Tory is a diminutive of Victoria. Victoria originates in Latin language and means "woman of victory". It is a feminine form of Victor. In Roman mythology, she was the goddess of victory, her equivalent in Greek mythology being Nike. Victoria was also the name of several Christian saints. In the English-speaking countries it was greatly popularized by Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom in the 19th century and has been regularly used as a feminine given name ever since. In the United States it has always been one of the most popular names given to girls. One of the famous bearers of recent times is the British singer, fashion designer and wife of David Beckham, Victoria Beckham.