Looking for unexpected Victoria nicknames? This list is for you!
Regal and elaborate, Victoria entered the US Top 100 way back in 1967. It’s ranked in the Top 100 every year since then, with the exception of 1977 – 1980, when it hovered just outside. Victoria brings to mind so many associations, from the long-reigning Queen of England to a villainous vampire in Twilight.
It’s a name equally likely to belong to mother or daughter, and one that could easily go back many generations more.
The default nickname tends to be Vicky. Or Vicki – choose your spelling.
Other nicknames belong to a single person. Victoria Beckham is Posh Spice; way back when a young Queen Victoria ascended to the throne, Her Majesty was called Little Vic by court gossips. (She’d pick up dozens of nicknames across her long reign, though few were related to her given name.) Victoria Woodhull, an American suffragist and the first woman to run for president in the US, was called Notorious Victoria.
Masculine form Victor has never been quite as popular, at least in the US. A handful of these might be masculine nicknames, too.
International variations of the name Victoria could offer even more options, like the Polish Wiktoria, Italian Vittoria, and French Victoire. Viktorka is used in Czech and other Slavic languages, where the formal version is Viktorie or Viktoriya.
But this list focuses on unique nicknames that feel at-home in the English-speaking world. Some are inspired by famous people who have answered to Victoria over the years. Others are borrowed from the sounds and letters in the name.
If you love this traditional name, but aren’t sure about it’s popularity, then this list might give you the best of both worlds. Unexpected Victoria nicknames abound, and could update this classic in surprising ways.
The sounds are all there – a strong C and the obvious ‘or,” though it feels like a stretch to shorten Victoria to Cora.
Cori, on the other hand, feels like a hop and skip from popular nickname Tory.
British writer Plum Sykes answers to this unusual nickname for Victoria. It comes from a type of English plum, named for the queen – which takes this one full circle. Plum can mean something desirable or highly valued, too, which puts this name almost in the modern virtue names category. As an independent given name, Plum feels exceedingly rare, which makes it ideal for unexpected Victoria nicknames. It’s possible this wears better in the United Kingdom than the United States, but it has potential anywhere.
Here’s another English monarch-inspired choice: Queenie. If you were born during the long reign of Queen Victoria and shared her name, this probably made a logical short form. All these years later – and in the US, of course – the connection to royalty might feel far less obvious. Then again, Queen Victoria remains broadly familiar. Perhaps even more so following the ITV/PBS series about the young queen’s early life.
There’s Mia and Leah, so why not Ria? Sure, the mythological name is Rhea, and that’s the spelling favored by actor Perlman, too. But Ria comes from the end of Victoria, an obvious option for someone after unexpected Victoria nicknames that feel brief and modern.
Boyish and upbeat, Rory works with a long list of classic girl names. Among them? Victoria, of course! With a strong -or sound, Rory feels like a natural choice for a Victoria after something breezy and truly unexpected.
It’s the Spanish word for aunt, but, like Ria, it’s easy to imagine Tia serving as a nickname for Victoria.
This makes this list thanks to Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, one of Queen Victoria’s many granddaughters. Her family called her Thora. While the sound isn’t quite there – and Thora comes from Thor, Norse god of thunder, it’s close enough to consider.
Tollie rhymes with Molly, and if we can get Dolly from Dorothy, why not Tollie from Victoria? In this case, it’s inspired by a Swedish actress. It’s possible it’s heard only in Scandinavia – and perhaps only in small numbers there. Still, it’s an intriguing option. (Fun fact: Princess Victoria is the current crown princess and heir to the throne in Sweden, so the world may have another reigning Queen Victoria before too long.)
It might seem a little abrupt for a baby girl, but it’s a brisk, bright possibility that could wear well on an older Victoria. Reducing the elaborate, feminine choice to just the middle syllable makes it feel fresh and modern.
There’s something delightful about Tori. Nicknames can come from the middle of names, too? While it’s not exactly the most unexpected Victoria nickname, it’s also not Vicky. Actor-turned-reality-show-darling Tori Spelling and Victorious’ Tori Vega have made it a familiar substitute for Vicky.
Drop the Vic and Toria is as wearable as Elizabeth’s Eliza.
Used among Spanish-speaking families, Toya follows logically from rushing together the sounds of Victoria.
Pronounce it Vee Cee and spell it … VC, Veci, or maybe Vici? The options are many, but the idea is simple: Take the first initial and that stressed middle C to reduce elegant Victoria to a short, sporty name.
One of the sleekest ways to shorten a name is to reduce it to just one letter. Katherine becomes Kay, James becomes Jay, and Victoria? How ’bout just Vee? It’s a mini name that might appeal to many, and it’s easy to imagine Vee evolving naturally for a no-nonsense Victoria.
Contract the first and last two letters, and you’ll arrive at this possible Victoria short form. The downsides: Via means “by way of.” We walk to school via the path. She sent the documents via courier. And in Spanish, via actually means street. So … it’s not immediately a name. And yet, in our age of Mia – and Ria! – why not? Fictional characters give Via a boost, too. It’s the sister’s name in young adult novel Wonder – though she’s Olivia. It’s a good nickname for Victoria, too.
Most Slavic languages spell this name Viktoria, and use contracted form Vika for short. While it’s virtually unheard of in the US, it makes sense. Though given the popularity of Victoria-with-a-c, Vica might be the more obvious spelling.
Also spelled Vicki, Vickie, Vikki, and Viki – to name just a few options – Vicky is the obvious short form.
In Roman mythology, Victoria served as the goddess of victory. Like the Greek Nike, she personified the ideal of triumph. While Victory feels more like a word name than a nickname, it’s easy to imagine the right kind of Victoria choosing this as a (somewhat) short form.
Vintage Vera has climbed the US popularity charts at a steady clip over the last decade. While there’s no link between Victoria and Vera, it’s tempting to consider Vira as another contracted form of the name. The ‘i’ spelling is used in at least some Slavic-speaking countries, and has a history of use in the US, too.
English writer Vita Sackville-West makes this one of the most appealing of the options. Yet another contracted form of Victoria, Vita also brings to mind the Latin word for life.
We love X-ending names for boys. But they’re options for our girls, too. There’s Bex for Rebecca and Lex for Alexandra. So why not Vix for Victoria? American medicine manufacturer Vicks is a household name, but somehow it still feels like Vix fits the creative nicknames on this list. If short names like Quinn and Sloane appeal to you, then Victoria-called-Vix could be the best of both worlds.
What are your favorite Victoria nicknames?
Originally published on October 20, 2017, this post was revised and re-posted on May 14, 2020 and again on October 13, 2022.
My Christian name is Victoria but go by Viks or Vik or Viki. I have had the nicknames Toria, Tricky and Sticky (not that they are names I’d choose to go by)
I love the name Vivi, and that goes along with Livvy, or Livve. I absolutely adore the name Vica and Rory. My friend Rina actually calls me Vica or Via and I call her Ria which is amazing
My name is Victoria and I go by Tori, Ria, or Vicki. Plum and Queenie are so adorable for nicknames. Glad I found this website 🙂
My name is Viktorija. Family and close friends call me Vika, my British friends call me Vicky and my American friends call me Tori. I quite like ‘Ria’.
Hey im from poland so my name is spelt wiktoria. I quite like the nickname ria 🙂
Cześć, Wiktoria! 🙂
Victorya Winata says
My name is actually Victorya with a y, i know its not an common thing, and heyy I’m called Tory by my family and friends, sometimes its also Vee and Vic. This post is really interesting tho. Great job.
I’m a Victoria who goes by Rory, though my Russian friends call me Vika/Vita and my best friend (who has a cat named Rory) calls me Vi or Vivi. It’s such a versatile name!
I think Tia cpuld work as well. My favorite is Plum. 🙂
Victoria Kreitler says
Well my name is Victoria and I go by Tori. I really enjoyed reading this because usually thinking of the name Victoria nicknames that come to mind are Tori and Vicky. I liked how you introduced the names in a new way.
I wanted to thank you for this article! I wanted to name my daughter Victoria, but the standard “Vicky” and “Tori” just weren’t my style. I absolutely fell in love with “Via.” I never would have thought of it, but it makes perfect sense pulled from the full name. It suits her absolutely perfectly, and I can’t imagine calling her anything else. You’re a name genius! <3
Thanks SO much, Clarice! Glad you found a great nickname for a gorgeous name. 🙂
I like Rory. Other ideas are Vivi, Vera and Cora.
Victoria (Vivi) says
Omg, Iris, my best friends Coffey and Doggy call me Vivi ALL THE TIME and so many people are like “Why?” Others think my name is Vivian if they don’t know me. I’m glad someone else finally gets my perspective :3
Victoria nn Toya
I adore Vita. I don’t want to use Victoria though. What else could be a way to Vita? I like Vee but many ways there.
I used to love Tori before I migrated out of the US but can’t go there now. Too political here. Fortunately I still have Tavy and Tess.
Mable Marilla says
It’s funny that I was just thinking the other day that Ria would be a great for Victoria!
Queen Victoria had lots of granddaughters named Victoria.
Her daughter Victoria went by Vicky.
The granddaughters called Victoria were:
Princess Victoria of Hesse
Princess Victoria of The United Kingdom — Toria
Princess Viktoria of Prussia — Moretta
Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh — Ducky
Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein — Thora
The Mrs. says
Smart list, Abby.
This is my mom’s name! She went by Vicki (of course) and I am somewhat named after her (I’m Nicky), but I’ve always wanted to use Victoria in honor of her. I love the idea of nicknames Queenie and Rory, Vita is nice too. The rest are a little bizarre for me.
My cousin Viktoria is from Russia, and she goes by Vika. Most Victorias I know or have met go by Tori. I had never thought about Queenie as a possibility before, but I think it’s a sweet, unexpected choice.