French (African) Submitted Names

These names are a subset of French names used more often in Africa (in regions where French is spoken as a first or second language). See also about French names.
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ADELPHINE f French (Quebec, Rare), French (African)
Possibly a diminutive or elaborated form of Adelphe.
ANCELLE f French (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]
ANCILLE f French (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]
ARCADE m & f French (Rare), French (African), Arthurian Romance
French masculine and feminine form of Arcadius.... [more]
CLOTAIRE m French (Rare), French (African)
French form of Chlothar. This was used for a character in the French children's comics 'Le Petit Nicolas' (first published in 1959).
CORNÉLINE f French (Archaic), French (African, Rare)
Diminutive of Cornélie, as it contains the French feminine diminutive suffix -ine.
CRESCENCE f & m French (Rare), French (African)
French feminine and masculine form of Crescentius.
CUPIDON m Roman Mythology (Gallicized), Literature, French (African, Rare)
French form of Cupid. It was mentioned in Marquis de Sade's novel 'The 120 Days of Sodom' (1785) as belonging to one of the male victims.
DESANGE m & f French (African, Rare)
Means "of the angels", taken from the French title of the Virgin Mary Notre Dame des Anges, meaning "Our Lady of the Angels". It is most often found in French-speaking African countries.
EUNICIEN m French (Archaic), French (African, Rare)
French form of Eunikianos via its latinized form Eunicianus.
ÉVANGÉLIQUE f French (Rare), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Rare), Walloon (Rare)
Derived from the French adjective évangélique meaning "evangelical". In other words, this name is the French feminine form of Evangelicus.... [more]
ÉVANGÉLISTE m French (Archaic), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Archaic), Walloon (Archaic)
French form of Evangelista. A known bearer of this name was the French clergyman and bishop Jean-Évangéliste Zaepffel (1735-1808).
ÉVODIE f Biblical French, French (Rare), French (African)
French form of Euodia via its latinized form Evodia.
FABIETTE f French (African, Rare)
Feminine diminutive of Fabien.
FALLOU m Western African, French (African)
This name is of Senegalese origin.
FLORIDE f & m French (Rare), French (African), Italian (Rare), Walloon (Rare), American (South, Archaic)
French form of Floridus (for men) and Florida (for women), but the name is most often encountered on women.... [more]
GASPARDINE f French (Archaic), French (African, Rare), Walloon (Rare)
Either a diminutive or an elaboration of Gasparde, which is the feminine form of Gaspard.
GAUDENCE m & f French (Archaic), French (African)
French form of Gaudentius (for males) and Gaudentia (for females).
GAUDENS m Dutch (Rare), French (Archaic), French (African)
Dutch form of Gaudentius and French variant of Gaudence. Also compare Gaudenz.
IMMACULÉE f French (African, Rare)
French cognate of Inmaculada. A known bearer is Rwandan writer Immaculée Ilibagiza (1972-), a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
IVOIRE f English (American, Rare), French (African, Rare)
Derived from French ivoire meaning "ivory", which makes this name a cognate of Ivory.
JEPHTÉ m French (African, Rare)
Mainly found in French-speaking African countries.
JOYEUSE f French (African)
Direct adoption of the adjective joyeuse, the feminine form of the adjective joyeux, "joyful".
LÉONELLE f French (Rare), French (African, Rare)
Feminine form of Léonel, predominantly found in French-speaking African countries.
LUCRESSE f French (Rare), French (African, Rare), English (Rare, Archaic)
Medieval variant of Lucrèce (see Lucretia), still occasionally found in French-speaking African countries.
MANOUCHKA f Haitian Creole, French (African, Rare), French (Rare)
French form of Manushka. (Cf. Manouschka, Manoushka.) A known bearer is Gabonese filmmaker Manouchka Kelly Labouba.
MAURILLE m French (African, Rare)
Occasionally used in French-speaking African countries.
MERCI f & m English (Rare), French (African, Rare)
English variant of Mercy. In French-speaking African countries it is sometimes given in reference to the French word merci "gratitude; thanks", as evidenced by combination names like Dieu-Merci ("Thank you, God").
MERVEILLE f French (African, Rare), English (British)
Occasionally used in French-speaking African countries.
MINÈVRE f French (African, Rare), Dutch (Rare)
Most likely a variant of Minerve, which is the French form of Minerva. Also compare the somewhat similar-looking names Ginevra and Guenièvre.
NADEIGE f French (African)
Variant of Nadège predominantly found in French-speaking African countries.
NATIVITÉ f French (African, Rare)
Means "nativity" in French. It is mostly used in French-speaking countries in Africa and apparently predominantly so in Cote d'Ivoire.
PACIFIQUE m French (Archaic), French (African)
French form of the Late Latin name Pacificus (see Pacífica). It also means "peaceful, pacific" in French.
PARFAITE f French (Rare), French (Quebec, Rare), French (African)
French form of Perfecta. Also compare Parfait, which is the masculine equivalent of this name.
PATHÉ m French (African), Western African
Transferred use of the surname Pathé.
PROTAIS m French (Archaic), French (African), French (Quebec, Archaic)
French form of Protasius. This given name is no longer in use in France today, but it still survives in francophone countries in Africa, such as Rwanda.... [more]
RESTITUTE f French (Archaic), French (African, Rare)
French form of Restituta. This name has not enjoyed as much use as its variant Restitude has, which is why this name is nearly extinct while that name is not.
ROKIA f French (African)
French and French African form of Ruqayya.
SATURNINE f French (African, Rare)
French form of Saturnina, occasionally used in French-speaking African countries.
SÉVÉRIANE f French (Rare), French (African, Rare)
French form of Severiana. Also compare Sévérienne, which is a bit more common and also better documented.
SMARAGDE m French (Archaic), French (African, Rare)
French form of Smaragdos via its latinized form Smaragdus.
SYMPHORA f Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, French (African)
Feminine form of Symphoros and its latinized form Symphorus. Also compare the Greek noun συμφορά (symphora) meaning "a bringing together, collecting, contribution" as well as "misfortune, tragedy".... [more]
SYMPHORE m & f French (Archaic), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Archaic)
French form of Symphorus (masculine) and Symphora (feminine). This name has always been predominantly used on men, and today there are no known living female bearers.... [more]
SYMPHORIANE f French (Rare), French (African, Rare)
Variant of Symphorienne, which is the standard French form of Symphoriana.
SYMPHORIEN m French (Rare), French (African), French (Quebec, Archaic), Walloon (Rare)
French form of Symphorianus. Known bearers of this name include the French physician and humanist Symphorien Champier (1471-1539) and the French police chief and senator Symphorien Boittelle (1813-1897).
SYMPHORIN m French (Archaic), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Archaic), German (Archaic)
French and German form of Symphorinus. There have probably also been cases where this name is a corruption or a rare variant of Symphorien (French) and Symphorian (German).
SYMPHORINE f French (Rare), French (African, Rare), French (Quebec, Archaic), Walloon (Rare)
French form of Symphorina. There have probably also been cases where this name is a corruption or a rare variant of Symphorienne.
THÉODORINE f French (African, Rare)
French modern coinage, an elaborated form of Theodora, predominantly found in French-speaking African countries.
THÉOGÈNE m & f French (Archaic), Louisiana Creole, French (African)
French form of Theogenes. In modern times, this name is found primarily in Rwanda.
TIBURCE m French (Rare), French (African)
French form of Tiburtius (see Tiburcio). A known bearer of this name is the French cartoonist Tiburce Oger (b. 1967).
TITINE f French (Rare), Walloon (Rare), French (African, Rare)
Diminutive of names ending in tine such as Justine and Clementine.
TROPHIME m French (Rare), French (African, Rare)
French form of Trophimus. A known bearer of this name is the French Baroque painter Trophime Bigot (1579-1650).
VALERIENNE f French (African, Rare)
French feminine form of Valerianus (see Valerian).
VÉDASTE m French (Archaic), French (African)
French form of Vedastus. This given name is no longer in use in France today, but it still survives in francophone countries in Africa, such as Rwanda.
XAVÉRIE f French, French (African), Dutch
French feminine form of Xavier.
ZÉPHIRIN m French (Archaic), French (African)
Variant of Zéphyrin (see Zephyrinus). Though it was a popular French name in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its usage is mainly confined to various French-speaking African nations today.