Viola comes from Latin viola meaning “violet” referring to the flowers. It’s also the name of a musical instrument related to the violin.
Viola is the name of the protaganist of Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night (1601-02), the twin sister of Sebastian, who dresses up as a man and becomes entangled in a somewhat humorous love triangle that all works out in the end.
Viola is also an Italian surname from the same source.
The name is pronounced vye-o-lah or vee-o-lah.
- Violet (English)
- Violette (French)
- Violetta (Italian, Russian)
- Violeta (Bulgarian, Romanian, Spanish, Macedonian, Serbian, Lithuanian)
- Wioletta (Polish)
- Wioleta (Polish)
- Wiola (Polish)