[ 2 syll. ve-nus, ven-us ] The baby girl name Venus is pronounced VIY-NahS in English †. Venus has its origins in the Latin language. It is used largely in the Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Scandinavian, and Spanish languages. It is derived literally from the word venus which means 'love, sexual desire'. An older form of Venus is Venus (Latin). The name was borne in Roman mythology by the goddess of fertility and love and the equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She was married to the god Vulcan but had many affairs including one with Mercury which resulted in the birth of another god of love, Cupid. Venus is also the name of the second planet closest to the sun. The given name was first adopted by English speakers in the 16th century, and in recent times it has been popularized by the American tennis player Venus Williams (1980-).
Venus has 16 variant forms that are used in English and foreign languages. Variant forms of the name used in English include Venetia, Venis, Venisa, Venita, Venusa, Venusia, Venusina, Venussa, Venustiana, Venys, Vinita, Vinny, and Vynys. Foreign variant forms include Venera (Albanian and Russian), Venere (Italian), and Vénus (French and Portuguese).
Venus is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1973, 0.014% of baby girls were given the name Venus. It had a ranking of #665 then. The baby name has substantially declined in popularity since then, and is used only on an infrequent scale today. Within all girl names in its family, Venus was nonetheless the most regularly used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Venus include Vanessa, Vanesse, Vanessee, Vangee, Vangey, Vangi, Vangie, Vangy, Vaniece, Vanina, Vanka, Vannya, Vanyah, Veanna, Venese, Venesse, Venice, Veniece, Venis, and Venise.
† Pronunciation for Venus: V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
A famous person named Venus is Tennis Player Venus Williams, born 17 June 1980, Lynwood, California.