French Names

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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MAXIMILIENNEfFrench (Rare)
French feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAYLISfFrench
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.
MÉLANIEfFrench
French form of MELANIE.
MÉLINAfFrench
French form of MELINA.
MÉLINEfFrench
French form of MELINA.
MÉLISANDEfFrench
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).
MÉLISSAfFrench
French form of MELISSA.
MÉLODIEfFrench
French cognate of MELODY.
MÉLODYfFrench
French variant of MELODY.
MICHAËLmDutch, French
Dutch and French form of MICHAEL.
MICHELmFrench, German, Dutch
French form of MICHAEL. Michel de Notredame, also known as Nostradamus, was the 16th-century French astrologer who made predictions about future world events. This is also the German diminutive form of MICHAEL.
MICHÈLEfFrench
French feminine form of MICHEL.
MICHELINEfFrench
French feminine diminutive of MICHEL.
MICHELLEfFrench, English, Dutch
French feminine form of MICHEL. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century.
MICKAËLmFrench
French variant form of MICHAEL.
MIRABELLEfFrench (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.
MIREILLEfFrench
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".
MODESTEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of MODESTUS.
MODESTINEfFrench
French diminutive of MODESTUS.
MOÏSEmFrench
French form of MOSES.
MONIQUEfFrench, English, Dutch
French form of MONICA.
MORGAN (1)m & fWelsh, 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-).
MORGANEfFrench
French, either a form of MORGAN (2) or a feminine form of MORGAN (1).
MURIELfEnglish, 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).
MURIELLEfFrench
French variant of MURIEL.
MYLÈNEfFrench
Contraction of MARIE and HÉLÈNE. It can also be used as a French form of MILENA.
MYRIAMfFrench
French form of MIRIAM.
NADÈGEfFrench
French form of NADEZHDA.
NADIA (1)fFrench, 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-).
NADINEfFrench, German, English
French elaborated form of NADIA (1).
NARCISSEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of NARCISSUS. This is also the French word for the narcissus flower.
NATACHAfFrench, Portuguese
French and Portuguese form of NATASHA.
NATHALIEfFrench, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
French form of NATALIE, as well as a Dutch, German and Scandinavian variant.
NATHANmEnglish, French, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name נָתָן (Natan) meaning "he gave". In the Old Testament this is the name of a prophet during the reign of King David. He chastised David for his adultery with Bathsheba and for the death of Uriah the Hittite. Later he championed Solomon as David's successor. This was also the name of a son of David and Bathsheba.... [more]
NATHANAËLmFrench
French form of NATHANAEL.
NICODÈMEmFrench
French form of NICODEMUS.
NICOLASmFrench
French form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLEfFrench, 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-).
NICOLETTEfFrench
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NINA (1)fRussian, 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 nearly coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NINETTEfFrench
Diminutive of NINA (1).
NINONfFrench
French diminutive of ANNE (1).
NOËLmFrench
Means "Christmas" in French. In the Middle Ages it was used for children born on the holiday. A famous bearer was the English playwright and composer Noël Coward (1899-1973).
NOÈLEfFrench
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOELLAfFrench
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOËLLEfFrench, Dutch
Feminine form of NOËL.
NOÉMIfHungarian, French
Hungarian and French form of NAOMI (1).
NOÉMIEfFrench
French form of NAOMI (1).
NOLWENNfBreton
From the Breton phrase Noyal Gwenn meaning "holy one from Noyal". This was the epithet of a 6th-century saint and martyr from Brittany.
NORBERTmGerman, English, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements nord "north" and beraht "bright". This was the name of an 11th-century German saint who made many reforms within the church.
OANEZfBreton
Derived from Breton oan "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus) and used as a Breton form of AGNES.
OCÉANEfFrench
Derived from French océan meaning "ocean".
OCTAVEmFrench
French form of OCTAVIUS.
ODETTEfFrench
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.
ODILEfFrench
French form of ODILIA.
ODILONmFrench (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
French masculine form of ODILIA.
OLIVEfEnglish, French
From the English and French word for the type of tree, ultimately derived from Latin oliva.
OLIVIEfFrench (Rare), Czech (Rare)
French and Czech form of OLIVIA.
OLIVIERmFrench, Dutch
French and Dutch form of OLIVER.
OLYMPEfFrench
French form of OLYMPIAS.
ONÉSIMEmFrench
French form of ONESIMUS.
OPHÉLIEfFrench
French form of OPHELIA.
ORIANEfFrench
French form of ORIANA.
ORIANNEfFrench
French form of ORIANA.
OSANNEfFrench (Rare)
French form of OSANNA.
OSCARmEnglish, Irish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Irish Mythology
Possibly means "deer friend", derived from Gaelic os "deer" and cara "friend". Alternatively, it may derive from the Old English name OSGAR or its Old Norse cognate ÁSGEIRR, which may have been brought to Ireland by Viking invaders and settlers. In Irish legend Oscar was the son of the poet Oisín and the grandson of the hero Fionn mac Cumhail.... [more]
PADRIGmWelsh, Breton
Welsh and Breton form of PATRICK.
PAOLmBreton
Breton form of PAUL.
PASCALmFrench, German, Dutch
From the Late Latin name Paschalis, which meant "relating to Easter" from Latin Pascha "Easter", which was in turn from Hebrew פֶּסַח (pesach) meaning "Passover". Passover is the ancient Hebrew holiday celebrating the liberation from Egypt. Because it coincided closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the same Latin word was used for both. The name Pascal can also function as a surname, as in the case of Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher, mathematician and inventor.
PASCALEfFrench
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCALINEfFrench
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PATRICE (1)mFrench
French form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICKmIrish, English, French, German
From the Latin name Patricius, which meant "nobleman". This name was adopted in the 5th-century by Saint Patrick, whose birth name was Sucat. He was a Romanized Briton who was captured and enslaved in his youth by Irish raiders. After six years of servitude he escaped home, but he eventually became a bishop and went back to Ireland as a missionary. He is traditionally credited with Christianizing the island, and is regarded as Ireland's patron saint.... [more]
PAULmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Biblical
From the Roman family name Paulus, which meant "small" or "humble" in Latin. Paul was an important leader of the early Christian church. According to Acts in the New Testament, he was a Jewish Roman citizen who converted to Christianity after the resurrected Jesus appeared to him. After this he travelled the eastern Mediterranean as a missionary. His original Hebrew name was Saul. Many of the epistles in the New Testament were authored by him.... [more]
PAULEfFrench
French feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULETTEfFrench
French feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULINEfFrench, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PÉNÉLOPEfFrench
French form of PENELOPE.
PERmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Breton
Scandinavian and Breton form of PETER.
PERIGmBreton
Breton diminutive of PER.
PERLEfFrench, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
PERRINEfFrench
French feminine form of Perrin, a diminutive of PIERRE.
PHARAMONDmLiterature, French (Rare)
French form of FARAMUND used by Shakespeare in 'Henry V' (1599).
PHILIBERTmFrench
Early variant of FILIBERT altered by association with Greek φιλος (philos) "friend, lover". This was the name of a 7th-century Frankish saint. Another famous bearer was Philibert de l'Orme (1510-1570), a French Renaissance architect.
PHILIPPEmFrench
French form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPINEfFrench
Elaborated feminine form of PHILIPPE.
PHILOMÈNEfFrench
French form of PHILOMENA.
PIÈRREmNorman
Norman form of PETER.
PIERREmFrench, Swedish
French form of PETER. This name was borne by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), a French impressionist painter, and by Pierre Curie (1859-1906), a physicist who discovered radioactivity with his wife Marie.
PIERRETTEfFrench
Feminine diminutive of PIERRE.
PIERRICKmBreton, French
Breton diminutive of PIERRE.
PLACIDEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PONSmFrench (Rare)
French form of PONTIUS.
PRISCILLAfEnglish, 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).
PRISCILLEfFrench
French form of PRISCILLA.
PROSPERmFrench, English
From the Latin name Prosperus, which meant "fortunate, successful". This was the name of a 5th-century saint, a supporter of Saint Augustine. It has never been common as an English name, though the Puritans used it, partly because it is identical to the English word prosper.
PRUDENCEf & mEnglish, 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.
PRUNEfFrench
Means "plum" in French.
QUENTINmFrench, English
French form of the Roman name QUINTINUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint, a missionary who was martyred in Gaul. The Normans introduced this name to England. In America it was brought to public attention by president Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918), who was killed in World War I.
RACHELfEnglish, 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. Jacob was tricked by her father Laban into marrying her older sister Leah first, though in exchange for seven years of work Laban allowed Jacob to marry Rachel too. Initially barren and facing her husband's anger, she offered her handmaid Bilhah to Jacob to bear him children. Eventually she was herself able to conceive, becoming the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.... [more]
RAOULmFrench, Italian
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAPHAËLmFrench
French form of RAPHAEL.
RAPHAËLLEfFrench
French feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAYMONDmEnglish, French
From the Germanic name Raginmund, composed of the elements ragin "advice" and mund "protector". The Normans introduced this name to England in the form Reimund. It was borne by several medieval (mostly Spanish) saints, including Saint Raymond Nonnatus, the patron of midwives and expectant mothers, and Saint Raymond of Peñafort, the patron of canonists.
RAYMONDEfFrench
French feminine form of RAYMOND.
RÉBECCAfFrench
French form of REBECCA.
RÉGINEfFrench
French form of REGINA.
RÉGISmFrench
From a surname meaning "ruler" in Occitan. This name is often given in honour of Saint Jean-François Régis, a 17th-century French Jesuit priest.
REINEfFrench
Means "queen" in French.
RÉMImFrench
Variant of RÉMY.
RÉMYmFrench
French form of the Latin name Remigius, which was derived from Latin remigis "oarsman, rower". Saint Rémy was a 5th-century bishop who converted and baptized Clovis, king of the Franks.
RENARDmFrench (Rare)
French form of REYNARD. Because of the medieval character Reynard the Fox, renard became a French word meaning "fox".
RENAUDmFrench
French form of REYNOLD. This name was used in medieval French literature for the hero Renaud de Montauban, a young man who flees with his three brothers from the court of Charlemagne after killing the king's nephew. Charlemagne pardons the brothers on the condition that they enter the Crusades.
RENÉmFrench, German, Spanish, Slovak, Czech
French form of RENATUS. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and rationalist philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650).
RENÉEfFrench, Dutch
French feminine form of RENÉ.
REYNAUDmFrench
French variant form of REYNOLD.
RICHARDmEnglish, French, German, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
Means "brave power", derived from the Germanic elements ric "power, rule" and hard "brave, hardy". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, and it has been very common there since that time. It was borne by three kings of England including Richard I the Lionheart, one of the leaders of the Third Crusade in the 12th century.... [more]
ROBERTmEnglish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Romanian, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hreodbeorht. It has been a very common English name since that time.... [more]
ROBERTEfFrench
French feminine form of ROBERT.
ROCHmFrench, Polish
French and Polish form of ROCCO.
RODOLPHEmFrench
French form of RUDOLF.
RODRIGUEmFrench
French form of RODERICK.
ROGERmEnglish, French, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch
Means "famous spear" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ger "spear". The Normans brought this name to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hroðgar (the name of the Danish king in the Anglo-Saxon epic 'Beowulf'). It was a common name in England during the Middle Ages. By the 18th century it was rare, but it was revived in following years. The name was borne by the Norman lords Roger I, who conquered Sicily in the 11th century, and his son Roger II, who ruled Sicily as a king.
ROLANDmEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Hungarian, Medieval French
From the Germanic elements hrod meaning "fame" and landa meaning "land", though some theories hold that the second element was originally nand meaning "brave". Roland was a semi-legendary French hero whose story is told in the medieval epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which he is a nephew of Charlemagne killed in battle with the Saracens. The Normans introduced this name to England.
ROLANDEfFrench
French feminine form of ROLAND.
ROMAINmFrench
French form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAINEfFrench, English
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANEfFrench
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROPARZHmBreton
Breton form of ROBERT.
ROSAIREmFrench
Means "rosary" French.
ROSALIEfFrench, 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.
ROSEfEnglish, 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.
ROSELLEfFrench (Rare)
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSEMONDEfFrench
French form of ROSAMUND.
ROSETTEfFrench
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSINEfFrench
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROXANEfFrench, 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).
ROZENNfBreton
Means "rose" in Breton.
RUBENmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Armenian, Biblical Latin
Scandinavian, Dutch, French and Armenian form of REUBEN. This was the name of an 11th-century Armenian ruler of Cilicia.
SABINEfFrench, German, Danish
French, German and Danish form of SABINA.
SABRINAfEnglish, Italian, German, French
Latinized form of Habren, the original Welsh name of the River Severn. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sabrina was the name of a princess who was drowned in the Severn. Supposedly the river was named for her, but it is more likely that her name was actually derived from that of the river, which is of unknown meaning. She appears as a water nymph in John Milton's masque 'Comus' (1634). It was popularized as a given name by Samuel A. Taylor's play 'Sabrina Fair' (1953) and the movie adaptation that followed it the next year.
SACHAm & fFrench
French form of SASHA.
SALOMÉfFrench, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of SALOME.
SAMSONmBiblical, English, French, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name שִׁמְשׁוֹן (Shimshon), derived from שֶׁמֶשׁ (shemesh) meaning "the sun". Samson was an Old Testament hero granted exceptional strength by God. His mistress Delilah betrayed him and cut his hair, stripping him of his power. Thus he was captured by the Philistines, blinded, and brought to their temple. However, in a final act of strength, he pulled down the pillars of the temple upon himself and his captors.... [more]
SAMUELmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Jewish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name שְׁמוּאֵל (Shemu'el) which could mean either "name of God" or "God has heard". As told in the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament, Samuel was the last of the ruling judges. He led the Israelites during a period of domination by the Philistines, who were ultimately defeated in battle at Mizpah. Later he anointed Saul to be the first king of Israel, and even later anointed his successor David.... [more]
SANDRAfItalian, 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-).
SANDRINEfFrench
Elaborated form of SANDRA.
SARAHfEnglish, 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]
SASHAm & fRussian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SÉBASTIENmFrench
French form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SÉBASTIENNEfFrench
French feminine form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SÉBIREfNorman
Norman form of SIBYL.
SÉGOLÈNEfFrench
Possibly a French form of SIEGLINDE.
SÉPHORAfFrench
French form of ZIPPORAH.
SÉRAPHINmFrench
French form of Seraphinus (see SERAPHINA).
SÉRAPHINEfFrench
French form of SERAPHINA.
SERGEmFrench
French form of SERGIUS.
SERGINEfFrench
French feminine form of SERGIUS.
SÉVERINmFrench
French form of SEVERINUS.
SÉVERINEfFrench
French feminine form of SEVERINUS.
SIBYLLEfGerman, French
German and French form of SIBYL.
SIDONIEfFrench
French feminine form of SIDONIUS.
SIMON (1)mEnglish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovene, Romanian, Macedonian, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Σιμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim'on) which meant "he has heard". This name is spelled Simeon, based on Greek Συμεων, in many translations of the Old Testament, where it is borne by the second son of Jacob. The New Testament spelling may show influence from the otherwise unrelated Greek name SIMON (2).... [more]
SIMONE (1)fFrench, English
French feminine form of SIMON (1). A famous bearer was Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.
SIXTEmFrench (Rare)
French form of SIXTUS.
SIXTINEfFrench
French feminine form of SIXTUS.
SOLANGEfFrench
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.
SORAYAfPersian, 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.
STÉPHANEmFrench
French form of STEPHEN.
STÉPHANIEfFrench
French feminine form of STEPHEN.
SUZETTEfFrench
French diminutive of SUSANNA.
SYBILLEfGerman, French
German and French form of SIBYL.
SYLVAINmFrench
French form of SILVANUS.
SYLVAINEfFrench
French feminine form of SILVANUS.
SYLVESTREmFrench
French form of SILVESTER.
SYLVIEfFrench
French form of SILVIA.
TÉLESPHOREmFrench (Rare)
French form of the Greek name Τελεσφορος (Telesphoros) which means "bringing fulfillment" or "bearing fruit". Saint Telesphorus was a 2nd-century pope and martyr.
THÉOmFrench
Short form of THÉODORE.
THÉODOREmFrench
French form of THEODORE.
THÉOTIMEmFrench
French form of THEOTIMUS.
THÉRÈSEfFrench
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.
THIBAULTmFrench
French form of THEOBALD.
THIERRYmFrench
French form of THEODORIC.
THOMASmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle. When he heard that Jesus had risen from the dead he initially doubted the story, until Jesus appeared before him and he examined his wounds himself. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.... [more]
TIMOTHÉmFrench
French variant of TIMOTHY.
TIMOTHÉEmFrench
French form of TIMOTHY.
TIPHAINEfFrench
French form of TIFFANY.
TIPHANIEfFrench
French variant of TIFFANY.
TOINETTEfFrench
Short form of ANTOINETTE.
TOUSSAINTmFrench
Means "all saints" in French. This is the name of a Christian festival celebrated on November 1.
TRISTANmWelsh, English, French, Arthurian Romance
Old French form of the Pictish name Drustan, a diminutive of DRUST. The spelling was altered by association with Latin tristis "sad". Tristan is a character in medieval French tales, probably inspired by older Celtic legends, and ultimately merged into Arthurian legend. According to the story Tristan was sent to Ireland in order to fetch Isolde, who was to be the bride of King Mark of Cornwall. On the way back, Tristan and Isolde accidentally drink a potion which makes them fall in love. Their tragic story was very popular in the Middle Ages, and the name has occasionally been used since that time.
UGÈNEmNorman
Norman form of Eugenius (see EUGENE).
ULYSSEmFrench
French form of ULYSSES.
URBAINmFrench
French form of Urbanus (see URBAN).
VAASTmFlemish, Norman, Picard
Flemish, Norman and Picard form of VEDASTUS.
VALENTINE (2)fFrench
French feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
VALÈREmFrench
French form of VALERIUS.
VALÉRIANmFrench
French form of Valerianus (see VALERIAN).
VALÉRIANEfFrench
French form of Valeriana (see VALERIANA).
VALÉRIEfFrench, Czech
French and Czech form of VALERIA.
VALÉRYmFrench
Derived from the Germanic elements walha "foreign" and ric "power". It has been frequently confused with the name Valère.
VÉRONIQUEfFrench
French form of VERONICA.
VESPASIENmFrench (Rare)
French form of Vespasianus (see VESPASIAN).
VICTOIREfFrench
French form of VICTORIA.
VICTORmEnglish, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Late Roman
Roman name meaning "victor, conqueror" in Latin. It was common among early Christians, and was borne by several early saints and three popes. It was rare as an English name during the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885), who authored 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Misérables'.
VICTORINEfFrench
French feminine form of VICTORINUS.
VIENNEfFrench (Rare)
From the French name of the capital city of Austria, known in English as Vienna.
VINCENTmEnglish, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak
From the Roman name Vincentius, which was from Latin vincere "to conquer". This name was popular among early Christians, and it was borne by many saints. As an English name, Vincent has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it did not become common until the 19th century. Famous bearers include the French priest Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) and the post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
VIOLETTEfFrench
French form of VIOLET.
VIRGINIEfFrench
French form of VIRGINIA.
VIVIANEfFrench
French form of VIVIANA. It is also the French form of VIVIEN (2).
VIVIEN (1)mFrench
French form of Vivianus (see VIVIAN).
VIVIENNEfFrench
French form of VIVIANA.
WANDAfPolish, 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).
XAVIERmEnglish, French, Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish (Archaic)
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) who was borne in a village of this name. He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries. His surname has since been adopted as a given name in his honour, chiefly among Catholics.
YANICKm & fBreton, French
Masculine and feminine diminutive of YANN.
YANNmBreton, French
Breton form of JOHN.
YANNICm & fBreton, French
Masculine and feminine diminutive of YANN.
YANNICKm & fBreton, French
Masculine and feminine diminutive of YANN.
YEZEKAELmBreton
Breton form of Iudicael (see JUDICAËL).
YOAN (1)mFrench
French form of JOHANN.
YOANNmFrench
French form of JOHANN.
YOLANDEfFrench
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.
YSEULTfFrench (Rare)
French form of ISOLDE.
YVESmFrench
Medieval French form of IVO (1). This was the name of two French saints: an 11th-century bishop of Chartres and a 13th-century parish priest and lawyer, also known as Ivo of Kermartin, the patron saint of Brittany.
YVETTEfFrench, English
French feminine form of YVES.
YVONmFrench
Medieval diminutive of YVES.
YVONNEfFrench, 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.
ZACHARIEmFrench
French form of ZECHARIAH.
ZÉNAÏDEfFrench
French form of ZENAIDA.
ZÉPHYRINEfFrench (Rare)
French feminine form of Zephyrinus (see ZEFERINO).
ZOÉfFrench, Hungarian
French and Hungarian form of ZOE.
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