Gender: Female Meaning of Colette: "people of victory" Origin of Colette: French, short form of Nicole, feminine variation of Nicholas, Greek Colette's Popularity in 2019: #496

Colette Origin and Meaning

The name Colette is a girl's name of French origin meaning "people of victory".

Like the French author with whom the name is most closely associated, Colette is a chic and charming name that is being rediscovered. After disappearing for nearly 30 years, Colette rejoined the Top 1000 in 2012 at Number 659 and has continued to rise since then.

Dylan McDermott used it for his daughter, as did actress Constance Zimmer.

There is an appealing animated Colette featured in the film Ratatouille.

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Rank in US: #496

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Pop Culture References for the name Colette

Collett, Collet, Coetta, Collette, Colletta, Kolette, Nicolette, Coe, Collete, Kollette, Coleta, Coletta


cj85 Says:


no. coh-lette

dianatpage Says:


One of my favorite names and my favorite ette name by far. So light and delicate, and badass and cool at the same time!

ceruleanstardust Says:


I adore this with Rosalie!!

Toronto87 Says:


Trying to bring my DH on board for this name...he's not biting. Colette is such a chic name.

pixelatedinfants Says:


This is my French name in French class :D
I've loved it for years now, and it's beautiful, but now I cant use it on a kid

mintiec Says:


I named by daughter Colette, but based on the "people of victory" meaning associated with Nicolette-Nicole-Nicholas, not as a surname (although my hubs does know someone with this last name)! Everyone gushed when we announced her name and we get compliments on it all the time. The only thing I don't like is that sometimes people call her "cuh-lette" or "call-ette" instead of "coh-lette" which really bugs me. But that's only people who haven't heard me and my family say it. Everyone that hears us pronounce it often calls her "coh-lette." I really debated between Colette and Cosette, but decided to go with Colette and the meaning of it over Cosette (which I felt was too sexualized/objectifying personally). We call her Cece or Coco, but I also think Lettie is cute.

Daiseymae Says:


This is just a perfect name with a great nickname.

Daiseymae Says:


I think this is a very pretty name. My cousin was named this.

headintheclouds Says:


Colette is such a lovely, chic and classic name. I always picture this sophisticated, effortlessly stylish and put-together French woman dressed in all-black with red lipstick on.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I'm really not a big fan of most -ette names, and, for some reason, I really don't like this one at all. I'm not sure why, since I love Cole (on a boy).

ThistleThorn Says:


I love the nicknames Collie and Cole.

ThistleThorn Says:


One of the few -ette names that I don't think is trying too hard.

brash Says:


I love it, husband hates it.

jesuraj Says:


i am search the name begining these letters cy , ci , si , sy . but i can't find it. Micheal philoson name finally decide for my son.

ottertails Says:


Beautiful name that has multiple nickname possibilities. Additionally, if a girl wanted a more "masculine/tomboyish" name to go by, she could always use Cole.

ShannaGrace Says:


My favorite -lette/let name. Was a strong contender for baby number three. Coco would have been her nickname.

Guest Says:


Pronounced like 'collect'?

tori101 Says:


Colette is so pretty, light, and delicate. She also has the lovely Letty nickname attached.

robisonga Says:


It's a sweet name. Far better than Nicolette.