French Names

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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FLORENT   m   French
French masculine form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
FLORENTIN   m   French
French form of FLORENTINUS.
FLORENTINE   f   French
French form of FLORENTINA.
FLORETTE   f   French (Rare)
French diminutive of FLORA.
FLORIAN   m   German, Polish, French
From the Roman name Florianus, a derivative of FLORUS. Saint Florian, a martyr of the 3rd century, is the patron saint of Poland and Upper Austria.
FLORIANE   f   French
French feminine form of FLORIAN.
FLORIANNE   f   French
Variant of FLORIANE.
FLORINE   f   French
French feminine form of FLORINUS.
FRANCE   f   French
From the name of the country, sometimes considered a feminine form of FRANK (1) or short form of FRANÇOISE, both of which are ultimately related to the name of the country.
FRANCETTE   f   French
Feminine diminutive of FRANÇOIS.
FRANCINE   f   French, English
Feminine diminutive of FRANÇOIS.
FRANCIS   m & f   English, French
English form of the Late Latin name Franciscus which meant "Frenchman", ultimately from the Germanic tribe of the Franks, who were named for a type of spear that they used. This name was borne by the 13th-century Saint Francis of Assisi, who was originally named Giovanni but was given the nickname Francesco by his father, an admirer of the French. Francis went on to renounce his father's wealth and devote his life to the poor, founding the Franciscan order of friars. Later in his life he apparently received the stigmata.... [more]
FRANCISQUE   m   French
French variant of Franciscus (see FRANCIS), now somewhat archaic.
FRANCK   m   French
French form of FRANK (1).
FRANÇOIS   m   French
French form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS). François Villon was a French lyric poet of the 15th century. This was also the name of two kings of France.
FRANÇOISE   f   French
Feminine form of FRANÇOIS.
FRANK (1)   m   English, German, Dutch, French
From a Germanic name which referred to a member of the Germanic tribe, the Franks. The Franks settled in the regions now called France and the Netherlands in the 3rd and 4th century. They derived their tribal name from the name of a type of spear that they used. From medieval times, the various forms of this name have been commonly conflated with the various forms of Francis.... [more]
FRAÑSEZ   m   Breton
Breton form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FRAÑSEZA   f   Breton
Breton feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FRED   m   English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese
Short form of FREDERICK or other names containing the same element. A famous bearer was the American actor and dancer Fred Astaire (1899-1987).
FRÉDÉRIC   m   French
French form of FREDERICK.
FRÉDÉRIQUE   f   French
French form of FREDERICA.
FULBERT   m   French, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic elements fulc "people" and beraht "bright". Saint Fulbert was an 11th-century bishop of Chartres.
GABIN   m   French
French form of Gabinus (see GAVINO).
GABRIEL   m   French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, English, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el) meaning "God is my strong man", derived from גֶּבֶר (gever) "strong man, hero" and אֶל ('El) "God". Gabriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition, often appearing as a messenger of God. In the Old Testament he is sent to interpret the visions of the prophet Daniel, while in the New Testament he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary. According to Islamic tradition he was the angel who dictated the Qur'an to Muhammad.... [more]
GABRIELLE   f   French, English
French feminine form of GABRIEL. This was the real name of French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971).
GAËL   m   French, Breton
Meaning uncertain. It possibly derives from the ethno-linguistic term Gael, which refers to speakers of Gaelic languages. Alternatively it may be a variant of GWENAËL.
GAËLLE   f   French, Breton
Feminine form of GAËL.
GAÉTAN   m   French
French form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
GAËTAN   m   French
French form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
GAÉTANE   f   French
French feminine form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
GAËTANE   f   French
French feminine form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
GASPARD   m   French
French form of JASPER.
GASTON   m   French
Possibly from a Germanic name derived from the element gast meaning "stranger, guest". This is the usual French name for Saint Vedastus, called Vaast in Flemish, and alternatively the name may be connected to it. The name was also borne by several counts of Foix-Béarn, beginning in the 13th century.
GAUBERT   m   French
French form of the Germanic name Waldobert, composed of the elements wald "rule" and beraht "bright". This was the name of a 7th-century French saint.
GAULTIER   m   French
French form of WALTER.
GAUTHIER   m   French
French form of WALTER.
GAUTIER   m   French
French form of WALTER.
GAUVAIN   m   French
French form of GAWAIN.
GENEVIÈVE   f   French
From the medieval name Genovefa, which is of uncertain origin. It could be derived from the Germanic elements kuni "kin, family" and wefa "wife, woman". Alternatively it could be of Gaulish origin, from the related Celtic element genos "kin, family" combined with a second element of unknown meaning. This name was borne by Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, who inspired the city to resist the Huns in the 5th century.
GEOFFREY   m   English, French
From a Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element is Germanic frid "peace", but the first element may be either gawia "territory", walha "foreign" or gisil "hostage". It is possible that two or more names merged into a single form. In the later Middle Ages Geoffrey was further confused with the distinct name Godfrey.... [more]
GEOFFROY   m   French
French form of GEOFFREY.
GEORGES   m   French
French form of GEORGE. This name was borne by the French artists Georges Seurat (1859-1891) and Georges Braque (1882-1963).
GEORGETTE   f   French
French feminine form of GEORGE.
GEORGINE   f   French
French feminine form of GEORGE.
GÉRALD   m   French
French form of GERALD.
GÉRALDINE   f   French
French feminine form of GERALD.
GÉRARD   m   French
French form of GERARD.
GÉRAUD   m   French
French form of GERALD.
GERMAIN   m   French
French form of GERMANUS.
GERMAINE   f   French
French feminine form of GERMAIN. Saint Germaine was a 16th-century peasant girl from France.
GERVAIS   m   French
French form of GERVASIUS.
GERVAISE   f   French (Rare)
French feminine form of GERVASIUS.
GHISLAIN   m   French
French form of Gislenus, a Latinized form of the Germanic name Gislin, derived from the element gisil meaning "hostage" or "pledge". This was the name of a 7th-century Belgian saint.
GHISLAINE   f   French
Feminine form of GHISLAIN.
GHYSLAIN   m   French (Rare)
Variant of GHISLAIN.
GHYSLAINE   f   French
Variant of GHISLAINE.
GIGI   f   French
French diminutive of GEORGINE or VIRGINIE.
GILBERT   m   English, French, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic elements gisil "pledge, hostage" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.
GILBERTE   f   French
French feminine form of GILBERT.
GILLES   m   French
French form of GILES.
GINETTE   f   French
Diminutive of GENEVIÈVE.
GISÈLE   f   French
French variant of GISELLE.
GISELLE   f   French, English (Modern)
Derived from the Germanic word gisil meaning "hostage" or "pledge". This name may have originally been a descriptive nickname for a child given as a pledge to a foreign court. It was borne by a daughter of the French king Charles III who married the Norman leader Rollo in the 10th century. The name was popular in France during the Middle Ages (the more common French form is Gisèle). Though it became known in the English-speaking world due to Adolphe Adam's ballet 'Giselle' (1841), it was not regularly used until the 20th century.
GODEFROY   m   French
French form of Godafrid (see GODFREY).
GRATIEN   m   French
French form of Gratianus (see GRATIAN).
GRÉGOIRE   m   French
French form of GREGORY.
GUENIÈVRE   f   French (Rare)
French form of GUINEVERE.
GUILLAUME   m   French
French form of WILLIAM.
GUSTAVE   m   French
French form of GUSTAV. This name was borne by the French artist Gustave Doré (1832-1883).
GUY   m   English, French
Norman French form of WIDO. The Normans introduced it to England, where it was common until the time of Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), a revolutionary who attempted to blow up the British parliament. The name was revived in the 19th century, due in part to characters in the novels 'Guy Mannering' (1815) by Sir Walter Scott and 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854) by C. M. Yonge.
GWENAËL   m   French, Breton
Means "blessed and generous" from Breton gwenn "white, fair, blessed" and hael "generous". Saint Gwenhael was a 6th-century abbot of Brittany.
GWENAËLLE   f   French, Breton
Feminine form of GWENAËL.
GWENNEG   m   Breton
Derived from Breton gwenn "white, fair, blessed" combined with a diminutive suffix. Saint Gwenneg was an 8th-century monk of Brittany.
GWILHERM   m   Breton
Breton form of WILLIAM.
HADRIEN   m   French
French variant form of ADRIAN.
HANNAH   f   English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour" or "grace". In the Old Testament this is the name of the wife of Elkanah. Her rival was Elkanah's other wife Peninnah, who had children while Hannah remained barren. After a blessing from Eli she finally became pregnant with Samuel.... [more]
HAYDÉE   f   Spanish, French (Rare)
Spanish and French form of HAIDEE, from Byron's 'Don Juan' (1819). It was later used by Alexander Dumas for a character in 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (1844).
HECTOR   m   English, French, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Arthurian Romance
Latinized form of Greek ‘Εκτωρ (Hektor), which was derived from ‘εκτωρ (hektor) "holding fast", ultimately from εχω (echo) meaning "to hold, to possess". In Greek legend Hector was one of the Trojan champions who fought against the Greeks. After he killed Achilles' friend Patroclus in battle, he was himself brutally slain by Achilles, who proceeded to tie his dead body to a chariot and drag it about. This name also appears in Arthurian legends belonging to King Arthur's foster father.... [more]
HÉLÈNE   f   French
French form of HELEN.
HÉLOÏSE   f   French
French form of ELOISE.
HENRI   m   French, Finnish
French form of HENRY.
HENRIETTE   f   French, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
French feminine diminutive of HENRY.
HERBERT   m   English, German, French, Slovene, Polish
Derived from the Germanic elements hari "army" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Herebeorht. In the course of the Middle Ages it became rare, but it was revived in the 19th century.
HERCULE   m   French
French form of HERCULES.
HERMINE   f   German, French
Feminine form of HERMAN.
HERVÉ   m   French
French form of HARVEY.
HILAIRE   m   French
French form of HILARIUS.
HIPPOLYTE (2)   m   French
French form of HIPPOLYTOS.
HONORÉ   m   French
French form of HONORATUS. It is also sometimes used as a French form of HONORIUS.
HONORINE   f   French
French form of Honorina, a feminine form of the Roman name Honorinus, a derivative of HONORIUS. Saint Honorina was a 4th-century martyr from the Normandy region in France.
HORACE   m   English, French
English and French form of HORATIUS, and the name by which the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus is commonly known those languages. In the modern era it has been used as a given name since the Renaissance, in honour of the poet.
HORTENSE   f   French, English
French form of HORTENSIA.
HUBERT   m   English, German, Dutch, French, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright heart", derived from the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind" and beraht "bright". Saint Hubert was an 8th-century bishop of Maastricht who is considered the patron saint of hunters. The Normans brought the name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Hygebeorht. It died out during the Middle Ages but was revived in the 19th century.
HUGUES   m   French
French form of HUGH.
HUGUETTE   f   French
Feminine form of HUGUES.
HUMBERT   m   German, French, English (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Means "bright warrior", derived from the Germanic elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, though it has always been uncommon there. It was borne by two kings of Italy (called Umberto in Italian), who ruled in the 19th and 20th centuries.
HYACINTHE   m & f   French
French masculine and feminine form of HYACINTHUS.
IGNACE   m   French
French form of IGNATIUS.
INÈS   f   French
French form of INÉS.
IRÈNE   f   French
French form of IRENE.
IRÉNÉE   m   French
French form of IRENAEUS.
IRIS   f   Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish
Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the name of the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.
ISABEL   f   Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German
Medieval Occitan form of ELIZABETH. It spread throughout Spain, Portugal and France, becoming common among the royalty by the 12th century. It grew popular in England in the 13th century after Isabella of Angoulême married the English king John, and it was subsequently bolstered when Isabella of France married Edward II the following century.... [more]
ISABELLE   f   French, English, German, Dutch
French form of ISABEL.
ISAURE   f   French
French form of ISAURA.
ISIDORE   m   English, French, Georgian, Jewish
From the Greek name Ισιδωρος (Isidoros) which meant "gift of Isis", derived from the name of the Egyptian goddess ISIS combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift". Saint Isidore of Seville was a 6th-century archbishop, historian and theologian.... [more]
JACINTHE   f   French
French cognate of HYACINTH (2).
JACKY   m   French
Diminutive of JACQUES.
JACQUELINE   f   French, English
French feminine form of JACQUES, also commonly used in the English-speaking world.
JACQUES   m   French
French form of JACOB (or JAMES).
JACQUETTE   f   French (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of JACQUES.
JADE   f   English, French
From the name of the precious stone that is often used in carvings. It is derived from Spanish (piedra de la) ijada meaning "(stone of the) flank", relating to the belief that jade could cure renal colic. As a given name, it came into general use during the 1970s.
JANINE   f   French, English, Dutch, German
Variant of JEANNINE. It has only been in use since the 20th century.
JASMIN (2)   m   French (Rare)
French masculine form of JASMINE.
JASMINE   f   English, French
From the English word for the climbing plant with fragrant flowers which is used for making perfumes. It is derived from Persian یاسمن (yasamen) (which is also a Persian name).
JASON   m   English, French, Greek Mythology (Anglicized), Biblical
From the Greek name Ιασων (Iason), which was derived from Greek ιασθαι (iasthai) "to heal". In Greek mythology Jason was the leader of the Argonauts. After his uncle Pelias overthrew his father Aeson as king of Iolcos, Jason went in search of the Golden Fleece in order to win back the throne. During his journeys he married the sorceress Medea, who helped him gain the fleece and kill his uncle, but who later turned against him when he fell in love with another woman.... [more]
JEAN (1)   m   French
French form of Jehan, the Old French form of Iohannes (see JOHN). The French philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) and Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980) were two well-known bearers of this name. It was also borne by the German-French Dadaist artist Jean Arp (1886-1966).
JEAN-BAPTISTE   m   French
Combination of JEAN (1) and BAPTISTE, referring to Saint John the Baptist.
JEANINE   f   French, English, Dutch
Variant of JEANNINE.
JEAN-MARIE   m   French
Combination of JEAN (1) and MARIE.
JEANNE   f   French, English
Modern French form of Jehanne, an Old French feminine form of Iohannes (see JOHN). Joan of Arc is known as Jeanne d'Arc in France.
JEANNETTE   f   French, English, Dutch
French diminutive of JEANNE.
JEANNINE   f   French, English
Diminutive of JEANNE.
JEANNOT   m   French
Diminutive of JEAN (1).
JÉRÉMIE   m   French
French form of JEREMIAH.
JÉRÔME   m   French
French form of JEROME.
JESSÉ   m   French
French form of JESSE.
JESSICA   f   English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Spanish
This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name ISCAH, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century. Notable bearers include actresses Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) and Jessica Lange (1949-).
JOACHIM   m   French, German, Polish, Judeo-Christian Legend
Contracted form of JEHOIACHIN or JEHOIAKIM. According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, Saint Joachim was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of the Virgin Mary. Due to his popularity in the Middle Ages, the name came into general use in Christian Europe (though it was never common in England).
JOANNE   f   English, French
Variant of JOAN (1) or JOHANNE.
JOCELINE   f   French
French feminine form of Joscelin (see JOCELYN).
JOCELYN   f & m   English, French
From a Germanic masculine name, variously written as Gaudelenus, Gautselin, Gauzlin, along with many other spellings. It was derived from the Germanic element Gaut, which was from the name of the Germanic tribe the Goths, combined with a Latin diminutive suffix. The Normans brought this name to England in the form Goscelin or Joscelin, and it was common until the 14th century. It was revived in the 20th century primarily as a feminine name, perhaps an adaptation of the surname Jocelyn (a medieval derivative of the given name). In France this is a masculine name only.
JOCELYNE   f   French
French feminine form of Joscelin (see JOCELYN).
JODOC   m   Breton
Variant of JUDOC.
JOËL   m   French, Dutch
French and Dutch form of JOEL.
JOËLLE   f   French
French feminine form of JOEL.
JOFFREY   m   French
French variant form of GEOFFREY.
JOHANNE   f   French, Danish, Norwegian, Medieval French
French, Danish and Norwegian form of Iohanna (see JOANNA).
JONATHAN   m   English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹנָתָן (Yehonatan),contracted to יוֹנָתָן (Yonatan), meaning "YAHWEH has given". According to the Old Testament, Jonathan was the eldest son of Saul. His relationship with his father was strained due to his close friendship with his father's rival David. Along with Saul he was killed in battle with the Philistines.... [more]
JOSÉE   f   French
French feminine form of JOSEPH.
JOSEPH   m   English, French, German, Biblical
From Ioseph, the Latin form of Greek Ιωσηφ (Ioseph), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". In the Old Testament Joseph is the eleventh son of Jacob and the first with his wife Rachel. Because he was the favourite of his father, his older brothers sent him to Egypt and told their father that he had died. In Egypt, Joseph became an advisor to the pharaoh, and was eventually reconciled with his brothers when they came to Egypt during a famine. This name also occurs in the New Testament, belonging to Saint Joseph the husband of Mary, and to Joseph of Arimathea.... [more]
JOSÈPHE   f   French
French feminine form of JOSEPH.
JOSÉPHINE   f   French
French feminine form of JOSEPH. A notable bearer of this name was the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814).
JOSETTE   f   French
Diminutive of JOSÉPHINE.
JOSIANE   f   French
Diminutive of JOSÉPHINE.
JOSSE   m   French (Rare), Medieval French
French form of Iudocus (see JOYCE).
JOSSELIN   m   French
French variant of JOCELYN.
JOSSELINE   f   French
French feminine variant of JOCELYN.
JOSUÉ   m   French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of JOSHUA.
JOURDAIN   m   French
French form of JORDAN.
JUDICAËL   m   French, Breton
French form of the Old Breton name Iudicael, derived from the elements iud "lord, prince" and cael "generous". This was the name of a 7th-century Breton king, also regarded as a saint.
JUDIKAEL   m   Breton
Breton form of JUDICAËL.
JUDITH   f   English, Jewish, French, German, Spanish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוּדִית (Yehudit) meaning "woman from Judea", Judea being an ancient region in Israel. In the Old Testament Judith is one of the Hittite wives of Esau. This is also the name of the main character of the apocryphal Book of Judith. She killed Holofernes, an invading Assyrian commander, by beheading him in his sleep.... [more]
JUDOC   m   Breton, Ancient Celtic
Breton form of JOYCE.
JULES (1)   m   French
French form of JULIUS. A notable bearer of this name was the French novelist Jules Verne (1828-1905), author of 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' and other works of science fiction.
JULIANE   f   German, French
German and French feminine form of JULIAN.
JULIE   f   French, Danish, Norwegian, Czech, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Danish, Norwegian and Czech form of JULIA. It has spread to many other regions as well. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the early 20th century.
JULIEN   m   French
French form of Iulianus (see JULIAN).
JULIENNE   f   French
French feminine form of Iulianus (see JULIAN).
JULIETTE   f   French
French diminutive of JULIE.
JUSTE   m   French
French form of JUSTUS.
JUSTIN   m   English, French, Slovene
From the Latin name Iustinus, which was derived from JUSTUS. This was the name of several early saints including Justin Martyr, a Christian philosopher of the 2nd century who was beheaded in Rome. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors. As an English name, it has occasionally been used since the late Middle Ages, though it did not become common until the 20th century. Famous modern bearers include pop stars Justin Timberlake (1981-) and Justin Bieber (1994-).
JUSTINE   f   French, English, Dutch, German
French feminine form of Iustinus (see JUSTIN). This is the name of the heroine in the novel 'Justine' (1791) by the Marquis de Sade.
KARINE (1)   f   French
French form of CARINA (1). It can also function as a short form of CATHERINE, via Swedish Karin.
KATARIN   f   Breton
Breton form of KATHERINE.
KATELL   f   Breton
Breton form of KATHERINE.
KEVIN   m   English, Irish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Caoimhín, derived from the older Irish Cóemgein, composed of the Old Irish elements cóem "kind, gentle, handsome" and gein "birth". Saint Caoimhín established a monastery in Glendalough, Ireland in the 6th century and is the patron saint of Dublin. It became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland in the 20th century.
KILIAN   m   German, Irish, French
German form and Irish and French variant of CILLIAN.
KILLIAN   m   Irish, French
Anglicized variant of CILLIAN, also used in France.
KYLIAN   m   French
French variant of CILLIAN.
LAETITIA   f   Late Roman, French
Original form of LETITIA, as well as the French form.
LAMBERT   m   German, Dutch, French, English, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements land "land" and beraht "bright". Saint Lambert of Maastricht was a 7th-century bishop who was martyred after denouncing Pepin II for adultery.
LARA (1)   f   Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian
Russian short form of LARISA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by a character from Boris Pasternak's novel 'Doctor Zhivago' (1957) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1965).
LAURE   f   French
French form of LAURA.
LAURENCE (2)   f   French
French feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURENT   m   French
French form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURENTIN   m   French (Rare)
French form of LAURENTINUS.
LAURENTINE   f   French (Rare)
Feminine form of LAURENTIN.
LAURETTE   f   French
French diminutive of LAURA.
LAURINE   f   French
Diminutive of LAURE.
LAZARE   m   French
French form of LAZARUS.
LÉA   f   French
French form of LEAH.
LÉANDRE   m   French
French form of LEANDER.
LÉO   m   French
French form of LEO.
LÉON   m   French
French form of LEON.
LÉONARD   m   French
French form of LEONARD.
LÉONCE   m   French
French form of LEONTIOS.
LÉONE   f   French
French feminine form of LEON.
LÉONIDE   m & f   French (Rare)
French masculine and feminine form of LEONIDAS.
LÉONIE   f   French
French feminine form of LEONIUS.
LÉONNE   f   French (Rare)
Feminine form of LÉON.
LÉONTINE   f   French
French form of LEONTINA.
LÉOPOLD   m   French
French form of LEOPOLD.
LÉOPOLDINE   f   French
French feminine form of LEOPOLD.
LILI   f   German, French, Hungarian
German, French and Hungarian diminutive of ELISABETH, also sometimes connected to the German word lilie meaning "lily". In Hungarian, it can also be diminutive of KAROLINA or JÚLIA.
LILIAN   f & m   English, French
English variant of LILLIAN, as well as a French masculine form.
LILIANE   f   French
French form of LILLIAN.
LILIANNE   f   French (Rare)
Variant of LILIANE.
LILOU   f   French
Either a diminutive of French names containing the sound lee or a combination of LILI and LOUISE.
LINDA   f   English, Dutch, German, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, French, Latvian, Finnish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Ancient Germanic
Originally a medieval short form of Germanic names containing the element linde meaning "soft, tender". It also coincides with the Spanish and Portuguese word linda meaning "beautiful".
LINE   f   Danish, Norwegian, French
Short form of CAROLINE and other names ending in line.
LIONEL   m   French, English
French diminutive of LÉON. A notable bearer is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).
LISETTE   f   French, English
Diminutive of ÉLISABETH.
LIVIE   f   French, Czech
French and Czech feminine form of LIVIUS.
LOAN   m   French
Variant of ELOUAN.
LOANE   f   French (Rare)
Feminine form of ELOUAN.
LOANN   m   French (Rare)
Variant of ELOUAN.
LOÏC   m   French, Breton
Breton form of LOUIS.
LORETTE   f   French
Variant of LAURETTE.
LOTHAIRE   m   French
French form of LOTHAR.
LOU   f & m   English, French
Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS. Famous bearers include the baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) and the musician Lou Reed (1942-2013).
LOUANE   f   French
Combination of LOU and ANNE (1).
LOUIS   m   French, English, Dutch
French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of LUDWIG. This was the name of 18 kings of France, starting with Louis I the son of Charlemagne. Others include Louis IX (Saint Louis) who led two crusades and Louis XIV (called the Sun King) who was the ruler of France during the height of its power, the builder of the Palace of Versailles, and the longest reigning monarch in the history of Europe. It was also borne by kings of Germany (as Ludwig), Hungary (as Lajos), and other places.... [more]
LOUISE   f   French, English, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, German
French feminine form of LOUIS.
LOUISETTE   f   French
Diminutive of LOUISE.
LOUNA   f   French (Modern)
Possibly a variant of LUNA.
LOUP   m   French
French form of the Late Latin name Lupus which meant "wolf". Lupus was the name of several early saints, including a 5th-century bishop of Troyes who apparently convinced Attila to spare the city.
LUC   m   French
French form of LUKE.
LUCAS   m   English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Biblical Latin
Latin form of Loukas (see LUKE).
LUCE   f   Italian, French
Italian and French variant of LUCIA. This also means "light" in Italian.
LUCETTE   f   French
Diminutive of LUCIE.
LUCIE   f   French, Czech
French and Czech form of LUCIA.
LUCIEN   m   French
French form of LUCIANUS.
LUCIENNE   f   French
Feminine form of LUCIEN.
LUCILE   f   French, English
Variant of LUCILLE.
LUCILLE   f   French, English
French form of LUCILLA. A famous bearer was American comedienne Lucille Ball (1911-1989).
LUCINDE   f   French (Rare)
French form of LUCINDA.
LUCRÈCE   f & m   French
French form of both LUCRETIA and its masculine form Lucretius.
LUDIVINE   f   French
Possibly from a feminine form of LEUTWIN. It was popularized in the 1970s by a character from the television miniseries 'Les Gens de Mogador'.
LUDOVIC   m   French
Medieval Latinized form of LUDWIG. This was the name of an 1833 opera by the French composer Fromental Halévy.
LYDIE   f   French
French form of LYDIA.
LYLOU   f   French
Variant of LILOU.
MADELEINE   f   French, English, Swedish
French form of MAGDALENE.
MADELINE   f   English, French
English form of MAGDALENE. This is the name of the heroine in a series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, first published 1939.
MAËL   m   French, Breton
French form of Breton Mael, which was derived from a Celtic word meaning "chief" or "prince". Saint Mael was a 5th-century Breton hermit who lived in Wales.
MAEL   m   Breton
Breton form of MAËL.
MAELA   f   Breton
Feminine form of MAËL.
MAËLLE   f   French, Breton
French feminine form of MAËL.
MAËLYS   f   French
Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.
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).
MANUEL   m   Spanish, Portuguese, German, English, Italian, French, Romanian, Late Greek (Latinized)
Spanish and Portuguese form of EMMANUEL. In the spelling Μανουηλ (Manouel) it was also used in the Byzantine Empire, notably by two emperors. It is possible this form of the name was transmitted to Spain and Portugal from Byzantium, since there were connections between the royal families (king Ferdinand III of Castile married Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen, who had Byzantine roots, and had a son named Manuel). The name has been used in Iberia since at least the 13th century and was borne by two kings of Portugal.
MARC   m   French, Catalan, Welsh
French, Catalan and Welsh form of MARK.
MARCEL   m   French, Catalan, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German
Form of MARCELLUS. A notable bearer was the French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922).
MARCELIN   m   French
French form of MARCELLINUS.
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.
MARCELLIN   m   French
French form of MARCELLINUS.
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.
MARIN   m   French, Romanian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
French, Romanian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of MARINUS.
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.
MARIUS   m   Ancient Roman, Romanian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French
Roman family name which was derived either from MARS, the name of the Roman god of War, or else from the Latin root mas, maris meaning "male". Gaius Marius was a famous Roman consul of the 2nd century BC. Since the start of the Christian era, it has occasionally been used as a masculine form of MARIA.
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.
MARTIN   m   English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Finnish
From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. He was a favourite saint during the Middle Ages, and his name has become common throughout the Christian world.... [more]
MARTINE   f   French, Dutch, Norwegian
French, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARYVONNE   f   French
Combination of MARIE and YVONNE.
MATÉO   m   French
French form of MATEO or MATTEO.
MATHÉO   m   French
French form of MATEO or MATTEO.
MATHIEU   m   French
French variant form of MATTHEW.
MATHIS   m   German, French
German and French form of MATTHIAS.
MATHYS   m   French
French variant of MATTHIAS.
MATTHIAS   m   German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Variant of Matthaios (see MATTHEW) which appears in the New Testament as the name of the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. This was also the name of kings of Hungary, including Matthias I who made important reforms to the kingdom in the 15th century.
MATTHIEU   m   French
Variant of MATHIEU.
MAURICE   m   English, French
From the Roman name Mauritius, a derivative of MAURUS. Saint Maurice was a 3rd-century Roman soldier from Egypt. He and the other Christians in his legion were supposedly massacred on the orders of emperor Maximian for refusing to worship Roman gods. Thus, he is the patron saint of infantry soldiers.... [more]
MAXENCE   m   French
French form of the Roman name Maxentius, a derivative of Latin maximus "greatest". This was the agnomen of an early 4th-century Roman emperor, a rival of Constantine. It was also borne by a 6th-century saint from Agde in France.
MAXIME   m   French
French form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMILIEN   m   French
French form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
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).
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