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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

  • Iréné: french form of latin ireneus, meaning "peaceful."
  • Campion: norman french surname transferred to english forename use, derived from the word campion, which was originally a status name for a professional "champion."

  • Megane: french form of welsh megan, meaning "pearl."
  • Evrard: variant spelling of norman french everard, meaning "strong as a boar."
  • Riche: medieval french name of germanic origin, used as a short form of longer names beginning with rich-, meaning "power."
  • Cupidon: french form of latin cupido, meaning "desire."
  • Custance: french form of latin constantia, meaning "steadfast." 
  • Otes: norman french name derived from german otto, meaning "wealthy."
  • Olympe: french form of greek olympia, meaning "of olympus." 
  • Alard: norman french name derived from old high german adalhard, meaning "noble strength."
  • Inès: french form of english agnes, meaning "chaste; holy."
  • Bernardette: pet form of french bernarde, meaning "bold as a bear."
  • Corinne: french form of latin corinna, meaning "maiden."
  • Marguerite: french form of latin margarita, meaning "pearl."
  • Osanne: french form of greek h?Sanna, meaning "deliver us."
  • Charlotte: feminine form of french charlot, meaning "man."
  • Jori: french provençal form of latin georgius, meaning "earth-worker, farmer."
  • Stuart: french form of english stewart, meaning "house guard; steward." in use by the english and scottish.
  • Alphonse: french name derived from latin alphonsus, meaning "noble and ready."
  • Grégoire: norman french form of latin gregorius, meaning "watchful; vigilant."
  • Rosemonde: french form of german rosamund, meaning "horse-protection."
  • Léonard: french form of german leonhard, meaning "lion-strong."
  • Noële: feminine form of french noël, meaning "day of birth."
  • Berdine: contracted form of french bernardine, meaning "bold as a bear." 
  • Faustine: french feminine form of roman latin faustinus, meaning "lucky."
  • Melisent: norman french form of teutonic malasintha, meaning "strong worker."

  • Loois: old french name derived from middle latin ludovicus, meaning "famous warrior."
  • Jolie: french name meaning "pretty."
  • Joëlle: feminine form of french joël, meaning "jehovah is god" or "to whom jehovah is god."
  • Cosette: literary name derived from an old french slang word (cosette) for something small and trivial, meaning "little thing of no importance." victor hugo gave this name to the illegitimate daughter of fantine in his novel les misérables. 
  • Marc: short form of french marceau, meaning "defense" or "of the sea." compare with another form of marc.
  • Enéas: french and portuguese form of latin aeneas, meaning "praise."
  • Lucinde: french form of spanish lucinda, meaning "light."
  • Ancel: variant spelling of french ansel, meaning "divine helmet."
  • Cleménce: feminine form of french clément, meaning "gentle and merciful."
  • Gileberte: feminine form of french gilebert, meaning "pledge-bright."
  • Marielle: pet form of french marie, meaning "obstinacy, rebelliousness" or "their rebellion."
  • Suzette: pet form of french suzanne, meaning "lily."
  • Alvin: norman french name derived from latin alvinius, meaning "elf friend."
  • Athanase: french form of greek athanasios, meaning "immortal."
  • Trystan: variant spelling of french tristan, probably meaning "riot, tumult."
  • Dione: feminine form of french dion, a name derived from latin dio ("zeus" or "god"), a short form of longer names of greek origin beginning with dio-. Compare with another form of dione.
  • Bernadine: contracted form of french bernardine, meaning "bold as a bear."
  • Anouk: pet form of french anne, meaning "favor; grace."
  • Plaisance: old french name meaning "pleasant."
  • Juliet: pet form of french julie, meaning "descended from jupiter (jove)."
  • Aliénor: old proven�al name of germanic origin, derived from the element ali, meaning "foreign, the other." 
  • Donatienne: feminine form of french donatien, meaning "given (by god)."
  • Virginie: french form of latin virginia, meaning "maiden, virgin."
  • Adélaïde: french form of old high german adalhaid, meaning "noble sort."
  • Catharine: variant spelling of french catherine, meaning "pure."
  • Christiane: feminine form of french chrestien or chr�tien, meaning "believer" or "follower of christ." compare with another form of christiane.
  • Eudo: norman french form of scandinavian eutha, meaning "child." this name and its variants are sometimes confused with odo, otto, and audo. 
  • Émilie: feminine form of french émile, meaning "rival."
  • Bédoier: french form of english bedivere, possibly meaning "grave-knower," inferring "one who knows (arthur's) grave."
  • Cateline: variant form of old french caterine, meaning "pure."
  • Jacquie: pet form of french jacqueline, meaning "supplanter."
  • Léontine: french form of roman latin leontina, meaning "lion-like."
  • Gratien: french form of roman latin gratian, meaning "pleasing, agreeable."
  • Idette: french pet form of norman germanic ida, meaning "work."
  • Cyrille: french unisex form of english cyril, meaning "lord."
  • Arienne: french form of latin ariadne, meaning "utterly pure."

  • Sylvain: french form of roman silvanus, meaning "from the forest."
  • Raoul: old french form of german radulf, meaning "wise wolf."
  • Marianne: french form of latin marianna, meaning "like marius."
  • Th�odore: french form of latin theodorus, meaning "gift of god."
  • Richaud: norman french form of latin ricardus, meaning "powerful ruler."
  • Cendrillon: original french form of english cinderella, meaning "little ashes."
  • Briefbras: french form of welsh freichfras ("strong-armed"), but meaning "short arm." in arthurian legend, this is a nickname for sir caradoc.
  • Mathieu: french form of hebrew mattithyah, meaning "gift of god."
  • Vivienne: variant spelling of french viviane, meaning "alive, animated, lively."
  • Reine: french form of latin regina, meaning "queen." compare with another form of reine.
  • Léonne: feminine form of french l�on, meaning "lion."
  • Raimunde: feminine form of norman french raimund, meaning "wise protector."
  • Aimé: masculine form of french aimée, meaning "much loved."
  • Sacheverell: old norman french surname transferred to forename use, derived from the place name saute-chevreuil, meaning "roe-buck leap."
  • Gaëtan: french form of roman latin caietanus, meaning "from caieta (gaeta, italy)."
  • Denise: feminine form french denis, meaning "follower of dionysos."
  • Adeline: diminutive form of french adèle, meaning "little noble."
  • Neva: short form of french geneva, possibly meaning "race of women." compare with other forms of neva.
  • Garland: old french unisex name meaning "garland, wreath." compare with strictly masculine garland.
  • Ginette: pet form of french virginie "maiden, virgin," georgine "earth-worker, farmer," and régine "queen."
  • Felicienne: feminine form of french felicien, meaning "happy" or "lucky."
  • Hamelet: old french diminutive form of the german word hamel ("little village"), a diminutive of ham "village," hence "tiny little village." 
  • Liliane: french form of latin liliana, meaning "lily."
  • Eveline: later french form of norman french aveline, meaning "little eve." compare with another form of eveline.
  • Evette: variant spelling of french yvette, meaning "yew tree."
  • Anastaise: variant spelling of french anastasie, meaning "resurrection."
  • Quinton: variant spelling of old french quentin, meaning "fifth." compare with another form of quinton.
  • Séverin: french form of roman latin severinus, meaning "stern."
  • Abélard: french form of german abelard, meaning "noble strength."
  • Félix: french form of latin felix, meaning "happy" or "lucky."

  • Dieudonné: french name meaning "god-given."
  • Jérémie: french form of greek ieremias, meaning "jehovah casts forth" or "jehovah hurls."
  • Frery: middle french pet form of french frédéric, meaning "peaceful ruler."
  • Garland: old french unisex name meaning "garland, wreath." compare with another form of garland.
  • Aloys: variant spelling of french provençal looys, meaning "famous warrior."
  • Brigitte: french and german form of irish gaelic bríghid, meaning "exalted one."
  • Paul: english and french form of latin paulus, meaning "small." in the bible, this is the name of the author of the 14 epistles of the new testament.
  • Malgier: norman french form of german malger, meaning "work-spear."
  • Gilles: french name derived from late latin ægidius, meaning "shield of goatskin."
  • Gysbert: variant spelling of french gisbert, meaning "pledge-bright."
  • Clotilde: french form of german clotilda, meaning "famous battle maid."
  • Tristand: variant spelling of french tristan, probably meaning "riot, tumult."
  • Adrien: french name derived from latin adrianus, meaning "from hadria."
  • Jérôme: french form of latin hieronymus, meaning "holy name."
  • Julien: french form of roman latin julianus, meaning "descended from jupiter (jove)."
  • Julie: french form of roman latin julia, meaning "descended from jupiter (jove)."
  • Célestin: french form of latin cælestinus, meaning "heavenly."
  • Salomé: french form of hebrew salome, meaning "peaceful."
  • Euphémie: french form of latin euphemia, meaning "well i speak."
  • Valentine: feminine form of french valentin, meaning "healthy, strong." compare with masculine valentine.
  • Fernande: feminine form of french fernand, meaning "ardent for peace."
  • Clément: french form of latin clement, meaning "gentle and merciful."
  • Norberta: feminine form of old french norbert, meaning "bright northman" or "famous northman."
  • Hamnet: diminutive form of norman french hamon "home," hence "little home." this was the name of shakespeare's son who died at age eleven. The names hamnet and hamlet seem to have been interchangeable in shakespeare's time.
  • Igraine: modern form of french igerne, a form of welsh eigyr, meaning "maiden, virgin." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the wife of uther pendragon, the mother of elaine, morgan le fay (morgause), and king arthur. While still married to gorlois, her first husband, uther falls in love with her and makes forceful advances. She tells gorlois who takes her to cornwall without asking the king's leave, giving uther an excuse to make war on gorlois.
  • Charles: english and french form of german karl, meaning "man."
  • Valéry: french name composed of the germanic elements walah "foreign" and ric "power," hence "foreign power."
  • Hortense: french form of latin hortensia, meaning "garden."

  • Lydie: french form of greek lydia, meaning "of lydia."
  • Narcisse: french form of latin narcissus, possibly meaning "numbness; sleep."
  • Yvette: feminine form of french yves, meaning "yew tree."
  • Madeline: variant spelling of french madeleine, meaning "of magdala."
  • Andrée: feminine form of french andré, meaning "man; warrior."
  • Asce: norman french form of german azzo, meaning "noble at birth."
  • Ouida: pet form of french louise, meaning "famous warrior." 
  • Gaëlle: possibly a contracted form of french gwenaëlle, meaning "holy and generous."
  • Dominique: french unisex form of latin dominicus, meaning "belongs to the lord."
  • Élodie: french form of visigothic alodia, meaning "foreign wealth."
  • Fleuretta: variant spelling of french fleurette, meaning "little flower."
  • Sébastien: french form of latin sebastianus, meaning "from sebaste."
  • Aceline: feminine form of norman french acelin, meaning "little noble one." 
  • Florentin: french form of latin florentius, meaning "blossoming."
  • Rébecca: french form of greek rhebekka, meaning "ensnarer." 
  • Rémi: variant spelling of french rémy, meaning "oarsman."
  • Romain: french form of latin romanus, meaning "roman."
  • Jeannine: pet form of french jeanne, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Hamblin: variant spelling of norman french hamlin, meaning "tiny little home."
  • Gorlois: french arthurian legend name of igraine's first husband, the duke of cornwall, before she married uther pendragon. The name may have been derived from gorlassar, an old welsh epithet belonging to uther, possibly meaning "above the blue" or "higher than the sky."
  • Francette: pet form of french françoise, meaning "french."
  • Pascal: french name derived from latin paschalis, meaning "passover; easter." this name was popular with early christians, mainly given to sons born at easter time.
  • Hamon: old norman french form of german heimo meaning "home."

  • Ambrosine: feminine form of french ambroise, meaning "immortal."
  • Mélissa: french form of greek melissa, meaning "honey-sap."
  • Yasmina: french form of arabic yasmin, meaning "jasmine flower," a plant in the olive family.
  • Roland: norman french form of german hrodland, meaning "famous land." 
  • Alais: contracted form of old french adelais, meaning "noble sort."
  • Gilberte: variant spelling of french gileberte, meaning "pledge-bright."
  • Viviane: french form of latin viviana, meaning "alive; animated; lively."
  • Sébastienne: feminine form of french sébastien, meaning "from sebaste," a town in asia minor. 
  • Josée: french feminine form of latin josephus, meaning "(god) shall add (another son)." 
  • Basile: french form of latin basilius, meaning "king."
  • Mainfred: norman french form of german manfred, meaning "strong peace."
  • Marcellette: pet form of french marcelle, meaning "defense" or "of the sea."
  • Antoinette: feminine diminutive form of french antoine, possibly meaning "invaluable." 
  • Rosine: french pet form of latin rosa, meaning "rose."
  • Gwenaël: french name composed of the breton elements gwenn "fair, holy, white" and hael "generous," hence "holy and generous."
  • Nel: norman french form of scandinavian njal, meaning "champion."
  • Marthe: french and german form of greek martha, meaning "lady, mistress." 
  • Helewise: medieval french form of teutonic helewidis, meaning "hale-wide; very healthy and sound."
  • Tatienne: french form of latin tatiana, probably meaning "father."

  • Maddie: pet form of french madeline, meaning "of magdala."
  • Hervé: french form of breton haerveu, meaning "battle worthy."
  • Armand: old french form of german harmand, meaning "bold/hardy man."
  • Augustin: french form of latin augustinus, meaning "venerable."
  • Jules: french form of roman latin julius, meaning "descended from jupiter (jove)." in use by the english. 
  • Achille: french and italian form of latin achilles, possibly meaning "he who embodies the grief of the people."
  • Philippe: french form of latin philippus, meaning "lover of horses."
  • Chloé: french form of latin chloe, meaning "green shoot."
  • Roxanne: variant spelling of french roxane, meaning "dawn." this is the preferred spelling used by the english.
  • Camille: french unisex form of roman latin camilla, possibly meaning "attendant (for a temple)."
  • Sidonie: french feminine form of roman latin sidonius, meaning "of sidon."
  • Sacha: french form of russian unisex sasha, meaning "defender of mankind."
  • Lucien: french form of roman latin lucianus, meaning "light."
  • Emmet: diminutive form of norman french emma, meaning "entire, whole." compare with masculine emmet.
  • Marie: french form of latin maria, meaning "obstinacy, rebelliousness" or "their rebellion."
  • Robert: norman french form of latin robertus, meaning "bright fame." compare with another form of robert.
  • Bérénice: french form of latin berenice, meaning "bringer of victory."
  • Placide: french form of latin placida, meaning "calm, placid."
  • Benoîte: feminine form of french benoît, meaning "blessed."
  • Gisbert: french form of old high german gisilbert, meaning "pledge-bright."
  • Gabrielle: french feminine form of latin gabrielus, meaning "man of god" or "warrior of god."
  • Pierre: french form of latin petrus, meaning "rock, stone."

  • Dionne: variant spelling of french dione, a short form of longer names of greek origin beginning with dio-, meaning "god" or "zeus."
  • Chrétien: later form of old french chrestien, meaning "believer" or "follower of christ."
  • Léonie: feminine form of french l�on, meaning "lion."
  • Marquite: french name meaning "awning, canopy."
  • Léa: french form of hebrew leah, meaning "weary."
  • Felice: french form of latin felicia, meaning "happy" or "lucky." compare with masculine felice.
  • Serge: french form of latin sergius, possibly meaning "sergeant." 
  • Toinette: short form of french antoinette, possibly meaning "invaluable." 
  • Lottie: pet form of french charlotte, meaning "man."
  • Avery: english surname transferred to unisex forename use, originally a norman french form of middle english alfred, meaning "elf counsel."
  • Fiacre: french form of irish gaelic fiachra, meaning "raven."
  • Hugues: french name of germanic origin, derived from the element hug, meaning "heart," "mind," or "spirit."
  • Maximilienne: feminine form of french maximilien, meaning "the greatest rival."
  • Étienne: french form of latin stephanus, meaning "crown."
  • Oda: old french form of german otto, meaning "wealthy." compare with feminine oda.
  • Athenais: french name derived from latin athena, meaning "of athena."
  • Bernetta: pet form of french bernadine, meaning "bringer of victory."
  • Yvon: french form of german yvo, meaning "yew tree." yves shares the same etymology.
  • Godefrei: norman french form of old high german godafrid, meaning "god's peace."
  • Laurent: french form of roman latin laurentius, meaning "of laurentum."
  • Marcelle: feminine form of french marcel, meaning "defense" or "of the sea."
  • Arabelle: french form of italian arabella, meaning "answered prayer."
  • Georgine: feminine form of french georges, meaning "earth-worker, farmer."
  • Colombain: french form of latin columbanus, meaning "dove."
  • Mireille: pet form of french provençal mireio, meaning "to admire."
  • Pascale: feminine form of french pascal, meaning "passover; easter."

  • Sylvianne: french compound name composed of sylvie "from the forest" and anne "favor; grace." 
  • Alexandre: french and galician-portuguese form of latin alexandrus, meaning "defender of mankind."
  • Sévère: french form of roman latin severus, meaning "stern."
  • Ansel: contracted form of french anselme, meaning "divine helmet."
  • Nâdiya: french form of russian nadya, meaning "hope."
  • Adélie: elaborated form of french adèle, meaning "noble sort."
  • Gaston: later form of french gascon, meaning "from gascony." 
  • Aline: contracted form of french adeline, meaning "little noble." compare with another form of aline.
  • Geneviève: french form of celtic genovefa, probably meaning "race of women."
  • Olivier: of norman french origin, thus ultimately of germanic origin, probably from german alfihar, meaning "elf army." the name was first used as a character name in the french epic la chanson de roland.
  • Idelle: french pet form of norman germanic ida, meaning "work."
  • Tilde: short form of norman french matilde, meaning "mighty in battle."
  • Simonette: pet form of french simone, meaning "hearkening."
  • Melisende: variant spelling of norman french melisent, meaning "strong worker."
  • Eustacia: feminine form of french eustache, meaning "fruitful." compare with another form of eustacia.
  • Lotte: short form of french charlotte, meaning "man." compare with another form of lotte.
  • Raphaël: french form of hebrew rephael, meaning "healed of god" or "whom god has healed."
  • Moisé: old french form of hebrew moshe, meaning "drawn out."
  • Hubert: old french form of latin hubertus, meaning "bright heart/mind/spirit." 
  • Eléonore: variant form of french provençal aliénor, meaning "foreign; the other."
  • Roselle: french pet form of latin rosa, meaning "rose."
  • Magalie: possibly a pet form of french marguerite, meaning "pearl."
  • Anastasie: feminine form of french anastase, meaning "resurrection."
  • Elaine: old french form of greek helén?, possibly meaning "torch." in malory's morte d'arthur (death of arthur), this is the name of the tragic figure who dies of grief because sir lancelot is unable to return her love. 
  • Grégory: french provençal form of latin gregorius, meaning "watchful;
  • Anaïs: french form of latin anna, meaning "favor; grace."
  • Ann: variant spelling of french anne, meaning "favor; grace."
  • Ange: french name meaning "angel, messenger." compare with feminine ange.
  • Ferrand: old french form of visigothic frithnanth, meaning "ardent for peace."
  • Absolon: french form of hebrew abiyshalowm, meaning "father of peace." 
  • Vivien: french name derived from roman latin vivianus, meaning "alive, animated, lively." compare with feminine vivien.
  • Maugier: variant form of norman french mauger, meaning "work-spear."
  • Bruce: scottish surname transferred to forename use, possibly meaning "woods; thicket." it was originally a norman french baronial name but the exact location from which it was derived has not been identified and the number of possibilities are numerous. In use by the english.
  • Benoît: old french form of latin benedictus, meaning "blessed." 
  • Angèle: french feminine form of latin angelus, meaning "angel, messenger."
  • Philibert: variant spelling of french filibert, meaning "very bright."


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