Gender: Female Meaning of Odette: "wealthy" Origin of Odette: French, from German

Odette Origin and Meaning

The name Odette is a girl's name of French origin meaning "wealthy".

Odette is the good swan in Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, a role for which Natalie Portman won an Oscar ---and it would make a particularly soigne, sophisticated yet upbeat choice, unlike some of the more dated other 'ette'-ending names.

Odette de Crecy, is the flamboyant wife of Charles Swann in Proust's A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.

The name became publicized during World War II via the courageous French Resistance heroine Odette Brailly, who risked her life to supply information to the Allies, was captured by the Germans, and wrote her story which was retold in an eponymous film.

Actor Mark Ruffalo chose Odette for his daughter.

Variant Odetta is associated with the folksinger who was one of the first to go by a single name.

Odile, who is Odette's evil Swan Lake twin, gives her name a sinuous, sensuous appeal.

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Pop Culture References for the name Odette

Odetta, Oddetta


KaiLun Says:


Nameberry has an entry for Adette. Would that work?

rebekkahfowler Says:


Odette is such a gorgeous name. I honestly do not think “owe-debt” when I hear it, but maybe thats because I watched The Swan Princess so much as a child that the name is not something peculiar for me. We chose it as a middle name for our daughter who is due in November: Sage Odette.

Stephanie Says:


Ever since I saw Swan Princess I've thought this was a beautiful strong but delicate name, but I always thought it was spelled Audette. Apparently this isn't even an obscure name on Nameberry. Whenever I've seen the name written Odette I always thought it was an ugly, lazy variant. Am I the only one who prefers this name as Audette?? Would it be totally weird to use that name? It seems to me that it can also be pronounced closer to "aw-det" and gets away from others' thoughts of "owe debt".

Carolinekalmes Says:


I heard that too 😐 Otherwise so pretty

BroodyBritberry Says:


One of my absolute all time favourite names! I would definitely use in the first name spot. It's been on my radar since a little girl as I was a ballerina and I also love the assoisation with the Swan Princess as it was one of my favourite childhood films. I would love to meet a little Odette.

Jillian Says:


My daughter's name is Odette. We get mixed feedback on it. People either recognize the name and love it for its uniqueness, or look at us like we're crazy that we named our daughter owe-debt.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I love how pretty and feminine this name is! Gorgeous. We should see more Odettes running around than girls called James and Rowan!

Gabrielle Doiron Says:


I've always been in love with this name, even in my tender ages. It's always been my first choice in names. It has such an innocent aura around it, and it's so unique. I don't think I'll ever outgrow my love and adoration for it.

EW314 Says:


I really dislike this name. It reminds me of the word "odour", I dislike the frilly -ette ending, and it feels incomplete and generally... well... odd.

Kassem J Says:


I originally hated this name at first, but it's grown on me since then.

Zelliew Says:


That's the first thing that struck me too

cjay Says:


I love this name so much. It is our second daughter's name! I get compliments all the time.

naomirenee Says:


I have loved this name ever since I was young. I first heard it in the animated movie "The Swan Princess". She has been my favorite princess for as long as I can remember. I have always wanted to name my daughter this.

headintheclouds Says:


I really love Odette. It's just unexpected, brings up different associations- it seems fresh, unexpected and hipster, yet classic and vintage, also romantic and lovely. Plus it's short and sweet, feminine and gorgeous without being flowery, and has that princess name quality due to the Swan Lake/ ballet association without being too girly. The -ette ending is stunning!

madmaddie Says:


I love it.

_NorthStar_ Says:


The history associated with this name is stunning, the meaning is beautiful, and it's one if those short, sweet, and very strong names. Its a graceful name, one that would stand the test of time. Its in my signature, I love it so much. :)

Sidda Says:


Love this name!

Caroline Says:


Another princess name! No! I don't like the sound of it.

Christina25 Says:


I really want to like this name, but all I think when I hear it is 'owe debt'.

AggiesBball96 Says:


I have loved this name for 3 years now. I want a future DD to be named Odette