It's an alright name, but I see it as more masculine, probably because the only Soleil I've known was a boy.
someone-  3/23/2020
If I were to have a daughter, I would definitely name her Soleil! I just love the way it sounds, and there wouldn't be three other Soleils in the school or class, unlike my name.
CustardPuddingHoney  8/14/2019
I have a Soleil, she was born in 2007. Her and I both love her name and I chose it for her because she looked like a little warrior. She was strong, pushy, determined and fiery, like the sun. I had named her Willow but after five weeks I knew this wasn’t suitable for her so I called the registry and arranged to make an amendment to the forms.

When she was about three we went camping on Fraser Island. There was a group of French people in the camp kitchen. They asked her name and I told them. One girl scoffed and said ‘it’s a word, it isn’t a name!’ I said it is her name and I am very happy with it. People call their kids Ebony, Diamond, Asia and Jasmine. These are a colour, a compressed bit of coal, a continent, and a plant.
Amnamira  7/11/2019
Soleil Belmont (aka Soleil Belmondo or Soleiyu Belmont), son of Christopher Belmont in the in the 1998 re-release of Konami's 1991 'Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge'.
Feorsteorra  4/24/2019
Soleil is a lovely name. For those of you talking about how it's weird because it means sun in French, people give their kids Sunny which is basically the same thing just different languages.
kayisforkeen  8/8/2018
Soleil is almost always used as a girl's name outside of France.
saranade  7/27/2018
If you like the sound of this name but want something that has a bit more of a history as a given name in its country of origin you could also consider the Icelandic name Sóley. It sounds similar but the emphasis is on the first syllable. It is the Icelandic word for buttercup which consists out of sól = sun and ey = island. I found this name and its meaning on this site here and fell in love with it.

I'm from France and Soleil is not really used as a name here. You can also check the statistics on this site and will notice that it never made the French top 500. It's a masculine word. Even though it feels a bit weird as a name to me I don't really have problems with it being used as a name. It brings up a nice image and it has a beautiful sound. I would never use it but I think it would be nice to meet someone named Soleil.

I can confirm that it is sometimes (very rarely) used as the second part of a hyphenated name. Parents seem to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to that, but the first part of the name is usually very classic. I have met a handful of girls named Marie-France, for example, and a couple of decades ago it wasn't completely uncommon to use masculine names as second parts of a hyphenated name for girls such as Marie-Paule or Marie-Josephe.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2017
My name is Maria Soleil, and I've gone by Soleil since I was a kid. It has its ups and downs. I think I've grown into it now, at 23. I worked somewhere I had to wear a nametag and I had multiple comments daily on what a beautiful, unique name it is. It's definitely a conversation starter! Growing up in Canada I took French immersion, which was useful because lots of people ask me if I speak French because of my name (I do, I'm fluent). Sometimes "Soleil" would be on a spelling test and my classmates would wink at me. When I was younger, especially in school, a lot of people found it hard to pronounce ("sol-eel? Sol-ee-ay?") but no one's had that problem in a few years. I still wish I had a more normal name, but I guess I can appreciate its uniqueness.
mscarter93  3/27/2017
My name is Soleil and this is the first I've ever heard such negative comments on this name/word what have you, ever! This name is very beautiful, brings character to the person whom it's named upon. It is a happy, bright name and very positive as it means sun. Growing up, as I am 20 now, I have always got compliments on how beautiful and unique my name is. Sure, I suppose you can use it as a boy name but honestly this name in my opinion is more feminine than masculine. Whether it is used as a first or middle name, I believe if this is your name or one of your names, be proud. You're unique and all those people making fun of you are just jealous they're stuck with a name that half the world probably has. I hated my name growing up, and love it because I don't know a single soul with it and it makes me unique as a person, when people use my name I don't care if it's negative or not, everyone knows who they're talking about. BE PROUD THIS NAME IS AWESOME, it means sun- like make that your nickname, it is so cool, lol.
sun4daze  3/16/2017
I think this makes a lovely girl's name! I love that it means sun! I don't think it really matters that it is masculine and not used as a name in France.
geckolost  1/7/2017
My name is literally Soleil Marie. I wish I was kidding but I'm not. My name is in full Soleil Marie R. K_____ and I live in America and here's the thing- not only am I normally called Soleil I have strawberry blonde hair. And I'm sick and tired of all the highschoolers in my algebra class saying mean things about my name (most take french) because when I go back to the middle school for the rest of my classes I'm told how pretty my name is. It upsets me because I get made fun of for it when it's a very pretty and unique name, especially seeing as I have never met another with the same name. The name can be considered masculine I guess, but it is more popular as a girls name, but what some adults who have years on me (I'm only 13) don't understand is it is all about perspective and the way someone looks at it. I mean, think about it it's not popular in France itself even though it's French and more popular in places such as the US. Why? It's all about the perspective and mindset even you could say cultural mind set that we get growing up in the places we do.
Soleilmarie  9/26/2016
The name Soleil was given to 111 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/14/2016
Soleil is the name of a character in Fire Emblem: Fates. She is Laslow's daughter.
Buneary  4/6/2016
My son's name is Soleil, his father (my husband) and I met by chance in front of Cirque du Soleil and found a lucky (lost) ticket on the ground. Years later we decided to name our first child Soleil. We get plenty of positive comments on my son's unique name and everyone loves it, including French people, Canadians and what have you. Another perk is that everyone can pronounce it (once told to silent out the L). Not everyone can spell it, often people spell it Soliel.
soulsearching  6/1/2015
Marie-Soleil is not as common in France as it is in Canada, but yes, some people have this name. Maybe it is inspired by Spanish Marisol, or made its way across the Atlantic. Anyway, you can check directories and see that it has been in use, as adults are listed.
Lapierre  5/7/2015
I like this. I guess because I like names that have Sol- (meaning sun).
― Anonymous User  2/8/2014
177 people in the US actually named their daughters Soleil in the 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
Well my name is Soleil. And everyday I get a comment on how beautiful my name is. I would appreciate it if u people wouldn't be so sexist with the name. It can be used for both genders. Mostly a girl though. I'm 12 years old. And Soleil Luna is a perfect name. If u want ur daughter to feel special everyday name her that!
Sullycakes  6/26/2013
The combination Marie-Soleil is used as a feminine name in French Canada (there was a 1980s childrens' TV show called it) but it is not common in France.
overtheclouds  12/19/2012
I'm all right with the name Soleil but not names like Cerish, Precious, Honor/Honour, Piety, Treasure, etc. Ugh. Soleil is not a "real" name therefore it doesn't hold any gender. You can't base the gender on where the word came from. Otherwise, we wouldn't have any explanation for names that almost completely switched genders like Kelly or Ashley. Many languages are genderless. Even though this comes from a French word, it is not a French name.

Oh, and Luna Soleil does not sound cool. It sounds like you want your kid to come home from school with bruises every day.
Tav-El  8/27/2012
I love the name Soleil. I don't care if it's a word, because I'm a fan of SOME word names. I don't even care if the word is masculine. I agree with one of the above users. Luna Soleil sounds amazing for a character. A real baby? Not so much. But an amazing character in a story.
Book_Reader22  4/5/2011
I'm kind of surprised at the numerous negative comments surrounding Soleil. Then again, maybe it's because I'm American and numerous words have been turned into names over here that *shouldn't* be names (Cherish, Precious, Honor/Honour, Piety, Treasure, etc.), that Soleil isn't bad at all. I am also currently in my fifth year of studying the French language, and do agree that Soleil has some masculine qualities, and wouldn't use it as a first name. (I think it should be listed on this site as unisex.) However, I think Soleil has a lot of charm in the middle name spot, or in the second slot of a hyphenated name.
erb816  10/29/2010
I wouldn't use this name as a first name, but wouldn't the name Luna Soleil sound cool?! Lune means moon in French.
Liesl  8/18/2010
Oh, brother. Pseudo-French names don't reflect very well, and the French are probably laughing at them. Since this is technically a masculine word, it sounds bad on a girl.
bananarama  3/22/2009
Soleil is horrid on a female, but pretty cool on a guy. It sounds and looks WAY too masculine to be used on a girl.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2009
If I didn't know how to speak French, I'd think this name was pronounced "So-leel."
GunsnRoses8794  11/24/2008
I adore this on a boy, Soleil looks so masculine to me.
tigerlilly  8/24/2008
Hello? Has everyone forgotten about what ruined this name? Soleil IS A SHAVING COMPANY. Don't forget that you will almost be naming your child after a shaving company if you have forgotten.
Dragon_Clarinet  7/17/2008
Ah, qu'est-ce qu'est arrivé. That means "what happened here?"

The word "Soleil" is grammatically masculine, and should not, therefore, be used as a feminine name, as it never would be in an actual French-speaking country. That being said, the old English word for sun, sonne is grammatically feminine. Odd, is it not? Also, the old English word for moon, mona, was masculine. Wonders never cease, I suppose.
Bastien Rosier  6/14/2008
What a beautiful, unforgettable name!
IronTears  6/9/2008
It sounds weird to anyone who speaks or understands French. I only took French for three years, and this definitely appears like a weird name, sort of like a hippie name with a foreign twist.
slight night shiver  5/7/2008
Soliel - German spelling of French "Soleil".
dOMITUPSYK  3/21/2008
The German spelling for "Soleil" is "Sonne". Both mean, in English, "sun." If anyone, anywhere has used the spelling Soliel instead, it is incorrect. (Unless Soliel is its own name in and of itself, which I don't believe it is.)

Also, Soleil is pronounced "so LAY."
my_name_isobel  6/14/2009
The only way I could ever be convinced to name my kid Soleil is if they were born at a Cirque de Soleil show. Awesome name though.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2008
There is the Cirque du Soleil which translates to Circus of the Sun.
― Anonymous User  1/1/2007
Could be used as an alternative to Sol or Solon.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2006
Actress Soleil Moon Frye is a bearer of this name.
Ayame77  11/11/2005
This isn't used as a name in France, and moreover it is masculine.
Miss Claire  4/26/2005

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