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VICTORY (usually m): This name was usually bestowed to honor or celebrate a particular event, especially the successful outcome of a recent battle or larger armed struggle. Occasionally it might be used in a spiritual sense. The Indo-European root behind the word is weik "to fight, conquer" (Calvert Watkins, The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed. [Boston/New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000], p. 97).

Victorius Smith, b. Bellingham, Mass., 22 Jan. 1746/7, son of James and Sarah (VRs, p. 61), may have been named due to his parents' elation at a military victory in one of the colonial wars. Victory Sikes Tousley/Towsley, b. Litchfield, Conn., 14 Nov 1751, was the son of Samuel and Agnes Tousley/Towsley. Victory Ralph Adams, b. Thetford, Vermont, 8 April 1921, was the son of Leon Henry and Nellie (Anderson) Adams.

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