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Gender: Male Meaning of Alphonse: "noble, ready for battle" Origin of Alphonse: French from German

The name Alphonse is a boy's name of German, French origin meaning "noble, ready for battle". Alphonse and is often added to lists like Names with Inspirational Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Rarely used, and for good reason. Alonzo is a preferable choice.

Alphonse does have a mixed bag of notable namesakes—French novelist Alphonse Daudet, painter Alphonse Mucha, and it was the birth name of gangster Al Capone.

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Famous People Named Alphonse

Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, Knight of Pratz, French writer and politician
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone, American gangster
Alfons Maria "Alphonse" Mucha, Czech painter
(Pierre-Marie-)Alphonse Favier, French bishop in China
Alphonse Areola, French footballer
Alphonse Pierre Juin, Marshal of France
Alphonse Royer, French librettist
Alphonse Daudet, French novelist
Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Pop Culture References for the name Alphonse

Alphonse Elric, from the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist
Alphonse Frankenstein, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Alphonse "Alfie" Huggins, from the series Titanic by Gordon Korman
Alphonse Pettipon, from The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon by Richard Connell.

Fonzie, Fonz, Alonzo, Alf

Alphonse's International Variations

Alfonso (Spanish) Alpheus (Greek) Affonso (Portuguese) Alfons (German) Alphonsus (Irish)


Xiao Casa Says:


This is my father's middle name, and his grandfather's first name. I've always liked it.

Emilie Cecilia Says:


This is my grandfather's brother's name. I think it's lovely. It might be a heavy name for a young child, but I think it's a really sweet and unique way to get to Alphie too!

Mary_Anne90 Says:


Why "for a good reason"? This sounds like an excellent way to make that which is arguably the most royal of Spanish and Portuguese male names (Alfonso and Afonso, respectively) more international. There's no shortage of strong, adventurous namesakes to choose from. And, should people find it too long for daily use, young Alphonse can always be little Al... I'd use it in a heartbeat!

kpearl8 Says:


Me too! I never really liked this name, or even heard it much, but Al from FMA makes it seem very sweet, brave, and approachable. It's amazing what a good character can do for a name! I would also use the nickname Alf with it.

LostKid Says:


It seems too much for a kid at first, but I know a 10 y/o Alphonse and the name works well. His brother's name is Leopold. I know a Alonzo that same age, and I prefer Alphonse.

Ollia Tobin Says:


Me too! My friends make fun of me for wanting such an adorable name for my kid!

kertheshe Says:


For a good reason? Okay then... A nice name, in my opinion. Unfortunately, in Russia it is used to describe an 'unfair man' or a 'rogue'. :/ *sigh* Associations are pretty annoying,aren't they.

Zelliew Says:


Too old hat

Skittlewiddles Says:


Rarely used for a good reason? Were they referring to the name as a direct reference to Al Capone full name or something else? First time I heard this full first name was as the sweet, tough younger brother from FMA. It may not be my first choice but I always seen it as a sweet name for a baby boy.