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It's so sophisticated. I love it.
star crisis  2/14/2005
My great-grandmother bore this name. And she was French. I think French names are very pretty and sophisticated!
Tbird  7/28/2005
Florence Johnston was the name of George and Louise Jefferson's maid on the T.V. show "The Jeffersons." She was played by Marla Gibbs.
breakofday  12/29/2005
A famous bearer is first lady Florence Harding.
CoBy  5/1/2006
I love it! So understated and classy.
Sweetie lu freebush  7/9/2006
My sister's name, of which I have always been very jealous. It's modern and classy yet understated.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2006
This was my great-grandmother's name and I think it has a certain class to it. Her nickname was 'Flo' which is rather nice too. Not very popular today but perhaps it should be.
Danielle Monique  11/21/2006
I have this as my second middle name, after my paternal grandmother. I've always loved this name, although as a child as soon as anyone realised I had this as a middle name they would start calling me "Florence Nightingale" over and over again. Grr.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2007
In Spanish the name is FLORENCIA (pronounced Flo-ren-see-a with a subtle r). I really like it !
― Anonymous User  3/22/2007
Florence Henderson played Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch.
― Anonymous User  7/16/2007
Florence Lawrence (1886-1938), "The First Movie Star".
cateyedsnake  8/25/2007
Florence Dombey is a character in Charles Dickens' novel "Dombey and Son."
Kate  9/8/2007
This name used to be unisex, but as a boy's name it is totally unknown today, having last featured in the boys' top 1,000 in the United States in the first decade of the 20th century.  9/11/2007
Florence Nightingale (female) was a nurse during a battle.
― Anonymous User  11/3/2007
Florence Owens Thompson (September 1, 1903 - September 16, 1983) was the subject of six Great Depression-era photographs by renowned photographer Dorothea Lange. Of the six photographs, all taken the same day in 1936, the most famous was entitled 'Migrant Mother'.
AndrewJKD  4/13/2008
I can't really picture this name on males. It definitely sounds feminine to me. I'm not very fond of most names that end in the 's' sound, Iris, Beatrice, Bellatrix, and Alice being exceptions, and the name is quite old-fashioned. I'm not too enamored of the very strong Florence Nightingale association either, as I've heard that she didn't support women's suffrage. So, I wouldn't use the name.
slight night shiver  5/25/2008
I don't usually like place names, but Florence doesn't seem as forced and it has a calm elegance about it. I like Flora as a nickname.
gio2475  7/11/2008
I love this name, especially since it's not that common nowadays.
bananarama  9/19/2008
I really like this name, I find it very pretty. I've never thought of it as a masculine name, though.
― Anonymous User  11/17/2008
I think Florence is a pretty name. You could shorten it to Flo, which is also good. Wouldn't you like to have an auntie Flo?
walesgal92  3/8/2009
In Italy itself the city of Florence is called Firenze, so women named for it are called Firenza - an exotic alternative to Florence, I think.
elizabeth hamlet  5/3/2009
More properly, the Italian version of the name is doubtless "Fiorenza", from the medieval name of the city (see Dante's "Commedia", "Inferno" XXVI).

In any case, "Firenza" would be a pretty interesting version of the name (even if very strange for an Italian-speaking audience).
Quainquie  10/22/2010
One of the only obvious place names that works as a name without being silly. I adore it on a female.
vomiting  6/12/2009
A famous bearer of this name is British singer Florence Welch, lead singer of the indie pop band Florence & The Machine.
walesgal92  7/18/2009
Hungarian born Florence Vassy is the main character in Benny Anderson, Tim Rice, and Bjorn Uvaelus's rock musical Chess.
TwilighterRenthead  7/25/2009
Florence Leontine Mary Welch, British singer of Florence & the Machine (winner of the 2010 British Album Award for her album "Lungs") bears this name.
honeybee3406  2/18/2010
It's old-fashioned but classy. It makes me think of the Renaissance, high art, etc. Florence is great European city with much history behind it. I just hate the nickname Flo.
Aureliano  3/2/2010
I can't stand Florence as a female name, but I love it as a male name. I know most people consider it too feminine for a man, but I don't get that impression at all. I guess I just really like male names that end with -ence.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
A male bearer is Florence (Yami Bakura) from Yugioh the Abridged Series. He's British.
― Anonymous User  7/4/2010
I think Florence is a very beautiful name. It has a certain flair to it. This name reminds me of a cunning and beautiful girl.
VMarie  12/19/2010
I am absolutely in love with this name! The way it's written looks so beautiful and graceful for some reason. "Florence." A great nickname would be Flor or Flora. I would love to name my daughter this someday.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2010
I can't picture this on a female. It's a very classy male name, though.
Dawson  1/2/2011
Florence doesn't really seem like a masculine name, especially when it sounds like something to do with flowers.
― Anonymous User  2/14/2011
The late Florence Ballard, who was a member of the '60s Motown girl group The Supremes or Diana Ross and The Supremes, was a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  5/9/2011
Florence is a very sweet name.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
Florence Chadwick was the first woman to swim across the English Channel in both directions.
humblebee  8/2/2011
Pronounced Flur-ence.
― Anonymous User  8/19/2011
L.o.v.e. this name.
zoe x  11/9/2011
Florence Mabel Harding was the wife of the 29th president of the United States of America, Warren G. Harding.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
Florence was the first name of the late early American actress Evelyn Nesbit. She was born Florence Evelyn Nesbit on 25 December 1884.
Missy  12/27/2011
Very pretty name. It's starting to become popular again too :)
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
This is my name, I am 15 years old and this name has been great throughout my life! I wouldn't change it for anything!
The name is a timeless classic which has come back into fashion with a bang! It is strong and solid and you cannot go wrong with it!
I could go on all day about how grateful I am to carry this name, without being biased in the slightest :-)!
― Anonymous User  4/15/2012
I recall reading in a British newspaper a couple of years ago that this name is resurging in popularity. The newspaper attributed it to the influence of Florence Welch, the red-haired singer of Florence and the Machine.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2012
Such a pretty name, really unique too. Although I was surprised to see it's also considered a masculine name, I could never imagine a boy named Florence!
Oohvintage  1/12/2013
Also the name of Florence Welch, lead singer of the British alternative pop band Florence and the Machine.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2013
Despite its popularity in the UK, the name Florence was only given to 92 baby girls born in the US in 2012. There were more baby girls named 'Lennox' born in 2012 than Florence! So sad.
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
Sir Florence (male) was a knight in Arthurian liturature.
Tiger Lilly  10/13/2013
I can see this name as being more masculine when compared to Florentina and Flora.
Tiger Lilly  10/13/2013
Florence was also the name of the mother of Saint Tanguy de Locmazhé and Aude de Trémazan, two famous saints from Brittany. Little is known about her apart from the fact that she died around 520. Her husband, Golon, then married a cruel woman who took great pleasure in bullying Tanguy and Aude. After 8 years of suffering Tanguy left Brittany to become a knight leaving Aude alone with her evil step-mother. When he eventually came back the evil step mother had him believe that Aude (who was a very pious young woman) was dishonoring the family. He killed his sister out of rage and legend has it that Aude came back in the family castle carrying her head between her hands while claiming her innocence. When Tanguy learnt the truth he was so horrified that he decided to become a monk for repentence and created several abbeys. (For those who wonder the evil step mother was struck by lightning when Aude came back to the castle and put her head back on her neck to claim her innocence, ask for the last rites and confront her step mother about her evil actions.)
Valmont  2/21/2014
Many people believe that the name Florence came from the city Florence in Italy, but that's incorrect. Records show that the name Florence was already an established name long before then.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2014
Florence Vassy - CHESS on broadway
Florence Vassy - Chess in Concert.
Megadaisy  7/3/2014
I'm slowly starting to like this name. It's nice and sophisticated, not my favourite, but quite pleasant.
Alexanna  7/28/2014
The name Florence is beautiful, my youngest daughter has the name and I love it. It was quite unusual when I named her in 2002 but it is becoming more popular now which I am unsure about as I like more unusual names.
― Anonymous User  9/28/2014
I hear Florence is a popular girl's name in England... I like it. Something about it. I wouldn't mind naming one of my future daughters this name.
― Anonymous User  12/26/2014
A famous bearer of this lovely name would be silent film actress Florence Lawrence.
― Anonymous User  2/21/2015
Florence is a coastal town in Oregon!
LV51sfan91  5/10/2015
Florence is my middle name! Named after my great grandmother who was a saint and raised 12 children. Myself included. Florence is a proud name that I am blessed to share with her and hope it gets passsed down. It is from Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Cortammiller  7/10/2015
Also Florence, Italy! Very beautiful name. Florence Nightingale. And Florence Henderson. Don't hear the name very much now, but very popular around 1910 and after.
Cortammiller  7/10/2015
Beautiful name. An amazing classic.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2015
The late Florence Griffith-Joyner (Flo-Jo) Fastest woman of all time. 1988 Olympic gold medalist and world record holder of both the 100 and 200 meters. Both of these records still remain unbeaten after nearly 30 years.
blindsey82  3/28/2016
My name is Florence and I personally really like my name because it is not so common and very sophisticated.
Floss2007  5/15/2016
The name Florence was given to 214 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
I am really starting to like this name. It's pretty and sophisticated!
DundiculutNicholas  1/3/2017
Florence Blain Mbaye, sometimes credited as Florence Blain, is a Canadian actress. She is best known to film audiences for her role in the 2013 film Another House, for which she garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards.
cutenose  3/1/2017
I like Florence for a girl but not a boy. I like Lori as a diminutive. I would use Florence Adelaide or Florence Elisabetta.
XironDarkstar  11/12/2017
I think that Florence is a great name for boys as well as girls. For me, it's quite more interesting as a boy's name because it's classy.
liza darcy  1/30/2018
Very popular in west Ireland for BOYS in 1800s.
CoCo Marie  2/9/2018

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