Violet \vi(o)-let\ as a girl's name is pronounced VYE-a-let. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Violet is "purple". One of the earliest flower names, first used in the 1830s. Shakespeare used the Latin form Viola for the enterprising heroine in "Twelfth Night". Ballerina Violette Verdy.
Violet has 30 variant forms: Eolande, Iolande, Iolanthe, Jolanda, Jolande, Jolanta, Jolantha, Jolanthe, Vi, Viola, Violaine, Violanta, Violante, Violanthe, Viole, Violeine, Violeta, Violetta, Violette, Viollet, Violletta, Viollette, Vyolet, Vyoletta, Vyolette, Yolanda, Yolande, Yolane, Yolantha and Yolanthe.