Is there a relationship between the two words "virgin" and "Virginia"?

What are their origin?

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    What research have you done? – Azor Ahai Oct 26 '17 at 19:59
  • "Virginia" was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth I of England, the "virgin Queen," who granted Walter Raleigh the charter to found the colony. // For the origin of "virgin," see Latin "virgo" or "virginem," meaning "girl" or, of course, "virgin." – RaceYouAnytime Oct 26 '17 at 20:20

The name Virginia was in honor of Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England Wikipedia, who was often referred to as "The Virgin Queen" as she had not married.

The name Virginia first applied the the Roanoke Colony, which was off the coast of today's North Carolina. Later the name came to be applied to all of continental British North America. Eventually the area called Virginia came to be reduced to what we today know as the states of Virginia and West Virginia.

When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock they were in Virginia as it was then known.

The Roanoke Colony was founded in 1585, and generally thought to have been abandoned in 1590 This day in History. This was during the reign of Elizabeth. The first known child of English parents born in North America, Virginia Dare, was born there about 1587.

  • Only for a scant 40 years, 1580 to 1620, did Virginia signify “all of continental British North America.” See, for example, American Colonies by Alan Taylor. – AmE speaker Oct 29 '17 at 16:32
  • @ Clare Actually the Virginia Company had its control limited by its Second Charter in 1609: "And we ,.., grant .. under the Reservations, Limitations, and. Declarations hereafter expressed, all those Lands.....being in that Part of America, called Virginia, from the Point of Land, called Cape or Point Comfort, all along the Sea Coast to the Northward, two hundred miles, and from the said Point of Cape Comfort, all along the Sea Coast to the Southward, two hundred Miles", However,until the Plymouth Colony was established, the name Virginia stuck, so, I suppose 1620 is as good a date as any – J. Taylor Oct 29 '17 at 17:41

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