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Gender: F Meaning of Viola: "violet" Origin of Viola: Latin

Viola has several positive elements going for it: the rhythm of the musical instrument, the association with the flower, the trending 'Vi' beginning and its leading role in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

In the Bard's gender-bending comedy of identity and disguise, Viola is the appealing, passionate heroine. Later takes on this tale include Shakespeare in Love, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola de Lesseps and She's the Man starring Amanda Bynes.

The most distinguished current bearer is Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis.

Viola was a Top 50 name from 1899 to 1911, falling off the list in 1972, but is still popular in other countries such as Italy, where it is Number 15. And with Violet not sounding quite as fresh as it did, the strong Viola could find herself back in the running.

Famous People Named Viola

Viola Davis, American actress
Viola Liuzzo, American civil rights activist
Viola Farber, American choreographer and dancer
Viola Tree, English actress
Viola Allen, American silent film actress
Viola Dana, American silent film actress
Viola Mikkelsen, daughter of actor Mads Mikkelsen
Reece Viola Hamilton, daughter of Laird Hamilton & Gabrielle Reece
Viola (b.2016), daughter of Lukas Forchhammer of the band Lukas Graham.
Viola Philomena (b.2014), daughter of Megan Hilty and Brian Gallagher.

Pop Culture References for the name Viola

Viola, main character in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night;" twin of brother Sebastian
Viola Eade, main character in the "Chaos Walking" trilogy
Viola, character in the Chalet School series
Viola "Vi," waitress in the movie "Grease"
Viola, one of Jake's daughters in animated series Adventure Time
Viola Hastings, character in film "She's the Man"
Viola De Lesseps, character in film "Shakespeare in Love"
Viola, character in "Saints Row 3"
Viola Cadaverini, character in "Ace Attorney" video game series
Viola, character in video game "The Witch's House"
Viola, character in the Soul Calibur series of games.
Viola, a bug-type gym leader from the Pokemon video games and anime
Viola, character in anime "Kiddy Grade"
Viola, character in video game series TimeSplitters
Viola, character in the Japanese video game series Zone of the Enders
Viola, character in video game Eternal Sonata
Viola Beach, late English rock band
A viola is a stringed instrument, slightly larger than the violin, and is missing the violin E string and instead has a C string.


Viola's International Variations

Violka (Czech) Yolande, Viole (French) Jolanta (Polish)