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You could probably get away with them sounding the same, but I'd think you'd have to correct people on Violette since Violet is more common.
The way you described pronouncing Violette makes sense to me just because the end looks more like an "ette" name.... like Colette, KWIM? And Violet is like the color/flower.
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Last edited by RootBudSkyTree; April 30th, 2012 at 12:26 PM.
Here's some thoughts from a Violette, David A. Violette that is! My surname comes from the French Violet/Violette and refers to the flower. My first ancestor in North America was born in France in 1744 and came to Acadia (now Nova Scotia) with his parents in 1749. You will find many people with the surname Violette in the USA and Canada. In fact, we have a Violette Family Association.
As to pronunciation: Those in Canada will typically pronounce their last name as Vee-o-lett - in the French manner - but most in the USA use an Anglicized pronunciation of Vy-o-let. A Spanish form of the name would be Violetta, and in Italian probably Violetti.
Hello, Mr. Violette! I have a French last name as well. Do people always say yours wrong, too? I live in Nova Scotia, but my father-in-law (whose last name I now have, since marrying his son) is from Quebec.
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