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Gender: F Meaning of Odette: "wealthy" Origin of Odette: French, from German

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Odette is the good swan in Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, a role for which Natalie Portman won an Oscar ---and it would make a particularly soigne, sophisticated yet upbeat choice, unlike some of the more dated other 'ette'-ending names.

Odette de Crecy, is the flamboyant wife of Charles Swann in Proust's A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.

The name became publicized during World War II via the courageous French Resistance heroine Odette Brailly, who risked her life to supply information to the Allies, was captured by the Germans, and wrote her story which was retold in an eponymous film.

Actor Mark Ruffalo chose Odette for his daughter.

Variant Odetta is associated with the folksinger who was one of the first to go by a single name.

Odile, who is Odette's evil Swan Lake twin, gives her name a sinuous, sensuous appeal.

Famous People Named Odette

Odette Juliette Annable, American actress
Odette (b. 2007), daughter of American actor Mark Ruffalo
Odette, daughter of American singer James Mercer of The Shins
Odette Hallowes, French WWII heroine
Odette Myrtil, French-American actress and violinist
Odette Joyeux, French actress
Odette Laure, French actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Odette

Odette, character in animated movie "The Swan Princess"
Odette, the good swan in the ballet "Swan Lake"
Odette de Crecy, character in Marcel Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past"

Oddetta, Odetta