View Full Version : Virginia, virgin. Did the name come first or the word?

B. Serum
01-21-2005, 11:46 AM
Which informed the other?

01-21-2005, 11:49 AM
Which informed the other?

The state of Virginia was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

Zev Steinhardt

Exapno Mapcase
01-21-2005, 12:08 PM
Or, if you're a cynic, the "Virgin" Queen. :D

01-21-2005, 12:18 PM
And I believe the first person with the given name Virginia was Virginia Dare, the first English person born in the New World.

Gary T
01-21-2005, 12:39 PM
The word "virgin" comes from Latin. I'm sure it was around a long time before a name was derived from it.

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