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What does Scarlett mean?

Scarlett Pronunciation of Scarlett [scar-lett] as a girls' name is pronounced SCAR-let. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Scarlett is "red". Brought into use as a given name due to Margaret Mitchell's heroine Scarlett O'Hara in the novel "Gone With the Wind". The middle name of one of Mick Jagger's children with Jerry Hall.

Associated with: red, heroine, novel (literary).


Scarlett has 3 variants: Scarlet, Scarletta and Scarlette.

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Middle name pairings:
Scarlett Maeve (S.M.), ..

How popular is Scarlett?

Scarlett is a very popular first name for women (#1496 out of 4276, Top 35%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#7457 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Scarlett was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #22 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Scarlett name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Scarlett outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Scarlet (#376 via latest list) and Scarlette (#779) are the prominent variation forms of Scarlett (#22 via latest list). These relations of Scarlett were at the height of their popularity in 2015 (adoption of 0.6%). Scarlett has been the most recognizable form, although Scarlette appears to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Scarlett, Scarlet, Scarlette in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Scarlett outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Carleta, Carletta, Carlette, Charlet, Charlett, Charletta, Charlette, Charlott, Charolett, Earletta, Earlette, Karletta, Marlette, Pearlette, Saletta, Salletta (see Sally), Sallette, Sarette, Sarolta, Searlait, Sharlee, Sharleen, Sharlena, Sharlene, Sharlet, Sharlett, Sharletta, Sharlette, Sharlot, Sharlott, Sharlotta, Sharlotte, Starlena, Starlene, Starletta and Starlette. These names tend to be less commonly used than Scarlett.

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