"of the garden"

Hortense Origin and Meaning

The name Hortense is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "of the garden".

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 155 in France (as of 2021).

# 950 in the US

Hortense Rank in US Top 1000

Hortense Popularity

Famous People Named Hortense

  • Hortense Eugénie Cécile de BeauharnaisQueen consort of Louis Bonaparte of Holland; stepdaughter of Napoleon I
  • Hortense ManciniDuchesse Mazarin, mistress of King Charles II of England
  • Hortense PowdermakerAmerican anthropologist
  • Hortense Catherine SchneiderFrench soprano
  • Hortense CalisherAmerican novelist
  • Hortense EllisJamaican reggae singer
  • Hortense Allart de Méritens aka Prudence de Saman L'EsbatxItalian,French feminist novelist
  • Hortense RhéaBelgian,French actress
  • Hortense DiédhiouSenegalese Olympic judoka
  • Eugénie Hortense Auguste NapoléonePrincess of Leuchtenberg; Princess of Hohenzollern,Hechingen; granddaughter of Empress Josephine of France

Hortense in Pop Culture

  • Hortensea Spotted Owl in the "Guardians of Ga'hoole" series
  • Hortense Josepha character in "Small Island" by Andrea Levy
  • Hortense McDuckcharacter in the "Scrooge McDuck" comics
  • Hortense Sagecharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Hortense "Horty" Hathawaya 1920s showgirl in the movie "Bloodhounds of Broadway"