Verna may not be a top 1,000 baby name anymore, but it still has plenty of appeal. It's a unique “grandma name” with a refreshing meaning that new parents will love for their little girls. It pairs best with one-syllable middle names, like Rose, Hope or Ruth, and we think it's ready for a comeback.

Meaning of the name Verna:

Latin: Springtime
English: Alder tree

Origin of the name Verna:

Verna has two potential origins and meanings. First, it is thought to be the feminine version of the masculine name Vernon. In this case, it means “alder tree.” Verna is also the Latin word for the seasonal word “spring.”

Symbolism of the name Verna:

If you believe it means springtime, the baby name Verna can be a symbol of renewal and hope. If you believe the name means “alder tree,” the name could be a symbol of protection. To many European cultures, alder trees were sacred and thought to protect the environment around them.

Style of the name Verna:

Vintage

Gender of the name Verna:

Verna is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Verna:

VER-nuh

Number of syllables in the name Verna:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Verna:

The baby name Verna evokes images of someone who enjoys being outdoors, surrounded by nature.

Alternative spellings for the name Verna:

  • Virna

Nicknames for the name Verna:

Popularity of the name Verna:

Verna was a top 1,000 baby name in the United States until 1972, according to the Social Security Administration. In 1972, it ranked at 867 before falling off the charts.

Related names for the name Verna:

Great middle names for Verna and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Verna:

  • Verna Aardema (author)
  • Verna Bloom (actress)
  • Verna Allette Wilkins (author)
  • Verna Felton (actress)
  • Verna Fields (film editor)

Vernas in popular culture:

  • Verna Vain (character in the movie “Verna: USO Girl”)
  • Verna Thornton (character on the TV show “Scandal”)
  • Verna Maroney (character on the TV show “30 Rock”)