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Viola is a conjugation of the Spanish verb "violar" which means "to rape" - so it would be he/she/it or you formal rapes. Just in case you are living in a place where a lot of people speak Spanish.
amcouttt  2/18/2018
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We just named our baby girl Viola! Pronounced in the Shakespearean way: VIY-e-la, much like violet. Viola is a twin character from Shakespeare (as is our baby), plus she generally kicked ass, took names, and got things done in typical Shakespearean strong female lead tradition. They got the pronunciation correct in Shakespeare in Love with Gwyneth Paltrow (as far as the traditional English pronunciation... understood that there’s a different pronunciation in Italian). I was very disappointed when I discovered that they mispronounced it in “She’s the Man, ” which is a modern adaptation of Twelfth Night (viy-O-la). It already bothers me when people say it wrong, but we knew it would happen and we decided to deal with it because we liked the name so much. I’m sure she’ll probably hate me for it! We already sometimes just call her “Vi, ” which I also think is baby cute and also teenager cool. I’ve also seen Lola as a nickname but that isn’t really sticking for us. The instrument is pronounced completely differently (vee-O-la).
― Anonymous User  11/14/2017
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Viola is delicate and gorgeous, it's better than Violet in my opinion. It makes me think of the color purple and of the flower.
SilverSatan  8/13/2017
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Viola Barry (March 4, 1894 – April 2, 1964) was an American silent film actress who starred in a number of films during the decade of the 1910s.
Aledis  7/31/2017
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Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one, and is the only black actress or actor to win the Triple Crown of Acting. In 2012, she was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
cutenose  4/20/2017
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Viola Liuzzo was an American civil rights activist. She was assassinated on March 25th, 1965.
Madeline_Kawaii  4/19/2017
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I actually really like this name. Mostly because I like the instrument, and I met a person dear to me who plays the Viola. I never liked how it is sometimes pronounced "VAI-oh-la" because it just sounds so... English.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2017
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The name Viola is also used in Finland.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2016
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Viola is also Czech name. Czech pronunciation is "vee-aw-luh" (shortly). [noted -ed]
Samantha Carter  12/5/2016
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Viola Eade is a character in Patrick Ness’s young adult book series ‘Chaos Walking’.
HumanMouse  11/22/2016
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Also used in Hungary. Pronounced: VI-o-law.
HerculePoirot  9/1/2016
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The name Viola was given to 188 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
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My name is Viola and I'm italian. We pronunciate it Vee-O-lah. We don`t put the emphasis (accent) on the VEE because "vìola" (VEE-o-lah) means "he violates". Also, we don`t pronunciate it Vi-o-la (i like island) because it looks like the italian word "vaiolo", which means "smallpox". Hope it helped!
ArtemisiaAbsi  4/19/2016
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I think Viola is the most beautiful name and it partly represents melody and harmony, so whoever has that name has a beautiful voice no matter what people say!
And violins are the most harmonized instruments!
― Anonymous User  2/15/2016
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My name is also Viola after my paternal grandmother. I didn't care for it in my younger years but now that I am older I find Viola much more to my liking. And it also bothers me when people mispronounce my name.
ViolaB  9/7/2015
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It is not pronounced like the instrument. It's pronounced like the start of violin or violet. Vio then la. Viola. I hate when my name is mispronounced.
violasmith85  4/27/2015
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Love it pronounced Vee-oh-la, the variant is used in some Slavic countries. The other variant is odd because of this violin thing.
Reenie_12  8/2/2014
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Jake the Dog named his dog/rainicorn hybrid daughter Viola in the show Adventure Time.
― Anonymous User  5/18/2014
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I'm not a big fan of this as a name but I do like the instrument!
― Anonymous User  5/18/2014
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Viola is the first Gym Leader in Pokemon X and Y. She uses Bug-type Pokemon.
Buneary  10/19/2013
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It drives me insane when people pronounce this name as vye-O-luh. Both the musical instrument and the Latin word are pronounced vee-O-luh, and the name is no different.
― Anonymous User  8/20/2013
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The name Viola was given to 162 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
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The name Viola is also used in Georgia, where it is fairly uncommon.

In Georgian, Viola is written as: ვიოლა.
Lucille  6/17/2013
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I want to like it, but I don't. I love violet, but a Viola is an instrument, and just doesn't sound like a name to me.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2013
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Unfortunately, it means "rape" in five languages. (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian.)
Bunko0  5/22/2012
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In Italy the name, which is considered very trendy and feminine nowadays, is pronounced Vee'ola (accent on the O which has an open and short sound, as in God). It means purple, and yes it it is the same name of a musical instrument, it is the name of a flower too, and was used by Shakespeare for one of his best heroines, but for sure it has nothing to do with rape as mentioned in a comment above. In Italian 'to rape' is 'violare' (Vee'olaray), quite formal and old fashioned expression anyway, the verb is more often used in its common meaning which is 'to break the rules or the constraints'. Vìola (accent on the I for a totally different sound and word becoming 'Veeola) corresponds to 'he rapes' in this case. By the way formal Italian requires that the name is written Viola and the verb Vìola, with the accent on the i. Of course the name requires the capital V which the verb does not. No possible confusions between the two for those who know the language then.
The English pronunciation, Vy-ola with the y as in sky sounds unpleasant to Italians because it strictly recalls vaiolo, which is smallpox for us, besides sounding like a deformation of a name that in our perception belongs to us, but of course it is normal that names are adapted to the pronunciation of the cultures they are imported into.
Funny how a lovely name can get nasty resonances just changing the way it is pronounced.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2012
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I love the name Viola, for everything in its meaning: the musical connection, the colour, the flower and the Shakespearean character.

I prefer pronouncing it Vie-OH-la because to me VIE-o-la or VIE-la sounds a little pretentious and seems like you're rushing to get the name out of your mouth.

I quite like the nicknames Vi, Lola and Ola. I would love to use this as a name for a daughter of mine someday.
clouds  12/22/2011
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Gorgeous name! I'd pronounce it 'VIY-oh-la' (viy as in violet) and I'd definitely consider naming one of my daughters Viola someday!
― Anonymous User  3/7/2011
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The Italian pronunciation is VYOH-lah. [noted -ed]
presentperfect  11/11/2010
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The rules of pronunciation for this name are quite simple. When used as a girl's name or to refer to the flower, Viola is pronounced "VIE-ə-lə" or sometimes "vie-OH-lə". When referring to the musical instrument, the word is pronounced "vee-OH-lə" exclusively.

Viola is the name of one of the protagonists in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, and is one of the Bard's most popular heroines (probably because she's witty, charming and clever). I love the name, and it's much more sophisticated and unique than Violet (which is quite nice, but has a somewhat dated and dowdy ring to it that it is still struggling to shake off).
JJSkeete  7/29/2010
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A famous bearer is American actress Viola Davis (born 11 August 1965). She's well-known for her stage work, including Tony Award-winning performances in "King Hedley II" and "Fences". Her best known film credit is "Doubt" (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
AndrewJKD  7/2/2010
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This was my grandmother's name. Her parents were Italian, and everyone in my family pronounces it "vie-OH-la". But I think the Shakespearean pronunciation sounds younger and fresher.
tayleigh  6/9/2010
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The viola is regarded as a more introverted instrument.
― Anonymous User  2/26/2010
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I have also heard this name pronounced "VIE-la" with no "O" sound. Much as an English speaker would pronounce the word Violet (VIE-let).
ningyorose  2/24/2010
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This is my name. Well, my middle name technically, but I've always been called Viola (pronounced vie ah lah). It's much nicer than the increasingly common Violet. It suits me well, and it will when I'm 80. :)
silenthistories  1/12/2010
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Very elegant name. It's not old-sounding and fits the younger years well while still aging beautifully.
slyboots  11/15/2009
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Viola was the name of a woman in Britain directly after the Roman occupation; she wrote one of the poems in admirable Latin inscribed on stones that archaeologists have been finding - the professor of Latin who read out her poem in a TV documentary today pronounced her name as VEE-uh-luh.
Just Jonquil  10/31/2009
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Viola is a VERY nice name I barely hear.
italiannames  9/28/2009
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Very nice. For some reason, I like this better than Violet.

And I don't care that a Viola is an instrument.
-Julia-  8/19/2009
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Viola makes me think of the musical instrument, and it sounds very old-fashioned. Violet and similar names are so much nicer.
bananarama  7/25/2009
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I think Viola is a beautiful name. I love it. It sounds so gothic and romantic. I don't know why people are against it because a viola is an instrument. To me, that's a plus. How could anyone say "no" to the name Viola? It's passionate, elegant, warm and soulful.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2009
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If you love the name Violet, but want something a little more unique, then Viola is the perfect name for you! I prefer to pronounce it "VIE-oh-lah" or "VIE-lah."
ningyorose  3/30/2009
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The traditional English and Shakespearean pronunciation is "VIE-ə-lə"
Kate  2/20/2009
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Famous bearer: actress Viola Davis.
Little Owl  2/14/2009
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I love the play Twelfth Night where there is a character called Viola. Also at the very end of the film "Shakespeare in Love" there's a shot of Gwyneth Paltrow's character walking along the shore and the final voiceover saying something like "... And her name was... Viola" I really like that, and think Viola is a lovely, strong name (pronounced Vie(like sky) o - la. I've always pronounced the instrument as Vee (like see) - o - la.
Little Owl  2/14/2009
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My great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother were both named Viola. They pronounced it vie-O-luh.
KrisMichelle  12/28/2008
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I've always pronounced this name vie-ohl-ah. But my sister plays the viola, and we try to pronounce the human name different from that of the instrument, which we normally pronounce vee-ohl-ah.
Keladry  11/18/2008
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This is SUCH a beautiful name if you pronounce it Vee-oh-luh.
Paris44  10/12/2008
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Does anyone remember Viola Swamp?
susiejean  6/23/2008
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The traditional, Shakespearean pronunciation is "VIE-o-la", with the stress on the *second* syllable. Not "vie-O-la" like the pronunciation key has it.
aquamarina  6/8/2008
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Remember that this name has the stress on the second syllable, so it doesn't sound like 'violin' or 'violent'. It's an elegant, pretty name, but I don't really like names with a stressed 'o' sound. That's why I prefer Violet.
slight night shiver  5/12/2008
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The instument is vee-oh-la not vie-oh-la. The name is more commonly pronounced vie-oh-la here.
sia  3/29/2008
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I've heard the word viola used as a exclamation of joy when completing something or finding something, much like eureka.
pandasayscynical  3/23/2008
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You mean Voilà, that means "to call attention, to express satisfaction or approval, or to suggest an appearance as if by magic." It's a different spelling than Viola and pronounced Vwa-la.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2008
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I adore the name Viola! It is a great alternative to Violet, which is getting a bit too trendy for my tastes (at least in my area), and it's just a lovely name altogether. A nice combo I heard was Viola Frances. :)
Pheadirean  7/21/2007
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Somehow it makes me think first of the flower and the color - not about the instrument.
Lilya  7/9/2007
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Amanda Bynes played Viola in the movie "She's the Man" (a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"). Great movie, too.
emc  7/8/2007
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It could be used as a name for someone who is passionate about music and wants to name their child after their passion (like how they use famous musicians as names for their children). I mean I personally think it is a lovely name, with or without its musical association.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2007
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Beautiful name, although perhaps a bit like calling your kid Cello or Flute. Still, I might use it yet.
Elspeth  5/15/2007
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In my home state of Illinois there is a small town called Viola. It's in the west-central region of the state. I think I remember that town better because Viola is also the name of my great-grandmother.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2007
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Viola has nothing to do with the violin, although there is a related instrument with this name. I think that Viola is a lovely name (when pronounced "vee-OH-la") and is quite underused.
gaelruadh19  1/20/2007
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The instrument and name are said differently. If you're going to make comments comment correctly!
Besides, the name has nothing to do with the "violin" as you so quaintly put it. Viola is a Shakespearean name and is incredibly rare these days which is a bonus (unlike Orlando and Jessica and Olivia, fellow Shakespearean names)
― Anonymous User  1/19/2007
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To me naming my child 'Viola' is like naming her Trumpet or something.
― Anonymous User  1/1/2007
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I do not like this name and it is dumb. It is a violin for Pete's sake. Why not choose a better name, such as Alexandria or Bob?
Taydbug112  11/28/2006
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I believe that Viola can also be pronounced VI-OH-LAH, VI as in sky.
Gemma  11/14/2006
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The feast of Saint Viola is 3 May.
alberto  6/1/2006
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Viola Dana (born Virginia Flugrath, June 26, 1897-July 3, 1987) was a silent movie actress.
alberto  6/1/2006
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Viola is also the name of an instrument similar to the violin. It is slightly larger in size and has a lower string.
Tenel Ka  12/29/2005
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Connecting to Twelfth Night Gwyneth Paltrow's character in the film Shakespeare In Love was called Viola.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
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In Sweden, Viola is usually pronounced as "vee-O-lah" but I've also heard "VEE-o-lah".
Ylva  10/24/2005
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Viola makes me think of a violin.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2005

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