This name derives from the Latin “Virgo > Vergĭnĭus > Vergĭnĭa”, meaning “girl of marriageable age, maiden, maiden, virgin, with no sexual experience, young bride, Roman priestess devoted to chastity, the Virgin goddess, epithet of Diana”. The gens Vergĭnĭa or Virgĭnĭa was a prominent family at Rome, which from an early period was divided into patrician and plebeian branches. The gens was of great antiquity, and frequently filled the highest honors of the state during the early years of the Republic. In Roman mythology Verginia was a young woman who was killed by her father for evading the aims of Appius Claudius.
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