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Gender: F Meaning of Violet: "purple" Origin of Violet: Latin Violet's Popularity in 2014: #67

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 is now solidly in the US Top 70.

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 in the Top 70, (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

Lady Violet Bonham Carter, British politician
Violet Oakley, American muralist
Violet Tucker, child star in the West End musical Matilda
Violet Moon Howey (b. 2015), Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey's daughter
Violet Astor, 1889-1965, English socialite
Violet Hilton, famous siamese twin in the early 1900s
Violet Maye Grohl, child of Nirvana member and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl
Violet Anne Affleck, daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Violet Marlowe Followill, daughter of Nathan Followill and Jessie Baylin
Violet Isabel Strayer, daughter of Emily Robinson
Violet Ramis, daughter of American actor Harold Ramis

Pop Culture References for the name Violet

Violet Milovníci, character in Kresley Cole's "The Arcana Chronicles"
Violet Bridgerton, mother from Julia Quinn's Bridgerton romance series
Violet Baudelaire, in A Series of Unfortunate Events
Violet, a song from Hole's album 'Live Through This'.
Violet Markey, character in the book "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven
Violet Parr, a character from the movie "The Incredibles"
Violet Anne Bickerstaff, Screech's girlfriend in the US show 'Saved By the Bell'
Violet Turner, a character on US TV show Private Practice
Violet Nottingham, character in the movie Bedtime Stories
Violet Beauregard, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Violet, a 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, a character from "It's a Wonderful Life"
Violet Durn, character of the novel "Feed"
Violet Velvet, one of the fairies from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Violet Newstead, character in "9 to 5"
Violet Chachki, winner of season 7 of TV show RuPaul's Drag Race

Violet's International Variations

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