Scarlett Name Meaning & Origin

Scarlett

Pronunciation: SKAHR-leht (key)

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Meanings and history of the name Scarlett

Originated from an English and Irish surname, as explained in "Gone With the Wind" ("There were the Scarletts who had fought with the Irish Volunteers for a free Ireland and been hanged for their pains.") It was an occupation name given those who dealt in scarlet, a type of fine and expensive woolen cloth, in medieval times. Scarlet actually was made in many colors, but the most popular was carmine red; this popularity also gave the cloth's name to a word for bright red, "scarlet", still used today. Scarlet was comparatively elastic due to the technique of twisting the yarn in weaving it, and was often used for stockings and tights. The character Will Scarlett in "Robin Hood" also got his surname from this occupation.

Famous real-life people named Scarlett

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (b. 1984) - American actress
Scarlett Noel Pomers (b. 1988) - American actress
Scarlett Teresa White (b. 2006), daughter of American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor Jack White and English model, singer-songwriter, and guitarist Karen Elson

Scarlett in song, story & screen

Scarlett O'Hara, heroine of Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone With the Wind". Her full name was actually Katie Scarlett O'Hara, in honor of her paternal grandmother Katie Scarlett.
Scarlett, eccentric friend of Hugh Grant's character in film "Four Weddings and a Funeral" ("My name's Scarlett, like O'Hara, only less trouble ...")
Someone Like You - Sarah Dessen - One of the main characters is called Scarlett
Scarlett, beautiful main character in the story L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
Scarlett, name of main character from Cathy Cassidy's book "Scarlett", a rebellious redhead

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