Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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.

Quick Facts

ON VIOLET

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

69

PRONUNCIATION:

VIE-ә-let

SIMPLE MEANING:

Flowering plant, purple color

Characteristics

OF VIOLET

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Violet

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME VIOLET

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 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 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

Violet Hill
a song by Coldplay

Violet And Blue
a song by Stevie Nicks

Violet
a song by Seal

Sumiregusa (Wild Violet)
a song by Enya

A Violet Fluid
a song by Nine Inch Nails

Famous People

NAMED VIOLET

Violet Fane (British author)
Violet Oakley (American muralist)

Children of Famous People

NAMED VIOLET

Jennifer Garner; Ben Affleck;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME VIOLET

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