French Names

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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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.
Sullivan m English, French
From an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Súileabháin, itself from the given name Súileabhán, which was derived from Irish súil "eye" and dubh "dark, black" combined with a diminutive suffix. This name has achieved a moderate level of popularity in France since the 1970s. In the United States it was rare before the 1990s, after which it began climbing steadily. A famous fictional bearer of the surname was James P. Sullivan from the animated movie Monsters, Inc. (2001).
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, Czech
French and Czech form of Silvia.
Tanguy m Breton, French
From Breton tan "fire" and gi "dog". This was the name of a 6th-century Breton saint.
Tatiana f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, French, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, a derivative of the Roman name Tatius. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
Tatienne f French (Rare)
French form of Tatiana.
Télesphore m French (Archaic)
French form of the Greek name Τελεσφόρος (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 (All Saints' Day).
Tristan m English, French, Arthurian Romance
Probably from the Celtic name Drustan, a diminutive of Drust, which occurs as Drystan in a few Welsh sources. As Tristan, it first appears in 12th-century French tales, probably altered by association with Old French triste "sad". According to the tales Tristan was sent to Ireland by his uncle King Mark of Cornwall in order to fetch Iseult, who was to be the king's bride. On the way back, Tristan and Iseult accidentally drink a potion that makes them fall in love. Later versions of the tale make Tristan one of King Arthur's knights. His tragic story was very popular in the Middle Ages, and the name has occasionally been used since then.
Ugène m Norman
Norman form of Eugenius (see Eugene).
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 feminine form of Valerianus (see Valerian).
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, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, 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).
Vincente f French
French feminine form of Vincent.
Violette f French
French form of Violet.
Virgile m French
French form of Virgil.
Virginie f French
French form of Virginia.
Vital m French, Belarusian
French and Belarusian form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Viviane f French, Portuguese
French form of Viviana, as well as a Portuguese variant. 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 (Modern), 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 Iseult.
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.