Feminine form of "victorious", or possibly coming straight from the Latin word of the same spelling. Had a sudden rise in popularity in Commonwealth countries in the 19th century-- what a surprise!-- and remains fairly popular worldwide today: #32 in the U.S., #7 in Moscow, #11 in Ukraine, #13 in Buenos Aires and #16 in Ontario. It's not as popular in Britain, probably because it's still (I think?) considered to be an old woman's name. (Elizabeth and Margaret have suffered the same fate. That's what happens when a bunch of people name their children after royalty and then they all grow up.)
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Famous Victorias: Queen Victoria (seriously, read the article). She may not have originated Girl Power-- that was probably Elizabeth I-- but by gum, she extended it. Also, she was born in May, which is of course the very best month to be born in. What an amazing woman. Also: Victoria Woodhull (suffragist and first woman to run for the U.S. Presidency), Tori Spelling, Victoria Beckham, Crown Princess Victoria (Sweden), and there are a few young actresses called Victoria in the Harry Potter films.
Fictional Victorias: Victoria North (The Secret Language, written by Ursula Nordstrum and possibly the beginning of my love for school stories when I read it in the '80s), Victor/Victoria (a play that Julie Andrews starred in), Victoire Weasley (Harry Potter)
My Victorias: I have an aunt called Vicki, who is not named Victoria, but when I first learned the name Victoria I thought it must be Vicki's proper name. (This was before I learned of my family's habit of handing out short names as given names.) I know a handful of Victorias, but there aren't any who I talk to on a regular basis. I do not have any characters called Victoria... yet.
Are you a Victoria? Do you live in Victoria? On Victoria Street?