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Quick Facts on Scarlett

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 42
Simple meaning:
Rich cloth (brilliant, vivid red hue)

Characteristics of Scarlett

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Scarlett

Scarlett is a variation of “scarlet”, derived from the Old French word “escarlate” which described top-quality fabric or “rich cloth” (from Medieval Latin “scarlatum”, or cloth of scarlet). Some scholars believe the word was ultimately borrowed from Arabic “siqillat” (fine cloth). The word’s original meaning did not necessarily suggest “bright red” cloth; it covered various other colored fabrics, as well. Scarlet and Scarlett developed as surnames in medieval England derived from an occupation name, i.e., a seller of rich cloth. By the 14th century, however, “scarlet” came to define a specific shade of red rather than “fine cloth”. The notion of scarlet (as in a Scarlet Lady) being “red with shame” is attested from the 14th century, referring to two specific Biblical passages: “And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be as red a crimson, they shall be white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18); and: “…the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet color, and covered with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her immorality.” (Revelations 17:4). However, it was neither the fine cloth nor the shameful lady that served to popularize Scarlett as a female given name. That credit goes to the author of “Gone with the Wind” (1936), Margaret Mitchell, and her unforgettable central character, Katie Scarlett O’Hara. 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. As a name bestowed on baby girls today, Scarlett is most popular in Australia and the United Kingdom, followed by Canada and the United States.

Popularity of the Name Scarlett

In America, the name Scarlett first showed up on the U.S. female naming charts in 1940 as the book (“Gone with the Wind”) and subsequent major motion picture took off in nationwide popularity. The name was used, but not heavily. It was not until 2002 that the name really started to climb the charts, ascending over 700 positions in six short years. It’s clear that the actress Scarlett Johansson has had more to do with the name’s popularity than the vibrant Miss Scarlett O’Hara. It appears that in today’s society, we are far more influenced by pop-culture than we were 75 years ago. 2003 was the break-out year for Scarlett Johansson with the release of “Lost in Translation.” She quickly became the “it” girl and influenced parents all over America with her first name (which incidentally came from – you guessed it – Scarlett O’Hara).
Popularity of the Girl Name Scarlett
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Scarlett

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Scarlett

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Scarlett

    Scarlett O'Hara (Gone with the Wind) Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler Is one of popular fiction’s best known heroines, as the protagonist of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gone With The Wind and its equally successful award winning movie adaptation in 1939. Inevitably, the British beauty, Vivien Leigh, who trumped all those Southern belles for the part, has become inextricably paired with Scarlett in our minds. Headstrong and willful, self-confident, self absorbed and steely- spined, she of the 16 inch waist and the 16 ton ego, Scarlett almost singlehandedly saves her family and plantation from the destruction wrought by the Civil War. She is a pampered Southern belle at the novel’s opening, whose main intent in life is to achieve the love of the quintessential Southern gentleman, Ashley Wilkes. Thwarted in this, her every move is motivated by her single-minded desire to succeed in this impossible (and highly unsuitable) goal. Scarlett, of course, represents the unwillingness of the Old South to let go of its antiquated notions of a way of life. Pulled kicking and screaming into the harsh realities of the war and its consequences, she adapts to the hardships with grim determination. When Reconstruction gets underway, she claims her place in it as well, bartering and compromising with the Yankees to suit her own ends. Throughout all this she bears her ill-placed love for Ashley as a beacon in the dark, always striving to make it to the other side of adversity with him as her prize. Finally, she loses what remnants of her mother’s gentility she had clung to, and recognizes with an unsettling insight that it is Rhett Butler all along who had been right for her. Charmingly opportunistic and irreverently seductive, Rhett nonetheless harbors a reluctant instinct to do the right thing. By the time Scarlett has her epiphany, Rhett has run out of patience for the game. Our heroine, undaunted as ever, declares tomorrow to be another day and we know she will survive. Dreamy-eyed teen-aged girls who first encounter Scarlett firmly believe that such an outcome is inevitable. Older, wiser women know otherwise. As for the immortal Scarlett, her comment most probably would be “Fiddle-dee-dee!”

  • Popular Songs on Scarlett

    Popular Songs on Scarlett

    Shade of Scarlett Conquering - a song by Joni Mitchell

    When Scarlett Smiles - a song by Michael McDonald

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Scarlett

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Scarlett

    Introducing Scarlett Lee (Rose Impey) - Scarlett is a drama queen in every sense. She lives to act and sometimes has trouble remembering when the drama lesson ends and real life resumes. But when her father seems to disappear, Scarlett suddenly finds herself in a real-life drama of her own. Will she be able to uncover the mystery, discover just who she can trust, and find who is really putting on an act? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Kiss Me Kill Me: Scarlett Wakefield Series (Lauren Henderson) - When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then…Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed. Part of a series. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Scarlett (Cathy Cassidy) - After 12-year-old Scarlett gets into trouble at school again, her fed-up mother sends her off to Ireland to live with Scarlett's father, his new wife, and his nine-year-old stepdaughter. Scarlett is sure it will be horrible there, and at first it is, as she stubbornly rebuffs their attempts to welcome her. Then a mysterious boy helps Scarlett see herself in a new light, and when a crisis arises, she responds with courage and caring. Cassidy perfectly captures Scarlett's tough exterior, which hides years of hurt and neglect, and she creates a character who will easily captivate her audience. Recommended for ages 12-15.

    Scarlett on the Case (Kathy Mancl) - A very special little dog named Scarlett leads the way as an unlikely detective, when she tries to solve mysterious cases of horse theft from area farms. Even with the short legs of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Scarlett proves herself to be a challenging match for thieves who think they can steal prize horses their owners love. Scarlett teams up with Chloe, a mischievous Chocolate Labrador, and Andrew, the young boy whose grandparents own the farm, in detective work that even amazes the County Sheriff. In the course of her adventures, Scarlett teaches the people around her some important lessons about listening and the sometimes hidden talents of pets. With short, readable chapters, it is also a great bedtime book for parents and kids to enjoy together. This story leaves readers hoping for more mysteries with Scarlett on the Case. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Scarlett's New Friend: Mermaid S.O.S. (Gillian Shields) - Swim along with the Mermaid Sisters of the Sea! The wicked Mantora strikes again! This time, she’s littered a beautiful beach, where a family of seals lives. Scarlett asks all the sea creatures to help clean up, but will they listen to the bossiest mermaid of all? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Scarlett: The Garnet Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Jack Frost is up to no good again! This time, he's stolen the seven jewels from Queen Titania's crown. Without them, the Jewel Fairies can't do their jobs. The magic in Fairyland is fading fast! Scarlett the Garnet Fairy controls the magic that makes things grow and shrink. When her garnet disappears, everything winds up the wrong size! Find the sparkly jewel in each book and help bring the magic back to Fairyland! recommended for ages 4-8.

    Suite Scarlett (Maureen Johnson) - The Hopewell Hotel, 75 years ago a stylish Upper East Side haunt, has fallen on hard times. Its proprietors, the Martin family, have let the last remaining employee go, and now it’s up to the four children, Spencer, Lola, Scarlett, and Marlene, to keep things afloat. Enter one Mrs. Amy Amberson, a flamboyant, mysterious guest, back in New York after a long absence, with some clandestine motives. Mrs. Amberson is to occupy the Empire Suite, just today entrusted to Scarlett as a “present” on her fifteenth birthday (a family tradition), for the entire summer, and keeping her happy will test Scarlett’s ingenious mettle. What follows is some utterly winning, madcap Manhattan farce, crafted with a winking, urbane narrative and tight, wry dialogue. Part of a series. Recommended for ages 13+

    The Bravest Cat! The True Story of Scarlett (Laura Driscoll) - Here's the heartwarming, true story of the cat who risked her life to save her five kittens from a burning building. Written for very young readers, The Bravest Cat! follows the feline family's recovery and their eventual adoptions into loving homes. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Scarlett

    Famous People Named Scarlett

    Famous People Named Scarlett - Scarlett Johansson (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Scarlett

    Children of Famous People Named Scarlett

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Scarlett - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Scarlett.

  • Historic Figures

    Scarlett - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Scarlett

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Scarlett

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