Violet

First Name
133k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
790
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Violet mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Violet

"Violet" is a name of English origin, and it means "Purple/blue flower". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Vi"o*let
Senses
  1. [Bot] Any plant or flower of the genus Viola, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous plants, and the flowers of many of the species are blue, while others are white or yellow, or of several colors, as the pansy (Viola tricolor).
  2. The color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the spectrum.
  3. In art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue in equal proportions; a bluish purple color.
  4. [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of small violet-colored butterflies belonging to Lycæna, or Rusticus, and allied genera.

Note: ☞ The cultivated sweet violet is Viola odorata of Europe. The common blue violet of the eastern United States is Viola cucullata; the sand, or bird-foot, violet is Viola pedata.

Etymology: F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet-colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. �. Cf. Iodine

adjective Vi"o*let
Dark blue, inclining to red; bluish purple; having a color produced by red and blue combined.

Etymology: Cf. F. violet. See Violet (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum
  2. Any of numerous low-growing violas with small flowers
  3. Of a color intermediate between red and blue
Wiktionary

A 19th century flower name from violet, sometimes as an anglicisation of the earlier French Violette.

  1. A female given name.

Violet was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Violet

Violet Mosse-Brown is an influential human. She holds the title Oldest Jamaican person ever and First verified Jamaican supercentenarian. Violet was given the name Violet Mosse on March 10th, 1900 in Duanvale, Trelawny, British Jamaica. Violet is also known as Violete Brown, Violet Mosse-Brown, Violet Moss, Moss-Brown, and Violet.

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Violet Chachki is a famed individual. Violet was given the name Jason Dardo on June 13th, 1992 in Atlanta.

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Violet Constance Jessop was a stewardess, nurse, and flight attendant. Violet was born on October 2nd, 1887 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. She passed away on May 5th, 1971.

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Violet Baudelaire is an amateur inventor, orphan, and invention.

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Mae Clarke was an actress and singer. She was most active from 1929 to 1970. Mae was given the name Violet Mary Klotz on August 16th, 1910 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. She passed away on April 29th, 1992.

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Violet Blue is a technology, harm reduction, sex education, and erotica journalist for cbs interactive, blogger, journalist, and blog. Violet was born in 22.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Violet

Arlene Violet is an Attorney General of Rhode Island. Arlene was born in Providence, Rhode Island.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 42 42 0
1881 42 42 0
1882 48 48 0
1883 74 74 0
1884 81 81 0
1885 92 92 0
1886 103 103 0
1887 97 97 0
1888 145 145 0
1889 155 155 0
1890 183 183 0
1891 188 188 0
1892 238 238 0
1893 254 254 0
1894 286 286 0
1895 316 316 0
1896 354 354 0
1897 411 411 0
1898 411 411 0
1899 435 435 0
1900 614 614 0
1901 611 611 0 #91 girl name
1902 649 649 0 #94 girl name
1903 636 636 0 #93 girl name
1904 755 755 0 #87 girl name
1905 836 831 5 #82 girl name
1906 830 830 0 #86 girl name
1907 956 956 0 #81 girl name
1908 1,017 1,017 0 #81 girl name
1909 945 945 0 #88 girl name
1910 1,037 1,037 0 #89 girl name
1911 1,183 1,183 0 #83 girl name
1912 1,541 1,535 6 #83 girl name
1913 1,751 1,751 0 #82 girl name
1914 2,061 2,061 0 #82 girl name
1915 2,760 2,752 8 #82 girl name
1916 2,927 2,921 6 #83 girl name
1917 3,034 3,026 8 #84 girl name
1918 3,302 3,294 8 #83 girl name
1919 3,607 3,597 10 #74 girl name
1920 3,707 3,694 13 #77 girl name
1921 3,480 3,469 11 #81 girl name
1922 3,202 3,194 8 #86 girl name
1923 3,284 3,276 8 #86 girl name
1924 3,231 3,224 7 #88 girl name
1925 3,036 3,030 6 #92 girl name
1926 2,916 2,902 14 #94 girl name
1927 2,705 2,695 10
1928 2,337 2,321 16
1929 2,222 2,216 6
1930 2,108 2,098 10
1931 1,760 1,750 10
1932 1,703 1,694 9
1933 1,525 1,517 8
1934 1,375 1,370 5
1935 1,279 1,273 6
1936 1,157 1,152 5
1937 1,139 1,139 0
1938 965 959 6
1939 916 911 5
1940 790 783 7
1941 785 780 5
1942 809 803 6
1943 711 711 0
1944 636 636 0
1945 587 587 0
1946 614 614 0
1947 632 627 5
1948 528 528 0
1949 483 483 0
1950 519 519 0
1951 461 461 0
1952 426 426 0
1953 422 422 0
1954 450 450 0
1955 408 408 0
1956 368 368 0
1957 386 386 0
1958 383 383 0
1959 327 327 0
1960 319 319 0
1961 319 319 0
1962 292 292 0
1963 244 244 0
1964 230 230 0
1965 212 212 0
1966 210 210 0
1967 152 152 0
1968 141 141 0
1969 138 138 0
1970 140 140 0
1971 143 143 0
1972 109 109 0
1973 133 133 0
1974 132 132 0
1975 113 113 0
1976 113 113 0
1977 127 127 0
1978 115 115 0
1979 119 119 0
1980 141 141 0
1981 147 147 0
1982 149 149 0
1983 141 141 0
1984 138 138 0
1985 142 142 0
1986 125 125 0
1987 143 143 0
1988 133 133 0
1989 133 133 0
1990 126 126 0
1991 133 133 0
1992 142 142 0
1993 142 142 0
1994 159 159 0
1995 162 162 0
1996 161 161 0
1997 183 183 0
1998 234 234 0
1999 255 255 0
2000 316 316 0
2001 381 381 0
2002 418 418 0
2003 468 468 0
2004 482 482 0
2005 846 846 0
2006 1,266 1,266 0
2007 1,536 1,536 0
2008 1,826 1,826 0
2009 2,260 2,260 0
2010 2,569 2,564 5
2011 2,896 2,896 0
2012 3,275 3,275 0 #89 girl name
2013 3,932 3,926 6 #69 girl name
2014 4,186 4,177 9 #67 girl name
2015 4,805 4,805 0 #50 girl name
2016 4,837 4,837 0 #47 girl name

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Popularity of Violet as a first name

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Popularity of Violet as a last name

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Common last names for Violet

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Nelson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Peterson
  • Hall
  • Scott

Common first names for Violet

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Violet U.S.
  White 91.27% 64.26%
  African American 2.66% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.16% 16.26%

Of Last Name Violet

People with the last name Violet are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Violet

  • How Popular is the name Violet? Violet is the 528th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Violet was the 47th most popular name. As a last name Violet was the 29,768th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Violet have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 132,668 babies born with the first name Violet in the United States. That's more than enough people named Violet 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 Violet? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 42 new born babies.
  • When was Violet first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Violet is Saturday, November 28th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Violet born? The highest recorded use of the first name Violet was in 2016 with a total of 4,837 babies. That's a lot of babies named Violet!
  • Random Violet Factoid: According to the 1930 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Violet ranks 99th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 109 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1930.
  • Weird things about the name Violet: Your name in reverse order is Teloiv. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vloeit. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Violet? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 790 people with the last name Violet.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Violet? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Violet as their last name since less than 1 person in 370k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.