French Names

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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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.
MARCEAU m French
Old French variant of MARCEL. A famous bearer of the surname was the French general François Séverin Marceau (1769-1796).
MARCEL m French, Catalan, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German
Form of MARCELLUS used in several languages. 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 & m 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.... [more]
MARIE-CHRISTINE f French
Combination of MARIE and CHRISTINE.
MARIE-CLAUDE f French
Combination of MARIE and CLAUDE.
MARIE-FRANCE f French
Combination of MARIE and FRANCE.
MARIE-HÉLÈNE f French
Combination of MARIE and HÉLÈNE.
MARIE-JOSÉ f French
Combination of MARIE and JOSÉ, the names of the parents of Jesus.
MARIE-LAURE f French
Combination of MARIE and LAURE.
MARIELLE f French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARIE-LOUISE f French
Combination of MARIE and LOUISE.
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.
MARINETTE f French
French diminutive of MARINE.
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 that 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.
MARTÎN m Norman
Norman form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
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).
MARYSE f French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARYVONNE f French
Combination of MARIE and YVONNE.
MATÉO m French
French form of MATEO or MATTEO.
MATHÉO m French (Modern)
French form of MATEO or MATTEO.
MATHIEU m French
French variant form of MATTHEW.
MATHILDE f French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish
Form of MATILDA in several languages.
MATHIS m German, French
German and French form of MATTHIAS.
MATHYS m French
French variant of MATTHIAS.
MATTÉO m French
French form of MATTEO or MATEO.
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.
MAUD f English, French, Dutch
Usual medieval form of MATILDA. Though it became rare after the 14th century, it was revived and once more grew popular in the 19th century, perhaps due to Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'Maud' (1855).
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]
MAURICETTE f French
French feminine form of MAURICE.
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).
MÉLISSA f French
French form of MELISSA.
MÉLODIE f French
French cognate of MELODY.
MÉLODY f French
French variant of MELODY.
MICHAËL m Dutch, French
Dutch and French form of MICHAEL.
MICHEL m French, 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.
MICHÈLE f French
French feminine form of MICHEL.
MICHELINE f French
French feminine diminutive of MICHEL.
MICHELLE f French, English, Dutch
French feminine form of MICHEL. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century.
MICKAËL m French
French variant form of MICHAEL.
MIKAEL m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Breton
Scandinavian, Finnish and Breton form of MICHAEL.
MIRABELLE f French (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.
MIREILLE f French
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".
MODESTE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of MODESTUS.
MODESTINE f French
French diminutive of MODESTUS.
MOÏSE m French
French form of MOSES.
MONIQUE f French, English, Dutch
French form of MONICA.
MORGAN (1) m & f Welsh, 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-).
MORGANE f French
French, either a form of MORGAN (2) or a feminine form of MORGAN (1).
MURIEL f English, French, Irish
Medieval English form of a Celtic name that 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).
MURIELLE f French
French variant of MURIEL.
MYLÈNE f French
Combination of MARIE and HÉLÈNE. It can also be used as a French form of MILENA.
MYRIAM f French
French form of MIRIAM.
NADÈGE f French
French form of NADEZHDA.
NADIA (1) f French, Italian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Variant of NADYA (1) used in the western world, as well as an alternate 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-).
NADINE f French, German, English
French elaborated form of NADIA (1).
NAËL m French
Possibly a short form of NATHANAËL or GWENAËL.
NARCISSE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of NARCISSUS. This is also the French word for the narcissus flower.
NATACHA f French, Portuguese
French and Portuguese form of NATASHA.
NATHALIE f French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
French form of NATALIE, as well as a Dutch, German and Scandinavian variant.
NATHAN m English, 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]
NATHANAËL m French
French form of NATHANAEL.
NAZAIRE m French (Rare)
French form of NAZARIUS.
NICODÈME m French
French form of NICODEMUS.
NICOLAS m French
French form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLE f French, 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-).
NICOLETTE f French
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NINA (1) f Russian, 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".
NINETTE f French
Diminutive of NINA (1).
NINON f French
French diminutive of ANNE (1).
NOA (2) m Croatian, French
Croatian form of NOAH (1), as well as a French variant.
NOAM m & f Hebrew, French
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
NOËL m French
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).
NOÈLE f French
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOELLA f French
Feminine variant form of NOËL.
NOËLLE f French, Dutch
Feminine form of NOËL.
NOÉMI f Hungarian, French
Hungarian and French form of NAOMI (1).
NOÉMIE f French
French form of NAOMI (1).
NOHAM m French (Modern)
French variant of NOAM.
NOLWENN f Breton
From the Breton phrase Noyal Gwenn meaning "holy one from Noyal". This was the epithet of a 6th-century saint and martyr from Brittany.
NORBERT m German, English, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements nord meaning "north" and beraht meaning "bright". This was the name of an 11th-century German saint who made many reforms within the church.
OANEZ f Breton
Derived from Breton oan "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus) and used as a Breton form of AGNES.
OCÉANE f French
Derived from French océan meaning "ocean".
OCTAVE m French
French form of OCTAVIUS.
ODETTE f French
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.
ODILE f French
French form of ODILIA.
ODILON m French (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
French masculine form of ODILIA.
OLIVE f English, French
From the English and French word for the type of tree, ultimately derived from Latin oliva.
OLIVIE f French (Rare), Czech (Rare)
French and Czech form of OLIVIA.
OLIVIER m French, Dutch
French and Dutch form of OLIVER.
OLYMPE f French
French form of OLYMPIAS.
ONÉSIME m French
French form of ONESIMUS.
OPHÉLIE f French
French form of OPHELIA.
ORIANE f French
French form of ORIANA.
ORIANNE f French
French form of ORIANA.
OSANNE f French (Rare)
French form of OSANNA.
OSCAR m English, 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]
PADRIG m Welsh, Breton
Welsh and Breton form of PATRICK.
PAOL m Breton
Breton form of PAUL.
PASCAL m French, 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.
PASCALE f French
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCALINE f French
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PATRICE (1) m French
French form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICK m Irish, English, French, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
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]
PAUL m English, 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]
PAULE f French
French feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULETTE f French, English
French feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULINE f French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PÉNÉLOPE f French
French form of PENELOPE.
PER m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Breton
Scandinavian and Breton form of PETER.
PERIG m Breton
Breton diminutive of PER.
PERLE f French, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
PERRINE f French
French feminine form of Perrin, a diminutive of PIERRE.
PÉTRONILLE f French
French form of PETRONILLA.
PHARAMOND m Literature, French (Rare)
French form of FARAMUND used by Shakespeare in 'Henry V' (1599).
PHILIBERT m French
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.
PHILIPPE m French
French form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPINE f French
Elaborated feminine form of PHILIPPE.
PHILOMÈNE f French
French form of PHILOMENA.
PIÈRRE m Norman
Norman form of PETER.
PIERRE m French, 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.
PIERRETTE f French
Feminine diminutive of PIERRE.
PIERRICK m Breton, French
Breton diminutive of PIERRE.
PLACIDE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PONS m French (Rare)
French form of PONTIUS.
PRISCILLA f English, 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).
PRISCILLE f French
French form of PRISCILLA.
PROSPER m French, 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.
PRUDENCE f & m English, 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.
PRUNE f French
Means "plum" in French.
QUENTIN m French, 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.
RACHEL f English, 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]
RAINIER m French (Rare)
French form of RAYNER.
RAOUL m French, Italian
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAPHAËL m French
French form of RAPHAEL.
RAPHAËLLE f French
French feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAYMOND m English, 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.
RAYMONDE f French
French feminine form of RAYMOND.
RÉBECCA f French
French form of REBECCA.
RÉGINE f French
French form of REGINA.
RÉGIS m French
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.
REINE f French
Means "queen" in French.
RÉMI m French
Variant of RÉMY.
RÉMY m French
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.
RENARD m French (Rare)
French form of REYNARD. Because of the medieval character Reynard the Fox, renard became a French word meaning "fox".
RENAUD m French
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.
RENÉ m French, German, Spanish, Slovak, Czech
French form of RENATUS. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and rationalist philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650).
RENÉE f French, Dutch
French feminine form of RENÉ.
REYNAUD m French
French variant form of REYNOLD.
RICHARD m English, 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]
ROBERT m English, 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]
ROBERTE f French
French feminine form of ROBERT.
ROCH m French, Polish
French and Polish form of ROCCO.
RODOLPHE m French
French form of RUDOLF.
RODRIGUE m French
French form of RODERICK.
ROGER m English, 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.
ROLAND m English, 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.
ROLANDE f French
French feminine form of ROLAND.
ROMAIN m French
French form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMAINE f French, English
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANE f French
French feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROPARZH m Breton
Breton form of ROBERT.
ROSAIRE m French
Means "rosary" French.
ROSALIE f French, 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.
ROSE f English, 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.
ROSELINE f French
French form of ROSALIND. Saint Roseline of Villeneuve was a 14th-century nun from Provence.
ROSELLE f French (Rare)
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSEMONDE f French
French form of ROSAMUND.
ROSETTE f French
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROSINE f French
French diminutive of ROSE.
ROXANE f French, 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).
ROZENN f Breton
Means "rose" in Breton.
RUBEN m Swedish, 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.
SABINE f French, German, Danish
French, German and Danish form of SABINA.
SABRINA f English, 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.
SACHA m & f French
French form of SASHA.
SALOMÉ f French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of SALOME.
SAMSON m Biblical, English, French, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name שִׁמְשׁוֹן (Shimshon), derived from שֶׁמֶשׁ (shemesh) meaning "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]
SAMUEL m English, 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]
SANDRA f Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Czech, 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 the American actress Sandra Bullock (1964-).
SANDRINE f French
French diminutive of SANDRA.
SARAH f English, 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]
SASHA m & f Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SÉBASTIEN m French
French form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SÉBASTIENNE f French
French feminine form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SÉBIRE f Norman
Norman form of SIBYL.
SÉGOLÈNE f French
Possibly a French form of SIEGLINDE.
SÉPHORA f French
French form of ZIPPORAH.
SÉRAPHIN m French
French form of Seraphinus (see SERAPHINA).
SÉRAPHINE f French
French form of SERAPHINA.
SERGE m French
French form of SERGIUS.
SERGINE f French
French feminine form of SERGIUS.
SÉVÈRE m French (Rare)
French form of SEVERUS.
SÉVERIN m French
French form of SEVERINUS.
SÉVERINE f French
French feminine form of SEVERINUS.
SIBYLLE f German, French
German and French form of SIBYL.
SIDONIE f French
French feminine form of SIDONIUS.
SIMON (1) m English, 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) meaning "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) f French, English
French feminine form of SIMON (1). A famous bearer was Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.
SIXTE m French (Rare)
French form of SIXTUS.
SIXTINE f French
French feminine form of SIXTUS.
SOAN m French (Modern)
Variant of SOHAN. It was popularized by the French singer Julien Decroix (1981-), also known as Soan.
SOHAN m French (Modern)
Meaning uncertain, though allegedly a form of JEAN (1). It is probably modelled after Yohan and Lohan.
SOLANGE f French
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.
SOLÈNE f French
Variant of SOLANGE.
SOLINE f French
Variant of SOLANGE.
SOPHIE f French, English, German, Dutch
French form of SOPHIA.
SORAYA f Persian, Spanish, French, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Persian form of THURAYYA. It became popular in some parts of Europe because of the fame of Princess Soraya (1932-2001), wife of the last Shah of Iran, who became a European socialite.
STÉPHANE m French
French form of STEPHEN.
STÉPHANIE f French
French feminine form of STEPHEN.
SUZANNE f French, English, Dutch
French form of SUSANNA.
SUZETTE f French
French diminutive of SUSANNA.
SYBILLE f German, French
German and French form of SIBYL.
SYLVAIN m French
French form of SILVANUS.
SYLVAINE f French
French feminine form of SILVANUS.
SYLVESTRE m French
French form of SILVESTER.
SYLVETTE f French
Diminutive of SYLVIE.
SYLVIANE f French
Variant of SYLVAINE.
SYLVIE f French
French form of SILVIA.
TANGI m Breton
Breton form of TANGUY.
TANGUY m Breton, French
From Breton tan "fire" and gi "dog". This was the name of a 6th-century Breton saint.
TATIENNE f French (Rare)
French form of TATIANA.
TÉLESPHORE m French (Rare)
French form of the Greek name Τελεσφορος (Telesphoros) meaning "bringing fulfillment" or "bearing fruit". Saint Telesphorus was a 2nd-century pope and martyr.
THÉA f French
French form of THEA.
THÉO m French
Short form of THÉODORE.
THÉODORA f French
French form of THEODORA.
THÉODORE m French
French form of THEODORE.
THÉOPHILE m French
French form of THEOPHILUS.
THÉOTIME m French
French form of THEOTIMUS.
THÉRÈSE f French
French form of THERESA. It was borne by the French nun Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church.
THIBAUD m French
Variant of THIBAULT.
THIBAULT m French
French form of THEOBALD.
THIBAUT m French
Variant of THIBAULT.
THIERRY m French
French form of THEODORIC.
THOMAS m English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') meaning "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]
TIMÉO m French (Modern)
French form of TIMEO.
TIMOTHÉ m French
French variant of TIMOTHY.
TIMOTHÉE m French
French form of TIMOTHY.
TIPHAINE f French
French form of TIFFANY.
TIPHANIE f French
French variant of TIFFANY.
TOINETTE f French
Short form of ANTOINETTE.
TOUSSAINT m French
Means "all saints" in French. This is the name of a Christian festival celebrated on November 1.
TRISTAN m Welsh, 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 that 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.
UGÈNE m Norman
Norman form of Eugenius (see EUGENE).
ULYSSE m French
French form of ULYSSES.