Gender: Female Meaning of Cosette: "little thing" Origin of Cosette: French literary nickname

Cosette Origin and Meaning

The name Cosette is a girl's name of French origin meaning "little thing".

Cosette is best known as the heroine of Les Miserables. In the Victor Hugo novel, Cosette was the nickname given to the girl named Euphrasie by her mother. Although Hugo invented the name, some etymologists believe it's a spin on Colette, originally a female short form of Nicolas.

Despite the popularity of Les Mis the musical, the name was given to only 138 girls in 2015 -- though it's worth noting that this is almost double the number from just a few years ago. Cosette would make for a sweet and quirky French choice.

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Famous People Named Cosette

Pop Culture References for the name Cosette

Cossetta, Cozette, Cossette

Cosette's International Variations

Cosetta (Italian)


Castle on a Cloud Says:


My favorite book/film/Broadway musical character of all time! The name itself is just so beautiful and delicate. Much more useable than Euphrasie. A bit too French for me, but I’m clearly a huge fan of Les Misérables, so maybe someday I’ll use it in some way. Such a guilty pleasure.

Bassilly Says:


Yes! Which they don't even have on the Colette page. It's just listed as a surname on there. Which it is. But I would use it for the Nicolette meaning.

danirose01 Says:


There was some girl at my high school named Cosette, she went by Cozy and I always thought that made a creepy nickname. Also not a particular fan of calling a little girl "thing" like she's an object.

Jo Jo Says:


Aaaaaaaand, that's the end of Cosette for me, too :/

lizway Says:


Thank you! I probably won't have kids for a while, but this name has always been kind of a guilty pleasure, so I'm glad to hear you say that you don't think it would be a problem.

madehatter Says:


Nope! It's a lovely literary name! If it's something you could see yourself naming your daughter, go for it.

lizway Says:


Honestly, I'd name my kid this... Does this make me a bad person?

Essa Says:


Honestly, in my accent, it just sounds super similar. I know I'm saying them differently but I'm not really hearing them differently.

Essa Says:


Apparently I've already mentioned this...

Essa Says:


I mentioned this to a friend once and she said 'What, casette? Like a tape?' And that was the end of Cosette for me.

abertawe Says:


I use a hard S. So yes it sounds similar to cassette apart from the O vs. A. However I am an English speaker and it doesn't bother me. It's a very nice sound.

OPTP Says:


It's strange because it has all the makings of a name I'd love, but I've just never liked Cosette or Colette. However, if I had to choose I'd go with Cosette. As another Berrie said though, I would definitely go with Odette over Cosette.

kpearl8 Says:


Congrats, that's awesome! ^^

ElBence Says:


My Cosette was born yesterday.

snowsbeloved Says:


I like this name. But Cosette vs. Odette, Odette always prevails. I wish I can use both without it being too matchy.

Gondolin Says:


I think so. When I saw the movie for the first time I was constantly thinking "is she really named Casette?".

Zelliew Says:


That's what I think of.........a cosseted, over indulged child

kpearl8 Says:


It is cutesy, but also French and literary, so I think it has just the right balance of adorable and substantive. I would love to meet a little Cosette!

kpearl8 Says:


I don't think so- cassette is "ka-SET" whereas Cosette is "ko-ZET". Similar, but different enough that I don't immediately associate them.

Essa Says:


Does this sound too similar too cassette to be used in an English speaking country?

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


Absolutely love Cosette with the nickname Cozy!

headintheclouds Says:


The sound of Cosette is very pretty, but I find it too cutesy to use for a baby IRL (reminds me of cosseted, which you don't want your kid to be). Colette would be a better, similar-sounding alternative. I do like the name Cosette for a pet though- I can just imagine an adorable King Charles spaniel named Cosette!

KaileLove Says:


Love this name! I've heard the nickname "Cozy" used for Cosette before and thought that was adorable for a little girl!

Michelle Cory Says:


I love this name. It is my treasure. My cosette was my rescued lhaso.

gillimcwilli Says:


I love this name....a hidden diamond in my opinion.

maggiefromcanada Says:


This entry is incorrect. Cosette is not a form of Nicholas, but just a name that Victor Hugo made up for his character. It means "little thing". Colette, on the other hand, is from Nicole, and is a feminine variant of Nicholas.