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French Names

There are hundreds of common French first names. Some of them look just like their English counterparts, others are fairly similar


 

Here are some French Names that we went over when we were naming our baby girls. We had a hard time but were happy when we found the perfect French name. Boys and girls French names are below

  • Yolande: old french form of greek iolanthe, meaning "violet flower."
  • Clotaire: french form of latin chlotharius, meaning "loud warrior."
  • Astor: french and german name derived from occitan astor, meaning "goshawk," itself from latin acceptor, a variant of accipiter, meaning "hawk." it was originally a derogatory term for men with hawk-like, predatory characteristics.
  • Cunégonde: french form of german kunigunde, meaning "brave war."
  • Joséphine: french form of latin josephina, meaning "(god) shall add (another son)." 
  • Gérald: french form of latin geraldus, meaning "spear ruler."

  • Michelle: feminine form of french michel, meaning "who is like god?"
  • Jourdain: french form of hebrew yarden, meaning "flowing down."
  • Diane: french form of latin diana, meaning "divine, heavenly."
  • Odille: variant spelling of french odile, meaning "wealthy."
  • Raimund: norman french form of german raginmund, meaning "wise protector."
  • Thierry: variant spelling of norman french thierri, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  • Timothée: french form of latin timotheus, meaning "to honor god."
  • Dianne: variant spelling of french diane, meaning "divine, heavenly."
  • Anouska: french form of russian annushka, meaning "favor; grace."
  • Benjamine: french feminine form of french benjamin, meaning "blessed."
  • Denis: french form of english dennis, meaning "follower of dionysos." compare with another form of denis.
  • Noé: french form of greek noe, meaning "rest."
  • Alexandrine: french form of latin alexandrina, meaning "defender of mankind."
  • Aubin: norman french form of english albin, meaning "like albus," i.E. "white."
  • Patrice: medieval french form of latin patricius, meaning "patrician; of noble descent."
  • Lucie: french form of roman latin lucia, meaning "light." 
  • Andromaque: french form of greek andromache, meaning "man battle" or "warrior battle."
  • Abelle: french form of spanish abella, possibly meaning "bee."
  • Séraphin: french form of latin seraphinus, meaning "burning one" or "serpent."
  • Bayard: old french name derived from the word baie, meaning "reddish brown" or "bright bay color." in medieval romances, this was the name of a magic horse from the legends of the chansons de geste ("songs of heroic deeds") which was given to renaud by charlemagne. It belonged to the four sons of aymon, and had the ability to grow larger or smaller as one or more riders mounted it. According to tradition, one of its foot-prints may still be seen in the forest of soignes, and another on a rock near dinant.
  • Cosme: french form of latin cosmo, meaning "order, beauty."
  • Aimée: french name, derived from the french word aimée, meaning "much loved."
  • André: french form of greek andreas, meaning "man; warrior."
  • Blaise: french form of roman latin blasius, meaning "talks with a lisp." 
  • Fabrice: french name derived from roman latin fabricius, meaning "craftsman."
  • Gauvain: norman french form of middle english gawain, meaning either "may hawk" or "white hawk."
  • Bianca: italian form of french blanche, meaning "white." 

  • Guarinot: pet form of french guarin, meaning "protection, shelter." 
  • Joël: french form of greek ioel (hebrew yowel), meaning "jehovah is god" or "to whom jehovah is god."
  • Amaury: variant form of norman french emaurri, meaning "work-power."
  • Liane: short form of french éliane, meaning "sun." 
  • Romaine: feminine form of french romain, meaning "roman."
  • Esclados: french arthurian legend name of the first husband of laudine, from norman french escalogne, from latin escalonia, meaning "from ascalon," a seaport in southwestern levant.
  • Ace: variant form of norman french asce, meaning "noble at birth." compare with another form of ace.
  • Modeste: french form of roman latin modestus, meaning "moderate, sober."
  • Paschal: variant spelling of french pascal, meaning "passover; easter."
  • Germain: french form of roman latin germanus, meaning "from germany."
  • Riva: old french name meaning "bank, coast." compare with another form of riva.
  • Grosvenor: french surname transferred to forename use, composed of the anglo-norman french elements gros "chief, great" and veneur "hunter," hence "chief hunter" or "great hunter."
  • Emaurri: norman french form of german emmerich, meaning "work-power."
  • Jessamond: middle french form of latin jessamine, meaning "jasmine flower," a plant in the olive family.
  • Madeleine: french form of latin madelina, meaning "of magdala."
  • Herluin: norman french name composed of the germanic elements erl "nobleman, warrior" and wini "friend," hence "noble friend" or "noble warrior."
  • Irénée: feminine form of french iréné, meaning "peaceful."
  • Anne: french form latin anna, meaning "favor; grace." compare with masculine anne.
  • Rosalie: french form of latin rosalia, meaning "rose."
  • Éloy: french form of latin eligius, meaning "to choose."
  • Thierri: norman french form of visigothic thiudereiks, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  • Pénélope: french form of latin penelope, meaning "weaver of cunning."
  • Briant: french form of irish brian, meaning "high hill." compare with another form of briant.
  • Milun: french form of latin milon, meaning "little soldier." 

  • Déodat: french form of roman latin deodatus, meaning "given to god."
  • Christine: french from of latin christina, meaning "believer" or "follower of christ."
  • Auberon: variant form of norman french alberi, meaning "elf ruler." 
  • Martin: french form of roman latin martinus, meaning "of/like mars." compare with another form of martin.
  • Honorée: feminine form of french honoré, meaning "honor, valor."
  • Nihel: anglo-norman french form of middle english nigel, meaning "champion."
  • Bernarde: feminine form of french bernard, meaning "bold as a bear."
  • Claire: french form of latin clara, meaning "clear, bright."
  • Lazare: french form of latin lazarus, meaning "my god has helped."
  • Guinevere: french form of welsh gwenhwyvar, possibly meaning "white and smooth." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the queen consort ofking arthur, best remembered for her love affair with arthur's chief knight lancelot. 
  • Irène: french form of latin irene, meaning "peace."
  • Emmie: pet form of norman french emma, meaning "entire, whole."
  • Albain: perhaps a french form of gaelic ailpein, meaning "white." 
  • Fabien: french form of latin fabianus, meaning "like fabius." 
  • Honoré: french form of latin honorus, meaning "honor, valor."

  • Barthomieu: contracted form of french provençal bartholomieu, meaning "son of talmai." 
  • Fabienne: feminine form of french fabien, meaning "like fabius."
  • Blancheflour: french arthurian legend name from flores and blancheflour, a popular romantic poem from the middle ages. Blancheflour wastristan's mother, known as the "white flower" of the house of cornwall. She was the daughter of king felix, sister to king mark of cornwall, and wife torivalen, lord of armenye. 
  • Bernardine: pet form of french bernarde, meaning "bold as a bear."
  • Héloïse: modern form of medieval french helewise, meaning "hale-wide; very healthy and sound." 
  • Alain: french form of celtic alan, meaning "little rock." 
  • Eugène: french form of latin eugenius (2), meaning "well born."
  • Josette: pet form of french joséphine, meaning "(god) shall add (another son)." 
  • Juliette: pet form of french julie, meaning "descended from jupiter (jove)."
  • Gervaise: norman french form of latin gervasius, meaning "spear servant."
  • Flo: short form of english/french florence "blossoming" and latin flora "flower."
  • Edgard: french form of anglo-saxon eádgár, meaning "rich spear."
  • Anselme: french form of german anselm, meaning "divine helmet."
  • Jeannette: variant spelling of french jeanette, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Adnet: medieval french form of hebrew adam, meaning "earth" or "red." it is now a surname.
  • Bénédicte: feminine form of french bénédict, meaning "blessed." 
  • Cécile: french form of latin cæcilia, meaning "blind." 

  • Lourdes: from the french place name, of unknown meaning. This is where a shrine was erected for bernadette soubirous who had visions of the virgin mary. 
  • Florence: english and french form of latin florentius, meaning "blossoming." compare with another form of florence.
  • Doriane: french feminine form of english dorian, meaning "of the dorian tribe."
  • Léone: feminine form of french l�on, meaning "lion."
  • Gwenaëlle: feminine form of french gwenaël, meaning "holy and generous."
  • Catherine: later spelling of old french caterine, meaning "pure."
  • Thibauld: old french form of middle latin theobaldus, meaning "people-bold."
  • Cyrille: french unisex form of greek kyrillos, meaning "lord."

  • Gustave: french form of latin gustavus, meaning "meditation staff."
  • Méraud: french surname transferred to forename use, derived from the word emeraude, meaning "emerald."
  • Théo: short form of french théodore, meaning "gift of god."
  • Adrienne: feminine form of french adrien, meaning "from hadria."
  • Christelle: pet form of french christine, meaning "believer" or "follower of christ."
  • Amandine: french form of english amanda, meaning "lovable."
  • Sylvestre: french form of latin silvester, meaning "from the forest."
  • Dorothée: french form of latin dorothea, meaning "gift of god."
  • Angelique: french feminine form of latin angelicus, meaning "angelic."
  • Alexandrie: feminine form of french alexandre, meaning "defender of mankind."
  • Baptiste: french equivalent of italian battista, meaning "baptist."
  • Aillard: middle english and old french form of old high german adalhard, meaning "noble strength."
  • Igerne: french form of latin igerna, meaning "maiden, virgin." 
  • Veillantif: french form of italian vegliantino, meaning "the little vigilant one."
  • Gisèle: variant spelling of old french giselle, meaning "pledge, hostage, noble offspring."
  • Nicole: feminine form of french nicolas, meaning "victor of the people."

  • Fleur: french form of roman latin flora, meaning "flower." the english word "flower" is also occasionally used as a personal name.
  • Cerise: french name meaning "cherry." 
  • Josèphe: french form of latin josephina, meaning "(god) shall add (another son)." 
  • Germaine: feminine form of french germain, meaning "from germany."
  • Alaire: variant form of french hilaire, meaning "joyful; happy." 
  • Maximilien: french form of roman latin maximilianus, meaning "the greatest rival."
  • Lothaire: french form of latin lotharius, meaning "loud warrior."
  • Diodore: french form of latin diodorus, meaning "gift of zeus."
  • Hyacinthe: french form of latin hyacintha, meaning "hyacinth flower."
  • Valentin: french form of latin valentinus, meaning "healthy, strong." compare with other forms of valentin.
  • Jehane: feminine form of anglo-norman french jehan, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Valère: french form of roman latin valerius, meaning "to be healthy, to be strong." 
  • Marion: medieval diminutive form of french marie ("obstinacy, rebelliousness" or "their rebellion"), hence "little rebel." compare with masculinemarion.
  • Edmond: french form of anglo-saxon eadmund, meaning "protector of prosperity."
  • Emmy: variant spelling of norman french emmie, meaning "entire, whole."
  • Michèle: feminine form of french michel, meaning "who is like god?" 
  • Toussaint: french name meaning "all saints."
  • Anastase: french form of latin anastasius, meaning "resurrection."
  • Amarante: french form of latin amarantha, meaning "unfading."
  • Firmin: french name derived from latin firminus, meaning "firm, steadfast."

  • Delphine: french form of latin delphina, meaning "woman from delphi." because of its association with the "delphinium," this name is sometimes given as a flower name.
  • Raymonde: feminine form of french raimond, meaning "wise protector."
  • Lucienne: feminine form of french lucien, meaning "light."
  • Yasmine: variant spelling of french yasmina, meaning "jasmine flower," a plant in the olive family.
  • Alayna: variant spelling of french alaina, possibly meaning "little rock." 
  • Beaumont: from the old french surname, derived from a place name composed of the elements beau "beautiful" and mont "hill, mountain," hence "beautiful mountain."
  • Valérian: french form of roman latin valerianus, meaning "to be healthy, to be strong."
  • Martine: french feminine form of latin martinus, meaning "of/like mars." 
  • Gaël: masculine form of french gaëlle, meaning "holy and generous."
  • Fernand: french form of spanish fernándo, meaning "ardent for peace."
  • Erec: french form of german erich, meaning "ever-ruler."
  • Armelle: feminine form of french armel, meaning "stone prince."
  • Ariane: french form of latin ariadne, meaning "utterly pure."
  • Odilon: french form of german odo, meaning "wealthy."
  • Amable: french name derived from latin amabilis, meaning "lovable."
  • Zoé: french form of greek zoe, meaning "life."
  • Emma: old norman french name of germanic origin, derived from the element ermen/irmen, meaning "entire, whole." 
  • Angeline: diminutive form of french angèle, meaning "angel, messenger."
  • Onesime: french form of latin onesimus, meaning "profitable, useful."
  • Arnaude: feminine form of french arnaud, meaning "eagle power."
  • Hugon: old form of french hugues, meaning "heart," "mind," or "spirit."

  • Berenger: old french form of latin berengarius, meaning "bear-spear."
  • Aurore: french form of roman latin aurora, meaning "dawn."
  • Zacharie: french form of hebrew zekaryah, meaning "whom jehovah remembered."
  • Roul: old norman french form of german radulf, meaning "wise wolf."
  • Marcel: french form of roman latin marcellus, meaning "defense" or "of the sea."
  • Percevel: french name based on celtic peredur (of unknown meaning), but composed of the old french elements perce(r) "to pierce" and val "valley," hence "pierced valley." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the pure and innocent knight of king arthur's court who was known as "the welshman." he succeeded in the quest for the holy grail. 
  • Reinald: old french form of german reinhold, meaning "wise ruler."
  • Adelais: derivative of old french ad�la�de, meaning "noble sort."
  • Aimeri: abbreviated form of norman french aimeric, meaning "home-ruler."
  • Barbe: french form of greek barbara, meaning "foreign; strange."
  • Régine: french form of latin regina, meaning "queen."
  • Urbain: french form of roman latin urbanus, meaning "of the city."
  • Yvain: french form of old breton even and middle english ywain, meaning "well born." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight of the round table, also known by the welsh name owain.
  • Louise: feminine form of french louis, meaning "famous warrior." 
  • Baudouin: french form of old high german baldawin, meaning "brave friend."
  • Emmanuelle: french feminine form of latin emmanuel, meaning "god is with us."
  • Acelet: pet form of norman french ace, meaning "noble at birth."
  • Océane: french name derived from the vocabulary word océan, from latin oceanus, from greek okeanos, meaning "ocean."
  • François: french form of latin franciscus, meaning "french."
  • Mainard: norman french form of german meinhard, meaning "strong and hardy."
  • Marceline: feminine form of french marcel, meaning "defense" or "of the sea."
  • Didiane: feminine form of french didier, meaning "longing."

  • Rousel: old french byname for a red-head, composed of the word rous "red," and a diminutive suffix, hence "little red one."
  • Marjolaine: french spice name meaning "marjoram."
  • Léon: french form of latin leo, meaning "lion."
  • Lammert: low german form of germanic landebert, meaning "land-bright." in use by the dutch and french.
  • Veva: pet form of french geneviève, possibly meaning "race of women."
  • Adalard: norman french form of old high german adalhard, meaning "noble strength."
  • Alphonsine: feminine form of french alphonse, meaning "noble and ready."
  • Acelin: diminutive form of norman french ace, meaning "little noble one." 
  • Alison: norman french form of old high german adalheid, meaning "noble sort." in use by the english and scottish. Compare with another form ofalison.
  • Amé: french name meaning "beloved."
  • Pascaline: pet form of french pascale, meaning "passover; easter."
  • Ambroise: french form of latin ambrosius, meaning "immortal."
  • Célestine: feminine form of french célestin, meaning "heavenly."
  • Seraphine: feminine form of french séraphin, meaning "burning one" or "serpent."
  • Théophile: french form of latin theophilus, meaning "friend of god."
  • Yseult: variant spelling of french iseult, meaning "ice battle."
  • Morgaine: french form of the welsh morgan, probably meaning "sea circle."
  • Louvel: old norman french byname derived from a diminutive form of the word lou "wolf," hence "little wolf."
  • Ancell: variant spelling of french ansell, meaning "divine helmet."

  • Blanchefleur: variant spelling of french blancheflour, meaning "white flower." in arthurian legend, this was the name of the sweetheart of percevalin chrétian de troyes' perceval, le conte du graal.
  • Claudie: pet form of french claudia, meaning "lame."
  • Jacqui: pet form of french jacqueline, meaning "supplanter."
  • Marceau: french form of latin marcus, meaning "defense" or "of the sea."
  • Bernadette: contracted form of french bernardette, meaning "bold as a bear."
  • Lucette: diminutive form of french lucie ("light"), meaning "little light." 
  • Simon: english and french form of greek sim?N, meaning "hearkening." in the new testament bible, this is the name of many characters, including a sorcerer and a brother of jesus. It is often confused with simon (2).
  • Avril: french form of english april, meaning "to open." 
  • René: french form of latin renatus, meaning "reborn."
  • Quentin: old french form of latin quintinus, meaning "fifth."
  • Ivon: variant spelling of french yvon, meaning "yew tree." used in germany and infrequently by the english.
  • Audric: french form of german aldrich, meaning "old ruler; long time ruler."
  • Dieudonnée: feminine form of french dieudonné, meaning "god-given."
  • Maxence: french form or roman latin maxentius, meaning "the greatest."
  • Arnaud: norman french form of german arnwald, meaning "eagle power."
  • Lance: old french form of german lanzo, meaning "land." compare with another form of lance.
  • Léonois: french name, possibly meaning "lion island." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the sister of lynette and wife of gareth. It is also the name of the birth place of tristan.
  • Matthieu: variant spelling of french mathieu, meaning "gift of god."
  • Victoire: french form of latin victoria, meaning "conqueror" or "victory."
  • Brice: french form of scottish bryce, meaning "pied, spotted, speckled." 
  • Ilbert: norman french form of german hilbert, meaning "battle-bright."
  • Lemoine: french surname transferred to english forename use, derived from the old french word moine, meaning "monk."
  • Cesaire: french form of roman latin cæsar, meaning "severed."
  • Apolline: french form of latin apollonia, meaning "of apollo."
  • Honorine: pet form of french honorée, meaning "honor, valor."
  • Filimor: norman french name composed of the germanic elements filu "very" and mári "famous," hence "very famous."
  • Thérèse: french form of spanish theresa, meaning "harvester."
  • Colombe: french unisex form of latin columba, meaning "dove."
  • Sacha: french form of russian unisex sasha, meaning "defender of mankind."
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  • Bernard: norman french form of old high german bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear." compare with another form of bernard.
  • Adelard: variant spelling of norman french adalard, meaning "noble strength." 
  • Sandrine: short form of french alexandrine, meaning "defender of mankind."
  • Gautier: old french name derived from old high german walther, meaning "ruler of the army."
  • Eugènie: feminine form of french eugène, meaning "well born." 
  • Maude: pet form of norman french mathilde, meaning "mighty in battle."
  • Sylvie: french form of roman latin silvia, meaning "from the forest."
  • Margot: pet form of french marguerite, meaning "pearl."
  • Everard: norman french form of old high german eberhard, meaning "strong as a boar." this name replaced anglo-saxon eoforheard after the norman invasion and was used in england during the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Apollinaire: french form of roman latin apollinaris, meaning "of apollo." 
  • Amauri: variant spelling of french amaury, meaning "work-power."
  • Archimbaud: french form of german archimbald, meaning "genuine courage."
  • Christophe: french form of latin christophorus, meaning "christ-bearer." 
  • Marcelon: diminutive form of french marcel "defense" or "of the sea," hence "little one of the sea."
  • Marian: medieval variant spelling of french marion, meaning "little rebel." compare with masculine marian.
  • Chandler: old french occupational surname transferred to english forename use, meaning "candle merchant."
  • Rodolph: variant spelling of french rodolphe, meaning "famous wolf."
  • Josue: french and spanish form of hebrew yehowshuwa, meaning "god is salvation."
  • Alvery: norman french form of visigothic alverad, meaning "elf council."
  • Aousten: old form of french augustin, meaning "venerable."
  • Jacqueline: feminine form of french jacques, meaning "supplanter."
  • Frédérique: feminine form of french frédéric, meaning "peaceful ruler."
  • Nazaire: french form of latin nazarius, meaning "of nazareth."
  • Franc: french form of latin franciscus, meaning "french."
  • Guillaume: french form of latin guillelmus, meaning "will-helmet."
  • Jolene: pet form of french jolie, meaning "pretty." 
  • Leroy: french name, meaning "the king." in use by the english.
  • Godard: norman french form of old high german godehard, meaning "god-strong."
  • Côme: french form of latin cosmo, meaning "order, beauty."
  • Alfonse: variant spelling of french alphonse, meaning "noble and ready."
  • Amaline: old norman french form of german emmeline, meaning "work."
  • Renard: variant spelling of old french renart, meaning "wise and strong."
  • Allard: variant spelling of middle english and old french aillard, meaning "noble strength."
  • Rosette: french diminutive form of latin rosa, meaning "little rose."
  • Tristan: french form of welsh drystan, probably meaning "riot, tumult." the change in spelling is due to association with the french word triste, meaning "sad." in arthurian legend, this was the name of a knight of the round table. He was the son of blancheflor and rivalen (isabelle and meliodasin later versions), and the nephew of king mark of cornwall. He is the hero of the story tristan and iseult, in which he is sent to ireland to fetch isoldeto wed the king but falls in love with her on their return. 
  • Eudes: variant form of norman french eudo, meaning "child." 
  • Ludivine: french name, possibly meaning "divine light."
  • Marrok: possibly a french form of latin marcus, meaning "defense" or "of the sea." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight who was also a werewolf. In thomas malory's le morte d'arthur, "death of arthur," (1469-1470), there is a single line mentioning this knight; it reads as follows: "sir marrok the good knyghte that was betrayed with his wyf for she made hym seven yere a werwolf." 
  • Emeline: feminine form of french émile, meaning "rival." compare with another form of emeline.
  • Solange: french form of latin sollemnia, meaning "religious."
  • Jehan: old french form of latin johan, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Launcelot: variant spelling of norman french lancelot, meaning either "little land" or "little lance."
  • Mauger: short form of norman french amauger, meaning "work-spear."
  • Éliane: french form of latin eliana, meaning "sun."
  • Hrodger: norman french form of old high german hrodgar, meaning "famous spear."
  • Mélanie: french form of latin melaena, meaning "black, dark." 
  • Mireio: french provençal name, probably derived from the word mirar, meaning "to admire."
  • Legér: french form of german luitger, meaning "people-spear."
  • Monique: french form of latin monica, possibly meaning "advise, counsel."
  • Johanne: old french feminine form of latin johannes, meaning "god is gracious." compare with another form of johanne.
  • Marine: feminine form of french marin, meaning "of the sea."
  • Léolin: french form of welsh llywelyn, meaning "oath of belenus." 
  • Juste: french form of roman latin justus, meaning "fair, just."
  • Gilebert: old french name derived from latin gilebertus, meaning "pledge-bright."
  • Noël: french name derived from latin natalis dies, meaning "day of birth."
  • Franck: french form of latin franciscus, meaning "french."
  • Corbin: from an old french and middle english byname composed of the word corb, "crow, raven," and a diminutive suffix, hence "little crow" or "little raven."
  • Marin: french form of roman latin marinus, meaning "of the sea."
  • Danette: french feminine form of hebrew daniyel (english daniel), meaning "god is my judge." 
  • Anette: variant spelling of french annette, meaning "favor; grace."
  • Cyprien: french form of latin cyprianus, meaning "from cyprus."
  • Reynold: norman french form of old norse rögnvaldr, meaning "wise ruler."
  • Laurentin: french form of roman latin laurentinus, meaning "of laurentum."
  • Gaspard: french form of portuguese/spanish gaspar, meaning "treasure bearer." 
  • Léopold: french form of old high german liutpold, meaning "people-bold."
  • Rodrigue: french form of old high german hrodric, meaning "famous power."
  • Charline: feminine form of french charles, meaning "man."
  • Constantin: french and romanian form of latin constantinus, meaning "steadfast." 
  • Estelle: french form of latin estella, meaning "star."
  • Geneva: pet form of french geneviève, probably meaning "race of women."
  • Caïn: french form of hebrew qayin ("acquired, possessed") and greek kaïn ("maker; fabricator" i.E. "smith"). 
  • Pépin: old french name, possibly derived from the word pepin/pipin, meaning "seed of a fruit."
  • Lianne: pet form of french éliane, meaning "sun." 
  • Aymeric: variant spelling of norman french aimeric, meaning "home-ruler."
  • Amadour: french form of latin amator, meaning "lover."
  • Maurice: contracted form of roman latin mauricius, meaning "dark-skinned; moor." introduced to britain by the normans. Infrequently used by the french and english.
  • Gringolet: french arthurian legend name probably meaning either "white-hardy" or "handsome-hardy." this was the name of sir gawain's horse, famous for his ability in combat. He first appears in chretien de troyes's erec and enide where he is borrowed by sir kay for a joust against sir erec.
  • Blanche: french name meaning "white." 
  • Edwige: french form of german hedwig, meaning "contending battle."
  • Corneille: french form of latin cornelius, meaning "of a horn."
  • Sylvaine: feminine form of french sylvain, meaning "from the forest."
  • Philippine: feminine form of french philippe, meaning "lover of horses."
  • Orabelle: french form of italian orabella, meaning "golden beautiful."
  • Filibert: french form of german filabert, meaning "very bright."
  • Madelaine: variant spelling of french madeleine, meaning "of magdala."
  • Radelle: french name of german origin, meaning "counsel."
  • Goddard: later form of norman french godard, meaning "god-strong." compare with another form of goddard.
  • Bénédict: french form of latin benedictus, meaning "blessed." 
  • Louis: middle french form of old french loois, meaning "famous warrior." 
  • Roberte: feminine form of norman french robert, meaning "bright fame."
  • Nicolas: french form of latin nicolaus, meaning "victor of the people."
  • Amédéé: french form of latin amadeus, meaning "to love god."
  • Clementine: french form of latin clementina, meaning "of clementius."
  • Rodolphe: french form of latin rudolphus, meaning "famous wolf."
  • Magali: possibly a pet form of french marguerite, meaning "pearl."
  • Dion: french name derived from latin dio, a short form of longer names of greek origin beginning with dio-, meaning "zeus."
  • Caroline: pet form of french carole, meaning "man."
  • Lucrece: french form of roman latin lucretia, possibly meaning "wealthy." 
  • Gosse: old french form of german gozzo, meaning "good" or "god."
  • Bénézet: french provençal form of latin benedictus, meaning "blessed." 
  • Galehot: perhaps the french equivalent of english galahad, a form of hebrew gilad, meaning "hard, stony region." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight of the round table who was called "lord of the remote islands."
  • Hélène: french form of latin helena, probably meaning "torch."
  • Annette: diminutive form of french anne, meaning "favor; grace."

 

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