Scarlett Name Meaning

Scarlett is a name of passion and art, held by movie stars and literary figures alike. Despite her beauty, Scarlett didn’t take off in the charts until the early 2000s while her variant Scarlet remained in her shadows.

Named after the vibrant shade of red, Scarlett summons thoughts of roses and love. She’s also got roots in the finer things life has to offer, as scarlet was a luxury cloth found in Medieval Europe. She’s a surprising surname and occupational name as well, as a scarlet was a title given to those that sold the expensive cloth in ancient times.

Today she’s more at home with her sisters Violet and Ruby on the charts, offering a pop of color without being too obvious like Blue. She’s also a literary classic, fitting in well with the likes of Harper and Imogen. She’s also regal and proud, no doubt just as strong as Katherine or Victoria.

A little Scarlett is a bundle of sass, ready to show the world what she has to offer whether its singing, dancing, or writing code. Her colorful moniker sets her apart from the pack and she’s known to do things her own way when she sees fit. She’s a fan of feathers and extravagance, but also not one to turn down a good old-fashioned family picnic.

Scarlett is beautiful enough to remain untouched though those looking for a nickname have a real gem in Lettie.

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Scarlett Name Popularity

How popular is the name Scarlett? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Scarlett was the 20th most popular girls name, representing 0.5228% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Scarlett has been the 446th most popular girls name, representing 0.0422% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 921 27 0.0025%
1941 848 38 0.0034%
1942 1,021 24 0.0019%
1943 1,043 24 0.0018%
1944 1,500 6 0.0005%
1945 0 0%
1946 1,787 5 0.0003%
1947 0 0%
1948 1,294 17 0.0011%
1949 1,450 11 0.0007%
1950 1,270 20 0.0012%
1951 1,852 5 0.0003%
1952 0 0%
1953 2,055 5 0.0003%
1954 0 0%
1955 1,076 43 0.0023%
1956 1,446 18 0.001%
1957 1,568 14 0.0007%
1958 1,526 16 0.0008%
1959 0 0%
1960 1,337 28 0.0015%
1961 1,002 69 0.0037%
1962 894 90 0.0049%
1963 940 77 0.0043%
1964 1,003 66 0.0037%
1965 946 69 0.0042%
1966 1,357 25 0.0016%
1967 1,282 30 0.002%
1968 1,028 56 0.0037%
1969 1,103 54 0.0035%
1970 1,044 67 0.0042%
1971 1,148 53 0.0035%
1972 1,140 49 0.0036%
1973 1,277 37 0.0029%
1974 1,323 37 0.0028%
1975 2,705 5 0.0004%
1976 1,183 51 0.004%
1977 1,007 84 0.0062%
1978 1,282 48 0.0036%
1979 1,092 77 0.0055%
1980 1,152 69 0.0047%
1981 1,187 64 0.0044%
1982 1,505 36 0.0024%
1983 1,413 39 0.0026%
1984 1,035 87 0.0058%
1985 1,118 79 0.0052%
1986 1,097 81 0.0054%
1987 1,060 91 0.006%
1988 1,167 79 0.0051%
1989 1,103 102 0.0063%
1990 1,040 124 0.0075%
1991 1,118 110 0.0067%
1992 935 161 0.0101%
1993 821 196 0.0126%
1994 867 177 0.0115%
1995 728 234 0.0155%
1996 810 199 0.0133%
1997 880 182 0.0123%
1998 802 217 0.0145%
1999 847 204 0.0136%
2000 934 179 0.0117%
2001 980 171 0.0113%
2002 795 243 0.0162%
2003 751 283 0.0186%
2004 521 513 0.0337%
2005 422 693 0.0453%
2006 296 1,096 0.07%
2007 219 1,554 0.0985%
2008 211 1,596 0.1033%
2009 169 1,906 0.1275%
2010 115 2,708 0.1879%
2011 80 3,557 0.2497%
2012 61 4,038 0.2834%
2013 42 5,050 0.3547%
2014 30 6,003 0.412%
2015 22 7,125 0.4897%
2016 18 7,698 0.5339%
2017 18 7,679 0.5502%
2018 20 7,182 0.5228%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Scarlett

If you like Scarlett, you’ll love these other names like Scarlett.


What names are diminutives of Scarlett?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Scarlett sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Scarlett, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lettie

Footloose; joy

Latin

#1,815 (0.003%)  
Letty

Footloose; joy

Latin

#1,458 (0.0052%)  

What names are variants of Scarlett?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Scarlett.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Scarlet

Shade of red

English

#388 (0.0527%)  
Scarletta

Red

French

Scarlette

Red

French

#752 (0.0209%)  

What names sound like Scarlett?

If you like how Scarlett sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Scarlett.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Charlotte

Free man

French

#6 (0.9419%)  

What names are similar to Scarlett?

Find a name that’s like Scarlett, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Autumn

Season of harvest

English

#77 (0.2526%)  
Daisy

Daisy flower

English

#168 (0.1218%)  
Indigo
#1,216 (0.008%)  
Juliette

Youthful and downy

French

#182 (0.1144%)  
Laurel

The bay, or laurel plant

Latin

#579 (0.0324%)  
Lavender
#1,704 (0.0036%)  
Rosalie

Rose flower

French

#201 (0.1055%)  
Sienna

Reddish brown

English

#183 (0.1138%)  
Violet

Violet flower

English

#43 (0.3489%)  
Willow

Willow tree

English

#62 (0.2818%)  

Lists With Scarlett

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Scarlett.


Siblings of Scarlett

Mamas with kids named Scarlett also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sayer

Wood-worker

Welsh

Rowan

Of the rowan tree

Gaelic

#129 (0.2198%)  
Selah

Rock

Hebrew

#423 (0.0502%)  
Augustine

Great, magnificient

Latin

#712 (0.0198%)  
Atticus

From Attica

Latin

#325 (0.0713%)  

9 Comments

  1. I thought the name Scarlett went really well with her middle name Lorraine

  2. My husband picked the name Scarlett. I did not like but he did not like any of the names I had picked out. So we wrote the names on a piece of paper and put them in a container and let our first born pick and she picked out scarlett…..

  3. Always loved the name. It is very feminine but also somewhat unique.

  4. I loved the name Scarlett, it actually is from the movie Gone with the Wind. Her middle names is Lee named after her grandfather that passed away 2 months before she was born. Marie is also her middle name, it is after my mom and my middle names. Scarlett just seems like the perfect name for my baby. So her full name is Scarlett Lee Marie Spence.

  5. I chose Scarlett because I wanted something different and unique.

  6. My husband and I decided we did not want to know the sex of our baby during the baby shower we had our guest write down baby names when Scarlett was born we were thinking of a name my husband chose the name Scarlett which was one of the names on our list chosen by our guest! Scarlett is a classic name for a beautiful baby girl!

  7. My husband actually came up with our daughters first and middle names… He is a big Grateful Dead fan and he chose names that came from songs sang by the Grateful Dead (Scarlett and Cherise). It was meaningful for us because we both have enjoyed the music together over the past 15 years, and we wanted an uncommon name. Now she’s her Daddy’s little dancing bear? ? ?

  8. I associate the name Scarlett with the color red standing for love, fire and purification. I also love Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the wind.

  9. I adore the name Scarlett. I loved the meaning behind it (red). It is a beautiful and unique name. I also love the movie Gone with the Wind and Vivien Leigh’s character, Scarlett O’Hara.


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