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Gender: F Meaning of Viola: "violet" Origin of Viola: Latin

Viola has several positive elements going for it: the rhythm of the musical instrument, the association with the flower, the trending 'Vi' beginning and its leading role in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

In the Bard's gender-bending comedy of identity and disguise, Viola is the appealing, passionate heroine. Later takes on this tale include Shakespeare in Love, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola de Lesseps and She's the Man starring Amanda Bynes.

The most distinguished current bearer is Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis.

Viola was a Top 50 name from 1899 to 1911, falling off the list in 1972, but is still popular in other countries such as Italy, where it is Number 15. And with Violet not sounding quite as fresh as it did, the strong Viola could find herself back in the running.

Famous People Named Viola

Viola Davis, Oscar-nominated American actress
Viola Liuzzo, American civil rights activist
Viola Farber, American choreographer and dancer
Viola Tree, English actress
Viola Allen, American silent film actress
Viola Dana, American silent film actress
Reece Viola Hamilton, daughter of Laird Hamilton & Gabrielle Reece

Pop Culture References for the name Viola

Viola Eade, main character in the award-winning "Chaos Walking" trilogy
Viola from the Chalet School
Name of the waitress in the movie "Grease"
Viola, one of Jake's daughters in Adventure Time
Viola Hastings in "She's the Man"
Viola De Lesseps in "Shakespeare in Love"
Viola, a character in "Saints Row 3"
Viola Cadaverini, character in "Ace Attorney" video game series
Viola, main character in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
A viola is a stringed instrument, slightly smaller than the violin, and is missing the violin E string and instead has a C string.
Viola, the playable character in the horror game "The Witch's House"
Viola, character from the 'Soul Calibur' series of games.
Viola, a bug-type gym leader from the Pokemon video games and anime.


Viola's International Variations

Violka (Czech) Yolande, Viole (French) Jolanta (Polish)