were used by medieval French peoples.
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ADJUTOR m Medieval French
Means "helper" in Latin. Adjutor is the patron saint of swimmers, boaters, and drowning victims, as well as of Vernon, France.
AGENILDE f Medieval French
Derived from Old French agin
, and thus ultimately from Proto-Germanic *agio
"blade", and Old High German hiltja
AITARD m Anglo-Norman, Medieval French
The first element of this name may be Old High German eit
meaning "fire; brilliant". The second element is Old Saxon hard
"strong, hard" (Old High German hart
ALBINET m Medieval French
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
ARTALD m Medieval French
Derived from Old High German hart
"strong; hard" and Old High German walt
AUBINET m Medieval French
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]
BLANCHEFLEUR f Medieval 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
BONNE f Medieval French
Medieval French form of Bona
. It was borne by Bonne of Luxembourg (1315-1349), the wife of John II of France.
CERF m Medieval 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 Cerf sometimes appears in historical documents concerned with the Jews of Alsace and early modern France; it was a local translation of the Yiddish Hirsh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
CLAUDIN m Medieval 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.
CRIOU m Medieval 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]
DEOCAR m Medieval French
From Latin Deocarus
meaning "loved by God". This was borne by a 9th-century saint.
DISCIOLE f Medieval 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".
DOMARD m Ancient 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]
DOUCELIN m Medieval 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
ELISANNA f Medieval 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.
ENGELAIS f Medieval 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".
EREC m Medieval 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.
ESCHIVE f Medieval French
Derived from Old French eschiver
"to evade; to avoid", ultimately from Frankish *skiuhjan
FRAISENDE f Medieval French
Derived from Old High German frāgēn
"to ask" and Old Saxon swīth
, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *swinþaz
GUNNOR f Medieval 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
HELISSENT f Medieval 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
HERRAD f Medieval French
Etymology unknown. This was the name of a 12th-century Alsatian nun and abbess of Hohenburg Abbey.
HODIERNA f Medieval 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]
IDELINDE f Medieval French
Old Frankish id, of uncertain origin but perhaps related to Old Icelandic ið 'work, business, occupation, per Morlet + Proto-Germanic *linþaz 'gentle, sweet, mild'.
JACQUET m Medieval 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).
JOCERAN m Medieval French
From the Germanic element Gaut
"Geat, Goth" (and possibly influenced by Latin gaudium
"joy, delight") combined with hramn
LILIOLA f Medieval French
Blessed Liliola was a 7th-century abbess of Arles, through whose influence Saint Rusticula became a nun.
MARCON m Medieval 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.
MARCOUF m Medieval 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]
MÉLIAU m Medieval French
From the Latin miles
, meaning "soldier". This was the name of a Breton saint, known for sharing his cloak with a beggar, who was beheaded in the mid-6th century AD.
MONAUD m Medieval 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).
OMBELINE f Medieval 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.
PAZANNE f Medieval French
Probably from latin peccare
, "to sin" (though some alternative forms suggest it might come from latin perseverare
, "to persevere"). The name of a French saint who died in 726 and left her name o the city of Sainte-Pazanne and other places throughout France.
PERENELLE f French, 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]
PROTHADE m Medieval 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]
PROTHET m Medieval French
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.
ROBERTIN m Medieval 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).
ROBINE f Medieval 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]
ROBINET m Medieval French
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]
SEDILE f Medieval French
Of uncertain origin and meaning. One current theory, however, links this name to Latin sedile
SERVET m Medieval 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]