January 1, 2013


Scarlett ~ Red ~ English

Margaret Mitchell as Scarlett O'Hara
The word scarlet comes from the name of a Persian fabric called sakhrilat (سقرلاط) used in the Middle Ages. Making or selling the fabric was known by the same word, and Scarlett became an English surname based on the occupation. The most popular color of the fabric was a bold orange-red, which is why scarlet became known as the color of fire and even blood.

Scarlett was famously conceived of as a first name by writer Margaret Mitchell for her heroine in the novel Gone with the Wind. She took the name from her grandmother's maiden name. A handful of parents were inspired to do the same in the 1940s, but Scarlett didn't gain any momentum until the year 1992.

Maybe you've noticed a Scarlett or two among new births announced by your Facebook friends, overheard it at a playground or zoo, or discovered it in a baby name book. If you haven't already, you are likely to take note of this name in the future, as Scarlett is rising quickly in popularity. Scarlett's road of success has been paved by the names Charlotte and Violet, but it is not as delicate as either. The red-hot image of this name comes from its color, as well as its fictional namesake, Scarlett O'Hara. The popularity of the name has also been helped along considerably by actress Scarlett Johansson.

It's a bold color name with roots in literature and the bonus of an "ette" ending. The result is a fashionable sound with a spirited image that's both strong and feminine.

Scarlett and Scarlet Trivia
  • The name Scarlett is ranked at 80, while Scarlet is at 370.
  • Colleges to use scarlet in their colors include Boston University, Ohio State, Arkansas State, Rutgers University, Grinnell College, and Texas Tech.
  • Scarlet's Walk is an album and song by Tori Amos.
Celebrity Babies

The following celebs chose Scarlett for their daughter's name:
  • Elisa Donovan
  • Jack White and Karen Elson
  • Carol Decker
The following celebs chose Scarlet (one "t") for their daughter's name:
  • Stacey Bendet Eisner
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Melanie C.

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