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Violet (f) This flower was associated in France with
Napoleon. The violet was the secret badge worn by his
followers during his exile, and Napoleon was toasted as ‘General Violet,’ for he had said that he would return
in the violet season. In Scotland Violet seems to have been used as a Christian name since the sixteenth century. Charlotte Yonge remarks in her History of Christian Names that ‘the Scottish love of floral names took hold of it, and Violets have flourished there ever since.’ Violet was indeed 46th most frequently used name in Scotland in 1935, but it is now rarely given.

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