Viola is an Italian form of the Latin baby name Violet. The name is often associated with flowers and colors, and these days, an Oscar-winning actress. Viola hasn't been a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States since the 1970s, so it might be considered more of a “Grandma name” these days. However, as old-fashioned names and flower names are coming back into style, we could see Viola making the list again in the 2020s. It pairs well with a variety of middle names.

Meaning of the name Viola:

Italian: Violet
Latin: Violet

Origin of the name Viola:

Viola is considered an Italian version of the Latin name Violet. Violet is a word name that is associated with the color purple and violet flowers.

Symbolism of the name Viola:

Because of its association with Violet, Viola may offer plenty in the way of symbolism. The violet flower is thought to represent modesty, faithfulness, wisdom, innocence, and remembrance. The color violet is often associated with royalty, luxury, and power.

Style of the name Viola:

Traditional, Grandma name

Gender of the name Viola:

Viola is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Viola:


Number of syllables in the name Viola:


Emotion evoked from the name Viola:

The baby name Viola evokes images of someone who is sweet and always taking care of others.

Alternative spellings for the name Viola:


Nicknames for the name Viola:

  • Vi
  • Vye
  • Vio
  • Vee

Popularity of the name Viola:

According to the Social Security Administration, Viola was a top 100 baby name for girls in the United States up until 1926 and a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States up until 1972. It was most popular in 1908 when it ranked at number 42. It last ranked at number 958 in 1972.

Related names for the name Viola:

Great middle names for Viola and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Viola:

  • Viola Davis (actress)
  • Viola Frey (actress)
  • Viola Florence Barnes (historian and author)
  • Viola Smith (musician)
  • Viola Dana (actress)

Viola in popular culture:

  • Viola (character in William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night)
  • Viola (character in the “Chaos Walking” series)
  • Viola (character in the TV show “Adventure Time”)
  • Viola (character in the “Valkyrie Drive- Bhikkhuni” franchise)
  • Viola (character in the “TimeSplitters” video games)