Stately and cool, Queen Victoria made this name popular in 1837 when she ascended to the British throne for a 63-year reign known as the Victorian era. The monarch’s first name was Alexandrina, but she favored her middle name, Victoria, and who could blame her? The Roman goddess of victory was named Victoria, and her symbol was a chariot. Victoria is also a saint’s name—and the name of former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. Victoria, a British TV series about the young monarch, debuted in 2016. Popular nicknames include Vicky and Tori. Michael Jordan has a daughter named Victoria.
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Crowned Queen of Great Britain and Ireland in 1837 at age 18, Victoria reigned for 64 years. She relied on her beloved husband, Prince Albert, to offer guidance and support. When he died in 1861, she went into a deep depression; she removed herself from public duties for many years after. During her reign, Britain transitioned to a constitutional monarchy, giving her less power. But Victoria still made her mark and is remembered for advances made in science, communications, and transportation, like the London Underground, during her reign.
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