VEDA: Sanskrit for "eternal knowlege." The Vedas are the four sacred books of the Hindu religion consisting of prayers, hymns, poems, chants, and incantations. Relative: Vedis. Namesake: Ved Mehta.
VEGA: Arabic for "falling star." Namesakes: Susan Vega, Lope de Vega.
VELVET: Middle English for the "fabric." Velvet is known for its softness and luster, as in Velveeta cheese. Namesake: National Velvet, "Blue Velvet."
VERA: From the Latin for "truth." Vera may seem a bit old-fashioned, so try Verity. Relatives: Verin, Verina, Verine, Verenia, Vere, Verity, Verita. Namesakes: Vera Miles, Vera Lynn.
VERNON: From the Latin for "springlike." This name suggests the cool bright green of springtime. Relatives: Verda, Verne, Verney, Verna, Verneta, Vernia, Vernis, Virna, Vernal, Laverne, Lavinia. Namesakes: Vern Stephens, Jules Verne, "Laverne and Shirley," vernal equinox, Mount Vernon.
VERONICA: From the Latin for "true likeness" as well as a plant. A veronica is a cloth with an impression of the face of Christ. Veronica followed Christ up to Calvary and wiped his face with her handkerchief. An image of his face was found on the cloth. Relatives: Veronique, Vera, Ronnie, Ron, Nica, Nicky. Namesakes: Saint Veronica, Veronica Hamel, Veronica Lake.
VESPER: From the Latin for "evening." Vesper is the evening star, and vespers are sung at late afternoon services. The name is like a whisper. Relative: Vespera. Namesake: Vesper Presley (Elvis's uncle).
VICTOR: Latin for "winner." A blue-ribbon, gold-medal, first-place name. Relatives: Viktor, Vitorio, Vittorio, Vick, Vic. Namesakes: Victor Borge, Victor Hugo, Vic Morrow.