VICTORIA: Latin for "victory." Queen Victoria of Great Britain ruled from 1837 to 1901. Her name is used to describe the tastes and mores of a generation. And like Victorian antiques, this one is making a comeback. Relatives: Viktoria, Vitoria, Victoire, Victory, Vicky, Vickie, Vicki, Vic, Toria, Torey, Torri, Tori. Namesake: Victoria Principal.
VIDA: From the Hebrew for "beloved." Relatives: Vide, Vidal. Namesakes: Vida Blue, Vidal Sassoon, Gore Vidal.
VINCENT: From the Latin for "conqueror." A well-liked name around the world. Relatives: Vincente, Vincenz, Vincenzo, Vicente, Vinson, Vince, Vinnie. Namesakes: Saint Vincent de Paul, Vincent Van Gogh, Vincent Price Vince Lombardi.
VIOLET: Old French for "violet flower." This name is sweet. It is a tiny blue-purple blossom as well as the color of Elizabeth Taylor's eyes. Relatives: Violette, Voleta, Viola, Viole, Iolanthe, Yolanda, Yoande, Yolanthe. Namesake: "Viola" (character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night).
VIRGIL: From the Latin for "staff bearer" or "flourishing." Relatives: Vergil, Virgille, Virgilio, Virgie, Virge, Virgilia. Namesakes: the poet Vergil, Virgil Grissom, Virgil Stallcup.
VIRGINIA: From the Latin for "maiden." The state of Virginia is named in honor of Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. Relatives: Virginie, Virgie, Virgy, Gina, Ginia, Ginny, Ginni, Ginger, Jinny. Namesakes: Gina Lollobrigida, "The Virginian."
VITA: Latin for "life." Relatives: Vitas, Verta, Vitia, Vito. Namesakes: Vita Sackville-West, Vitas Gerulaitis.
VIVIAN: From the Latin for "living." A beautiful name that hasn't been popular in decades. Revive it. Relatives: Vivien, Vivianne, Viviana, Vivienne, Vyvyan, Vivyen, Vivyan, Viviana, Vivie, Viv, Vibiana, Viveca. Namesakes: Saint Vivian, Vivian Vance, Vivien Leigh, Viveca Lindfors, Emilia Viviani.
VLADIMIR: Old Slavic for "regal." This fine old name suggests caviar and iced vodka in lieu of cigars and champagne. Relatives: Vlad, Vladislav. Namesakes: Saint Vladimir, Vladimir Horowitz, Vladimir Nabokov, Vladimir Ashkenazy.