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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Veronica

Veronica is of Greek origin and means “she who brings victory.” The name also means “true image” in Latin. Veronica comes from the Greek “Berenice,” which has its roots in the even older Macedonian “Phereníkē,” where”pherein ” means”to bring ” and”nike ” means”victory.” It is believed that Berenice was latinized to Veronica from “vera icon,” meaning “true image,” which in turn derives from Saint Veronica who wiped Jesus’s face with her veil and found his image imprinted on it.

Veronica may have been popularized by the Archie Comics but the name is rooted in ancient history. During the Hellenistic age, the name was used by royalty in the East Mediterranean region under Alexander the Great. Its popularity in the modern age is also accrued to Saint Veronica and the Veil of Veronica which is celebrated in the sixth Station of the Cross in many churches.

The most prominent spelling variation is “Veronika,” which is used in German, Danish, Norwegian, and other European languages. Some other shorter variations or pet names include Ron, Ronnie, and Nicky.

The name became a household name with the character Veronica Lodge in Archie comics. One of the main characters of the comic book series, a love interest of Archie and a friend of Betty, she was also called Ronnie in the series.

In 1989, the teen film Heathers had Winona Ryder playing one of the main characters Veronica Sawyer who leads a clique of four teenage girls. Interestingly, the name Veronica has mostly been associated with teenage female characters in popular culture. Case in point, Kristen Bell essayed the role of Veronica Mars in the teen TV series by the same name in the mid-2000s.

English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello got his biggest hit called Veronica in 1989, which he co-wrote with the Beatles frontman Paul McCartney. The music video for the song won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video and topped the Alternative Airplay chart of Billboard Magazine.


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Famous People With The Name Veronica

  • VeronicaAmerican singer, 1990s diva of club music
  • Veronica BennettAmerican singer with stage name Ronnie Spector, who is considered the original “bad girl of rock and roll”
  • Veronica CartwrightAmerican actress with three Primetime Emmy Award nominations
  • Veronica MerrellAmerican actress and YouTuber
  • Veronica RothAmerican author, best known for her Divergent trilogy

Veronica On The Popularity Chart

Since the 1980s, Veronica has seen a dip in popularity. The graphic representation below will give you more information.

Popularity Over Time

With 4381 babies per million being named Veronica in 1980, the name was a popular choice for girls then. However, since then, it has seen a steady decline in popularity. In 2021, 727 babies per million were named Veronica.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Veronica’s ranking had steadily declined since 1980, when it was ranked 70. It slipped below 100 in 1993, continuing to fall till 2016, when it touched 410. Its ranking improved slightly in 2018 but slipped to 432 in 2021

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Veronica

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Names With Similar Meaning As Veronica

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Name Numerology For Veronica

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