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Gender: Female Meaning of Violet: "purple" Origin of Violet: Latin flower and color name Violet's Popularity in 2017: #48

The name Violet is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "purple". Violet is ranked #48 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Octuplet Game - Girls!".

From the experts:

Violet is soft and sweet but far from shrinking. The Victorian Violet, one of the prettiest of the color and flower names, was chosen by high-profile parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, definitely a factor in its rapid climb to popularity. Violet cracked into the Top 50 for the first time ever in 2015.

A name that dozed quietly for decades, Violet was popular a hundred years ago, then began its steep descent by 1920, bottoming out in the early 1980s. But it started rising again about a decade ago and climbed even more sharply after Garner and Affleck chose it for their daughter.

Today, Violet is near the top of the charts, joining other such popular flower names as Lily, Daisy, and Rose. Viola is the Italian and Scandinavian version, used by Shakespeare in Twelfth Night. Violetta is the frillier, more operatic version.

Violet is a particular favorite of both children's book authors and Hollywood celebs-- Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and also Violet Parr in the animated film The Incredibles; other well-known Violet moms and dads include Emily Robison, Christina Milian, Poppy Montgomery, Nathan Followill, Balthazar Getty and Dave Grohl

Trivia tidbit: In France the violet was worn by the followers of Napoleon when he was in exile to show their allegiance to him.

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Famous People Named Violet

(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter, British politician
Violet Oakley, American muralist
Violet Tucker, English actress
Violet Blue, American author and journalist
Violet Berlin, British TV presenter
Violet Florence Martin, Irish novelist
Violet Kate Gordon-Woodhouse, English harpsichordist
(Isobel) Violet Hunt, English novelist and salonist
Violet Hopson, Australian-British actress
Violet Mary Loraine, English actress and singer
Violet MacMillan, American stage and silent film actress
Violet Rosa Markham, English feminist author
Violet Mersereau, American actress
Violet Trefusis, English novelist and socialite
Violet Augusta Mary Vanbrugh, American actress; sister of actress Irene Vanbrugh
Violet Louise Wilkey, American silent film actress
Violett Beane, American actress
Violet Chachki, stage name of Jason Dardo, American drag queen ("RuPaul's Drag Race")
Violet Augusta Mary Frederica Kennedy-Erskine Jacob, Scottish novelist
Violet Mary Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound Astor, English socialite
Violet Hilton, English conjoined twin performer; twin of sister Daisy Hilton
Violet Ramis (b. 1977), daughter of actor Harold Ramis
Violet Jean Leitch (b. 2004), daughter of model Kirsty Hume and actor Donovan Leitch, Jr.
Violet Anne Affleck (b. 2005), daughter of actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Violet Maye Grohl (b. 2006), daughter of musician Dave Grohl
Violet Buckland (b. 2007), daughter of guitarist Jonny Buckland of Coldplay
Violet Madison Nash (b. 2010), daughter of actress Christina Milian and rapper The Dream
Violet Marlowe Followill (b. 2012), daughter of musicians Nathan Followill and Jessie Baylin
Violet Isabel Strayer (b. 2012), daughter of musician Emily Robison
Violet Grace Devereux Sanford (b. 2013), daughter of actress Poppy Montgomery and Shawn Sanford
Violet Rachael Miziner (b. 2013), daughter of beauty queen/TV personality Rachael Finch and dancer Michael Miziner
Violet Boswell, daughter of soccer player Bobby Boswell
Violet Moon Howey (b. 2015), daughter of actress Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey; twin of brother Knox Blue Howey
Violet Krasinski (b. 2016), daughter of actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
Violet Rae (b. 2016), daughter of actress Marisa Ramirez
Violet Storm de Florio (b. 2016), daughter of ballerina Ashley Bouder and Peter de Florio
Banks Violet Bair (b. 2018), daughter of actress Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma
Violet Skye Lazan (b. 2019), daughter of singer Rachel Platten and Kevin Lazan

Pop Culture References for the name Violet

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, character on TV series Downton Abbey
Violet Beauregard, character in book/film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Violet Baudelaire, character in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Violet Evergarden, character in the TV show Violet Evergarden and in light novels by Akatsuki Kana
Violet Milovníci, character in Kresley Cole's "The Arcana Chronicles"
Violet Bridgerton, mother in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton romance series
Violet Alden, character in the Boxcar Children series
Violet Markey, character in "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven
Violet Parr, character in Pixar's "The Incredibles"
Violet Parr, character in "Mean Girls 2"
Violet Anne Bickerstaff, Screech's girlfriend on TV's 'Saved By the Bell'
Violet Turner, character on TV's "Private Practice"
Violet Nottingham, character in film "Bedtime Stories"
Violet, character in Cuba 15
Violet/Jennifer, character in book "The Cellar"
Violet, character in The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
Violet Travilla, character in the Mildred Keith series
Violet Harmon, from the television series American Horror Story
Violet Bick, character in film "It's a Wonderful Life"
Violet Durn, character in novel "Feed"
Violet Velvet, one of the fairies from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Violet Newstead, character in film "9 to 5"

Violet's International Variations

Violetta, Viola (Italian) Orvokki (Finnish) Violette, Yolanthe, Vyolette (French) Yolanda, Violante (Spanish)


VanessaLily7 Says:


By eliminating the top 100 you are limiting yourself quite severely. Many of the names in the top 100 aren't really ''popular'' at all, in my opinion. I don't know anyone named Melanie, Gianna, Valentina, Clara, Cora, Hazel, Luna, etc.

I would recommend that you select the names that you like most, not go based on popularity. A name you select could always become extremely popular after the fact as well.

VanessaLily7 Says:


I love this name and my husband and I chose it for our first baby girl, who we still haven't had yet.

People say it's too popular but I've only ever known one Violet, so I'm not sure what they're talking about. It barely jumped into the top 100 in 2012, so I'm hoping it will become a bit less popular in the future, but I've always loved this name and I see children with much more popular names such as Liam (#1), but I don't think that detracts from how beautiful and dignified of a name Liam is. Popularity doesn't have to be a problem. Especially since even being in the top 50, only about 3,000 babies were given that name last year. In a country of 325,000,000, that's a small drop in the bucket.

I also don't hear the association of the word 'Violent', but that wouldn't bother me anyway. It is a bright, descriptive name, classic and beautiful, strong. It is perfect for me.

Her brother will probably be Vincent or Sebastian..still searching.

babyonemoretime Says:


Despite its immense popularity, it is a wonderful name because it is not too odd that it cast shame upon a child, yet it still holds a romantic, passionate air that common names often are deprived of. I love it!

Daiseymae Says:


Very pretty! You can't go wrong with that name. Your name is pretty too.

mamanmia Says:


like Just William? so cute

lu_brasil Says:


I am going to be honest here: Violet Wale is too .... descriptive for my taste. If someone introduced themselves with this name, my first thought would be "what?! A purple whale?!". My advice? Use Violet as a nickname. Maybe Viola (less descriptive in my eyes) or Victoria Juliet?

AshE35 Says:


We are considering this name for our baby if they are a girl but our last name is Wale and we aren’t sure about the links to a purple whale. What are some thoughts?

Genevieve Noelle Says:


My 4 year old is named Violet Grace! :)

Ella Says:


I love this name,but it's one letter from being violent

Daiseymae Says:


Genevieve is a gorgeous name.

LaurenDH Says:


I love this name. It's dark, yet beautiful. While I'm not a fan of Lily or Rose, this is different.

Jasmine Says:


Agreed. I think this is especially true for a lot of ESL speakers--they literally cannot tell the difference between "Violet" and "Violent"

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name x

Skittlewiddles Says:


I never actually met anyone with this name. It makes me remember reading the Boxcar Children series and binge-watching Downton Abbey. This is such a beautiful classic name.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


Such a pretty name. Can't get enough of it.

adklined Says:


Very nice! Congratulations on your daughter!

Froley Says:


My favorite flower name is Azalea. But when my daughter was born, Iggy Azalea was really popular still. I ended up naming my girl Genevieve.
But some other names on my list were:

And Starling and Ember were two middle names I wanted :P

adklined Says:


I cross out names in the top 100 too! I'd be interested to hear your top choices.

violetpeonies Says:


I personally wouldn't use it for a girl, but it was an honor name and a dear one to them

Froley Says:


I love flower names and I'm so glad that this name is making a comeback. I only wish it wasn't QUITE so popular. I crossed this off of my list because I didn't want a name from the top 100. Still, I'm glad that it is being used

Floris Says:


I really like Violette and Viola. But I don't like Violet, the spelling just seems off imo...

EW314 Says:


I love this name. It's really catching on both in the US and the UK, and I can totally see why!

It's vibrant, striking, and unfrilly but really classic and beautiful. It's also great as a middle name because it doesn't end in -a or -ie like many popular girls' names. I say "VYE-uh-lut", but I like the "VYE-lut" pronunciation too, and nns Vi or Vivi are lovely.

germanstar Says:


I have been trying to like this name, since I met a woman named Violet Christina, who ended up being one of my closest friends and colleagues. When I first met her, her name sounded odd. As a non native English speaker who has never lived in an English speaking country, I had never before met someone named Violet, and immediately I associated it with "violence" and "violent". I asked her a couple of times to repeat her name because at first I thought she said "Violent". It was the first time I heard this name though. It is not a common name in my country nor are its variations. However, I like its vintage and classic feeling

yvonne_virginia Says:


Do you say Vy-let or vy-oh-let? (I know it's typically the first, just wondering what your preference is.)

Momof2Davisgirls Says:


I have a baby (1mon old) named Violet Marie and a 3 year-old named Ashlie Elizabeth.

headintheclouds Says:


I've tried to like this name, but I associate it too much with the word "violent" and Violet from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ("you're turning violet, Violet!") (ditto for Veruca, though weirdly, I don't think of Augustus Gloop in relation to Augustus).

Objectively, I think Violet is a sweet vintage-like floral/color name, though I think it's starting to get a lot more popular than most alternative-namer parents out there would like. (Same problem for the similar-feeling Hazel, which I actually do adore).

indiefendi2 Says:


I found that out and I was like ugh why?! Even Violet James would be better than James

Daiseymae Says:


It is James, and I don't like it.

Daiseymae Says:


Gorgeous name.

lesliemarion Says:


Violet is lovely and dainty and delicate, but it seems far too popular. I prefer Viola for that reason or Verbena.

sombergoddess Says:


This is my daughter's middle name. If I have more girls they will all have flower names for their middle names. Iris will be next.

Leah3456 Says:


The character Violet Parr from the Incredibles makes me like this name.

indiefendi2 Says:


Turns out Violet isn't the name of Blake and Ryan's baby but he didn't say what it really is.

Sarah Says:


Violet Elizabeth is my four-year-old's name. We get a lot of compliments on her name. We picked it because we thought it was not common, but since we had her, we have met/heard of a few other little girls named Violet. It still doesn't seem super common, which we like. Her little sister is Elsie Rose, and I like the pairing of their names.

Caroline Says:


Ah, I am going to be Switzerland on this name.

indiefendi2 Says:


Allegedly the name of Blake Lively's baby

Caroline Says:



PineWarrior Says:


I think this name is beautiful, but I can't help but keep hearing the french pronunciation of 'vi-o-leh' for the colour purple.

jordalini Says:


I love this name, I love how it feels to say this name, but I would not use this name, because I know a few too many.

HaileyJoan357 Says:


When I was little, I would tell people to call me Violet instead of Hailey :) It's always been my favorite.

Guest Says:


I was thinking that but I like Violetta :P

HatGirl Says:


you could try violette. (vee).

Guest Says:


I WANT TO LIKE THIS NAME but I only hear "violent". :(

Addie88 Says:


I go back and forth between absolutely loving this name, and finding it pretentious. I don't know why. And I'm someone who really likes flower and plant names. I love that it's classic and I love the nickname "Vi," but I can also imagine a little girl with an upturned nose, who has something negative to say about everything and for whom nothing is ever good enough.

kittykate928 Says:


I used to not like this name all that much, but now I love it!

Renee5322 Says:


Lovely, classic name!

kitchi1 Says:


If it weren't for the popularity, I'd use this name. Very pretty. Also loved Violet Harmon from American Horror Story.

kitchi1 Says:


Oh! vee-oh-let sounds very Italian!

HatGirl Says:


i wanna name my child this! but pronouced (veeolet)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this much better than Viola.

raevynstar Says:


What a nice name Classic but not very common.

Lyna Stevens Morgan Says:


Thank you Mary very nice of you.

MaryKathryn Says:



Lyna Stevens Morgan Says:


My beautiful new born great grandaughter name is Violet Simone, Music to my ears.

Sweekune Says:


A lovely flower name that seems to be having a revival. Although I prefer Viola as a name, I would certainly consider Violet too.