Violet

- this week

Gender: F Meaning of Violet: "purple" Origin of Violet: Latin Violet's Popularity in 2015: #50

Violet is soft and sweet but far from shrinking. The Victorian Violet, one of the prettiest of the color and flower names, was chosen by high-profile parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, definitely a factor in its rapid climb to popularity; it is one of the Top 5 most-searched names on nameberry. Violet cracked into the Top 50 for the first time ever in 2015.

A name that dozed quietly for decades, Violet was popular a hundred years ago, then began its steep descent by 1920, bottoming out in the early 1980s. But it started rising again about a decade ago and climbed even more sharply after Garner and Affleck chose it for their daughter.

Today, Violet is at Number 50, (Number 5 on Nameberry), joining other such popular flower names as Lily, Daisy, and Rose. Viola is the Italian and Scandinavian version, used by Shakespeare in Twelfth Night. Violetta is the frillier, more operatic version.

Violet is a particular favorite of both children's book authors and Hollywood celebs-- Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and also Violet Parr in the animated film The Incredibles; other well-known Violet moms and dads include Emily Robison, Christina Milian, Poppy Montgomery, Nathan Followill, Balthazar Getty and Dave Grohl

Trivia tidbit: In France the violet was worn by the followers of Napoleon when he was in exile to show their allegiance to him.

Famous People Named Violet

(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter, British politician
Violet Oakley, American muralist
Violet Tucker, English actress
Violet Blue, American author and journalist
Violet Berlin, British TV presenter
Violet Florence Martin, Irish novelist
Violet Kate Gordon-Woodhouse, English harpsichordist
(Isobel) Violet Hunt, English novelist and salonist
Violet Hopson, Australian-British actress
Violet Mary Loraine, English actress and singer
Violet MacMillan, American stage and silent film actress
Violet Rosa Markham, English feminist author
Violet Mersereau, American actress
Violet Trefusis, English novelist and socialite
Violet Augusta Mary Vanbrugh, American actress; sister of actress Irene Vanbrugh
Violet Louise Wilkey, American silent film actress
Violet Chachki aka Jason Dardo, American drag queen ("RuPaul's Drag Race")
Violet Augusta Mary Frederica Kennedy-Erskine Jacob, Scottish novelist
Violet Mary Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound Astor, English socialite
Violet Hilton, English conjoined twin performer; twin sister Daisy Hilton
Violet Moon Howey (b. 2015), daughter of actress Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey; twin of brother Knox Blue Howey
Violet Maye Grohl, daughter of musician Dave Grohl
Violet Anne Affleck, daughter of actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Violet Marlowe Followill (b. 2012), daughter of musicians Nathan Followill and Jessie Baylin
Violet Isabel Strayer, daughter of musician Emily Robison
Violet Ramis, daughter of actor Harold Ramis
Violet Krasinski (b. 2016), daughter of actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
Violet Nash (b. 2010), daughter of actress Christina Milian and rapper The Dream
Violet Jean Leitch (b. 2004), daughter of model Kirsty Hume and actor Donovan Leitch, Jr.
Violet Sanford (b. 2013), daughter of actress Poppy Montgomery and Shawn Sanford
Violet Boswell, daughter of soccer player Bobby Boswell

Pop Culture References for the name Violet

Violet Milovníci, character in Kresley Cole's "The Arcana Chronicles"
Violet Bridgerton, mother in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton romance series
Violet Baudelaire, character in A Series of Unfortunate Events
Violet Markey, character in "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven
Violet Parr, character in Pixar's "The Incredibles"
Violet Anne Bickerstaff, Screech's girlfriend on TV's 'Saved By the Bell'
Violet Turner, character on TV's "Private Practice"
Violet Nottingham, character in film "Bedtime Stories"
Violet Beauregard, character in book/film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Violet, character in Cuba 15
Violet/Jennifer, character in book "The Cellar"
Violet, the beloved deaf friend of Nicholas Benedict and his fellow orphan John in The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
Violet Travilla, character in the Mildred Keith series
Violet Harmon, from the television series American Horror Story
Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess on TV series Downton Abbey
Violet Bick, character in film "It's a Wonderful Life"
Violet Durn, character in novel "Feed"
Violet Velvet, one of the fairies from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Violet Newstead, character in film "9 to 5"
Violet Alden, character in the Boxcar Children series

Violet's International Variations

Violetta, Viola (Italian) Orvokki (Finnish) Violette, Yolanthe, Vyolette (French) Yolanda, Violante (Spanish)