Violet Name Meaning & Origin

Violet

Pronunciation: VIY-ə-lit (key)

Origin of the name Violet:

From the Old French violette, a diminutive form of viole, which is derived from the Latin viola (a violet). The name has been in use since the Middle Ages but did not become common until the middle of the 19th century when the use of flower names came into vogue.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Vi, Violeta, Violetta, Violette

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Nicknames for Violet

Vi, Violetta, Viva, Vivi, Viola, Vio-Latte, Ultra-Violet, Viley, Purple, Flower, Violence, Vanilla Bean.

Meanings and history of the name Violet

Violet, from the name of the flower (Old French 'violette'. Late Latin 'violetta'. A diminutive of 'viola'.) As a flower, Violet has a variety of meanings: Love; Modesty; Virtue; Affection; Faithfulness ("I'll always be true") and a Good Luck symbol for women. Violets can be either violet or white. The violet is February's birth flower.

Violet is a spectral color, near indigo in the rainbow. Though based on experience in the early 2000's, people respond as though they are reminded of a flower.

The purple violet is the sorority flower of Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Kappa, and Sigma Sigma Sigma. Zeta Tau Alpha's flower is the white violet.

The color violet was named after the flower - first being recorded as a color name in English in 1370. The color violet has many symbolic meanings, such as: in Chinese painting, violet represents the harmony of the Universe because it is a combination of red (yang) and blue (yin); in Western churches violet is the liturgical color for both Advent and lent.

Violet was one of the earliest flower names to be used as a first name. Violette occurred as a personal name in the south of France in the Middle Ages. By the 16th C it was fairly common in Scotland, through French influence, and continued to be used there. In England Violet was used as early as 1700, becoming well established in the 19th century. By the 1830s Violet was in general use in both the U.S. and Britain. Violet was a top 100 name in the US from 1901-1926 and fashionable in Britain during the same time period.

The early run of the name was probably begun by Lord Lytton's highly successful novel "The Sea Captain" (1839) in which Violet is the heroine.

Famous real-life people named Violet

Violet Oakley - American artist
Violet Anne Affleck - daughter of American actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Violet Chachki, RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 winner
Violet Maye Grohl (b. 2006), daughter of American singer, songwriter, muscician, record producer, and film director Dave Grohl
Violet Madison Nash (b. 2010), daughter of American singer, songwriter, and actress Christina Milian and American singer, songwriter, and record producer The-Dream
Violet Isabel Strayer (b. 2012), daughter of American songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Emily Robison

Violet in song, story & screen

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham from British TV show Downton Abbey
Violet Harmon, a character in the FX TV show American Horror Story
Violet Baudelaire, character in the book and TV series A Series of Unfortunate Events
Violet, a character in The Boxcar Children series
Violet Parr, a character from the movie The Incredibles
Violet Parr, a character from Mean Girls 2
Violet Anne Bickerstaff, Screech's girlfriend on the American show Saved By the Bell
Violet Turner, character on the American TV show Private Practice
Violet Nottingham, character in the movie Bedtime Stories
Violet Beauregard, character in the book and movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Violet Bick, character in the movie It's a Wonderful Life
Violet, a character in the Peanuts comic strip
Violet, a tritagonist in Season 4 of The Walking Dead Video Game.

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