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Gender: F Meaning of Hortense: "of the garden" Origin of Hortense: Latin

The long unfashionable Hortense is actually the French feminine form of Hortensia, the name of a strong, politically active early Roman woman. Hortense began to be used in the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century. Napoleon had a stepdaughter named Hortense, it was the name of one of the main characters in the film Secrets and Lies and is also associated with novelist Hortense Calisher. As unappealing as it might be to most American parents, Hortense is now Number 311 in France.

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Famous People Named Hortense

Hortense Powdermaker, anthropologist
Hortense Schneider, French opera singer and actress
Queen Hortense de Beauharnais, Napoleon's stepdaughter
Hortense Mancini, French duchess, niece of Cardinal Mazarin and mistress of King Charles II of England
Hortense Schneider, French soprano
Hortense Calisher, American fiction writer
Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Hortense

Hortense, a Spotted Owl in the Guardians of Ga'hoole series
Hortense, a character in "Small Island" by Andrea Levy
Hortense McDuck, character in the Scrooge McDuck comics

Hartinsia, Hortencia, Hortensia, Ortense

Hortense's International Variations

Ortensia (Italian)