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  1. VALENTINE: Feminine form of French Valentin, meaning "healthy, strong." Compare with masculine Valentine.
  2. VALERIE: English form of French Valérie, meaning "to be healthy, to be strong." 
  3. VALORIE: Variant spelling of English Valerie, meaning "to be healthy, to be strong." 
  4. VANESSA: This English name is usually chosen for its association with the butterfly genus. Its origin remains uncertain despite the claim that it was invented by Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, for his intimate friend Esther Vanhomrigh. Supposedly he created it by combining the first syllable of her surname, Van-, with her first name, Esther, or the suffix -essa; but, if he created it at all, it is more likely that he based it on the Greek name Phanessa, substituting the "Ph" with the "V" from Esther's surname. Besides, the name may have existed before Swift's time. Phanessa is a feminine form of Orphic Phanes, the name of a primeval, hermaphroditic golden-winged god, meaning "bring to light; make appear." 
  5. VEDA (Sanskrit: वेद): English name derived from the name of the four sacred books of the Hindus, meaning "knowledge; wisdom."
  6. VEGA: English name derived from the Latin name of a star in the constellation Lyra, from Arabian al-Waqi, meaning "falling; swooping."
  7. VELMA: Probably an English variant spelling of German Wilma, meaning "will-helmet." 
  8. VENA: Short form of Middle English Alvena, meaning "elf friend." Compare with another form of Vena.
  9. VERINA: English variant spelling of Swiss/German Verena, possibly meaning "to fear, to respect."
  10. VERITY: Latin name meaning "truth, verity."
  11. VERNA: Feminine form of English Vernon, meaning "place of alder trees." 
  12. VERONICA: Latin form of Macedonian Greek Berenike, meaning "bringer of victory." From an early date, it was influenced by the Church Latin phrase veraiconia, "true image," resulting in the invented legend of St. Veronica, who was said to have wiped Christ's face on his way to Calvary and found an image of his face on the towel.
  13. VERTHANDI: Anglicized form of Old Norse Verðandi, meaning "present." 
  14. VI: Short form of English Violet, meaning "violet color" and "violet flower." 
  15. VIANNE: English contracted form of French Viviane, meaning "alive; animated; lively."
  16. VIC: English unisex short form of Latin Victor "conqueror" and Victoria "conqueror" or "victory."
  17. VICKI: Variant spelling of English Vickie, meaning "conqueror" or "victory."
  18. VICKIE: English pet form of Latin Victoria, meaning "conqueror" or "victory."
  19. VICKY: English pet form of Latin Victoria, meaning "conqueror" or "victory."
  20. VICTORIA: Latin name of uncertain derivation; it is either a feminine form of Victorius "conqueror," or from the vocabulary word victoria, "victory." In Roman mythology, this is the name of a goddess of victory. 
  21. VINA: Short form of English Davina, meaning "beloved." 
  22. VIOLA: Latin name meaning "violet color" or "violet flower."
  23. VIOLET: English name derived from the vocabulary word, from Latin viola, meaning "violet color" or "violet flower." 
  24. VIRGEE: Variant spelling of English Virgie, meaning "maiden, virgin."
  25. VIRGIE: English pet form of Latin Virginia, meaning "maiden, virgin."
  26. VIRGINIA: Feminine form of Roman Latin Virginius, meaning "maiden, virgin." 
  27. VIVIAN: English form of French Viviane, meaning "alive; animated; lively." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of the Lady of the Lake.
  28. VIVIEN: Variant spelling of English Vivian, meaning "alive; animated; lively." Compare with masculine Vivien.
  29. VIVYAN: Variant spelling of English Vivian, meaning "alive, animated, lively."
  30. VONDA: Perhaps an English variant form of German Wanda or Italian Vanda, both meaning "a Wend; a wanderer," a term used to refer to migrant Slavs in the sixth century. 
  31. VONNIE: Pet form of English Evonne, meaning "yew tree."
  32. WANDA: Probably a feminine form of German Wendel, meaning "a Wend; a wanderer," a term used to refer to migrant Slavs in the sixth century. 
  33. WENDA: Variant form of English Wendy, meaning "friend."
  34. WENDI: Variant spelling of English Wendy, meaning "friend."
  35. WENDY: From the name of a J. M. Barrie character, derived from a pet name, fwendy, meaning "friend."
  36. WENONA: English variant spelling of Native American Dakota Winona, meaning "firstborn daughter."
  37. WENONAH: Variant spelling of English Wenona, meaning "firstborn daughter."
  38. WHITNEY: English habitational surname transferred to unisex forename use, from the name of various places derived from the Middle English phrase atten whiten ey ("by the white island"), hence "white island."
  39. WILDA
    1. German surname transferred to forename use, meaning "wild."
    2. Old English name meaning "willow tree."
  40. WILFREDA: Feminine form of Middle English Wilfred, meaning "desires peace." Compare with another form of Wilfreda.
  41. WILLA: Feminine form of English Will, meaning "will-helmet."
  42. WILLOW: English name derived from the tree name, "willow." 
  43. WILMA: Feminine form of English William, meaning "will-helmet." Compare with another form of Wilma.
  44. WIN: Short form of English Winfred and Winifred, both meaning "holy reconciliation," and other names beginning with Win-. 
  45. WINIFRED: Anglicized form of Welsh Gwenfrewi, meaning "holy reconciliation."
  46. WINNIE: Pet form of English Winifred, meaning "holy reconciliation."
  47. WINONA: Native American Dakota name meaning "firstborn daughter." 
  48. WINTER: English name derived from the season name, "winter." The word may derive from Proto-Indo-European *wind-, meaning "white."
  49. WISDOM: English unisex name derived from the vocabulary word, meaning simply "wisdom."
  50. WREN: English name derived from the vocabulary word for the bird, wren, from Old English wrenna, meaning simply "wren." In many other languages, the name of this bird denotes "royalty."
  51. WYNNE: Elaborated form of English Win, meaning "holy reconciliation." Compare with masculine Wynne.
  52. WYNONNA: English variant spelling of Native American Dakota Winona, meaning "firstborn daughter." 
  53. WYNTER: Variant spelling of English Winter, meaning "winter."
  54. XARA: English name of uncertain origin, possibly a form of Arabic Zara, meaning "blooming flower."
  55. XENA (Ξένα): Feminine form of Greek Xenon, meaning "foreigner; stranger."
  56. XYLIA: English name derived from the Greek word xylon, meaning "forest-dweller." 

  57. XYLINA: Elaborated form of English Xylia, meaning "forest-dweller."

  58. YANNIC: Unisex pet form of Breton Yann, meaning "God is gracious."
  59. YANNICK: Variant spelling of Breton unisex Yannic, meaning "God is gracious." 
  60. YIESHA: English variant form of Arabic Aisha, meaning "alive." 
  61. YIESHAH: English variant form of Arabic Aisha, meaning "alive." 
  62. YOLANDA: English form of French Yolande, meaning "violet flower."
  63. YOLONDA: Variant spelling of English Yolanda, meaning "violet flower."
  64. YVETTE: Feminine form of French Yves, meaning "yew tree."
  65. YVONNE: Feminine form of French Yvon, meaning "yew tree."
  66. ZANDRA: English short form of Latin Alexandra, meaning "defender of mankind." 
  67. ZAVANNA: Variant spelling of English Zavannah, meaning "savannah."
  68. ZAVANNAH: Variant spelling of English Savannah, meaning "savannah."
  69. ZELDA (Yiddish: זֶעלְדֶע): 
    1. Short form of German Griselda, meaning "gray battle maid." 
    2. Yiddish form of German Salida, meaning "happiness, joy." 
  70. ZELIA: English name of Latin origin, meaning "zealous."
  71. ZELLA: Variant spelling of English Zelia, meaning "zealous." 
  72. ZELMA: English variant spelling of German Selma, meaning "divine helmet." 
  73. ZERUIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Tseruwyah, meaning "balsam" or "cleft." In the bible, this is the name of a daughter of Jesse.
  74. ZIBA: Anglicized form of Hebrew Tsiyba, meaning "a plant." In the bible, this is the name of a servant of Saul.
  75. ZIBIA: Anglicized form of Hebrew Tsibya, meaning "a female gazelle." In the bible, this is the name of a Benjamite.
  76. ZIBIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Tsibyah, meaning "a female gazelle." In the bible, this is the name of the mother of King Joash
  77. ZILLA: Variant spelling of English Zillah, meaning "shade, shadow."
  78. ZILLAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Tsillah, meaning "shade, shadow." In the bible, this is the name of Lamech's second wife.
  79. ZINNIA: English name derived from the flower name, "zinnia."
  80. ZIPPORAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Tsipporah, meaning "bird." In the bible, this is the name of the wife of Moses.
  81. ZOE (Ζωή): Greek name meaning "life." 
  82. ZOEY: English form of Greek Zoe, meaning "life."
  83. ZOIE: Variant spelling of English Zoey, meaning "life."
  84. ZOWIE: Variant spelling of English Zoey, meaning "life."

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