Viola

Gender: Feminine
Origin: English/Italian/Latin/Scandinavian
Meaning: “violet.”
Eng (VIE-ə-lə; vee-OH-luh); It (VYOLE-lah)

The name is derived from the Latin word for violet and has been used throughout Europe since Medieval times. In the English-speaking world, it was introduced via the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night (1602). It was extremely popular in both Britain and the United States during the turn of the 20th-century, coming in as the 42nd most popular female name in 1908, (United States).

Currently, Viola is the 31st most popular name in Italian-speaking, Switzerland, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Viola (Czech/English/Finnish/German/Hungarian/Italian/Latin/Portuguese/Russian/Scandinavian/Spanish)
  • Viole (French)
  • Wiola (Polish)

Kannike

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Estonian
Meaning: “violet; pansy.”
(KAHN-nee-ke)

The name comes directly from the Estonian word, kannike, meaning “pansy; violet.”

The designated name-day is June 2nd.

Another form is Kanni.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/lists/est.php
  2. http://online.ectaco.co.uk/main.jsp?do=e-services-dictionaries-word_translate1&status=translate&lang1=45&lang2=en&source_id=5598898

Viola, Violet

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Botanical Name
Eng: VIE-lət, VIE-ə-lət. vaɪˈoʊlə, VIE-oh-LUH

One of the very few floral name to have been in usage since the Middle Ages, Violet is the English form of the French Violette, which was introduced to the English speaking world via the Normans. In England, Violet wasn’t very common till the 19th-century, it has been in prevalent usage in Scotland since the 15oos.Viola is a latinate form that was common in the Middle Ages and appears in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Violette was derived from the Old French Violaine which was from the Latin Viola which in itself is derived from the Greek ion and viera meaning “weaving; flexible; sinous.” Violet is also synonymous with the colour purple in most languages and is a shade of purple in English.

Both names have been in and out of vogue in the United States since the 1880s, its peak year was 1910 where it came in at # 79. The name fell out of the top 1000 by the 1960s. In recent years, the name has become more and more fashionable, as of last year, she stands as the 184th most popular female name, meanwhile in Canada, she comes in even higher at # 71.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner named their eldest daughter Violet.

Usually the designated name-day is October 30. The violet is an autumnal flower, depending on the species.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Vjollca (Albanian)
  • Violeta (Bulgarian, German, Lithuanian, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Viola (Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Swedish)
  • Jolana (Czech/Slovak)
  • Viol (Danish)
  • Jolanda (Slovene/Dutch)
  • Fjóla (Faroese/Icelandic)
  • Viula (Finnish)
  • Violette (French)
  • Iolana (Hawaiian)
  • Jola/Jolán/Jolánta (Hungarian)
  • Viole (Italian)
  • Violetta (Italian)
  • Violanta (Latin/Italian)
  • Violė/Vijolė (Lithuanian)
  • Iolanda/Violante (Medieval Spanish/Portuguese forms)
  • Violaine/Yolande (Old French)
  • Jolanta (Polish: Jola is the diminutive)
  • Wiola/Wioleta/Wioletta (Polish)
  • Vióla/Violétta (Russian/Ukrainian/Icelandic)
  • Vijoleta (Slovenian)
  • Yolanda (Spanish)

There are two Italian male forms: Violo and Violetto

Orvokki, Orvo

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Finnish
Meaning: “violet; pansy.”
(ORR-vok-kee)Orvokki comes directly from the Finnish word for violet or pansy, another offshoot is Orvo. The designated name day is September 13th. To hear how the name is pronounced, go here: http://www.forvo.com/search/Orvokki/

Jolana

  • Gender: Feminine
  • Origin: Czech/Slovak
  • (yoh-LAH-nah)

I could probably just write about Yolanda and include Jolana in a small snippet of a paragraph, but once in a while, variants of names deserve their own due. Jolana is probably one of them. Jolana is just a Czech/Slovak form of Yolanda, which in turn is derived from a medieval French name meaning “violet.” For a guitar player, the sound of Jolana might hold some nostalgia. Between 1958 and 1989, Jolana was a Czechoslovakian electric guitar company. They were known for their rather inexpensive models, making them a popular item for Western musicians just starting out in their careers. George Harrison and Eric Clapton owned a Jolana at one time or another. With the fall of the Soviet Union, Jolana Electric Guitars sort of dissipated into oblivion or either into guitar collector’s haven. The originals are now a popular collectors items. Recently, a Czech company by the name of NBE started reproducing Jolana models. Despite it being the name of a well-known company, it is still a prevalent female given name in its home countries. Its designated name day is September 15th.

Ibolya

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Hungarin
Meaning: “violet.”
(EE-boy-ah)

Are you loving the name Violet but fear its rising popularity? If you are one of those people, then you might want to consider this Hungarian form. Be weary however, the name is not pronounced as it looks and this may lead to a lot of pronunciation difficulties outside a Hungarian speaking community. Pronunciation from a native speaker can be heard at this link http://forvo.com/word/ibolya/. Though the violet is considered the flower of February, and the violet itself doesn’t usually start to bloom till September, its designated name day in Hungary is Aug 7. The name is rather common in Hungary and is borne by several famous Hungarian ladies, including famous Olympic athlete Ibolya Csak and Hungarian painter, Ibolya Csanadi.