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Gender: F Meaning of Hortense: "of the garden" Origin of Hortense: Latin

The long unfashionable Hortense is actually the French feminine form of Hortensia, the name of a strong, politically active early Roman woman. Hortense began to be used in the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century. Napoleon had a stepdaughter named Hortense, it was the name of one of the main characters in the film Secrets and Lies and is also associated with novelist Hortense Calisher. As unappealing as it might be to most American parents, Hortense is now Number 311 in France.

Famous People Named Hortense

Hortense Eugénie Cécile de Beauharnais, Queen consort of Louis Bonaparte of Holland; stepdaughter of Napoleon I
Hortense Mancini, Duchesse Mazarin, mistress of King Charles II of England
Hortense Powdermaker, American anthropologist
Hortense Catherine Schneider, French soprano
Hortense Calisher, American novelist
Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer
Hortense Allart de Méritens aka Prudence de Saman L'Esbatx, Italian-French feminist novelist
Hortense Rhéa, Belgian-French actress
Hortense Diédhiou, Senegalese Olympic judoka
Eugénie Hortense Auguste Napoléone, Princess of Leuchtenberg; Princess of Hohenzollern-Hechingen; granddaughter of Empress Josephine of France

Pop Culture References for the name Hortense

Hortense, a Spotted Owl in the "Guardians of Ga'hoole" series
Hortense, a character in "Small Island" by Andrea Levy
Hortense McDuck, character in the "Scrooge McDuck" comics
Hortense Sage, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series

Hortencia, Ortense, Hortensia, Hartinsia

Hortense's International Variations

Ortensia (Italian)