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Gender: Female Origin of Colette: French surname Meaning of Nicole: French feminine variation of Nicholas, Greek, "people of victory" Colette's Popularity in 2017: #531

The name Colette is a girl's name of French origin. Colette is ranked #531 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Colette

Saint Colette of Corbie (born Nicole Boellet), French abbess; founder of the Colettine Poor Clares
(Sidonie-Gabrielle) Colette, French novelist
Colette de Jouvenel aka Bel-Gazou, daughter of novelist Colette and Henry de Jouvenel
Colette Peignot aka Laure, French author
Colette Appel, American pair skater
Colette Calascione, American artist
Colette Carr, American singer-songwriter
Colette Deréal (born Colette Denise de Glarélial), French actress and singer
Colette Fitzpatrick, Irish TV news anchor
Colette Flesch, Luxembourgian politician and Olympic fencer
Colette Giudicelli, French Senator
Colette Mann, Australian actress
Colette Melot, French Senator
Colette Marino aka DJ Colette, American DJ
Colette Katy Butler, American vlogger (as part of the Shaytards)
Colette Alley, sister of American actress Kirstie Alley
Colette Rose McDermott (b. 1996), daughter of actor Dylan McDermott
Colette Lamoureux (b. 2008), daughter of actress Constance Zimmer and Russ Lamoureux
Colette Dubrow (b. 2011), daughter of reality TV personality Heather Dubrow of "Real Housewives of Orange County"
Colette Koala Haggerty (b. 2018), daughter of American rapper, singer, and songwriter Macklemore, sister to Sloane Ava Simone

Pop Culture References for the name Colette

Colette Sheward, character on British TV series "Holby City"
Colette Tatou, character in Disney's "Ratatouille"
Colette Valois, character on TV's "Pan Am"
Colette Brunel, character in video game "Tales of Symphonia"
Colette, character in film "Poetic Justice"
Colette, character in the Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton
Colette Beauvoir, character in "Generation Dead" by Daniel Waters
Colette Iselin, character in "Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer" by Katie Alender
Colette Bonnet, character in "Sims" series
Colette Mullen, Cain's wife on CW's "Supernatural"

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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.