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What does Violet mean?

Violet Pronunciation of Violet [vi-o-let] as a girls' name is pronounced VYE-a-let. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Violet is "purple". One of the earliest flower names, first used in the 1830s. Shakespeare used the form Viola for the enterprising heroine in "Twelfth Night". Ballerina Violette Verdy.

Associated with: purple (violet), flower, heroine, night (black).


Violet has 30 variants: Eolande, Iolande, Iolanthe, Jolanda, Jolande, Jolanta, Jolantha, Jolanthe, Vi, Viola, Violaine, Violanta, Violante, Violanthe, Viole, Violeine, Violeta, Violetta, Violette, Viollet, Violletta, Viollette, Vyolet, Vyoletta, Vyolette, Yolanda, Yolande, Yolane, Yolantha and Yolanthe.

Creative forms:
(female) Velet, Vilet, ..

(male) Violen, Viove, ..

Middle name pairings:
Violet Alison (V.A.), ..

How popular is Violet?

Violet is a very prominent first name for females (#289 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#27235 out of 150436, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Violet reached its apex position of #50 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Viola (#1283 a year ago), Violeta (#1146), Violetta (#1873), Violette (#1216), Yolanda (#1906) and Yolande are the prominent variation forms of Violet (#50 a year ago). These forms of Violet were popular in the 1910s (average #901) and are somewhat less common today (#1353, 32% less usage), with forms such as Viola becoming less in vogue. Violet is the most fashionable name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Violet, Viola, Violeta, Violetta, Violette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Yolanda, Yolande in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Violet is pronounced similarly to Villette. Other recommended names are Arlet, Birget, Collet, Jinnet, Joliet, Jonet, Kismet, Libet, Linet, Linnet, Lisbet, Liset, Lizbet, Monet, Nicolet, Odelet (see Odele), Riet, Vale, Valen, Valeta, Vallee, Valley, Velvet, Verlee, Vickee, Vickey, Vikkey, Vilma, Violant, Viona, Virge, Vitel, Vivee, Vivien and Wyonet (see Wyanet). These names tend to be less commonly used than Violet.

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