Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “glory.”
Eng (GLAWR-ee-ə)

The name comes directly from the Latin word for glory and its usage as a given name is relatively recent in naming history. Its first appearance seems to be the name of the protagonist of E.D.E.N. Southworth’s 1891 novel, Gloria: A Novel.

Born Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte, Southworth was a popular novelist of her time, and seems to have had a habit of bestowing interesting names on her female characters, particularly names which come directly from Latin words. Her most famous example being her tomboyish character, Capitola Black in her most famous work, The Hidden Hand (1889).

Gloria was used again by George Bernard Shaw for a character in his 1898 play You Never Can Tell.

Due to its seemingly religious connotations, the name skyrocketed among Catholic families during the Depression Era. In this case, the name may have been used in reference to the Great Doxolgy or hymn sung during Catholic masses Gloria in Excelsis Deo. 

Currently, Gloria is the 503rd most popular female name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Glorietta (Italian)
  • Glorinda (Italian)

An obscure Italian diminutive is Gloriuccia.

There is also a very obscure masculine Italian form: Glorio.

Famous bearers include:

  • Gloria Swanson (actress, 1899-1983)
  • Gloria Steinem (feminist, b.1934)
  • Gloria Gaynor (singer, b.1948)
  • Gloria (Bulgarian pop-singer, b.1973)
  • Gloria Princess of Thurn & Taxis (b.1960)
  • Gloria Estefan (singer, b.1957)
In Poland, the designated name-day is May 13.





Gender: Feminine
Origin: Polish
Meaning: “fame; glory.”

The name is a contracted form of ancient Polish names such as Stanisława, Bronisława and Wiesława.

The name also coincides with the modern Polish word for “fame” which has its roots in the ancient Slavic word, slav which can either mean “fame” “prestige” or “glory.”

The Slovakian form is Sláva (SLAH-vah).

The designated name-day in Poland is August 5.




Gender: Masculine
Origin: Polish
Meaning: “to delight in glory”
(NYE-go-SWAHF); (nye-GO-swahf)

The name is a very old and seldom used Polish name. The name is first recorded in Polish documents of 1192.

It is composed of the Old Slavonic elements, niego meaning “delight” and slav meaning “glory.” Hence the name would roughly translate to mean “to delight in glory.”

Diminutives include: Niega, Niegan, Niego, Niegoł, Niegost, Niegosz, Nieguta, Niegusz, Niesz, Nieżęta, Nieżka and Nieszka.

Other forms include the Bulgarian Něgoslav and the Serbo-Croatian, Njegoslav, Negislav and Negoslav.

The Polish feminine form is Niegosława.

In Poland the designated name-days are July 1 and August 8.




Gender: Feminine
Origin: Czech/Slovak, Slovene
Meaning: “glory.”

The name is derived from the Slavic element, slav, meaning, “glory.”

The designated name-days are February 12th (Czech Republic) and December 31st, (Slovenia).

A diminutive form is Slavka.

In Czech, Slávka and Sláva, which were initially diminutive forms, are now used as independent given names.




Bella_jan_levoslavGender: Masculine
Origin: Czech/Slovak
Meaning: “li0n glory.”

The name is composed of the Old Slavonic elements lev meaning “lion” and slav meaning “glory.” Its designated name-day is October 2. Feminine form is Levoslava. The name was borne by Slovak composer Ján Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)

Thecla, Tekla

Saint_TheclaGender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “glory to God.”

She is a bit clunky and technical sounding. I had a great grandmother by this name and grew up near a parish that bore the name St. Thecla. Apparently it was a popular name in Poland at the turn of the century, spelled Tekla, my great-grandma anglicized her name to Tilly, after settling in the United States.

According to the Acts of St. Paul, Thecla also known as Taqla, was a young noblewoman who decided to live a life of chastity after hearing St. Paul’s discourse on virginity. Her mother and fiancé were very upset with her, and ordered her and Paul to be burnt at the stake, only to be miraculously rescued by a storm. Disowned by her family, Thecla had no other choice but to travel with Paul to Turkey. There she caught the eye of another nobleman, but when she refused his advances he tried to rape her, when Thecla managed to beat him off, she was accused by the local authorities of assaulting an innocent nobleman and was sentenced to be torn apart by wild beasts, also from which she was miraculously rescued. In the Eastern Churches, St. Thecla is considered equal to the Apostles and is regarded as a proto-martyr. She was used as an ascetic role model for women. Her feast is held on September 23 in the Roman Catholic Church and on September 24 in the Eastern Orthodox Church. St. Thecla is particularly venerated among Middle Eastern Christians, especially in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, where she is known as Taqla or Takla. In fact, there is an ancient nunnery dedicated to St. Thecla in Syria, known as Deir Ma Takla it is said to be built upon the cave where Thecla’s tomb is allegedly located. According to local legend, the cave was created when Thecla was escaping persecution, the mountain opened up miraculously to hide Thecla in the depths of the newly formed cave. In Tarragona Spain, she is considered the patron saint and each year a large festival is held in her honor. Her name also happens to coincide with the Spanish and Catalan word for “key” on the computer keyboard, so in recent years, she has been regarded as the patron saint of computers. As for the etymology of the name, it is supposedly derived from the Greek Theoclea or Theoklea which is composed of the elements theo meaning “god” and clea meaning “glory.” Other forms include the Slavic Tekla, the French Thècle, the Arabic Taqla and Takla, and the Spanish/Italian Tecla.


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Czech/Slovak
Meaning: “return of the famous” or “return of glory.”

The name is composed of the Slavonic elements, votiti, meaning, “return” and slav, meaning, “fame; glory.”

The name was borne by Vratislav I, Duke of Bohemia (d 921). It was also borne by Vratislav II (1061-92); and the city of Wrocław in Poland was named after Vratislav I.

The name is rather unusual in Slovakia and the Czech Republic these days.

The names feast day is usually held on June 18th. Nicknames include Vratko and Vrato.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Wrocisław/Wrocsław/Wrosław (Polish)