French Submitted Names

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AAMORfBreton (Rare), Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
Possibly a variant of Aanor influenced by Latin amor "love".
Variant of Aenor.... [more]
ABELIEfFrench (Quebec, Rare)
Québecois variant of Abélie.
French feminine form of Abel.
ABIGAËLfDutch, French
Dutch form of Abigail.
French form of Abigail.
ABIGAÏLfFrench, Dutch
Dutch and French form of Abigail.
Jèrriais form of Abraham.
French form of Absalom.
French form of Akakios via Acacius.
ACANTHEm & fFrench (Rare)
French feminine and masculine form of Acantha.
French form of Actaeus.
ADAMANTINEfFrench (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]
ADATTEfMedieval French, French (Archaic)
Archaic French name of unkown origin and meaning. It seems to have been a local name only found in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
French form of Adauctus.
Provençal form of Adelaide.
French form of Adelais.
ADELGONDEfDutch, French
Dutch and French form of Adelgund.
ADÉLIEfFrench (Rare)
French variant of Adèle and cognate of Adelia. ... [more]
ADELINm & fFrench, Romanian, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), Finnish (Rare)
Masculine form and feminine variant of Adelina.
ADELPHEfFrench (Rare)
Probably from Greek, either ἀδελφός (adelphós) "brotherly, sisterly" or its feminine form ἀδελφή (adelphḗ) "sister". This name was borne by a sister of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas-Davy de La Pailleterie (1762-1806), father of Alexandre Dumas père... [more]
ADELPHINEfFrench (Quebec, Rare), French (African)
Possibly a diminutive or elaborated form of Adelphe.
French form of Adeodatus.
ADHÉMARmFrench, Medieval French, Medieval German
Germanic name used most commonly in the Alsace-Lorraine area of France meaning, "noble, illustrious."
ADOLPHINEfDutch, French, German
French feminine form of Adolphe.
ADORLÉEfFrench (Swiss, Rare)
Presumably an elaboration of Adorée.
ADRABORANNfBreton (Modern, Rare)
Feminine form of Adraboran, a Breton variant ("Bretonnisation") of the name of the star Aldebaran.
French form of Adrastus (see Adrastos).
French form of Adrasteia.
ADRIf & mItalian, English, Spanish, French, Danish, Portuguese
Diminutive of Adrian and its various translations and Adriana and its various translations.
AELmBreton (Modern), French (Modern, Rare)
Means "angel" in Breton.
AELAfBreton, French (Modern, Rare), Popular Culture
As a Breton name, this is a feminine form of Ael. It is a cognate of Angela.... [more]
AELEZfBreton (Rare)
Feminine form of Ael. This is also the Breton word for "angels".
AFRICAINmFrench (Archaic)
French form of Africanus. It coincides with the modern French adjective africain "African" and the noun Africain "(man) from Africa".
AGATEfLatvian, Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), French (Rare), Swedish
French variant and Nordic and Latvian form of Agathe.
French form of Agricola.
AHÈSfBreton Legend, Breton
The beautiful and lascivious daughter of Gralon, King of Ker-Ys. She was a magician and a princess of Cornouaille (Brittany) present in several Breton legends.
Diminutive of Adélaïde.
French form of Aidan.
AIMABLEf & mFrench (Archaic)
French form of Amabilis.
AIMERICmFrench (Archaic)
Original form of Emmerich used in France, which was later replaced by the more modern Émeric.
AIMERYmFrench (Archaic)
Variant of Aimeric. The Normans introduced this name to England.
AIRELLEfFrench (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".
ALADINmGerman, Romanian, Czech, French
French, German, Czech, and Romanian form of Aladdin.
ALBANEfBasque, French, German
Basque, French and German feminine form of Albanus (see Alban).
French form of Alberic. A known bearer of this name was the French composer Albéric Magnard (1865-1914).
Variant of Albéric (see also Aubry).
Breton form of Albert.
French form of Alboin.
French form of Alkandros via Alcander.
French form of Alcaeus.
ALCESTEf & mFrench, Italian
French and Italian masculine and feminine form of Alcestis.
ALCIDAfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of Alcide.
ALCIMEmFrench (Rare)
From the Latin #alcimus", meaning "valiant".
French form of Alcyoneus.
ALDEGONDEfDutch, French
Dutch and French form of Aldegund.
ALDUINmEnglish, French, Popular Culture
English and French form of Aldwin. Alduin was a king of the Lombards in the 6th century AD.... [more]
ALEMANDINEfArthurian Romance, French
Presumably derived from Alemanni, a Latin name for the Germanic tribes who inhabited western and central Europe in the Dark Ages, derived from Old German Alle-Männer "all men". It was used in the Arthurian tale 'Floriant et Florete', where it belongs to the queen of the White City on the Island of Beautiful Maidens.
ALEXANEfFrench (Modern)
Elaboration of Alexe and Alexa.
French form of Alexiana.
French form of Alexian.
French form of Alexiana.
ALEXINEfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of Alexin.
ALEXYm & fFrench, English (Modern)
English diminutive of Alexandra or Alex and French diminutive of Alexis.
ALEYNAfTurkish, French (Modern), Dutch (Modern), Flemish (Modern)
Turkish name derived from Arabic 'aleina "above us", a phrase that was adopted from the Qur'an.... [more]
ALFREDINEfFrench (Rare), English (Modern, Rare)
Feminization of Alfred using the feminine suffix -ine (See also Alverdine, Alfreda and Alverda)
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).
ALIDORmFrench (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]
ALISEfFrench (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.
Picard form of Alice.
ALIXANEfFrench (Modern, Rare)
Variant of Alexane influenced by Alix.
Variant of Alix.
ALIZÉEfFrench (Modern)
Modern French name derived from the word alizé meaning "trade wind".... [more]
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]
ALLYRIANEfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of Allyre.
ALMAÏDEfLiterature (Rare), Norman
Norman feminine name of unknown etymology.... [more]
ALMEDAfSpanish, 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 "poplar".... [more]
ALODIEfFrench (Rare, Archaic), Medieval French
Medieval French variant of Alodia. It is still sometimes used in France today, albeit (very) rarely.
ALOÏSEfFrench (Rare)
Perhaps a feminine form of Aloys. Aloïse Corbaz (1886-1964) was a Swiss outsider artist.
French form of Alphaeus.
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.
ALYNEfFrench, Arthurian Romance
Variant of Aline. It appears in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation of Arthurian legends 'Le Morte d'Arthur', where it belongs to a daughter of Pellinore who commits suicide after her lover is killed.
ALYONNEfProvençal (Archaic)
Possibly a feminine form of Hélion.
ALZINAfFrench (Rare, Archaic)
From the Catalan word alzina, meaning "holm oak".
AMABILEm & fItalian (Rare), French (Rare), Walloon (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
Italian form of Amabilis and also rare French form of Amabilis. The name is unisex in Italy and strictly feminine in the francophone world. Also compare Amable.
French form of Amator.
French form of Amalberg.
French form of Amalthea.
AMANCEf & mFrench (Rare)
French feminine and masculine form of Amantius.
AMANTINEfFrench (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.
AMARANTHINEfEnglish, French
Diminutive or elaboration of Amarantha.
French form of Amator.
French feminine form of Ambrosius (see Ambrose).
French transcription of Ambreen, or diminutive of Ambre.
Feminine form of Ambroise.
AMÉDÉRINEfFrench (Rare, Archaic)
Extremely rare feminization of Amédée.
AMÈLEfArabic (Maghrebi, Rare), French (Rare)
Likely a variant transcription of Amelle.
AMELLEfArabic (Maghrebi, Gallicized), French
Gallicized feminine form of Amel, ultimately from the Arabic Amal.
Means "friendly, amicable" in Jèrriais.
French cognate of Amice (compare Amicia).
French form of Ammianus.
AMYENmFrench (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).
ANACLETmCatalan, French
Catalan and French form of Anacletus.
ANACLÈTEf & mFrench
Feminine form and masculine variant of Anaclet.
ANACLETTEfFrench (Quebec)
Québecois variant of Anaclète.
French diminutive of Hannah.
ANAËLmFrench (Modern), Breton (Gallicized, Modern)
Coined in the 1960s as a Breton masculine form of Anne.
ANAËLLEfFrench (Modern), Breton (Gallicized, Modern)
Feminine form of Anaël. This name has been in use since the 1970s.
ANAÏDEfArmenian (Gallicized), French (Rare)
Gallicized form of the Armenian given name Anaida.
French form of Anaxagoras.
ANAXANDRAfAncient Greek, Greek Mythology, French (Quebec, Rare)
Feminine form of Anaxandros. In Greek legend this name was borne by the wife of King Procles of Sparta. It was also the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek painter, who is mentioned in Clement of Alexandria's essay 'Women as Well as Men Capable of Perfection'.
ANAXANDREmCatalan, French
Catalan and French form of Anaxander.
French form of Anaxarchus.
ANCELINmMedieval French, French (Rare), French (Quebec, Rare)
Medieval French diminutive of Anselme. There are also instances where this name is the masculine form of Anceline, which is a French diminutive of Ancelle.
ANCELINEfMedieval French, French (Rare), English (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
French diminutive of Ancelle. There are also instances where this name is the feminine form of Ancelin, which is a French diminutive of Anselme.... [more]
ANCELLEfFrench (Archaic), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Archaic), English (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
French variant of Ancille, which has also been used in non-francophone countries over time. Note that in the English-speaking world, there are very likely cases where this name is a feminization of Ansel.... [more]
ANCILLEfFrench (Archaic), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Archaic), English (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
French form of Ancilla, which has also been used in non-francophone countries over time. Also compare Ancelle.... [more]
ANCOLIEfFrench (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).
ANDRÉANNEfFrench (Quebec)
Probable feminine form of Andrew, though the likeness may be coincidental. Not entirely uncommon on Quebec, virtually unheard of anywhere else.... [more]
French form of Andraimon via its latinized form Andraemon.
Breton form of André.
ANDREVAfBreton (Rare)
Feminine form of Andrev.
French form of Androgeus.
French form of Andromeda.
ANGEm & fFrench
French form of Angel.
ANGELINmFrench, Romanian
Masculine form of Angeline.
French form of Angelina.
In France, from 1946 to 2006, 168 baby girls were named Anicée. Anicée Alvina (1953-2006) was a French singer and actress.
ANICETmFrench, Polish
French and Polish form of Anicetus.
Feminine form of Anicet.
ANICIAfAncient Roman, Spanish (Latin American, Rare), English (Rare), French (Rare)
Feminine form of Anicius. The most well-known bearer of this name was Anicia Juliana, the daughter of Western Roman Emperor Olybrius.
French feminization of Anese (from Anesius), martyr from Africa, honored 31 March.
ANNAICKfFrench (Rare), Breton (Rare)
Variant of Annaig or Annick, a Breton diminutive of Anna.
Breton diminutive of Anna.
ANNELINEfAfrikaans, Dutch, French (Archaic), Danish, Norwegian
Dutch and Afrikaans variant of Annelien as well as a Danish and Norwegian combination of Anne and Line (and thus a cognate of Annelien) as well as a Danish, Norwegian and archaic French diminutive of Anne found up to the 1700s in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ANNETmMedieval French, French (Archaic)
Masculine diminutive of Anne.
French form of Hannibal.
ANOUCKfDutch, French
Variant of Anouk.
French form of Antaeus.
ANTÉNORmFrench, Slovak
French form of Antenor.
French form of Antheus.
Variant form of Anthime.
French form of Anthimos via Anthimus.
French form of Antimachus.
French feminine form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO).
Norman form of Anne.
Diminutive of Âone.
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]
French form of Aphareus.
French form of Aphrodisius (see Aphrodisios).
French form of Apollonia.
French form of Apsander.
French form of Aquilinus.
Variant of Arbel, or combination of the names Arielle and Belle.
ARCADEm & fFrench (Rare), French (African), Arthurian Romance
French masculine and feminine form of Arcadius.... [more]
ARCADIEfFrench (Rare)
French form of Arcadia. It was borne by Arcadie Claret (1826-1897), a mistress of King Leopold I of Belgium.
French cognate of Arcangelo.
French form of Archippos via its latinized form Archippus.
ARDUINmEnglish, French
English and French form of Hardwin via its latinized form Arduinus. Also see Arduino.... [more]
French form of Aregund.
Latinate form of Aregund.
French form of Aretaeus.
French form of Argentina.
ARGINEfPopular 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 "queen".
ARIBERTmFrench, Ancient Germanic, German
Probably a french form of the germanic name Heribert.... [more]
ARICIEfFrench, Literature, Theatre
French form of Aricia used by Jean Racine in his play 'Phèdre' (1677).
ARISTÉAfFrench, Theatre
Feminine form of Aristaeus. This is the name of a character in Vivaldi's opera L'Olimpiade (1734).
French form of Aristaeus.
French form of Aristippos via its latinized form Aristippus.
French form of Aristotle.
ARMANCEfFrench (Rare), Walloon (Rare), Literature
Variant form of Armande, which was influenced or inspired by Latin, in that French names ending in -ce usually come from Latin names ending in -tius (for males) and -tia (for females)... [more]
Feminine form of Armand.
Feminine form of Armand.
ARMANTINEfFrench (Rare), French (Cajun, Rare), Louisiana Creole (Rare, Archaic)
Rare variant of French Armandine historically found in the Poitou-Charentes region.
Breton feminine form of Armel.
Variant of Arnoulf.
French form of Arnulf.
French form of Arrhidaeus.
French form of Artemius.
Feminized form of Arthur.
ARTHUSmBreton, French
(breton) "the bear"... [more]
ARVELLEfFrench, English
Feminine form of Arvel.