March 12, 2009


updated Sept 2015
Violet ~ the Flower ~ Latin

There are a lot of pretty flower names for girls, but my favorite happens to be Violet. I love the color it brings to mind and the unique sounds in the name. It's gorgeous and girly and delicate; while the nickname Vi is spunky and glamorous. I love everything about it.

Violet was used in Scotland and other European countries as early as the 16th century. Viola, a variation of the name, was a character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, written in 1601. In the US, Violet was part of the floral name craze of the early 20th century. It was ranked in the top 100s at #74 in 1919, a number that's been challenged again today.

Popularity and Trends
Violet fits in with a few trends—it's got vintage charm, it's a nature name, it's a color name, and it begins with an interesting letter. When Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner chose this name for their first baby, it was already on the rise. But I have a feeling little Violet Affleck is one of the biggest reasons the name rose more than 100 spots after her birth and is still rising today.

A girl named Violet is likely to feel a personal connection to the flower and the color. I can just imagine she would like a bedroom decorated with violet flower pictures and her bedspread in violet hues. How cute would that be?
  • Violet is ranked at #67 for 2014.
  • Vi or Vy
  • Violetta
  • Violette
Fictional Characters
  • Violet Bick, from the movie It's a Wonderful Life
  • Violet, a character in the Peanuts comic strip
  • Violet Baudelaire, a character from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Violet Beauregarde, a character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Violet Parr, a character in the Pixar movie The Incredibles
  • Dr. Violet Turner, a character in the TV show Private Practice
  • Violet, a character in the 1980's cartoon Rainbow Brite


  1. I too love flower names like Violet, Adelfa, Rose, etc. They're very feminine.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree! You can find more here:

    Just click on "Plants, Flowers, and Tree Names"

  3. I was really mad when Ben Affleck and his wife chose this for their daughter because then I knew that this would get popular. She was on my list before, but I took her off, fearing she'd get too popular. Now she is a middle name option. She is darling. That's for sure.

  4. I have two daughters, Marigold & Rosemary...and Violet is a front-runner name for the little one on the way. I'm kind of bummed that it has gained so much popularity!


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