Vestal name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Vestal

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ves"tal
Of or pertaining to Vesta, the virgin goddess of the hearth; hence, pure; chaste.

Etymology: L. Vestalis belonging to Vesta, vestal. See Vesta

noun Ves"tal
  1. [Rom. Antiq] A virgin consecrated to Vesta, and to the service of watching the sacred fire, which was to be perpetually kept burning upon her altar.
  2. A virgin; a woman pure and chaste; also, a nun."How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!" [Pope.]

Note: ☞ The Vestals were originally four, but afterward six, in number. Their term of service lasted thirty years, the period of admission being from the sixth to the tenth year of the candidate's age.

Etymology: L. Vestalissc. virgo): cf. F. vestale. See Vestal (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A chaste woman
  2. In a state of sexual virginity ("pure and vestal modesty")
  3. Of or relating to Vesta ("vestal virgin")

From Latin Vesta, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wes-. More at was.

  1. A virgin consecrated to Vesta, and to the service of watching the sacred fire, which was to be perpetually kept burning upon her altar; a vestal virgin.
  2. A female virgin; a woman who has never had sexual relations.
  3. A nun.

vestal was also found in the following language(s): Spanish

Notable Persons Named Vestal

Notable Persons Named Vestal

Vestal Goodman

Vestal Goodman was a southern gospel singing. She was most prominent from 1949 to 1949. Vestal was given the name Vestal Freeman on December 13th, 1929. She died on December 27th, 2003.

Vestal McIntyre


Notable Persons With the Last Name Vestal

Notable Persons With the Last Name Vestal

Stanley Vestal

Stanley Vestal was an author: books of the old west, including dodge city, queen of the cowtowns, professor of english at university of oklahoma, author, professor, author: books of theold west, and professorofenglishatuniversity of oklahoma. Stanley was given the name Walter Stanley Vestal on August 15th, 1887 in Kansas USA. Stanley is also known as Walter Stanley Campbell. He passed away on December 25th, 1957.

Janet Vestal Kelly

Janet Vestal Kelly is a Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Janet was given the name Janet Elizabeth Vestal in 1976 in North Carolina. Janet is also known as Polarek, Janet Vestal; Kelly, Janet Polarek; Vestal, and Janet Elizabeth.

David Vestal

David was born in 1924. He left this life on December 14th, 2013.

Samuel Vestal

Samuel Vestal was a Member of the Washington State Senate and Member of theWashington State Senate. Samuel was born on November 16th, 1844 in Clinton County, Ohio, United States. He died on January 9th, 1928.

Romano Vestal

Romano Vestal is an athlete for the Philippine Army F.C.


Common last names for Vestal

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Anderson

Common first names for Vestal

  • James
  • William
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • Thomas
  • George
  • Margaret
  • Helen
  • Mildred
  • Carl
  • Donald

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Vestal U.S.
  White 91.15% 64.26%
  African American 2.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.16% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.69% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Vestal

People with the last name Vestal are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Vestal

  • How Popular is the name Vestal? Vestal is the 16,964th most popular name of all time. As a last name Vestal was the 6,108th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Vestal have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 492 babies born with the first name Vestal in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vestal to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Vestal? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1907 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Vestal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vestal is Saturday, July 24th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Vestal born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vestal was in 1922 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Vestal Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Vestal is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Vestal: The name spelled backwards is Latsev. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Asvelt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Vestal? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,614 people with the last name Vestal.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Vestal? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Vestal as their last name.
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