August 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
Invented by Irish author Sydney, Lady Morgan (1781-1859) for her 1806 novel, The Wild Irish Girl. Possibly a portmanteau of the names “Glory” and “Malvina”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Gloria, Glory, Vina?
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Glorvina O’Dowd (called “Glory” by her brother) is Major O’Dowd’s unmarried sister in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
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