78%Rating
add to your listSave
GenderFeminine & Masculine
PronouncedPron.FLAWR-əns English
FLAW-RAHNS French
[key]

Meaning & History

From the Latin name Florentius or the feminine form Florentia, which were derived from florens "prosperous, flourishing". Florentius was borne by many early Christian saints, and it was occasionally used in their honour through the Middle Ages. In modern times it is mostly feminine.

The name can also be given in reference to the city in Italy, as in the case of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). She was a nurse in British hospitals during the Crimean War and is usually considered the founder of modern nursing.
DiminutivesFlo, Florrie, Flossie, Floella English
Masculine FormFlorent French
Other Languages & CulturesFloor, Floris Dutch Fiorenza, Fiorenzo Italian Florentia, Florentius Late Roman Florencio Portuguese Florencia, Florencio Spanish

Images

Florence Nightingale (c. 1860)Florence Nightingale (c. 1860)

Categories

actresses, athletes, Charles Dickens characters, cities, currently out of the US top 1000, first ladies of the USA, flowers, history, life, Louisa May Alcott characters, medieval, Moral Orel characters, nature, place names, plants, saints, singers, storms, Stranger Things characters, top 10 in the US, womens history
Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute