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Gender: Female Meaning of Manon: "bitter" Origin of Manon: French, diminutive of Marie

The name Manon is a girl's name of French origin meaning "bitter". Manon and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Manon is an endearing French pet name for Marie or Marianne; it has the exotic yet straightforward feel that makes it a viable import. Manon of the Spring was a gorgeous French film, Manon Lescaut a 1731 novel by Abbe Prevost, set in France and Louisiana, that was controversial in its day. It formed the basis of operas by Puccini and Massenet, and several films and TV series.

Manon is currently the fourth most popular name in France and Number 9 in Belgium.

British actors Damian Lewis, of Homeland, and Helen McCrory have a daughter named Manon.

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Famous People Named Manon

Marie-Jeanne Phlippon "Manon" Roland, French revolutionary
Manon Balletti, Italian lover of Casanova
(Alma) Manon Gropius, Austrian artists' muse
Manon Maria Bollegraf , Dutch tennis player
Manon Perreault, Canadian MP
Hermanna "Manon" Fokke, Dutch MP
Gabriëlla Maria "Manon" Melis, Dutch footballer
Manon Rheaume, Canadian ice hockey player; first and only woman to play in a National Hockey League exhibition game
Manon Mathews, American comedienne
Manon Smith (b. 1996), daughter of drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Manon Llodra (b. 2004), daughter of tennis player Michael Llodra
Manon Lewis (b. 2006), daughter of actors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory
Manon Bousquet (b. 2010), daughter of French swimmers Laure Manaudou and Frederick Bousquet
Manon Von Gerkan, German fashion model
Manon on the Great British Bake Off

Pop Culture References for the name Manon

Manon, in "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources"
"Manon Lescaut," short novel by Antoine François Prevost and opera by Giacomo Puccini
"Manon", a Ballet
Manon Blackbeak, from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
"Manon of the Spring," 1986 French-language film
Manon, from the TV show "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir"



bordercollie Says:


I think Manon is truly a gorgeous, fresh, unique name, with a sort of understated feel that I really love, but unfortunately, I can imagine that pronunciation issues would be frequent. Still a lovely name.

Hero_Phoebus Says:


I do adore the sound of the name Manon, but living in England makes me question whether o not it would pronounced correctly! Of course you can correct people and then they will know the correct pronunciation for future reference... I have looked for spelling alternatives and have only thought of Manone or Minone or Minon (which looks far too much like the word minion!) and prefer the original spelling anyway! Made up spellings gripe me.

cabosanmucus Says:


the French pronunciation is Mah no(n) soft n sound. but in America it would just be said as MANen. not as attractive to me.

EW314 Says:


Such a beautiful, striking name. Very popular in France but almost unheard of over here. I love it! It feels really fresh, spunky and understated.

SimoneKadele Says:


I met someone named this, but have only seen their name in writing. My friend told me it is pronounced mah-NOH. Cute!