[ 4 syll. vic-to-ria, vi-ctor-ia ] The baby girl name Victoria is pronounced in English as VihK-TOWR-iy-ah †. Victoria has its origins in the Latin language. It is used largely in English, German, Romanian, and Spanish. The meaning of Victoria is 'victor, conqueror'. It is derived from victoria which means 'victory' ; victoris 'conqueror'. Victoria (Latin) is either directly from the Latin element victoria, or else it evolved as a feminine form of the personal name Victorius (Latin). It was borne in Roman mythology by the goddess and personification of victory. It was also borne by several saints. The first name was seldom used in England prior to the 19th century, but after the accession of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) in 1837, it grew increasingly popular in England as a name bestowed in honor of the queen, who got the name from her German mother Princess Maria Louise Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The Victorian era was named after the queen. Victoria is the feminine version of the Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish Victor.
The name Victoria is used to a great extent; it has 85 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Satoria, Vicci, Vickee, Vickilyn, Victorea, Victoreah, Victoreana, Victoreena, Victoriah, Victorie, Victorina, Victorria, Victorya, Victoryn, Victoryna, Victriv, Victriva, Vikiana, Vikkey, Vikky, Viktoria (also used in Armenian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slavic), Viktorina, Vyctorina, Vyctorine, Vyctoryn, Vyctoryna, Vyktoria, Vyktorina, Vyktorine, and Vyktoryn. Other English forms include the shortenings Tori (also used in Latin), Toria, Tory, Vic, Vita, and Viti, the familiar forms Tor, Toree, Torei, Torey, Torie, Torrey, Torri, Torria, Torrie, Torya, Torye, Toyka, Vicka, Vicke, Vickey, Vicki (also used in Latin), Vickie, Vickki, Vicky, Vics, Viki (also used in Slavic), Vikie, Vikki, Viky, Vix, and Vyckee, and the spelling variants Vicktoria and Vyctoria.
Forms used in foreign languages include Bhictoria (Gaelic and Scottish), Nike (Greek), Tora (Russian), Vickan (Scandinavian), Victoire (French), Victoriana (Spanish), Victorine (French), Victoriya (Russian), Vika (Russian and Slavic), Viktorie (Czech), Viktorija (Slavic), Viktorka (Czech), Vitoria (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Vitória (Portuguese), Vittoria (Italian), Wicktoria (Polish), Wiktoria (Polish), and Wisia (Polish).
See also the related form, the English Victory.
Victoria is very popular as a baby girl name, and it is also perceived as trendy. The name grew in popularity from the 1930s up to the 1990s. Its usage peaked in 1993 with 0.656% of baby girls being named Victoria. It was #19 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a drop in frequency since then. In 2016, it ranked at #21 with a usage of 0.378%, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. Victoria was used 20 times more than the next ranked name, Tori, in 2016.
† Pronunciation for Victoria: V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
Details of famous persons named Victoria:
Activist Victoria Claflin Woodhull, born Victoria Claflin 23 September 1838 - 10 June 1927, Homer, Ohio.
Author Vita Sackville-West, born Victoria Mary Sackville-West 9 March 1892 - 2 June 1962, Knole House, Kent, England.
Model Victoria Silvstedt, born 19 September 1974, Skelleftea, Sweden.
Royalty Queen Victoria, born 24 May 1819 - 22 January 1901, London, England.
Singer Victoria Beckham, born Victoria Adams 17 April 1974, Hertfordshire, England.