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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Viola

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  • A submission from United Arab Emirates says the name Viola means "Flower" and is of Latin origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Vi"o*la
A genus of polypetalous herbaceous plants, including all kinds of violets.

Etymology: L., a violet. See Violet

noun Vi"o*la
An instrument in form and use resembling the violin, but larger, and a fifth lower in compass.

Etymology: It. See Viol

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A bowed stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower
  2. Large genus of flowering herbs of temperate regions
  3. Any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
Wiktionary

From Latin viola (“violet”)

  1. A female given name
  2. A town in Arkansas
  3. A town in Delaware
  4. A village in Illinois
  5. A city in Kansas
  6. A hamlet in New York
  7. A town in Tennessee
  8. A village in Wisconsin

Viola was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Viola

Viola Davis is an actress. She was most active from 1992 to present. Viola was born on August 11th, 1965 in , U.S.

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Lynn Collins is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1999. Lynn was given the name Viola Lynn Collins on May 16th, 1977 in Houston, Texas, U.S. Lynn is also known as Collins and Viola Lynn.

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Viola Desmond was a business owner and beautician. Viola was given the name Viola Irene Davis on July 6th, 1914 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She left this life on February 7th, 1965.

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Viola Liuzzo was a civil rights activist, civil, political rights, and civil rightsactivist. Viola was given the name Viola Fauver Gregg on April 11th, 1925 in California, Pennsylvania. She passed away on March 25th, 1965.

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Viola Spolin was a teacher and author. Viola was born on November 7th, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. She breathed her last breath on November 22nd, 1994.

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Viola Wills was a funk, disco, and dance music singing. She plays Human voice. She was most prominent from 1965 to 2009. Viola was given the name Viola Mae Wilkerson on December 30th, 1939 in Watts, Los Angeles, California, United States. She breathed her last breath on May 6th, 2009.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Viola

Vincent Viola is a founder, virtu financial, owner of the florida panthers nhl ice hockey franchise, florida panthers, and owner of theflorida panthersnhlice hockeyfranchise. Vincent was born in 1956 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Bill Viola is an artist in the fields of video art, electronic art, and new media art. Bill was born in Queens.

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Frank Viola is a baseball player. Frank was born on April 19th, 1960 in East Meadow, New York.

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Roberto Eduardo Viola was a president. He was most prominent from 1981 to 1981. Roberto was born on October 13th, 1924 in Buenos Aires. He left this life on September 30th, 1994.

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Mike Viola is an alternative rock, pop rock, power pop, and folk rock musician, songwriter, and record producer. He plays Guitar, Piano, Bass guitar, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1980. Mike was given the name Michael A. Viola on September 26th, 1966.

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Franca was born in 1947 in Alcamo.

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How popular is the baby name Viola in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 229 229 0 #94 girl name
1881 237 237 0 #92 girl name
1882 310 310 0 #83 girl name
1883 331 331 0 #83 girl name
1884 362 362 0 #82 girl name
1885 345 345 0 #88 girl name
1886 440 440 0 #77 girl name
1887 420 420 0 #80 girl name
1888 596 596 0 #74 girl name
1889 541 536 5 #76 girl name
1890 697 697 0 #68 girl name
1891 614 609 5 #73 girl name
1892 833 833 0 #66 girl name
1893 839 839 0 #66 girl name
1894 906 906 0 #65 girl name
1895 1,010 1,010 0 #63 girl name
1896 1,047 1,047 0 #61 girl name
1897 1,017 1,017 0 #58 girl name
1898 1,272 1,272 0 #53 girl name
1899 1,163 1,156 7 #50 girl name
1900 1,679 1,674 5 #49 girl name
1901 1,336 1,331 5 #47 girl name
1902 1,458 1,447 11 #48 girl name
1903 1,501 1,495 6 #44 girl name
1904 1,551 1,545 6 #46 girl name
1905 1,703 1,697 6 #44 girl name
1906 1,681 1,675 6 #47 girl name
1907 1,805 1,805 0 #47 girl name
1908 1,973 1,964 9 #42 girl name
1909 1,936 1,926 10 #46 girl name
1910 2,098 2,090 8 #48 girl name
1911 2,088 2,083 5 #47 girl name
1912 2,550 2,550 0 #52 girl name
1913 2,857 2,847 10 #52 girl name
1914 3,204 3,204 0 #57 girl name
1915 3,866 3,855 11 #59 girl name
1916 3,957 3,948 9 #59 girl name
1917 4,053 4,040 13 #59 girl name
1918 4,342 4,331 11 #59 girl name
1919 4,143 4,129 14 #58 girl name
1920 4,310 4,292 18 #59 girl name
1921 4,174 4,160 14 #66 girl name
1922 3,809 3,793 16 #72 girl name
1923 3,546 3,534 12 #79 girl name
1924 3,589 3,578 11 #82 girl name
1925 3,350 3,335 15 #84 girl name
1926 2,896 2,878 18 #97 girl name
1927 2,779 2,769 10
1928 2,640 2,625 15
1929 2,305 2,289 16
1930 2,167 2,161 6
1931 1,842 1,822 20
1932 1,678 1,668 10
1933 1,490 1,478 12
1934 1,443 1,437 6
1935 1,327 1,327 0
1936 1,194 1,185 9
1937 1,164 1,157 7
1938 1,047 1,039 8
1939 993 982 11
1940 976 966 10
1941 907 901 6
1942 941 941 0
1943 893 893 0
1944 805 800 5
1945 771 765 6
1946 785 780 5
1947 814 814 0
1948 730 724 6
1949 685 685 0
1950 624 624 0
1951 636 636 0
1952 633 633 0
1953 571 571 0
1954 574 574 0
1955 514 514 0
1956 528 528 0
1957 446 446 0
1958 452 452 0
1959 408 408 0
1960 429 429 0
1961 418 418 0
1962 320 320 0
1963 306 306 0
1964 293 293 0
1965 251 251 0
1966 206 206 0
1967 205 205 0
1968 163 163 0
1969 140 140 0
1970 151 151 0
1971 130 130 0
1972 128 128 0
1973 113 113 0
1974 117 117 0
1975 87 87 0
1976 99 99 0
1977 84 84 0
1978 62 62 0
1979 86 86 0
1980 106 106 0
1981 84 84 0
1982 87 87 0
1983 75 75 0
1984 84 84 0
1985 63 63 0
1986 59 59 0
1987 71 71 0
1988 71 71 0
1989 63 63 0
1990 57 57 0
1991 60 60 0
1992 48 48 0
1993 50 50 0
1994 44 44 0
1995 41 41 0
1996 47 47 0
1997 44 44 0
1998 41 41 0
1999 51 51 0
2000 45 45 0
2001 43 43 0
2002 57 57 0
2003 58 58 0
2004 52 52 0
2005 60 60 0
2006 99 99 0
2007 100 100 0
2008 96 96 0
2009 115 115 0
2010 117 117 0
2011 135 135 0
2012 165 165 0
2013 179 179 0
2014 194 194 0
2015 190 190 0
2016 223 223 0
2017 208 208 0

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Popularity of Viola as a first name

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Popularity of Viola as a last name

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Common last names for Viola

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • Walker
  • Robinson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Viola U.S.
  White 87.76% 64.26%
  African American 1.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.82% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Viola

People with the last name Viola are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Viola

  • What name lists does Viola rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Viola? Viola is the 540th most popular name of all time. As a last name Viola was the 5,271st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Viola have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 131,596 babies born with the first name Viola in the United States. That's more than enough people named Viola to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Viola? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 229 new born babies.
  • When was Viola first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Viola is Tuesday, October 21st, 1823.
  • What year had the most people named Viola born? The highest recorded use of the first name Viola was in 1918 with a total of 4,331 babies. That's a lot of babies named Viola!
  • Random Viola Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Viola ranks 39th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 139 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Viola: Your name in reverse order is Aloiv. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Loaiv. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Viola? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,616 people with the last name Viola.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Viola? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Viola as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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