Adeline Virginia Woolf was born Adeline Virginia Stephen on the 25th of January 1882 in London to Sir Leslie Stephen and Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson). The father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a historian, critic, mounaineer. Her mother, Julia Stephen, came from India. She moved to England with her mother, and worked as a model. Her parents both had children from their previous marriages.
Her mother had three children by her first husband. Her father also had one child from his previous marriage.