French Names

French baby names are most familiar in English-speaking countries as names of French origin that have long been used beyond their native land: Nicole, Denise, Jean, and Pierre. Then there are the names so widely used in the English-speaking world that they're not typically thought of as French (though they are): We mean Charles, Elaine, Michelle.

And then there are the newer French names such as Maelys and Bastien popular in France today. France is one of those countries that does not consistently issue an official name popularity list, but popular baby names in France include Louise, Emma, and Chloe for girls; Leo, Gabriel, and Tom (yes, Tom) for boys. Here, our full list of French names for baby girls and baby boys.