Violet Name Meaning

A floral name that’s been blooming in use, Violet is of English origins. Named after the flowering purple plant, Violet is a name primed for picking in today’s busy baby girl name scene.

Violet hits all the right marks when it comes to today’s trends. She works well with nature names like Willow and Lily but also pals around with colorful choices like Sienna and Ebony without any fuss. Best of all, she’s got the old-lady chic feel seen in Amelia and Audrey. This trifecta of style leaves little wonder why parents can’t get enough of her.

In addition to fitting certain genres, Violet has some in-demand sounds in her name that are trending, from her vivacious V start to her chic -let ending. The letter V has been a big time hit in the girl scene with Olivia, Evelyn, Avery, and Valeria all containing the va-va voom letter. In addition, the -let sound has been winning over parents with Charlotte and Scarlett.

Violet is a delicate name, bringing to mind dollhouses and porcelain dolls. Pearls and lace are favorites of hers, as are quiet nights at home in the library with a good book.

Some variants of Violet include Viola and Violetta. Similar names are Scarlett, Vivienne, and Vienna.

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Violet Name Popularity

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

  • In 2018 Violet was the 43rd most popular girls name, representing 0.3489% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Violet has been the 278th most popular girls name, representing 0.0846% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 88 1,020 0.2897%
1911 82 1,172 0.3147%
1912 83 1,517 0.3008%
1913 82 1,727 0.3046%
1914 83 2,052 0.2944%
1915 82 2,740 0.3016%
1916 83 2,905 0.3007%
1917 84 3,015 0.3014%
1918 83 3,287 0.3063%
1919 74 3,584 0.3423%
1920 77 3,686 0.3315%
1921 81 3,464 0.3025%
1922 85 3,191 0.2864%
1923 85 3,270 0.292%
1924 88 3,219 0.2772%
1925 92 3,026 0.2677%
1926 95 2,888 0.2626%
1927 103 2,682 0.2423%
1928 112 2,302 0.2151%
1929 111 2,204 0.2128%
1930 120 2,090 0.2001%
1931 131 1,735 0.1758%
1932 132 1,681 0.1701%
1933 136 1,495 0.1605%
1934 148 1,356 0.1403%
1935 158 1,256 0.1292%
1936 168 1,132 0.1175%
1937 176 1,124 0.1141%
1938 193 935 0.0913%
1939 193 891 0.0876%
1940 216 758 0.0713%
1941 223 751 0.0667%
1942 238 781 0.0618%
1943 260 678 0.0519%
1944 275 605 0.0488%
1945 287 553 0.0453%
1946 293 583 0.0395%
1947 309 598 0.0358%
1948 339 489 0.0306%
1949 355 446 0.0277%
1950 337 493 0.0306%
1951 378 424 0.025%
1952 406 382 0.0219%
1953 424 380 0.0215%
1954 408 405 0.0222%
1955 443 363 0.0197%
1956 490 319 0.0169%
1957 487 337 0.0175%
1958 483 340 0.018%
1959 528 292 0.0154%
1960 541 279 0.0147%
1961 555 272 0.0144%
1962 581 244 0.0133%
1963 637 204 0.0114%
1964 672 184 0.0105%
1965 680 162 0.0099%
1966 685 150 0.0096%
1967 859 89 0.0059%
1968 875 87 0.0058%
1969 902 87 0.0056%
1970 933 87 0.0055%
1971 958 83 0.0055%
1972 1,145 49 0.0036%
1973 992 71 0.0055%
1974 899 91 0.007%
1975 1,098 59 0.0046%
1976 1,259 43 0.0033%
1977 1,148 60 0.0045%
1978 1,225 54 0.004%
1979 1,074 79 0.0056%
1980 1,138 71 0.0049%
1981 1,083 78 0.0053%
1982 1,052 84 0.0056%
1983 1,057 79 0.0054%
1984 1,076 80 0.0054%
1985 1,069 86 0.0057%
1986 1,126 78 0.0052%
1987 1,175 71 0.0047%
1988 1,158 81 0.0052%
1989 1,264 75 0.0046%
1990 1,273 79 0.0048%
1991 1,352 71 0.0044%
1992 1,205 97 0.0061%
1993 1,305 81 0.0052%
1994 1,090 118 0.0077%
1995 1,169 97 0.0064%
1996 1,179 100 0.0067%
1997 1,064 124 0.0084%
1998 888 187 0.0125%
1999 845 204 0.0136%
2000 767 252 0.0165%
2001 660 338 0.0224%
2002 615 368 0.0246%
2003 600 411 0.027%
2004 591 430 0.0282%
2005 372 814 0.0532%
2006 260 1,241 0.0793%
2007 228 1,522 0.0965%
2008 184 1,803 0.1167%
2009 140 2,258 0.1511%
2010 122 2,562 0.1778%
2011 100 2,898 0.2034%
2012 89 3,273 0.2297%
2013 68 3,925 0.2757%
2014 67 4,181 0.287%
2015 50 4,810 0.3306%
2016 46 4,858 0.3369%
2017 47 4,699 0.3367%
2018 43 4,794 0.3489%

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Names Like Violet

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


What names are diminutives of Violet?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lettie

Footloose; joy

Latin

#1,815 (0.003%)  
Letty

Footloose; joy

Latin

#1,458 (0.0052%)  
Vi

Purple; lively

Latin


What names are variants of Violet?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Eolande

Purple; violet flower

Spanish

Iolande

Purple; violet flower

Spanish

Iolanthe

Violet flower

Greek

Jolanda

Purple

Latin

Jolande

Violet flower; purple

Latin

Jolanta

Violet flower; purple

Spanish

Jolantha

Violet flower; purple

Spanish

Jolanthe

Violet flower; purple

Spanish

Viola

Purple

Latin

#1,029 (0.0117%)  
Violaine

Purple

Latin

Violanta

Purple

Latin

Violante

Purple flower

Latin

Violanthe

Purple flower

Latin

Viole

Purple

Latin

Violeine

Purple

Latin

Violeta

Purple

Latin

#906 (0.0156%)  
Violetta

Purple

Latin

#1,387 (0.0059%)  
Violette

Purple

Latin

#1,022 (0.0119%)  
Viollet

Purple

Latin

Violletta

Purple

Latin

Viollette

Purple

Latin

Vyolet

Purple

Latin

Vyoletta

Purple

Latin

Vyolette

Purple

Latin

Yolanda

Violet flower

Spanish

#1,641 (0.004%)  
Yolande

Purple; violet flower

Spanish

Yolane

Purple

Latin

Yolantha

Violet flower; purple

Spanish

Yolanthe

Violet flower; purple

Spanish


What names sound like Violet?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Charlotte

Free man

French

#6 (0.9419%)  
Scarlet

Shade of red

English

#388 (0.0527%)  
Scarlett

Shade of red

English

#20 (0.5228%)  
Valeta
Villette

Small town

French


What names are similar to Violet?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aria

Vocal solo

English

#19 (0.5382%)  
Camellia

Helper to the priest

Latin

#1,631 (0.0041%)  
Daisy

Daisy flower

English

#168 (0.1218%)  
Evelyn

Desired one

English

#10 (0.7552%)  
June

Month of June

Latin

#236 (0.0955%)  
Lily

Lily flower

English

#31 (0.4153%)  
Piper

Pipe player

English

#88 (0.2322%)  
Rose

Rose flower

English

#121 (0.1764%)  
Sienna

Reddish brown

English

#183 (0.1138%)  
Willow

Willow tree

English

#62 (0.2818%)  

Lists With Violet

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Siblings of Violet

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Harrison

Son of Harry

English

#115 (0.2462%)  
Alma

Nourishing, kind; soul; young woman; learned

Modern

#610 (0.0302%)  
Corbett

Young crow

Ancient

Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

#11 (0.8726%)  
Charlotte

Free man

French

#6 (0.9419%)  
Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

#48 (0.4934%)  

10 Comments

  1. Violet Leilia is my daughter’s full name . Her twin brother is Anthony Orion . I love their names:)

  2. It’s a very pretty and girly name. It’s a bit unusual but usable. Everyone will be able to pronounce and spell it with no issue and she will hopefully not have many girls in her class with the same name.

  3. My husband and I wanted a name that not everybody had, but wasn’t too far out there. A coworker actually suggested the name and we just kept coming back to it. We love our sweet Violet!

  4. We are very outdoorsy people and loved that it is a nature-themed name, but also that it is old-fashioned and unique, without being incredibly dated. It fits our little girl perfectly!

  5. I love the name because its my favorite color

  6. My other girls are Scarlet and Hazel, and hubby and I love the classic sound of those names. Obviously there is a running theme (colors!), and I gave my husband full reign over naming this baby. I think he did a great job! So far I have met two other Violets who are young women (teenage to young adult, I work in college admissions) and they both said that they LOVE their name. One girl loves her name so much that she plans on naming her first daughter Violet too!

  7. I’m a Horticulturist, and always wanted to name my children after plants. Violet seemed like a natural choice, as it also runs in the family, starting from my great grandmother Violet Nelli. Also I love that it is an old fashioned name too.

  8. I’ve always loved the name Violet, but when it came time to name the baby I was stuck between two names. I was searching online for name meanings and found out Violet is the birth flower of February which was when I was due. I took that as a sign that our baby girl should be named Violet.

  9. We chose Violet after eliminating many many other classic females names. We already had Grace chosen as a middle name and Violet Grace rang a classic and sweet tone to us.

  10. We always pick family names for our children. I loved the name Violet but never knew it was my grandma’s mother’s last name when she remarried later in life. So it was in the family after all! I didn’t know many Violet’s but I feel like it is becoming more and more popular.


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