So, you’ve decided to have a baby boy! Congratulations! But now what do you name him? There are plenty of names starting with the letter V that would be perfect for your new bundle of joy. Here is a list of some great names to get you started:
Vaughan (Welsh) “little and energetic”
Vladimir (Bulgarian, Russian: “famous ruler”)
Viggo (Danish / Icelandic) modern variant form of Vikingr meaning “a viking.”
Vance or Vannce – derived from a transferred use of the surname, which is a Norman baronial name for someone living near the boundary between two counties. The transferred use as a given name probably dates to early 20th century America when Thomas Vance became famous as an industrialist and newspaper publisher. Pronounced: VANSS
Van – Short form of names beginning with Van-. In 2012, it was ranked 191st in popularity for boys in the US. Pronounced: VAN
Van Buren – transferred use of the surname, which was originally derived from Van Aemstel, the name of a village in the province of Utrecht, Holland. It came into general use as a given name after Martin van Buren became US president in 1837. Pronounced: VAN BOR-en. See also Bouwman .
Vann – variant spelling of Van or Vance; may be used as an independent given name with no family connections to any surnames beginning with Van-.
Vaughn – transferred use of the surname, which is a Norman baronial name from any of several places in northern France.
Vivien (French) “alive, active; lively.” The name of a knight in King Arthur’s court who fell in love with his neighbor, Lunette. He was later transformed into an eagle by Merlin.
Viscount(e) (French for “vice-count”) is a British peerage rank beneath that of Earl and above R A D.
Vick – a short form of Victor
Vidar – Norwegian name that is likely derived from the Old Norse elements vid “wide” and arr “warrior.” The mythological character Vidar was an offspring of Odin who avenged his father’s death by killing Fenrir. He may have been modeled on Thor (see Tor)
Verlin or Verlyn – variant forms of Vern meaning “alder tree” in Old English
Van den Broek, Van der Laan (from Low German for “of the brook”) or De Vries (meaning Dutch for “the Frisians”). Van de(r) Mark means “from/ of the (marches/boundary) marked out by stakes”.
Vere or Verey – derived from Old French ‘verre’ meaning “glass”
Vernon (Old English for “place in alder trees”) used as both a surname and given name
Verner (Old German) “army warrior”
Verne – a variant of Vernon; Hendrix is the Dutch form of Henry. The first name was made popular by the science fiction author Jules Verne, whose novels inspired many aspiring scientists.
Velisario – Cebuano Visayan short form of Balthasar “gift of Baal.” One notable bearer was Velisario Domond, a 19th-century patriot.
Vaney or Vanie – Pet form of Guillaume
Venice (Late Latin) “from the name of the city.” The city was named after Venetus, a leader who settled there in about 900 BC. It became the capital of an independent duchy in 751 and its ruling family adopted Venice as their surname. As women they used Nogarola, Badalocchio and Vendramin . Pronounced: VEN-ih-see
Velasco (Spanish) from Basque meaning “royal hill”
Venkata (Indian, Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada: “the one who is considered a god”)
Veljko – a Serbian name meaning “defender of mankind.” The name was used by Radovan Karadzic’s fictional alter ego in his book The ABCs of Yugoslavia. His real-life son is also named Veljko.
Virgilio – Italian form of Vergil
Vincent (Latin for “conquering”)
Victor (Latin for “conquering”)
Vimal or Vimalkumar – Sanskrit names meaning “pure” or “free from impurities”
Vanhoozier – medieval variant of Van Housser, Dutch surname derived from Old French ‘housse’ (“house”). A notable bearer was Isaac VanHoesen (1751-1829), an American Revolutionary War general who became a farmer and merchant in Kinderhook, New York. Van Houten is a patronymic surname.
Valmar – variant form of Valemar
Velten (German origin) is a diminutive of Veltin meaning “forest”. From a place name derived from Old Saxon words for “wood” and “settlement”.
Vanuatu – named for King Edward VII who died while on a visit to Queen Victoria.
Veljo – derived from the Old Norse element vel that means “well” or “good.” Veljo, Veli, and Vili are Finnish masculine given names.
Veer – a short form of Verner meaning “army warrior” in Germanic languages. Veer is a Dravidian name meaning “courageous.” It may also be related to Hindi Varāhī (Devanagari वराही) which is derived from Sanskrit vara (“desirable”) combined with hī (“this”). The word was used as both a given name and surname in medieval Hinduism.
Van Dyke (Norman French) – a common surname, it can also be used as a given name. First documented in England as Van Dyck and variations thereof, there is some debate on whether the name was originally Flemish (see below). The most commonly accepted theory is that the Flemish family left Ghent during an outbreak of the plague sometime around 1550. They settled first in Antwerp but later moved to Amsterdam where they anglicized their name to Vanderdike.
Van – the Dutch/Afrikaans word for “from” or “of.” The name of many early settlers in North America
Valentine – from Latin ‘valens’ (strong, healthy). Saint Valentine was a third-century Roman saint beheaded by Claudius II Gothicus on February 14 because he had illegally married couples. He is associated with love and springtime. In England, France, and Germany courtships customarily included valentines exchanged between lovers drawn up by professional writers often humorous verses meant to provoke laughter. In Scandinavia, folklore relates that birds chose their mates during Valentine’s Day, possibly based on the belief that if birds paired during this time, they would have a good nesting because of the lengthening of days,
Vin – Scandinavian short form of masculine names in Ing- and especially as an independent name-element meaning “friend.”
Vanley or Vannley (from the word for “little”)
Valleau (Norman French) As both a surname and given name from place names derived from Gaulish elements meaning “valley” combined with Latin possessive suffixes. The alternative spelling is Valleau. Used as both a given name and surname. Related to English Valley. Popularity was at its highest during the 1940s.
Velocitus (pertaining to speed)
Visvanathan (competitor in a contest of knowledge)
Vihtori (defender or liberator)
Verenskii (from the word for “wolf”)
Viktorovich (son of Viktor, may also be spelled as Viktorson or Vikotr )
Vitalii or Vitalyivich (life,life-giver )
Vittorio (victorious, winner )
Vladimirovich (son of Vladmir)
Valeriy or Valery (protector, defender, helper)
Vasily or Vasilii (elevated, exalted, supreme)
Veniaminovitch (son of Veniamin)
Vincentius or Vikentios as a Patriarchal name is a High-Greek variant.
Vortigern Old English – “overlord,” from vor – “over” + tigerno ,- “lord.”
Vortigerne New English form of Vortigern
Valerian (strong, healthy)
Van der Merwe (from the word for ‘of the sea’)
Varick (ruler of the army)
Victorin – modern form of Victorinus. Saint Victorin was an Irish saint who died in Wales in 639. He is said to have killed a large serpent that was about to devour a child and then carried it off on his shoulders; hence he is the patron saint against snakes.
Vasilis – from the Greek name Vasilios meaning “king” or “royal.”
A few more baby boy names that start with the letter V: