Origin of "Virginia"

Virginia State Name Origin


Painting of Queen Elizabeth I

Painting of Queen Elizabeth I (public domain image on Wikipedia).

What does "Virginia" mean?

The state of Virginia was named after England's Queen Elizabeth I. In the early 1600's, all of North America that was not Spanish or French was then called "Virginia" in honor of "The Virgin Queen," and the earliest English colonial expeditions were sent by the Virginia Company of London. Virginia became the 10th state on June 25, 1788.



Virginia Geology & Topography Map: USGS.

Virginia USA.