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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 Elisabeth of Teschen, Queen consort of Wenceslaus III of Bohemia and Poland
Viola Davis, American actress
Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo, American minister and civil rights activist
Viola Farber, American choreographer and dancer
Viola Tree, English actress
Viola Harris, American actress
Viola Emily Allen, American silent film actress
Viola Barry (born Gladys Viola Wilson), American silent film actress
Viola Dana (born Virginia Flugrath), American silent film actress
Viola Cheptoo Lagat, Kenyan middle distance runner
Viola Bauer, German skier
Viola Odebrecht, German footballer
Viola Myers, Canadian sprinter
Viola Estelle Gentry, American aviatrix
Viola Maud Compton, English actress
Viola Keats, English actress
Viola Mary Lyel, English actress
Viola Mae Wills, American pop singer
Viola Gillette, American operatic contralto
Viola Spolin, American theatre coach
Viola Haqi, Dutch model
Viola Poley, German rower
Viola Maud (Lyttelton) Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminister
Viola Georgina Grosvenor (b. 1992), English heiress; granddaughter of Viola Grosvenor
Viola Mikkelsen (b. 1992), daughter of actor Mads Mikkelsen
Viola Baah (b. 2012), daughter of actress Beverly Afaglo and singer Praye Honeho
Viola Philomena Gallagher (b.2014), daughter of ators Megan Hilty and Brian Gallagher
Viola Forchhammer (b.2016), daughter of Lukas Forchhammer of the band Lukas Graham
Reece Viola Hamilton, daughter of athletes Laird Hamilton & Gabrielle Reece

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, missing the violin E string and instead has a C string.


Viola's International Variations

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