English from Latin

Violet Origin and Meaning

The name Violet is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "purple".

Violet is soft and sweet, yet with a vivacious edge.

The violet is a delicate, sweet-smelling spring flower, associated with faithfulness and modesty, and also the seventh color of the rainbow, named after the flower’s vivid purple hue.

Today, Violet is the top flower name for girls, outranking Lily and Iris in the Top 100, and the second most popular color name for girls after Scarlett.

A name that dozed quietly for decades, Violet was popular a hundred years ago, then began its steep descent, bottoming out in the early 1980s. But it started rising again in the late 1990s and climbed even more sharply after Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose it for their daughter in 2005.

It is now well-used by celebrity parents, including the daughters of Christina Milian, Emily Strayer, Nathan Followill, Dave Grohl, and Emily Blunt.

In children’s literature, Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does it no favors, but Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsThe Incredibles, have helped to redeem it for today’s parents.

Violet is also the first name of Dowager Bridgerton, the matricarch in the show Bridgerton, a reminder of the name’s genteel, vintage side.

International variations of Violet include Viola, as in the heroine of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, French Violette, and snappy Violeta and Violetta.

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Violet Rank in US Top 1000

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Violet Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Violet Popularity

Famous People Named Violet

  • (Helen) Violet Bonham Carter"Violet Asquith", British politician
  • Violet OakleyAmerican muralist
  • Violet TuckerEnglish actress
  • Violet BlueAmerican author and journalist
  • Violet BerlinBritish TV presenter
  • Violet Florence MartinIrish novelist
  • Violet Kate GordonWoodhouse, English harpsichordist
  • (Isobel) Violet HuntEnglish novelist and salonist
  • Violet HopsonAustralian,British actress
  • Violet Mary LoraineEnglish actress and singer
  • Violet MacMillanAmerican stage and silent film actress
  • Violet Rosa MarkhamEnglish feminist author
  • Violet MersereauAmerican actress
  • Violet TrefusisEnglish novelist and socialite
  • Violet Augusta Mary VanbrughAmerican actress; sister of actress Irene Vanbrugh
  • Violet Louise WilkeyAmerican silent film actress
  • Violett BeaneAmerican actress
  • Violet Chachkistage name of Jason Dardo, American drag queen ("RuPaul's Drag Race")
  • Violet Augusta Mary Frederica KennedyErskine Jacob, Scottish novelist
  • Violet Mary ElliotMurray,Kynynmound Astor, English socialite
  • Violet HiltonEnglish conjoined twin performer; twin of sister Daisy Hilton
  • Violet Ramis (b. 1977)daughter of actor Harold Ramis
  • Violet Jean Leitch (b. 2004)daughter of model Kirsty Hume and actor Donovan Leitch, Jr.
  • Violet Anne Affleck (b. 2005)daughter of actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
  • Violet Maye Grohl (b. 2006)daughter of musician Dave Grohl
  • Violet Buckland (b. 2007)daughter of guitarist Jonny Buckland of Coldplay
  • Violet Madison Nash (b. 2010)daughter of actress Christina Milian and rapper The Dream
  • Violet Marlowe Followill (b. 2012)daughter of musicians Nathan Followill and Jessie Baylin
  • Violet Isabel Strayer (b. 2012)daughter of musician Emily Robison
  • Violet Grace Devereux Sanford (b. 2013)daughter of actress Poppy Montgomery and Shawn Sanford
  • Violet Rachael Miziner (b. 2013)daughter of beauty queen/TV personality Rachael Finch and dancer Michael Miziner
  • Violet Boswelldaughter of soccer player Bobby Boswell
  • Violet Moon Howey (b. 2015)daughter of actress Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey; twin of brother Knox Blue Howey
  • Violet Krasinski (b. 2016)daughter of actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
  • Violet Rae (b. 2016)daughter of actress Marisa Ramirez
  • Violet Storm de Florio (b. 2016)daughter of ballerina Ashley Bouder and Peter de Florio
  • Violet Skye Lazan (b. 2019)daughter of singer Rachel Platten and Kevin Lazan

Violet in Pop Culture

  • Violet CrawleyDowager Countess of Grantham, character on TV series Downton Abbey
  • Violet Beauregardecharacter in book/film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
  • Violet Baudelairecharacter in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Violet Evergardencharacter in the TV show Violet Evergarden and in light novels by Akatsuki Kana
  • Violet Milovnícicharacter in Kresley Cole's "The Arcana Chronicles"
  • Violet Bridgertonmother in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton romance series
  • Violet Aldencharacter in the Boxcar Children series
  • Violet Markeycharacter in "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven
  • Violet Parrcharacter in Pixar's "The Incredibles"
  • Violet Parrcharacter in "Mean Girls 2"
  • Violet Sabrewingcharacter in "DuckTales"
  • Violet Anne BickerstaffScreech's girlfriend on TV's 'Saved By the Bell'
  • Violet Turnercharacter on TV's "Private Practice"
  • Violet Nottinghamcharacter in film "Bedtime Stories"
  • Violetcharacter in Cuba 15
  • Violet/Jennifercharacter in book "The Cellar"
  • Violetcharacter in The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
  • Violet Travillacharacter in the Mildred Keith series
  • Violet Harmonfrom the television series American Horror Story
  • Violet Bickcharacter in film "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • Violet Durncharacter in novel "Feed"
  • Violet Velvetone of the fairies from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
  • Violet Newsteadcharacter in film "9 to 5"

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