French Submitted Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AANOR f Breton
Variant of Azenor
. Folk etymology likes to associate this name with Eléonore
due to confusing the variant Aenor
with the possibly Germanic name Aenor
borne by the mother of Eleanor of Aquitaine (see Eleanor
for further information).
ADAMANTINE f French (Gallicized), English
Means "of unyielding quality" or "diamond like". From the Latin adamantinus
meaning 'incorruptible, inflexible', itself from the Greek adamantinos
(ἀδαμάντινος) of the same meaning, with the Greek or Latin suffix of -ine
meaning 'like', 'made of', or 'of the nature of'... [more]
ADÉLIE f French (Rare)
French variant of Adèle
and cognate of Adelia
. Adélie Land (Terre Adélie in French) in Antarctica was named in 1840 by the French explorer Jules
Dumont d'Urville in honour of his wife.
ADELPHE f French (Rare)
Probably from Greek, either ἀδελφός
) "brotherly, sisterly" or its feminine form ἀδελφή
) "sister". This name was borne by a sister of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas-Davy de La Pailleterie (1762-1806), father of Alexandre Dumas père... [more]
AGNAN m Breton
Derived from the Latin agnus
AIRELLE f French (Rare), English (Rare), Literature
Derived from airelle
, the French name for the plant genus Vaccinium. The French derived the name from Portuguese airella
, which in turn was derived from Latin atra
"dark, black, gloomy".
ALBÉRIC m French
French form of Alberic
. A known bearer of this name was the French composer Albéric Magnard (1865-1914).
ALIAUME m French
French form of Adalhelm
. Previously a name that had gone out of fashion after the Middle Ages, but it has enjoyed a modest revival in France since the late '80s (which reached its peak in 1996).
ALIDOR m French (Rare)
An old and obscure French given name of unknown meaning, which may possibly ultimately be of Occitan origin (compare Aliénor
) or even Basque origin. It seems that it was mostly used in the 19th century, not just in France but also in (the French-speaking part of) Belgium and the Canadian province Quebec... [more]
ALISE f French (Archaic)
Local French form of Alice
recorded up to the 1700s in the French Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region and the Canton of Châtenois in the Vosges département of eastern France and in the region of Lorraine.
ALLYRE m French
Probably of Germanic origin. This was the name of a 4th-century Gallo-Roman saint praised by Gregory of Tours. He was a bishop of Clermont in Auvergne, France, which he worked to establish as a center of religious teaching and devotion... [more]
ALMEDA f Spanish, English, Breton (Archaic)
As a Spanish given name, Almeda is a transfer of the Spanish surname which is derived from Almeida
, a habitational name from Arabic al-medina
"the city". Its use has been influenced by Alameda
, a topographic name from Spanish alameda
"poplar grove", and ultimately by the Spanish word álamo
ALWENA f Breton
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Current theories include an adoption of the Welsh name (which is unlikely as the Breton name seems to be older than the Welsh name in question), a younger form of Breton Alc'houen
and a variant of Anglo-Norman Alfwena
AMANTINE f French (Rare)
Possibly from Latin Amantius
, meaning “lovable.” This was the name of a French novelist, Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, who wrote under the pseudonym George Sand. She and composer Frederic Francois Chopin were lovers for a time.
AMYEN m French (Archaic)
Archaic French name of uncertain origin and meaning which was recorded up to the 1600s in the French Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. Current theories include a local derivation of Latin Amantius
(which would make Amyen a cognate of Amant
ANCOLIE f French (Rare)
Means "columbine" in French, ultimately derived from Latin aquila
"eagle" (because the shape of the flower petals are said to resemble an eagle's claw).
ANDRÉANNE f French (Quebec)
Probable feminine form of Andrew, though the likeness may be coincidental. Not entirely uncommon on Quebec, virtually unheard of anywhere else.... [more]
ANICÉE f French
In France, from 1946 to 2006, 168 baby girls were named Anicée. Anicée Alvina (1953-2006) was a French singer and actress.
ANTHOINE m French
Alternative spelling of Antoine
. Famous bearers include French race car driver Anthoine Hubert (1996-2019) and French hockey player Anthoine Lussier (1983-).
AODREN m Breton
Derived from Old Breton alt
"high; elevated" and either Old Breton roen
"royal" or Old Breton roen / roin
"lineage of a king". In recent times, folk etymology likes to associate this name with Modern Breton aod
"coast, shore, waterside".
AOUREGAN f Breton
Breton name, in which the first element is aour
meaning "gold" (ultimately from Latin aurum
). The second element may be Breton gen
"cheek, face" or gwenn
"shining, holy"... [more]
AOURELL f Breton
Derived from Breton aour
"gold", this name is generally considered the Breton form of Aurelia
AOURGEN f Breton (Rare)
Derived from Breton aour
"gold" and Old Breton ken
"fair; beautiful; splendid" (kaer
in Modern Breton), this name is the Breton cognate of Welsh Eurgain
ARGANTAEL f Medieval Breton, Breton (Rare)
Derived from Old Breton argant
in Modern Breton), and by extension "bright; shining; resplendent", and Old Breton hael
"generous; prince". Argantael was the wife of Nevenoe
, the first Duke of Brittany.
ARGINE f Popular Culture, French (Rare)
Argine is the name of the Queen of Clubs on French playing cards. While the names on other cards are recognisable figures from history or mythology, Argine is more obscure, it is explained as an anagram of the Latin word regina