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Gender: F Meaning of Florence: "flourishing, prosperous" Origin of Florence: Latin

Florence, which has been neglected for decades, has a lot going for it, both for its floral feel and as a place name connection to the lovely Italian city (after which Florence Nightingale was named—it was her birthplace). The association to the city seems to be helping Florence stir back to life, along with cousin Flora.

The hot group Florence + the Machine, headlined by red-haired Florence Welch, has also helped to rejuvenate its image.

Florence was most popular in the US at the turn of the last century and in the early decades of the twentieth—it was in the Top 10 from 1886 to 1906 but hasn't been in the Top 1000 since 1981. It is a stylish name in the UK, now at Number 54.

Florence has a diverse mixture of namesakes and references—a character in Dickens's Dombey & Sons, a US First Lady (Harding), one of the Supremes, the Brady Bunch's Henderson, track and field star Florence Griffith Joyner, and several TV characters.

Florence has some particularly lively nicknames—Flo, Flossie, and Florrie.

Famous People Named Florence

Florence Glenda Ballard, American singer of The Supremes
Florence Leontine Mary Welch, English singer of Florence and the Machine
Florence Caroline Dixie, English journalist and feminist
Florence Delorez Griffith-Joyner, American Olympic athlete
Florence Mabel Kling Harding, wife of U.S. president Warren G. Harding
Florence Agnes Henderson, American actress and singer
(Narcissa) Florence Foster Jenkins, American operatic soprano
Florence Kelley, American social reformer and feminist
Florence Virginia King, American novelist
Florence Knight, English celebrity chef
Florence Nightingale, English pioneering nurse
Florence Reed, American actress
Florence Ada Fuller, Australian painter
Florence Rena Sabin, American medical scientist
Florence Wald (born Florence Sophie Schorske), American pioneering hospice nurse
Florence Reece, American union activist and songwriter
Florence Liddell, wife of Scottish athlete Eric Liddell
Florence Rose Endellion Cameron (b. 2010), daughter of British Prime Minister David Cameron
Florence Elsie Outhwaite (b. 2008), daughter of actors Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis
Florence Myra Zamparelli, daughter of Jennifer Maguire & Lauterio Zamparelli
Sage Florence Galafassi (b. 2008), daughter of actress Toni Collette
Percy Florence, son of writers Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley
Florence May King (b. 2016), daughter of actress Candice Accola and The Fray's guitarist Joe King

Pop Culture References for the name Florence

Florence Johnston, character in The Jeffersons TV series
Florence Jean Castleberry, in the film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Florence is a character in The Magic Roundabout
Florence, character in book series, The Unwanteds
Florence de Grey, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Florence and the Machine, band

Florence's International Variations

Blathnaid (Irish) Florentia (German) Floriana, Florinia, Florencita, Florencia (Spanish) Fiorentina, Fiorenza (Italian)