harry Potter. ;) I did worry that it would set her up for teasing, but to be honest, I don't think it makes a difference. If kids want to tease you, they will. My name is Elizabeth, which most people would consider very "safe." I still got called "lizard breath" and my last name got twisted into "Scope," even though it didn't sound much like that (by a teacher, nonetheless...). And maybe a little teasing isn't the end of the world. Everyone has to deal with it at some point as a kid. At least this way, my daughter has a beautiful name she can be proud of once everyone else grows up. It's used in about a dozen great songs (look it up on iTunes) and she's got some awesome women like Virginia Woolf and Virginia Apgar as roll models." Sep. 18, 2017:
"Like it. Everyone know my acual name is Virginia but I go by Ginger." Feb. 26, 2017:
"I admit that I did not like my name as a kid. I got teased for it in elementary school but now that I'm an adult I love it. It's different but not too out there. People always tell me it's a beautiful name. Most people call my Ginny though which is what I've gone by since I was a kid. I'm glad my parents never stuck me with Ginger as a nickname." Oct. 6, 2016:
"I, personally, like the name Virginia and it is my name. I never had any problems growing up with people making fun of it and I didn't go by any nicknames. I think by the time people realize what is similiar to this name, they are also smart enough not to poke fun of someone for something they can't control, like their name, but maybe that is just where I grew up. I never met another kid named Virginia, so I always felt like my name was unique and mine, which most kids don't get to feel. This is a name often rooted in tradition (I'm named after my grandmother and hope someday my name is passed down as well) and if you are considering it, I would use it!" Jun. 5, 2016:
"I'm Virginia, named for my grandmother who was named for her grandmother. I ADORE my name. I was always Virginia, except a few friends who call me Virg or Virge (shortening the French Virginie - sounds like veerg, with a soft g). I remember kids calling me the names of other states and the old "She's virgin for short but not for long," but I don't remember being bothered by this. I was not an insensitive child, but I don't understand people being be scarred by jokes about names (versus more personal things about appearance, behavior or whatnot). I learned some good-natured replies, so teasing in grade school probably helped me flex my comeback muscles. And all that was more than compensated by having a name I enjoyed bringing into adulthood, one that people don't hear and say, 'Oh, you're [Brittany/Michaela/Dana/insert trendy name], you must have been born in [insert year it was popular]."" Sep. 23, 2015:
"My name is Virginia. I love the name, my parents call me Gin Gin. I was bullied severely through elementary school however, with my friends being told they couldn't be virgins if they hung out with Virginia, and being called "Vag". Therefore I went by Ginny in high school (yes, I have gotten Jenny, Jenna, Genie ect) and made the switch back in University. Both are lovely, but it takes a strong and loved person to bare the bullying" Sep. 16, 2015:
"My name is Virginia, and I will say that I like it. I was named, not after the state, but after a distant relative of mine. Surprisingly, I have not been teased about this name much,and I have only been called "West Virginia" a few times. I would like to think of it as a name that helps you avoid fake friends: If the first thing they do is make fun of your name, they're not worth it. I often go by the nickname, Ginnie, a less common spelling of Ginny, and I like to think it makes me unique. Also, with this name, you get to shame those who cannot spell it, because it is a state after all." Aug. 7, 2015:
"I like my name Virginia Bess Kessinger. My brother lives in my state. I am named after my grandmother and aunt. I have never had any kids in school pick on my name. I am only 8 years old, and am proud to be "Virginia."" Mar. 5, 2013:
"Yes my name is Virginia. I love my name. I was never teased that I can remember and not a lot of people have this name." Nov. 16, 2012:
"I really love my name and I have grown to like it even more now that I am in my 20s. I like how its unique. My friends usually call me Virge. But I sort of Like Ginny. My grandmother used to go by Ginny and I sort of want to make the switch" Mar. 9, 2009:
"I love being Virginia. There is it the certain frustration with immature people in jr high, or having people mispell it. But, even that has gone down with the Harry Potter books. I love that I can be Ginny most of the time, but Virginia when the name calls for a little more maturity and dignity." Oct. 13, 2008:
"Oh I wasn't sure growing up if I liked my name but as I matured into my teen years I fell in love with it. My family calls me Virgie but I prefer Virginia. Please know I was never one to think to highly of myself but I am so thankful my parents put so much thought into naming me. It's has an elegance, a grace about it. Never be ashamed! You'll stand out among all." Sep. 15, 2008:
"I love the name virginia. Its one of a kind and not many people have it." Nov. 7, 2007:
"This is not my name but i luv it and its my home state!" Jan. 12, 2007:
"My dad almost named me Virginia.It's a beautiful name." Sep. 26, 2006:
"My mom's name. She was born in 1923, right at the peak. I love it that it is my mom's name, even though it is not popular for young ladies today.
My sister thought she'd call a daughter Ginger, a possible nickname for Virginia. If Olivia can make a comeback, so can Virginia." Sep. 21, 2006:
"Girls from families with old money are named Virginia." May. 13, 2006:
"I absolutley love my name! But people just need to accept as a beautiful wonderful name instead of turning it into gross words." May. 8, 2006:
"my name is virginia and i really like my name, but some people say it the wrong way like the dirty way." Jan. 26, 2006:
3 Negative Comments
""Virginia" was my birth name. I too was teased and also called "Vagina" in my younger years. I hated it so much I changed my first and middle name to initials only. It is a very old fashioned and outdated name. I personally don't know any women named Virginia who like their name - all of them use nicknames. Don't handicap your daughter with this name - there are so many creative and better choices available." Sep. 29, 2018:
"My given name is Virginia Alice and I do not go by either one. Do not subject your child to this name. It is sophisticated when you grow up but in school I was teased with questions like, Are you from Virginia? And even the surname Ginny people confuse as Jenny. Some people say it is beautiful but I don't share the same opinion." Mar. 22, 2008:
"This my name and hate it! Never got teased like others. I do have a nickname use it all the time. There are only a few people that know it (my boyfriend doesn't even know it) and say it's a very beautiful name, but it's not theirs. It's my legal name, so of course I use it when I have too. I even had thought about changing it, but because my mother had to have of liked it, I've kept it." May. 28, 2007:
18 Neutral Comments
"Am virgnia n i like my name..........; Idont like sharing the name either
Special n unique here in Kenya" Jan. 7, 2019:
"To be real, I hated my name, Virginia, for a long time. I mostly got bullied in middle school and kids were quick to use my own name to insult me and degrade me. It also happened in high school but by then I was numb to it. Believe it or not, kids didn't call me "Virgin". No, no. Kids decided "Vagina" would be way funnier. I remember times where I was so angry in high school b/c it quickly became a stale "joke" and people sometimes said it thinking it was clever and thought I would laugh? Fake laughed a lot b/c at the time I thought some of these people were my friends but I was wrong. I actually remember this mean kid on my bus passed by me in the library and literally sneered "Vagina" quietly at me and he walked by and I was in 6th grade while he was 8th grade (held back might I add). I wanted to change my name for so many years growing up.
But I don't want to disrespect my parents b/c they named me after my grandma. Positive experiences I have are when I go to the hairdresser and they call me Ginny. I also once had a friend who called me Genie.
Overall, I don't think it's a bad name. I've just had a lot of negative experiences so far. I just hope it gets better as I get older. If you give your child this name, I would proceed with caution. Make sure they know that other children are mean and give them some nicknames. I wish I would've had a good nickname when I was in school." Jul. 21, 2018:
"I was named after my grandmother who I never met. That is nice .Never cared for the name - combined with my last name ( both maiden and married) the name never fit in those for boxes you need to complete for school or blood work labels.Making your name virgin - did get teased in school ( usually close friends just playing around). I do love the name Ginny . I always have to spell it to people and say with a G not J . People think it is Jenny. All documents are Virginia
A" Jun. 17, 2017:
"My wife's name is Virginia, but she goes by Ginni." Dec. 17, 2016:
"I love my grandma and I was named after her but growing up, I hated my name so much. I mean, early elementary school wasn't so bad (aside from the 'oh hey, my [relative/friend/whoever] LIVES in you. Hahahah' jokes] but once my classmates started to realize my name sounded like vagina/virgin (something my parents apparently didn't realize until I was almost an adult and then they said they would have chosen a different name had they known), I became self conscious and upset with it and started going by Ginny in an effort to avoid teasing, which looking back on it, was not exactly any better. Now that I'm older, I don't really care and the jokes have started to die down (I'll still hear a giggle here and there). I mean my friends are the ones who tease me the most and even I make fun of it a lot. It's really not that bad. I still get really uncomfortable at times when people call me Virginia but only because I feel like it's too formal for me and it always makes me feel like I've just gotten in trouble for something.
So basically, I guess if you're going to name your kid Virginia, just take into account that they'll most likely have to hear really stupid jokes from their peers for the rest of their life but at least you'll have a multitude of nicknames to choose. Personally, I think people will manage to make a stupid joke out of any name...I feel worse for anyone named Renesmee.." Mar. 8, 2015:
"I was rough and tumbly as a child so it was rare that anyone had the courage to mock my name. My nickname was Ginger until I was around 6 and found out my real name. From then on I have gone by Virginia. I use Gini as a nickname now but still introduce myself as Virginia. I am proud of my name and so should everyone else who are so lucky to have it." May. 18, 2011:
"Virginia is my amazing cousine! and I call her Virgi! *-* she is so beautifull" Nov. 25, 2010:
"My name is virginia and I love it. I started going by Ginny this year when I started middle school, I got less teased this year than last year because people rarely call me Virginia. I think it's stupid how people tease me about my name being a state name or say it as a dirty name. How would others feel if therename was being made fun of like that. I don't say them but I can come up with names of other people. I just don't get why this name gets grief but others don't. I am very fond of my name and wouldn't change it." Jun. 5, 2010:
"When I was in college, there were five named Virginia in one class. One sat in front of me and it was convenient to pretend I thought the teacher was calling on her instead of me, if I didn't know the answer to the teacher's question. Ha Ha" Oct. 5, 2008:
"This is my mother's name and I adore it. She is not fond of it and goes by Jinni. It is an uncommon name in NY." May. 18, 2008:
"My name is Ginny, sometimes people ask if my real name is virginia" May. 16, 2008:
"This is my mothers name and she has always hated it. I like it alot but have never even called her by it. She doesn't want anyone calling her Virginia or Ginny and only goes by Jenny and likes when people assume her name is Jenifer, oh well. Like I said I always liked it." Mar. 19, 2008:
"Do not name your child Virginia, the teasing your child will have to endure outweighs any elegance, etc. to the name." Mar. 18, 2007:
"This is my name and I was born in 1954. I have never been fond of the name - it sounds too sophisticated or Southern belle type to me. I have always used the nickname Ginger and I like it very much!" Feb. 7, 2007:
"I'm named Virginia and sure, I got the "Vagina" and "Virgin" references alot as a child but more often than not I went by Ginny and not many kids even knew what my full name was. Now I got by Gin. Sometimes people ask my full name and depending I'll either tell them or joke that my parents were martini drinkers." Sep. 23, 2006:
"Virginia is a name that commands attention. I recieved the name in 1947.
I think my name is elegant and I like the way it looks when I sign documents.
Not many people have this name and that makes it all the more special!" Jun. 1, 2006:
"im in the 7th grade and kids at school call me the virgin queen do not subject your child to this." Jan. 30, 2006:
"I adore the name Virginia. In my French class I chose my name to be "Virginie" which is Virginia in French.
The ring to it, the purity in its name. I love everything about how classy it is." Nov. 26, 2005:
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