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

The name Viola is a girl's name of Italian, Latin origin meaning "violet". Viola and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

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- and Emmy-winning 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.

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Famous People Named Viola

Viola Elisabeth of Teschen, Queen consort of Wenceslaus III of Bohemia and Poland.
Viola Davis Tennon, 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 10 June 1912 – 3 May 1987) was the wife of Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster.
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)