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Gender: F Origin of Lavender: English plant and color name

Lavender lags far behind sweet-smelling purple-hued sister names Violet and Lilac, but is starting to get some enthusiastic attention from cutting-edge namers. It does have a history as a name, going back to the eighteenth century, when it was also used for boys. But its recent attention comes from Lavender Brown, a witch character in the Harry Potter saga--though Lavender had also been previously featured as a best friend character in Roald Dahl's Matilda.

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Pop Culture References for the name Lavender

Lavender, played by Kiami Davael in the movie Matilda
Lady Lavander, Griselda's godmother in The Cuckoo Clock (1877) by Mrs Molesworth
Miss Lavender Lewis rediscovers her true love in the Anne of Green Gables series
Lavender Brown, Harry Potter character
Lavender Town, a town in Kanto from the Pokemon games.