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Gender: Male Meaning of Anatole: "from the east, rising sun" Origin of Anatole: Greek

The name Anatole is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "from the east, rising sun". Anatole and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Anatole is one of the unique boys' names with an exotic-ish feel but an uncertain provenance. While it's Greek in origin, it is associated more closely with France. Only six baby boys were named Anatole in the US last year, making it a good choice if you're looking for a truly

Famous People Named Anatole

Anatole France (born François-Anatole Thibault), French poet and novelist; winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Anatole Paul Broyard, American literary critic
Anatole Litvak (born Mikhail Anatol Litwak), Ukrainian film director
Anatole Novak, French cyclist
Anatole de Monzie, French administrator, encyclopedist and politician

Pop Culture References for the name Anatole

Anatole Kuragin, character in Tolstoy's "War and Peace"
Anatole, female character on TV's "Life with Derek"
"Anatole," book and animated series about a French mouse
Anatole Leonard, character in anime "Robotech"
Anatole Ngemba, character from "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver
Anatole Kuragin, character in "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"
Anatole Garron, character in 1943 film "Phantom of the Opera"

Anatole's International Variations

Anatoli, Anatoly, Tolya (Russian) Anatolios (Greek) Anatol (Slavic) Anatolio (Italian)


letmein Says:


This is a great name for my male character! This name fits him perfectly.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Makes me think of anole lizards.

vintageluvs Says:


I don't think that's weird at all! Anne is the Frisian variant of Arnold (pronounced AH-nu I believe), seen in the Dutch author Anne de Vries and Dutch politician Anne Vondeling (Frisian names are popular among non-Frisian Dutch parents). Another version of the Frisian Anne is Anna, seen in Anna of East Anglia, a king in the seventh century. I still think Anatole nn Annie for a boy is dashing, but it might just be an unpopular opinion. I also really like Tolly, which has traditionally been used for Bartholomew, but it think it could work for Anatole.

kpearl8 Says:


For some reason, I love the idea of the nick name Annie for a boy XD Nate would be good too though.