Violet Jessop (1887–1971), survivor of the sinking of the Titanic and Brittanic, and a collision of the Olympic, the oldest of the three sister ships
Violet is one of many formerly unfashionable names which has seen a stunning vault up the charts in recent years. It entered the U.S. Top 100 in 1901, at #91, and attained its highest rank of #74 in 1919. It slowly descended the chart, and fell out in 1972. In 1973, it returned at #926, but fell out again in 1975. Violet came back in 1981–82, and didn’t enter again till 1998.
In 2016, it had jumped quite a bit to become #47. The name seems to still be rising. It’s even more popular in Canada (#32), New Zealand (#44), and Australia (#43). It’s also popular in England and Wales (#65) and Scotland (#94).
Other forms of the name, and names whose meanings relate to the word “violet,” include:
1. Violette is French.
2. Violetta is Russian, Italian, and Hungarian. The alternate form Víóletta is Icelandic.
3. Violeta is Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Serbian, and Macedonian.
4. Wioletta is Polish.
5. Wioleta is an alternate Polish form.
6. Ibolya (EE-bo-yah) is Hungarian.
7. Vjollca is Albanian.
8. Violetë is also Albanian.
9. Viola is English, Italian, German, Czech, Hungarian, and Scandinavian. The alternate form Víóla is Icelandic and Faroese.
10. Wiola is Polish.
U.S. artist Violet Oakley (1874–1961)
11. Iole is Greek.
12. Violante is Italian.
13. Yolande is French, and may be derived from Violante.
14. Yolanda is Spanish and English.
15. Jolanda is Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Croatian.
16. Jolana is Czech and Slovak.
17. Iolanda is Romanian, Italian, and Portuguese.
18. Jolanta is Polish and Lithuanian. One of the Polish nicknames is Jola.
19. Ljubica can mean “little violet” in Serbian and Croatian, in addition to “little love.”
20. Ione means “violet flower” in Greek.
French ballerina and choreographer Violette Verdy, née Nelly Armande-Guillerm (1933–2016)
21. Sigalit means “violet flower” in Hebrew.
22. Sigal means “violet, purple” in Hebrew.
23. Iolanthe is Greek and English, and means “violet flower.” Given the spelling and sound, its creation was doubtless influenced by Yolanda.
24. Ianthe means “violet flower” in Greek.
25. Calfuray is Mapuche, an indigenous language spoken in Argentina and Chile.
26. Banafsha, or Benafsha. is Persian.
27. Banovsha is Azeri.
28. Fioled is Welsh.
29. Fjóla is Icelandic and Faroese.
30. Ia is Greek and Georgian.
U.S. silent actor Viola Dana (1897–1987)
31. Kalili is a type of Hawaiian violet.
32. Manishag is Armenian.
33. Manoushag is also Armenian.
34. Manushaqe is Albanian.
35. Menekşe is Turkish.
36. Shouka can mean “violet sun fragrance” in Japanese.
37. Sumika can mean “violet summer,” “violet poetry,” “violet song,” “violet mist,” “violet river,” “violet air,” and “violet sky” in Japanese.