Medieval French Submitted Names

These names were used by medieval French peoples.
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ACELINmMedieval French
Double diminutive of Asce.
ADALSINDAfMedieval French
Variant of Adalsind. Saint Adalsinda is a Catholic saint especially venerated in Douai, France.
ADATTEfMedieval French, French (Archaic)
Archaic French name of unkown origin and meaning. It seems to have been a local name only found in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ADHÉMARmFrench, Medieval French, Medieval German
Germanic name used most commonly in the Alsace-Lorraine area of France meaning, "noble, illustrious."
ADJUTORmMedieval French
Means "helper" in Latin. Adjutor is the patron saint of swimmers, boaters, and drowning victims, as well as of Vernon, France.
AGACEfMedieval French
Medieval French form of Agathe.
AGENETmMedieval English, Medieval French
Combination of Agen, a habitational name for people in Lot-et-Garonne and Aveyron and -et, from diminutive suffix Latin -ettu-.
AGENILDEfMedieval French
Derived from Old French agin, and thus ultimately from Proto-Germanic *agio "blade", and Old High German hiltja "battle".
AGNESONAfMedieval French (Latinized), Medieval German (Latinized)
Diminutive of Agnes, recorded in Switzerland between the 14th and 15th centuries.
ALAINNEfMedieval French
Medieval French feminine form of Alain.
ALBINETmMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Albin (as -et is a French masculine diminutive suffix). This given name is no longer in use in France, but it still survives there as a patronymic surname. Also compare Aubinet.
ALDESSAfMedieval French, Medieval German
Recorded in Switzerland in the 15th century.
ALIXIAfMedieval French
Recorded in 15th-century French-speaking Switzerland. It might be a Latinization of Alix.
ALODIEfFrench (Rare, Archaic), Medieval French
Medieval French variant of Alodia. It is still sometimes used in France today, albeit (very) rarely.
ANCELINmMedieval French, French (Rare), French (Quebec, Rare)
Medieval French diminutive of Anselme. There are also instances where this name is the masculine form of Anceline, which is a French diminutive of Ancelle.
ANCELINEfMedieval French, French (Rare), English (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
French diminutive of Ancelle. There are also instances where this name is the feminine form of Ancelin, which is a French diminutive of Anselme.... [more]
ANESfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Agnès.
ANGADRESMAfMedieval French (Latinized, ?), History
Saint Angadresma (or Angadrisma) was a 7th-century abbess and miracle worker venerated in Beauvais, France.
ANILLIAfMedieval French, Medieval German
Recorded in Switzerland in the 15th century.
ANNETmMedieval French, French (Archaic)
Masculine diminutive of Anne.
ANNOTfMedieval English, Medieval French
Medieval diminutive of Ann a short form of Annes (see Annis), Annora, and Alianora. It was used by Sir Walter Scott for a character in his short novel 'A Legend of Montrose' (1819). This name was a precursor to Annette.
ANTILLIAfMedieval French
Recorded in 15th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
AREDIUSmMedieval French
See Yrieix, its alternate form.
ARTALDmMedieval French
Derived from Old High German hart "strong; hard" and Old High German walt "power, authority".
ASCEmMedieval French
Old French form of Azzo.
ASCELINAfMedieval French, Anglo-Norman
Feminine form of Ascelin. This was the name of a 12th-century French saint, a Cistercian mystic.
ASTRALABIUSmMedieval French (Rare)
A latinised greek word, meaning "One who reaches the stars", resembling the word astrolabe (an astronomical instrument).... [more]
ASTROLABEmMedieval French
From the Greek "star taker". Son of Héloïse & Abélard, born c. 1116.
AUBERÉEfMedieval French
Feminine form of Auberi and Old French form of Albreda, recorded several times in the Paris of 1292.
AUBERImMedieval French
Medieval French form of Aubrey.
AUBINEfMedieval French
Medieval French form of Albina. In other words: you could say that this name is the feminine form of Aubin.... [more]
AUBINETmMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Aubin (as -et is a French masculine diminutive suffix). This given name is no longer in use in France, but it still survives there as a patronymic surname (albeit barely, as the surname is extremely rare there nowadays)... [more]
AUBINETTEfMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Aubine (as -ette is a French feminine diminutive suffix). In other words: you could say that this name is the feminine form of Aubinet.... [more]
AUDÉARDEfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Hildegarde.
AUDERICmMedieval French
Medieval French form of Alderic.
AUDOUARDmMedieval French
Medieval French form of Aldward.
AUDRICmMedieval French
Medieval French form of Aldric.
AUFROYmMedieval French
Medieval French form of Alfried, which is a short form of Adalfried and thus not to be confused with Alfred. Also compare Godefroy and Geoffroy.... [more]
AZALAÏSfMedieval French, Provençal, Occitan
Medieval Provençal form of Adelais.
BALIANmMedieval French, French (Modern, Rare), German (Modern, Rare), Popular Culture
Meaning uncertain. This is most known for being the name of Balian of Ibelin (c. 1140-1193), a lord of the Crusader state of Jerusalem.... [more]
BARBILIAfMedieval French
Recorded in 16th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
BASINAfMedieval French, Medieval German, History
Basina (c. 438 – 477) was a queen of Thuringia in the middle of the fifth century.
BAUDRImMedieval French
Recorded once in Paris of 1292.
BENOISTmMedieval French, French
Medieval French form of Benedict. (Cf. Benoît.)
BERTHOUMINEfMedieval French, French (Archaic)
Archaic southern French feminine form of Berthoumieu, a southern French form of Barthélémy.
BERTRANmCatalan, Occitan, Medieval French, Gascon
Catalan, Occitan, Gascon and Medieval French form of Bertrand.
BIETRIZfMedieval French
Old French variant of Béatrice.
BIETTEfFrench (Rare), Medieval French, History
Perhaps from Bietta, the Romansch form of Beata. ... [more]
BLANCHEFLEURfMedieval French, Literature
Meaning "white flower" from the French elements blanche and fleur. Blanchefleur was the name of the heroine in the medieval romance of Floris and Blanchefleur. This was also the given name of the mother of Tristan in Tristan and Iseult.
BLANCHIAfMedieval French (Latinized)
Latinized form of Blanche, recorded in 14th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
BONNEfMedieval French
Medieval French form of Bona. It was borne by Bonne of Luxembourg (1315-1349), the wife of John II of France.
BRIANTmEnglish (American), Medieval French
Probably of Bretonic origin.
CARIULPHEmMedieval French
French form of Cariulphus, which is the latinized form of both Chariulf and its variant form Cariulf.... [more]
CERFmMedieval French, Medieval Jewish
Means "stag (a large buck or male deer)" in French. Cerf sometimes appears in historical documents concerned with the Jews of Alsace and early modern France; it was a local translation of the Yiddish Hirsh, meaning "deer", the Hebrew equivalent of which is Zvi.
CLAUDINmMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Claude. A famous bearer of this name was Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490-1562), a French composer of the Renaissance.
CLIMENCEfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Clémence.
CLODOVECHmMedieval French
Non-Latinized form of Clovis.
CRIOUmMedieval French
Variant form of Cariou, which is a short form of Carioulf, itself a variant form of Charioulf, which is the original French form of Chariulf. Alternatively, this name is a short form of Crioult, which is a variant form of the aforementioned Carioulf.... [more]
DALMATIAfMedieval French
From Latin Dalmatia meaning "Dalmatian, of Dalmatia".
DEMIBLANCmMedieval French
Meaning "white half" or "half white."
DEOCARmMedieval French
From Latin Deocarus meaning "loved by God". This was borne by a 9th-century saint.
DISCIOLEfMedieval French
Meaning unknown. The 6th-century Frankish saint Disciole (or Disciola), a niece of Saint Salvius of Albi and a favourite companion of Queen Radegund, "was noted for her saintly death, which is described in detail by Gregory of Tours".
DIZIERmMedieval French, History
Medieval French variant of Désiré. This was the name of a 6th-century French saint.
DOMARDmAncient Germanic, Medieval French
Derived from Gothic dôms (which is cognate with Old High German tuom) meaning "judgement" combined with Gothic hardus (hart in Old High German) meaning "brave, hardy".... [more]
DOUCELINmMedieval French
The first element of this name is derived from Old French dous meaning "sweet, soft", which is ultimately derived from Latin dulcis meaning "sweet". The second element consists of the French diminutive suffix -lin... [more]
DOUCELINEfMedieval French
Feminine form of Doucelin. This name was borne by Douceline of Digne, a 13th-century Provençal mystic and Roman Catholic saint.
DOULCEfFrench (Rare), Medieval French
Medieval French form of Douce.
ÉDUINmMedieval French
Medieval French form of Edwin.
ELISANNAfMedieval French
Of uncertain origin and meaning. A current theory considers the name a Romance construction made by truncating Elizabeth arbitrarily to Elis-, and then augmenting with an arbitrary ending.
EMELOTfMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Emmeline.
ENGELAISfMedieval French, Medieval Picard
Old French form of the Germanic name Engilheid, which was composed of the elements Angil, the name of a Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles, and heid "kind, sort, type".
ERECmMedieval French (Archaic)
Old French name, presumably a form of Eric, borne by the hero of the Arthurian romantic poem "Erec and Enide" by Chrétien de Troyes (completed c. 1170). This poem is thought to be the basis for the later Welsh story "Geraint and Enid" in the Mabinogion.
ESCHIVEfMedieval French
Derived from Old French eschiver "to evade; to avoid", ultimately from Frankish *skiuhjan "to fear".
ESCLARMONDEfMedieval French, Medieval Occitan, Arthurian Romance
Probably a medieval Provençal form of Claremonde. According to a folk etymology it means "light of the world" from Old French esclair "light" and monde "world". In medieval legend Esclarmonde was a Muslim princess, lover of the Christian knight Huon de Bordeaux... [more]
ESTEmMedieval French
Recorded once in Paris of 1292. Possible masculine variation of Estee.
ETIONETTEfMedieval French
Variant of Étiennette. Etionette de la Baume was a mistress of Henry VIII in autumn 1513.
EUDELINEfMedieval French
Feminine form of Eudes.
EUDOmMedieval English, Medieval French
Older form of Eudes. Some scholars also see a link to the Germanic elements euth- and eud-, which they connect to the Old Norse jodh "child".
EVRARTmMedieval French
Recorded 19 times in Paris of 1292.
FERRANDmMedieval French, Occitan, Provençal
Medieval French variant form of Fernand and Occitan and Provençal form of Ferdinand.
FERRANDINmMedieval French
Diminutive of Ferrand. Also compare Ferrandino and Ferrantino.
FLORICEmMedieval English, Medieval French
Medieval English and French variant of Floris, from the name of a male character in the medieval romance Floris (or Florice) and Blancheflour, apparently derived from floris, Latin meaning "of flowers" or "belonging to flowers".
FOUQUESmMedieval French
Recorded 8 times in Paris of 1292.
FOYfMedieval French, French (Archaic)
Derived from (Old) French foi "faith", this is the French vernacular form of Fides.
FRAISENDEfMedieval French
Derived from Old High German frāgēn "to ask" and Old Saxon swīth, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *swinþaz "strong".
FULKAfMedieval French
Feminine form of Fulk.
GAUFROImMedieval French
Recorded once in Paris of 1292.
GÉRALDESSEfMedieval French
Feminine diminutive of Gérald.
GERVESEmMedieval French
Recorded 18 times in Paris of 1292.
GILLETTEfMedieval French
Feminization of the masuline name Gillet.
GISAfMedieval French
Derived from Proto-Germanic *gaisa / *gaiza "arrow".
GISOmGerman (Rare), Medieval English, Medieval French
Short form of names starting in Gis- like Gisbert.
GODELOTmFrench (Archaic), Medieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Godefroy, Godehard, Godégisel and other Germanic names beginning with the element god meaning "god".
GUIANAfEnglish (Modern), Medieval French, Occitan, Medieval Occitan, Spanish (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Derived from Guyenne, an occasional Occitan corruption of Aquitaine. Guiana is also sometimes a spelling for the country of Guyana in South America.
GUILBAUDmMedieval French
French form of Wilbald (see Willibald).
GUNNORfMedieval English, Medieval French
Anglo-Norman form of the Old Norse name Gunnvör (see Gunvor), documented in 1066 (the year of the Norman conquest). The name Gunnvör occurs frequently in Old Danish as Gunnur (or Latin Gunwara), also appearing in Old Swedish as Gunnur and Gunvor... [more]
HAOUYSfMedieval French
Medieval French cognate of Hawys.
HELISSENTfMedieval French
Probably from an Old French form of the Germanic name Alahsind, which is composed of the elements alah "temple" and sinþs "path" (compare Elisenda).
HELOYSfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Héloïse.
HODIERNAfMedieval French (Latinized)
From Odierne, an Old French form of a Germanic name possibly composed of the elements od "riches, wealth, fortune" and gern "eager, desiring" (Gothic gairns), the spelling presumably altered to resemble Latin hodierna "of today, present, existing now"... [more]
HOUDEfMedieval French
Medieval French cognate of Otta.
HUDRIAfMedieval French
Recorded in 16th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
HUGOLINmFrench, Medieval French
Name derived from Hugues and meaning "intelligence".
HUMFROYmMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Onfroi and Humphrey. Also compare Humbert and Godefroy.
HUNNAfMedieval French (?)
French saint Saint Hunna is a famous bearer.
IDOINEfMedieval French
Possibly a French cognate of Idonie.
IOLENTEfMedieval French
Old French form of Odelinde.
ISABEAUfMedieval French, French, Dutch, German (Rare)
Old French variant of Isabel. A famous bearer of this name was Isabeau of Bavaria (1385-1422, Isabeau de Bavière), wife of the French King Charles VI.
JACQUELINmMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Jacques.
JACQUETmMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Jacques. Known bearers of this name include the French composer Jacquet of Mantua (1483-1559) and the Franco-Flemish composer Jacquet de Berchem (c. 1505-1567).
JAMETTEfMedieval French
Feminine form of Jamet.
JAQUEMAfMedieval French
Recorded in 16th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
JAQUEMINAfMedieval French (Latinized)
Variant of Jacquemine, recorded in 14th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
JOCERANmMedieval French
From the Germanic element Gaut "Geat, Goth" (and possibly influenced by Latin gaudium "joy, delight") combined with hramn "raven".
JOIAfMedieval English, Medieval Jewish, Medieval French, English (American, Modern, Rare)
Derived from Old French joie "joy", ultimately from Late Latin gaudia and Classical Latin gaudium. As a Jewish name, Joia was occasionally used as a translation of Simcha.
JOSQUINmMedieval Dutch (Gallicized), Medieval French
Gallicized form of Josken. A famous bearer of this name was Josquin des Prez, a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance.
KEXmArthurian Romance, Medieval French
Form of Kay (2) used by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes in his Arthurian romances.
LIJARTfMedieval French
Likely a variant of Liedgarde.
LILIOLAfMedieval French
Blessed Liliola was a 7th-century abbess of Arles, through whose influence Saint Rusticula became a nun.
LINTRUDEfGerman (Rare), Medieval French (?), Ancient Germanic (Frankish, ?)
Saint Lintrude (or Lindru) has a feast day on September 22 in France.
LOŸSmMedieval French
Medieval variant of Louis.
LOYSSEfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Louise.
MABILIAfMedieval French, Medieval English, Gascon
Latinized form of Mabile, recorded in 15th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
MACÉmMedieval French, Norman
Old Norman and medieval French (and as such recorded in 15th-century Paris) form of Mathieu.
MACÉEfMedieval French
Feminine form of Macé.
MAHImMedieval French
Recorded 28 times in Paris of 1292.
MARCEAUmMedieval French, French
Medieval French form of Marcel.
MARCONmMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Marc and of Germanic given names that start with Marc-, such as Marculphe. This given name is no longer in use in France, but it still survives there as a patronymic surname.
MARCOUmMedieval French, French
French diminutive of Marc (as -ou is a French masculine diminutive suffix) as well as a variant form of Marcoulf (perhaps via Marcoul), which is the original French form of Marculf.... [more]
MARCOUFmMedieval French, French (Rare)
Variant form of Marcoulf, which is the original French form of Marculf. This given name is barely in use in France today, so it mostly survives there as a patronymic surname (albeit barely, as the surname is extremely rare there as well).... [more]
MARCOULmMedieval French
Variant form of Marcoulf, which is the original French form of Marculf. Also compare the similar-looking name Marcule.... [more]
MARCULPHEmMedieval French
French form of Marculf via its latinized form Marculphus.... [more]
MARGUERONAfMedieval French
Latinized form of Margueron, itself a diminutive of Marguerite.... [more]
MATHIAfDanish (Rare), Medieval French
Feminine form of Mathias. As a medieval French name, it was recorded in 16th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
MAURISIAfMedieval French, Medieval German
Recorded in 16th-century Switzerland.
MONAUDmMedieval French
French form of Munuald, possibly via its latinized form Monaldus. This given name is no longer in use in France, but it still survives there as a patronymic surname (albeit barely, as the surname is extremely rare there nowadays).
OMBELINEfMedieval French
Feminine form of Humbelin, a medieval diminutive of Humbert. The Blessed Humbeline (known as Hombeline or Ombeline in French) was a 12th-century nun, the sister of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.
OPPORTUNAfMedieval French (Latinized, Rare)
Feminine form of the Latin word opportunus "suitable; useful; favourable".... [more]
ORENGEfMedieval French
Medieval French cognate of Orange and Orynge.
ORIENTAfMedieval French
Derived from Latin oriens "rising, east; daybreak, dawn, sunrise".
OSANEfMedieval French
Medieval French form of Osanna.
PASQUESfMedieval French
Recorded once in Paris of 1292.
PERENELLEfFrench, English, Literature, Medieval French
Old French form of Petronilla borne by Perenelle Flamel (1320-1402), wife and fellow alchemist of Nicolas Flamel. They are known for their quest to discover the philosopher's stone, a legendary substance said to turn any metal into gold and to make its owner immortal.... [more]
PERRETEfMedieval French
Recorded 14 times in Paris of 1292.
PERRUSSIAfMedieval French
Recorded in French-speaking Switzerland between the 14th and 16th centuries.
PLESANCEfMedieval French
Medieval French cognate of Pleasance.
PROTHADEmMedieval French, French (Archaic)
This given name is best known for being the name of a 7th-century saint, who was bishop of the city of Besançon in eastern France and died in 624 AD. The meaning of the saint's name, which was often latinized to Prothadius in writing, is uncertain... [more]
PROTHADIUSmMedieval French (Latinized)
Latinized form of Prothade. This name was borne by a 7th-century saint, who was bishop of the city of Besançon in eastern France and died in 624 AD.
PROTHETmMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Prothade (as -et is a French masculine diminutive suffix). This given name is no longer in use in France, but it still survives there as a patronymic surname.
RAIMBAUDmMedieval French
Variant of Raimbaut.
RAIMBAUTmMedieval French
Medieval French form of Raginbald.
RAINBAUTmMedieval French
Variant spelling of Raimbaut.
RAINFROYmMedieval French
Medieval French form of Raginfrid, which is the Germanic cognate of the ancient Scandinavian name Ragnfríðr (see Randi(2)). Also compare Rainier and Godefroy.
REINBAUTmMedieval French
Variant of Raimbaut.
RICHEUTfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Richilde.
ROBERTINmMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Robert. This given name is no longer in use in France (apart from the handful of bearers that were born in the 1960s), but it still survives there as a patronymic surname (albeit barely, as the surname is extremely rare there nowadays).
ROBERTINEfMedieval French, French (Archaic), Dutch (Rare), English (Rare)
Medieval French diminutive of Roberte. In other words: you could say that this name is the feminine form of Robertin.... [more]
ROBINEfMedieval French, French (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
French feminine form of Robin, which originated in medieval times. For reasons unknown, it fell out of use after the Middle Ages, after which it continued to survive as a matronymic surname (mostly in the Normandy region of France)... [more]
ROBINETmMedieval French
Strictly masculine diminutive of Robin (as -et is a French masculine diminutive suffix), which itself is a diminutive of Robert. This given name is no longer in use in France: it fell out of use after the Middle Ages, which was probably due to the growing association of the name with a faucet... [more]
ROBINETTEfMedieval French, French (Rare), English (American, Rare)
Medieval French diminutive of Robine (as -ette is a French feminine diminutive suffix). In other words: you could say that this name is the feminine form of Robinet. This given name is extremely rare in France nowadays, as there are only a handful of bearers in the country today... [more]
ROSCELINEfMedieval French
Old Frankish diminutive of Old Saxon hrōth and Old High German hruod "fame".
SALVIAfMedieval French, English (Rare), Italian (Rare), Spanish (Rare)
From the genus name of sage, an herb formerly used as medicine, which comes from Latin salvus "healthy, safe" (related to salvere "to save, to be saved"), referring to the plant's supposed healing properties... [more]
SANCELINEfMedieval French
Medieval French diminutive of Sancia.
SANCTAfEnglish (Rare), Medieval Italian, Medieval French
Derived from Latin sancta "consecrated, sacred; divine, holy; pious, just".
SEDILEfMedieval French
Of uncertain origin and meaning. One current theory, however, links this name to Latin sedile "seat; chair".
SERVETmMedieval French, French (Rare)
Medieval French diminutive of Servais (as -et is a French masculine diminutive suffix). This given name fell out of use in France after the Middle Ages, but it has since enjoyed an extremely modest revival in the late 1980s... [more]
THOMASSEfMedieval English, Medieval French, French (Archaic)
Feminine form of Thomas. One French bearer was Thomasse Bernard Debussy (d. 1671), an ancestress of composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918).
TISBEfItalian (Rare), Literature, Spanish (Rare), Medieval French
Perhaps an Old French variant of Thisbe. In the 13th-century French verse romance Floriant et Florete (c. 1250–75), this was the name of a maiden who was a friend of Florete, the wife of Arthur's knight Floriant.... [more]
TOMIDIAfMedieval French
Derived from Latin tumidia "pride; confidence".
TOUSSAINEfMedieval French, French (Archaic)
Late medieval variant of Toussainte recorded up until the 17th century.
TYFAINNEfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Typhaine.
WALERANmMedieval Flemish, Medieval French
Flemish form of Walderam. This was the name of two rulers of the medieval county of Ligny-en-Barrois, in present-day Lorraine, France.
WISTRILDEfMedieval French
Derived from Proto-Germanic *westrą "west" and Old High German hiltja "battle".
YMBERTmMedieval French
Recorded 5 times in Paris of 1292.
YOLENTfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Yolande.
YPOLITAfMedieval French
Medieval variant of Hippolyta, recorded in 16th-century French-speaking Switzerland.
YSMAINEfMedieval French, Literature
Origin unknown, probably unrelated to Ismay. It was used in a 13th-century continuation of Chrétien de Troyes' 'Perceval, the Story of the Grail', where it belongs to Perceval's cousin who marries the knight Faradien... [more]
YSOLEfMedieval French
Medieval French variant of Isolde.