French Names

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
gender
usage
Ulysse m French
French form of Ulysses.
Urbain m French
French form of Urbanus (see Urban).
Ursule f French (Rare)
French form of Ursula.
Vaast m Flemish, Norman, Picard
Flemish, Norman and Picard form of Vedastus.
Valentin m French, Romanian, German, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
Form of Valentinus (see Valentine 1) in several languages.
Valentine 2 f French
French feminine form of Valentinus (see Valentine 1).
Valère m French
French form of Valerius.
Valérian m French
French form of Valerianus (see Valerian).
Valériane f French
French form of Valeriana (see Valeriana).
Valérie f French, Czech
French and Czech form of Valeria.
Valéry m French
Derived from the Germanic elements walha "foreign" and ric "ruler, mighty". It has been frequently confused with the name Valère.
Vanessa f English, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his 1726 poem Cadenus and Vanessa. He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.
Vérène f French (Rare)
French form of Verena.
Véronique f French
French form of Veronica.
Vespasien m French (Rare)
French form of Vespasianus (see Vespasian).
Victoire f French
French form of Victoria.
Victor m English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, 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.
Victorine f French
French feminine form of Victorinus.
Vincent m English, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak
From the Roman name Vincentius, which was derived from Latin vincere meaning "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).
Violette f French
French form of Violet.
Virginie f French
French form of Virginia.
Vital m French, Belarusian
French and Belarusian form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Viviane f French
French form of Viviana. It is also the French form of Vivien 2.
Vivianne f French
Variant of Viviane.
Vivien 1 m French
French form of Vivianus (see Vivian).
Vivienne f French
French form of Viviana.
Wanda f Polish, 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).
Xavier m English, French, Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish
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 born in a village by 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.
Yanick m & f Breton, French
Diminutive of Yann or Yanna 2.
Yanis m Greek, French
Alternate transcription of Greek Γιάνης (see Gianis). It is also used in France, in part inspired by the Breton names Yann and Yannic.
Yann m Breton, French
Breton form of John.
Yannick m & f Breton, French
Diminutive of Yann or Yanna 2.
Yasmine f Arabic, French, English (Modern)
Alternate transcription of Arabic ياسمين (see Yasmin).
Yoan 1 m French
French form of Johann.
Yoann m French
French form of Johann.
Yohan m French
French form of Johann.
Yohann m French
French form of Johann.
Yolande f French
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.
Youri m Dutch, French
Dutch and French form of Yuriy.
Yseult f French (Rare)
French form of Isolde.
Yvan m French
French form of Ivan.
Yves m French
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.
Yvette f French, English
French feminine form of Yves.
Yvon m French
Medieval diminutive of Yves.
Yvonne f French, 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.
Zacharie m French
French form of Zechariah.
Zélie f French
Short form of Azélie. This is another name of Saint Marie-Azélie Guérin (1831-1877).
Zéphyrine f French (Rare)
French feminine form of Zephyrinus (see Zeferino).
Zoé f French, Hungarian
French and Hungarian form of Zoe.