Gloria \g-lo-ria\ as a girl's name is pronounced GLOR-ee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Gloria is "glory". Supposedly coined by playwright George Bernard Shaw in "You Never Can Tell" (1898); the form Gloriana had earlier been used to refer to Queen Elizabeth I. Also made famous by actress Gloria Swanson from the 1920s to the 1960s. Writers Gloria Steinem, Gloria Naylor; singer Gloria Estefan.
Gloria has 22 variant forms: Glaura, Glaurea, Glora, Glorea, Gloree, Glorey, Gloreya, Glori, Gloriana, Gloriane, Glorianna, Glorianne, Gloribel, Gloribell, Glorie, Glorra, Glorria, Glory, Glorya, Gloryan, Gloryanna and Gloryanne.