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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.

Famous People Named Lavender

Lavender Rosamund Marguerite "Pinkie" Barnes, English table tennis player

Pop Culture References for the name Lavender

Lavender Brown, character in the Harry Potter series
Lavender Rolt, main character in play "Sweet Lavender" by Arthur Wing Pinero
Lavender, character in 1996 film "Matilda"
Lady Lavander, Griselda's godmother in The Cuckoo Clock (1877) by Mrs Molesworth
Lavender Town, a town in Kanto in the Pokemon video games
Lavender's Blue, English folk song