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This is a list of names in which the gender is feminine; and the usage is French.
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MAEVA   f   Tahitian, French
Means "welcome" in Tahitian. It gained popularity in France during the 1980s.
MAGALI   f   French, Occitan
Occitan form of MAGDALENE.
MAGALIE   f   French
Variant of MAGALI.
MAHAUT   f   French (Archaic)
Medieval French form of MATHILDE.
MAÏA   f   French
French form of MAIA (1).
MAILYS   f   French
Variant of MAYLIS.
MANON   f   French, Dutch
French diminutive of MARIE.
MANU (2)   m & f   French, Spanish, German, Finnish
Short form of MANUEL or EMMANUEL (and also of MANUELA in Germany).
MARCELINE   f   French
French feminine form of MARCELLINUS.
MARCELLE   f   French
French feminine form of MARCELLUS.
MARCELLETTE   f   French (Rare)
French feminine diminutive of MARCELLUS.
MARCELLINE   f   French
French feminine form of MARCELLINUS.
MARGAUX   f   French
Variant of MARGOT influenced by the name of the wine-producing French town. It was borne by Margaux Hemingway (1954-1996), granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway, who had it changed from Margot.
MARGOT   f   French
French short form of MARGARET.
MARGUERITE   f   French
French form of MARGARET. This is also the French word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARI (1)   f   Welsh, Breton, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Welsh, Breton, Estonian and Finnish form of MARIA, as well as a Hungarian diminutive of MÁRIA. It is also a Scandinavian form of MARIE.
MARIANNE   f   French, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Originally a French diminutive of MARIE. It is also considered a combination of MARIE and ANNE (1). Shortly after the formation of the French Republic in 1792, a female figure by this name was adopted as the symbol of the state.
MARIE   f   French, Czech, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French and Czech form of MARIA. A notable bearer of this name was Marie Antoinette, a queen of France who was executed by guillotine during the French Revolution. Another was Marie Curie (1867-1934), a physicist and chemist who studied radioactivity with her husband Pierre.
MARIELLE   f   French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARIETTE   f   French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARILÈNE   f   French
Combination of MARIE and HÉLÈNE.
MARILOU   f   French, English, Dutch
Combination of MARIA and LOUISE.
MARINE   f   French, Georgian
French and Georgian feminine form of MARINUS.
MARION (1)   f   French, English
Medieval French diminutive of MARIE.
MARISE   f   French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARJOLAINE   f   French
Means "marjoram" in French. Marjoram is a minty herb.
MARLÈNE   f   French
French form of MARLENE.
MARTHE   f   French, Norwegian
French and Norwegian form of MARTHA.
MARTINE   f   French, Dutch, Norwegian
French, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARYVONNE   f   French
Combination of MARIE and YVONNE.
MAXIMILIENNE   f   French (Rare)
French feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAYLIS   f   French
From the name of a town in southern France, possibly derived from Occitan mair "mother" and French lys "lily". It is also sometimes considered a combination of MARIE and lys.
MÉLANIE   f   French
French form of MELANIE.
MÉLINA   f   French
French form of MELINA.
MÉLINE   f   French
French form of MELINA.
MÉLISANDE   f   French
French form of MILLICENT used by Maurice Maeterlinck in his play 'Pelléas et Mélisande' (1893). The play was later adapted by Claude Debussy into an opera (1902).
MÉLISSA   f   French
French form of MELISSA.
MÉLODIE   f   French
French cognate of MELODY.
MÉLODY   f   French
French variant of MELODY.
MICHÈLE   f   French
French feminine form of MICHEL.
MICHELINE   f   French
French feminine diminutive of MICHEL.
MICHELLE   f   French, English, Dutch
French feminine form of MICHEL. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century.
MIRABELLE   f   French (Rare), English (Rare)
Derived from Latin mirabilis "wonderful". This name was coined during the Middle Ages, though it eventually died out. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
MIREILLE   f   French
From the Occitan name Mirèio, which was first used by the poet Frédéric Mistral for the main character in his poem 'Mirèio' (1859). He probably derived it from the Occitan word mirar meaning "to admire".
MODESTE   m & f   French
French masculine and feminine form of MODESTUS.
MODESTINE   f   French
French diminutive of MODESTUS.
MONIQUE   f   French, English, Dutch
French form of MONICA.
MORGAN (1)   m & f   Welsh, English, French
From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which was possibly derived from Welsh mor "sea" and cant "circle". Since the 1980s in America Morgan has been more common for girls than boys, perhaps due to stories of Morgan le Fay or the fame of actress Morgan Fairchild (1950-).
MORGANE   f   French
French, either a form of MORGAN (2) or a feminine form of MORGAN (1).
MURIEL   f   English, French, Irish
Medieval English form of a Celtic name which was probably related to the Irish name MUIRGEL. The Normans brought it to England from Brittany. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1856).
MURIELLE   f   French
French variant of MURIEL.
MYLÈNE   f   French
Contraction of MARIE and HÉLÈNE. It can also be used as a French form of MILENA.
MYRIAM   f   French
French form of MIRIAM.
NADÈGE   f   French
French form of NADEZHDA.
NADIA (1)   f   French, Italian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Variant of NADYA (1) used in the Western world, as well as a variant transcription of the Slavic name. It began to be used in France in the 19th century. The name received a boost in popularity from the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci (1961-).
NADINE   f   French, German, English
French elaborated form of NADIA (1).
NARCISSE   m & f   French
French masculine and feminine form of NARCISSUS. This is also the French word for the narcissus flower.
NATACHA   f   French, Portuguese
French and Portuguese form of NATASHA.
NATHALIE   f   French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
French form of NATALIE, as well as a Dutch, German and Scandinavian variant.
NICOLE   f   French, English, Dutch, German
French feminine form of NICHOLAS, commonly used in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century. A famous bearer is American-Australian actress Nicole Kidman (1967-).
NICOLETTE   f   French
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NINA (1)   f   Russian, Italian, English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Polish, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names that end in nina, such as ANTONINA or GIANNINA. It was imported to Western Europe from Russia and Italy in the 19th century. This name also coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NINETTE   f   French
Diminutive of NINA (1).
NINON   f   French
French diminutive of ANNE (1).
NOÈLE   f   French
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOELLA   f   French
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOËLLE   f   French, Dutch
Feminine form of NOËL.
NOÉMIE   f   French
French form of NAOMI (1).
NOLWENN   f   Breton
From the Breton phrase Noyal Gwenn meaning "holy one from Noyal". This was the epithet of a 6th-century saint and martyr from Brittany.
OANEZ   f   Breton
Derived from Breton oan "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus) and used as a Breton form of AGNES.
OCÉANE   f   French
Derived from French océan meaning "ocean".
ODETTE   f   French
French diminutive of ODA or ODILIA. This is the name of a princess who has been transformed into a swan in the ballet 'Swan Lake' (1877) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
ODILE   f   French
French form of ODILIA.
OLIVIE   f   French (Rare), Czech (Rare)
French and Czech form of OLIVIA.
OLYMPE   f   French
French form of OLYMPIAS.
OPHÉLIE   f   French
French form of OPHELIA.
ORIANE   f   French
French form of ORIANA.
ORIANNE   f   French
French form of ORIANA.
OSANNE   f   French (Rare)
French form of OSANNA.
PASCALE   f   French
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCALINE   f   French
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PAULE   f   French
French feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULETTE   f   French
French feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULINE   f   French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PÉNÉLOPE   f   French
French form of PENELOPE.
PERLE   f   French, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
PERRINE   f   French
French feminine form of Perrin, a diminutive of PIERRE.
PÉTRONILLE   f   French
French form of PETRONILLA.
PHILIPPINE   f   French
Elaborated feminine form of PHILIPPE.
PHILOMÈNE   f   French
French form of PHILOMENA.
PIERRETTE   f   French
Feminine diminutive of PIERRE.
PLACIDE   m & f   French
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PRISCILLA   f   English, Italian, French, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman name, a diminutive of PRISCA. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lived with Priscilla (also known as Prisca) and her husband Aquila in Corinth for a while. It has been used as an English given name since the Protestant Reformation, being popular with the Puritans. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used it in his poem 'The Courtship of Miles Standish' (1858).
PRISCILLE   f   French
French form of PRISCILLA.
PRUDENCE   f & m   English, French
Medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of PRUDENTIUS. In France it is both the feminine form and a rare masculine form. In England it was used during the Middle Ages and was revived in the 17th century by the Puritans, in part from the English word prudence, ultimately of the same source.
PRUNE   f   French
Means "plum" in French.
RACHEL   f   English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rachel) meaning "ewe". In the Old Testament this is the name of the favourite wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She was the younger sister of Jacob's first wife Leah.... [more]
RAPHAËLLE   f   French
French feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAYMONDE   f   French
French feminine form of RAYMOND.
RÉBECCA   f   French
French form of REBECCA.
RÉGINE   f   French
French form of REGINA.
REINE   f   French
Means "queen" in French.
RENÉE   f   French, Dutch
French feminine form of RENÉ.
ROBERTE   f   French
French feminine form of ROBERT.
ROLANDE   f   French
French feminine form of ROLAND.
ROMAINE   f   French, English
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANE   f   French
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROSALIE   f   French, German, Dutch, English
French, German and Dutch form of ROSALIA. In the English-speaking this name received a boost after the release of the movie 'Rosalie' (1938), which was based on an earlier musical.
ROSE   f   English, French
Originally a Norman form of a Germanic name, which was composed of the elements hrod "fame" and heid "kind, sort, type". The Normans introduced it to England in the forms Roese and Rohese. From an early date it was associated with the word for the fragrant flower rose (derived from Latin rosa). When the name was revived in the 19th century, it was probably with the flower in mind.
ROSELLE   f   French (Rare)
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSEMONDE   f   French
French form of ROSAMUND.
ROSETTE   f   French
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSINE   f   French
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROXANE   f   French, English, Ancient Greek
French and English form of ROXANA. This is the name of Cyrano's love interest in the play 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (1897).
ROXANNE   f   English, French
Variant of ROXANE.
ROZENN   f   Breton
Means "rose" in Breton.
SABINE   f   French, German, Danish
French, German and Danish form of SABINA.
SACHA   m & f   French
French form of SASHA.
SALOMÉ   f   French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of SALOME.
SANDRA   f   Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian
Short form of ALESSANDRA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by author George Meredith, who used it for the heroine in his novel 'Emilia in England' (1864) and the reissued version 'Sandra Belloni' (1887). A famous bearer is American actress Sandra Bullock (1964-).
SANDRINE   f   French
Elaborated form of SANDRA.
SARAH   f   English, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lady, princess, noblewoman" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Abraham's wife, considered the matriarch of the Jewish people. She was barren until she unexpectedly became the pregnant with Isaac at the age of 90. Her name was originally Sarai, but God changed it at the same time Abraham's name was changed (see Genesis 17:15).... [more]
SASHA   m & f   Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SCHOLASTIQUE   f   French
French form of SCHOLASTICA.
SÉBASTIENNE   f   French
French feminine form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SÉGOLÈNE   f   French
Possibly a French form of SIEGLINDE.
SÉPHORA   f   French
French form of ZIPPORAH.
SÉRAPHINE   f   French
French form of SERAPHINA.
SERGINE   f   French
French feminine form of SERGIUS.
SÉVERINE   f   French
French feminine form of SEVERINUS.
SIBYLLE   f   German, French
German and French form of SIBYL.
SIDONIE   f   French
French feminine form of SIDONIUS.
SIMONE (1)   f   French, English
French feminine form of SIMON (1). A famous bearer was Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.
SIXTINE   f   French
French feminine form of SIXTUS.
SOLANGE   f   French
French form of the Late Latin name Sollemnia, which was derived from Latin sollemnis "religious". This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.
SOLÈNE   f   French
Variant of SOLANGE.
SOPHIE   f   French, English, German, Dutch
French form of SOPHIA.
SORAYA   f   Persian, Spanish, French
Persian form of THURAYYA. It became popular in some parts of Europe because of the fame of Princess Soraya, wife of the last Shah of Iran, who became a European socialite.
STÉPHANIE   f   French
French feminine form of STEPHEN.
SUZANNE   f   French, English, Dutch
French form of SUSANNA.
SUZETTE   f   French
French diminutive of SUSANNA.
SYBILLE   f   German, French
German and French form of SIBYL.
SYLVAINE   f   French
French feminine form of SILVANUS.
SYLVIANE   f   French
Variant of SYLVAINE.
SYLVIANNE   f   French (Rare)
Variant of SYLVAINE.
SYLVIE   f   French
French form of SILVIA.
TATIENNE   f   French (Rare)
French form of TATIANA.
THÉRÈSE   f   French
French form of THERESA. It was borne by the French nun Saint Thérèse de Lisieux (1873-1897), who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church.
TIPHAINE   f   French
French form of TIFFANY.
TIPHANIE   f   French
French variant of TIFFANY.
TOINETTE   f   French
Short form of ANTOINETTE.
VALENTINE (2)   f   French
French feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
VALÉRIANE   f   French
French form of Valeriana (see VALERIANA).
VALÉRIE   f   French, Czech
French and Czech form of VALERIA.
VÉRÈNE   f   French (Rare)
French form of VERENA.
VÉRONIQUE   f   French
French form of VERONICA.
VICTOIRE   f   French
French form of VICTORIA.
VICTORINE   f   French
French feminine form of VICTORINUS.
VIENNE   f   French (Rare)
From the French name of the capital city of Austria, known in English as Vienna.
VIOLETTE   f   French
French form of VIOLET.
VIRGINIE   f   French
French form of VIRGINIA.
VIVIANE   f   French
French form of VIVIANA. It is also the French form of VIVIEN (2).
VIVIANNE   f   French
Variant of VIVIANE.
VIVIENNE   f   French
French form of VIVIANA.
WANDA   f   Polish, English, German, French
Possibly from a Germanic name meaning "a Wend", referring to the Slavic people who inhabited eastern Germany. In Polish legends this was the name of the daughter of King Krak, the legendary founder of Krakow. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by the author Ouida, who used it for the heroine in her novel 'Wanda' (1883).
YANICK   m & f   Breton, French
Masculine and feminine diminutive of YANN.
YANNIC   m & f   Breton, French
Masculine and feminine diminutive of YANN.
YANNICK   m & f   Breton, French
Masculine and feminine diminutive of YANN.
YOLANDE   f   French
French form of YOLANDA. A notable bearer of the 15th century was Yolande of Aragon, who acted as regent for the French king Charles VII, her son-in-law. She was a supporter of Joan of Arc.
YSEULT   f   French (Rare)
French form of ISOLDE.
YVETTE   f   French, English
French feminine form of YVES.
YVONNE   f   French, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of YVON. It has been regularly used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.
ZÉNAÏDE   f   French
French form of ZENAIDA.
ZÉPHYRINE   f   French (Rare)
French feminine form of Zephyrinus (see ZEFERINO).
ZOÉ   f   French
French form of ZOE.
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