The word “pansy” originates from the French word “pensee”, meaning “to think” or “ponder”. The charming and delicate pansy flower with a “face” belongs to the “Viola” group of flowers. Its origins can be traced back to the early 1800’s in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England. Pansy flowers also symbolize free thinking and thoughtfulness. When presented to someone who is in distress, pansies reflect your compassion and empathy.