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Quick Facts on Scarlet

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 370
Simple meaning:
Brilliant, vivid red hue

Characteristics of Scarlet

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Scarlet

Scarlet (with one “t”) is the English vocabulary word denoting a certain color, a vivid red hue. Scarlet is also an alternate spelling of Scarlett which is the transferred use of an English surname originating from an occupation name. In this case, Scarlett is derived from the Old French word “escarlate” (which comes from the Latin “scarlata”) and originated as a trade name to indicate a seller of expensive, rich, and brilliantly colored cloth (not necessarily red). The name was popularized by the central character, Katie Scarlett O’Hara, from the 1936 novel “Gone with the Wind.” The author of the novel, Margaret Mitchell, used the middle name Scarlett as the character’s grandmother’s maiden name, but her heroine is always known as Scarlett. The book was such a success and the main character, Scarlett, so lively and dynamic, that the name took on a life of its own.

Popularity of the Name Scarlet

The more popular form of this name (Scarlett with two Ts) first appeared on the American female naming charts in the 1940s (having been influenced by the book and subsequent film “Gone with the Wind”). Furthermore, 2003 was the break-out year for Scarlett Johansson with the release of “Lost in Translation.” She quickly became the “it” girl in Hollywood and influenced parents all over America with her first name (incidentally, Johansson’s parents named her after Scarlett O’Hara). Scarlet with one T did not appear on the female naming charts until 2006 but it’s obvious that this form of the name has been inspired by the sudden popularity of Scarlett. In 2010, 78% of the baby Scarletts out there received the traditional spelling of the name, while 22% spell it with one T. It really comes down to preference. Some people feel like the name looks incomplete without that extra T. Others feel that it looks better with only one T. Scarlett with two Ts is the traditional surname spelling (from the occupation name), while Scarlet with one T describes the color (as in ‘scarlet’ woman, ‘scarlet’ fever, ‘scarlet’ begonias, etc).
Popularity of the Girl Name Scarlet
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Scarlet

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Scarlet

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Scarlet

    Scarlet We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Scarlet (see Scarlett).

  • Popular Songs on Scarlet

    Popular Songs on Scarlet

    Scarlet - a song by U2

    Scarlet And Sheba - a song by Alice Cooper

    Scarlet Beautiful - a song by Beloved

    Scarlet Begonias - a song by the Grateful Dead

    Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) - a song by The Browns

    Sweet Scarlet - a song by Cat Stevens

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Scarlet

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Scarlet

    Scarlet - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Scarlet (see Scarlett).

  • Famous People Named Scarlet

    Famous People Named Scarlet

    Famous People Named Scarlet - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Scarlet.

  • Children of Famous People Named Scarlet

    Children of Famous People Named Scarlet

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Scarlet - Jimmy Page (guitarist/musician); Melanie Chisholm (former Spice Girl, "Sporty" Spice); Sylvester Stallone (actor, film producer)

  • Historic Figures

    Scarlet - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Scarlet - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Scarlet.

Personality of the Girl Name Scarlet

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Scarlet

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