Medieval French Submitted Names
were used by medieval French peoples.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Means "helper" in Latin. Adjutor is the patron saint of swimmers, boaters, and drowning victims, as well as of Vernon, France.
Derived from Old French agin
, and thus ultimately from Proto-Germanic *agio
"blade", and Old High German hiltja
Medieval French diminutive of Albin
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
Derived from Old High German hart
"strong; hard" and Old High German walt
Medieval French diminutive of Aubin
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]
BLANCHEFLEURfMedieval French, Literature
Meaning "white flower" from the French elements blanche
. 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
Medieval French form of Bona
. It was borne by Bonne of Luxembourg (1315-1349), the wife of John II of France.
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 Cerf sometimes appears in historical documents concerned with the Jews of Alsace and early modern France; it was a local translation of the Yiddish Hirsh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
Medieval French diminutive of Claude
. A famous bearer of this name was Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490-1562), a French composer of the Renaissance.
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]
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".
DOMARDmAncient Germanic, Medieval French
Derived from Gothic dôms
(which is cognate with Old High German tuom
) meaning "judgement" combined with Gothic hardus
in Old High German) meaning "brave, hardy".... [more]
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
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.
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.
Derived from Old French eschiver
"to evade; to avoid", ultimately from Frankish *skiuhjan
Derived from Old High German frāgēn
"to ask" and Old Saxon swīth
, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *swinþaz
GUNNORfMedieval English, Medieval French
Anglo-Norman form of the Old Norse name Gunnvör
), 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
Probably from an Old French form of the Germanic name Alahsind
, which is composed of the elements alah
"temple" and sinþs
"path" (compare Elisenda
HODIERNAfMedieval French (Latinized)
, 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]
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).
Blessed Liliola was a 7th-century abbess of Arles, through whose influence Saint Rusticula became a nun.
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.
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]
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).
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.
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]
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]
Medieval French diminutive of Prothade
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.
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).
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]
Strictly masculine diminutive of Robin
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]
Of uncertain origin and meaning. One current theory, however, links this name to Latin sedile
SERVETmMedieval French, French (Rare)
Medieval French diminutive of Servais
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]
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]