Gender: Female Meaning of Scarlett: "scarlet, red" Origin of Scarlett: English Scarlett's Popularity in 2019: #21

Scarlett Origin and Meaning

The name Scarlett is a girl's name of English origin meaning "scarlet, red".

Scarlett originated as an occupation surname, designating a person who sold scarlet, a luxury wool cloth produced in Medieval Europe. The word is thought to derive from the Arabic siklāt, referring to silks dyed with kermes. The fanciest, favorited color was scarlet red.

Scarlett Johansson is doing more for this seductively southern name than Scarlett O'Hara ever did. Since the turn of the 21st century, Scarlett has gone from an obscure literary name to one of the most popular girls' names starting with S, right after longtime favorites Sophia and Sofia.

Sylvester Stallone's third 'S' daughter, following Sophia and Sistine, is Scarlet (one 't', as in the color) and The White Stripes' Jack White and Karen Elson also have a Scarlett, as do Molly Sims and Rob Schneider. The Mick Jaggers were ahead of the curve when they chose Scarlett for the middle name of their daughter Elizabeth in 1984.

In the Margaret Mitchell novel, Scarlett was the main character's grandmother's maiden name—she was actually named Katie O'Hara. The name entered the Top 1000 in 1940, a year after the movie of Gone With the Wind was released. Scarlett has continued its winning streak, and is now firmly in the Top 20.

One of the leading characters on TV's Nashville is named Scarlett O'Connor.

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Rank in US: #21

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Pop Culture References for the name Scarlett

Scarlet, Scarlette, Scarletta, Skarlette, Scarlotte


Viviennethenaturegirl Says:


Yes scar is a terrible nickname. I met a Scarlett before and everyone called her Carly.

Iloveart18 Says:


Scarlett is one of these names that doesn't fit into a neat box: I think it is neither vintage nor modern since it emerged in 1940 yet didn't rise until the 2000s. Scarlett does manage to be both, however. It can pair with both vintage and modern names.
Scarlett is a nice name, but if you find it too popular consider Saffron, Garnet, Velvet, or Poppy instead.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I have a red iPhone XR. I named her Scarlett.

HalloweenGirl04 Says:


I have always had a love hate relationship with the name Scarlett. I think its beautiful & being a redhead myself, I love red names But there is something I dont like. I just cant put my finger on it. Lol. I now, have a niece named Scarlett Pearl.

Carla jemma Says:


Carly & Carla make good nicknames

Carla jemma Says:


My daughter is called carley I spelt it this way coz her birth name was Charley so spelt it after it my middle name is Carla & Carly is a name I use for both of us so I used Scarlett as a surname coz it suits both of us & at the time I had the name Charlotte for a girls name I prefer Charlotte for a first name & I have the name in my keepsake box Carly is a name I use for the both of us & Scarlett I like scarly.

josephinedagnall Says:


I wasn't so sure about this name a few months ago, but it's really started growing on me now!

Gia.berry Says:


I completely agree; all of the Scarletts I've known were smart, shy girls (none of which had red hair). I think Scout would be a cute nn too.

KO46 Says:


I have to disagree about no in-between... whenever I have always pictured the name, I've always imagined a woman with brown hair for some reason. I think anybody could wear it well.

lovelovelove Says:


A woman named Scarlett is either a Jessica Rabbit kind of person who wears sexy red dresses and has auburn hair, or it is a blonde-haired blue-eyed outgoing type. There is really no in between. Nickname options are horrible. Scar? Letty? SCARY?

Miriam2468 Says:


Love this name, but it’s getting a little too popular for me

aspiring author Says:


I used to really hate this name, but it really started to grow on me. I now actually really like it, and love the nickname options of "Letty" or "Carly".

Scarlett_mcm Says:


My name is Scarlett Jade (Soon-honoring my grand-mother Soony)

Scarlett_mcm Says:


Same, I was born in 2005 and then it wasn't that popular then, but now it's #18 on the charts!

Sugarcube Says:


Roald Dahl used it in every one of his books, too.

Sugarcube Says:


Traditionally, one T is the color name and two is the proper name.

Sugarcube Says:


FWIW, just know that brothers would find a way to make any name you had sound embarrassing 😏

Sugarcube Says:


When I chose it for my daughter in 2005, it was #423. Ugh 😑

Sugarcube Says:


My Scarlett has a friend that calls her "Scarly". I kinda like that.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Letty or Lettie is my favourite. All lovely, though.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Changed my mind totally, since writing this. I totally love Scarlett, and even more so, Scarlet. So, so beautiful. I can't believe I used to say I was "not a fan". I am. 💝 💖 💞

Daiseymae Says:


Scarlett is a sweet and cute name.

BlueSparrow Says:


There was a terrific TV show called Rake that my partner and I watched, so we like the idea of a girl called Scarlett with the nickname Red.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I'm not a fan of this name. I like it for Scarlett O'Hara, and that's about it. People say that it's similar to Charlotte, but to me, Charlotte is sophisticated and beautiful - one of my favourite names - and Scarlett isn't that bad, but not to my personal taste. I only noticed about the "Scar" part recently, because people kept pointing it out, but that in itself wouldn't have been an issue for me. It's like people saying that Violet is one letter away from "violent". I feel that we're starting to overthink it, by this point - and almost every name out there could be made unusable, if we analysed each one enough.

Finn Says:


The nickname Scout never occurred to me, but I love it!

Finn Says:


I love Scarlett, especially how it's one of the more subtle colour names. Every time I hear it, it brings to mind the glorious descriptions JK Rowling used to describe all things Gryffindor. Though I much prefer it in its full glory, Carly, Letty, and Etta are such sweet nickname options. My cousin is named Scarlett Anne, and goes mostly by Etta and Etty.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Scarlett is one of my all time favourite girl names (along with Sidney and Madison). It is so beautiful and gentle and has some good nicknames. Letty is a good nickname for more of a girly Scarlett or she could just choose to go by Scarlett. And Scar is a good nickname for more of a tomboyish Scarlett, (or again she could just choose to go by her full name Scarlett.) If I was to have a daughter name Scarlett her first name would be Scarlett and her middle name would either by Everleigh or Haylee (not any other spelling variations either for her middle name)

JazzDeSaturn Says:


This is one of those name that I always overlooked but it is actually quite nice. I wish I noticed it earlier.

maddie carp Says:


why would you spell it like that? she is going to get so much trouble in spelling it and other people spelling it later. so done with these krie8ivve name spellings.

cabosanmucus Says:


another example of "popularity ruins names" for me. I like Scarlett but I wish it was just Scarlett Johansson. :(

indiefendi2 Says:


Took the words right out of my mouth! Perfect solution.

Rachel Kent Says:


We picked Scarlett for out little girl due in November but have seen so many Scarlett's and expecting Scarlett's it's putting me off the name 😕💕 might have to use Savannah instead xx

Leah3456 Says:


I recently fell in love with this name! It's so pretty!

Rush1986 Says:


Uhh ok then don't.

JustBrowsing Says:


this name brings to mind two books: the Scarlet Letter, and Gone with the wind.
It's a cute name, but I'm not a fan of either reference.

Zelliew Says:


I love this name

Scarlet Says:


Hi, My name is Scarlet and I really like my name but I hate that I have "Scar" in my name everyone calls me 'Scar' and I hate it and I have 3 brothers and they are really annoying

Scarlett Says:


My name is Scarlett and I hate that the word scar is in it, but I find it to be a very beautiful name and people always think I will be different or unique when they meet me. The name is a really great one and I have many nick names that aren't cruel like scar for examples, letty, betty, carly, etta and red, Mist of my friends call me either or Scarlett or Red and I love both those names because they depict my passionate nature and big heart.

racheljean Says:


I would use Scarlett as a cute middle name.

lesliemarion Says:


I prefer the color Scarlet. Something about the -lett ending is displeasing.

tracyseymour1 Says:


I love the name Scarlett, but "Scar" is a horrible nickname. Very hard and harsh. Letty (or Lettie) is 100% better. Of course, I'm a fan of Scarlett Johansson, so I could be prejudiced... :)

indiefendi2 Says:


Letty is the perfect nickname.

AnonymousDee Says:


I know a family with an adorable daughter named Scarlett and their nickname for her was 'dollet' since she looked so much like a doll :)

Rush1986 Says:


Scarlett Johansson is not so big that she can claim this name. She's not Madonna.

SoDallas3 Says:


I love Scarlett, it does conjure up Gone with the Wind, but also the tv series Nashville. The character on Nashville is very sweet.
There are some great nicknames for Scarlett. Lettie, Etta, Arlie, Carly etc.

TaliaCat Says:


Forever "Gone With the Wind" to me

headintheclouds Says:


This is a name that grew on me with time. I initially didn't like that it had the word "scar" in it, as people have commented, but then it didn't bother me anymore after I thought of having the nickname Scout or Letty for Scarlett- it just sounds so adorable that I really fell in love with Scarlett, both with nicknames and its full form.

MarieLalie Says:


I love this name, but I'm afraid it could be a one-name-person for Scarlett Johansson...

Caroline Says:


No, I don't want to use this name!

chlardmarham Says:


I babysit a 3 year old with gorgeous red hair named Scarlett and I really couldn't picture her with a more suitable name. The name itself has really grown on me since I met her. ^_^

cheyenne_melody123 Says:


I love this name! So beautiful, but I think that any nn's degrade the quality.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This looks odd to me with two t's. I prefer Scarlet

Alicia1 Says:


Gorgeous name on its own, no nickname needed.

SeaZuno86 Says:


my DH loves this name, for some reason I can't get into it but I do think its pretty on someone else's baby :)

Plutophelia Says:


I've never thought of that! Both are incredibly cute nicknames.

servals_ Says:


For everyone saying that scar is a terrible nickname, you could always use Letty or Carly

Noetje Says:


I would. I love this name...

Guest Says:


I've always thought this name was gorgeous and Scarlett Johansson has the bombshell quality but I agree with Scarlett herself--Scar is a terrible nickname. Leave it in it's full glory.

samantha Says:


My daughters name is Skarlette and we just call her Lette for short

CocoWhite Says:


I can see the appeal, but honestly, who would want a baby name that has the word "scar" in it?