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Quick Facts on Violet

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 69
Simple meaning:
Flowering plant, purple color

Characteristics of Violet

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Violet

The name Violet comes from the Old French word “violette” by way of the Latin “viola” which indicates a certain kind of bluish-purple flower. Therefore, the vocabulary word denotes both the ornamental flower and the vibrant color. The violet flower is said to signify “modesty” and “faithfulness.” Flower names became popular in the latter half of the 19th century and by the early 1900s, names like Violet, Rose, Lily, Viola, Daisy and Flora were all the rage. By the 1970s, flower names became passé but today are experiencing a revival once again.

Popularity of the Name Violet

In the United States, Violet experienced the height of her popularity between 1900 and 1930 (her best year was 1919 at position #74 on the charts). Starting in the 1930s the name waned in usage until it disappeared from circulation almost entirely by the early 1970s. Violet’s hiatus from the Top 1000 list of most popular female names would last for almost 30 years until it came roaring back triumphantly in 1998. The name climbed over 700 spots on the charts in the first decade of the 21st century. Today, Violet has not quite reached the heights of her glory days, but she’s nearing a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored girl names. What was once passé is now red hot again, and Violet is now one of the more popular flower names of this new century (after Lily and Jasmine). It’s a lovely thought to name one's daughter after a flowering plant – what better imagery than the beautiful blossoming of one’s child from baby to young adult. Especially the vibrant, colorful flower called Violet.
Popularity of the Girl Name Violet
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Violet

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Violet

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Violet

    Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Violet is the 14 year old eldest of the three Baudelaire orphans in Lemony Snicket’s series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, beginning in 2004. She is a very talented inventor (the automatic rolling pin!), often coming up with ingenious devices to help her and her siblings out of the many dangerous circumstances in which they find themselves as a result of their adoption by the evil Count Olaf. She is a spunky, positive-minded and very protective of her younger brother and sister – all in all, a fine role model for any young girl, and not at all too-good-to-be-true.

    Violet Beauregarde (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) Violet is the gum-chewing little terror who wins a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory in Roald Dahl’s 1964 book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (also translated into two successful movies). She is one of five children to find the tickets in the Wonka chocolate bars, which entitle them to a trip to the factory and a chance to win the grand prize. All of the children are obnoxious in their own delightful ways, which makes the “accidents” that happen to them all the more fun. Violet’s comeuppance occurs when she disobediently tries a three course meal contained within a stick of gum and swells up like a giant blueberry. Although it has been criticized as depicting children in a negative manner and doling out harsh consequences to their actions, it has always been loved by its primary audience – children themselves.

    Violet Trace (Jazz) Violet is a main character of Toni Morrison’s novel Jazz, published in 1992. Taking its rhythm from its name, the story weaves and drifts, disconnects and reconnects, creating a nonlinear composition of haunting variations. Violet is the fifty-six year of African American wife whose husband has cheated on her with a young woman, an act that drives her mad, makes her “Violent”. Her husband, Joe, kills his young lover, and Violet attacks her dead body at the funeral. Somehow, out of these sordid beginnings, rises a tale that helps us understand the origins of lovelessness and human yearnings, the indignities of slavery, the powerful healing of forgiveness and the final redemption of the courage to live life.

  • Popular Songs on Violet

    Popular Songs on Violet

    A Violet Fluid - a song by Nine Inch Nails

    Sumiregusa (Wild Violet) - a song by Enya

    Ultraviolet - a song by The B-52's

    Violet - a song by Hole

    Violet - a song by Bad Astronaut

    Violet - a song by Seal

    Violet And Blue - a song by Stevie Nicks

    Violet Hill - a song by Coldplay

    Violets for Your Furs - a song by Billie Holiday

    Violets for Your Furs - a song by Frank Sinatra

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Violet

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Violet

    Baby Einstein: Violet's House (Julie Aigner-Clark) - Take Baby on a tactile journey around the house! In Violet's House, Baby can explore the sensation of soft curtains in the living room, a rough orange in the kitchen, sticky paints in the playroom and so much more. When you've finished reading the book, you can continue the learning in your own home. Part of a series. Recommended for Baby to preschool.

    Goodnight My Sweet Violet (Heather Young) - Written in verse, Goodnight My Sweet Violet is a bedtime story about the love shared between a young mom and her little girl. It chronicles the joys, frustrations, spats, hugs, tears, and giggles that are part of each day, and ends at bedtime, when the mother tucks her little one in and realizes that she can't imagine life without her sweet Violet. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Shrinking Violet (Cari Best) - When class bully Irwin taunts Violet about her fat knees (they're not) or deadly sewer gas smell (she doesn't), all she wants to do is shrink away. The thought of being in the class play about the solar system makes her itch and scratch and twirl her hair. But when she's alone or with her best friend, Opal, Violet is a master performer, mimicking her classmates and retaliating against Irwin with razor-sharp wit. Her chance for real-life revenge comes at last during the play, when she plays the offstage role of Lady Space. On opening night, when Irwin, a.k.a. Mars, starts to spin out of control and forgets his lines, Violet saves the day (but not without a little of her savage humor). Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Violet (Tania Duprey Stehlik) - Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one of the other kids asks, "How come your dad is blue and you're not?" Violet has never even thought about this before. Her mother is red and her father is blue, so why isn't she red or blue? Why is she violet? Upset and confused, Violet goes to her mother. Using paints, her mother shows her that when you combine red and blue, you get violet! Like many people in the world, Violet is a beautiful mix of colors. But color isn't really that important. After all, it is what's inside us that counts. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Violet Comes to Stay (Jan Karon) - Part of a series. Violet is the last kitten of the litter, and her mother instructs her (as she has all her babies) to remember the mouse-catching rules: Prowl silently. Plan your leap carefully. And pounce boldly. When Violet is adopted by a plant nursery owner and then by a bakery chef, she fails each time to remember the rules, causing havoc and resulting in a return to her mother. But the third time, the little white kitten happily discovers what God has planned for her. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Violet in Bloom: A Flower Power Book (Lauren Myracle) - Part of a series. These books tell the story of the “Flower Friends Forever.” Violet’s mom is in the hospital; outwardly brash, inwardly insecure Katie-Rose worries that classmate Natalia is stealing her friends, which brings on a conflict with Yasaman; and just as Milla’s confidence is improving, a shudder-inducing accident with her crush Max’s hamster deeply upsets her. Over a single, eventful week, each girl makes discoveries about herself and others, including her individual—and collective—flower power. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Violet Makes A Splash (Anne Mazer) - Part of a series. Mabel's a bit miffed that she doesn't have any magic. But she's still the big sister -- which is a power all its own. She can put Violet's magic to good use! With a snap of her fingers, Violet gets Mabel's things sorted and priced for the upcoming garage sale. Violet even uses her magic to enchant some of Mabel's toys! Then Violet conjures a pool for their yard -- and refuses to make it disappear. That's when Mabel knows their fun has gone too far. What will the neighbors think? And how will she ever explain this to her parents? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Violet on the Runway (Melissa Walker) - A wallflower in the spotlight can do one of two things: wilt, or blossom...Violet Greenfield's life changes forever when a lady in giant Chanel shades tells her she could be IT, the next Kate Moss-but taller, and without the PR problems. That's how Violet winds up with a business card in the front pocket of her jeans on her first day as a senior in high school. Angela Blythe from Tryst Models in New York City wants to put Violet on a plane and whisk her into the world of high-heeled boots and oversized sunglasses. Tall, skinny Violet, who's been P-L-A-I-N practically forever. Recommended for ages 13+

    Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning (Danette Haworth) - A coming-of-age tale that is as full of sass as its uniquely named protagonist. At 11, Violet is caught betwixt and between childhood and adolescence. She remains very much a child, reveling in hollowed-out tree trunks and playing Barbies with her best friend's little sister. However, just like the ominous atmospheric changes occurring prior to turbulent weather, Violet's growing awareness of a developmental shift among her peers leaves her unsettled and unsure. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Violet the Pilot (Steve Breen) - Meet Violet, a spunky girl who dares to follow her dreams. A wonderful role model for all readers! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Violet's Hidden Doubts (Martha Finley) - Originally published more than 125 years ago in the Elsie Dinsmore series, these newly-updated stories introduce another young girl whose strong faith is a powerful example for today's girls---Violet Travilla, the daughter of Elsie Dinsmore. Violet is a fourteen-year-old Christian girl growing up in the late 1800s. Today's readers will find it easy to identify with Violet's growing faith and struggle toward maturity. Book one begins in 1877, when creative, independent fourteen-year-old Violet learns that growing up brings new problems, feelings, and questions. As the entire Travilla family faces a tragic loss, Violet discovers that true faith defeats even hidden doubts. Part of a series. Recommended for ages 13+

    Violet's Music (Angela Johnson) - Ever since she was a baby, all Violet has wanted to do is play music. When she enters kindergarten, she notices that every kid has some activity he or she likes--painting, pasting, playing in the sandbox--but no one loves music like Violet does. Then Violet grows old enough to play guitar, and while strumming in the park, she meets other kids playing instruments; together they form a band. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Violet, the Fuzzy Honeybee (Stephanie Clancy) - Who knew being a bee could be so much fun? Violet, the Fuzzy Honeybee, has a day of adventures in store. After working in the garden, she has a lovely afternoon planned with her girlfriends. But she'll get into some mischief along the way. Just what does this sweet honeybee do all day? Buzz along to find out! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    What Does Violet See? Raindrops and Puddles: Baby Einstein (Julie Aigner-Clark) - A very special puddle sets Violet the mouse off on her latest nature discovery. It is through this puddle that Violet observes the effect rain has on the world around her. A Mylar puddle on the last page offers children a chance to see their reflection in a puddle, just like Violet! Recommended for Baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Violet

    Famous People Named Violet

    Famous People Named Violet - Violet Fane (British author); Violet Oakley (American muralist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Violet

    Children of Famous People Named Violet

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Violet - Ben Affleck (actor); Christina Milian (singer/actress); Jennifer Garner (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Violet - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Violet

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Violet

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