"from the east, rising sun"

Anatole Origin and Meaning

The name Anatole is boy's name of Greek origin meaning "from the east, rising sun".
Anatole is one of the unique boys' names with an unusual-ish feel but an uncertain provenance, with a meaning related to sunrise and thus to fire. While it's Greek in origin, it is associated more closely with France. Anatole Kuragin is a dashing, roguish prince in Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Fewer than five baby boys were named Anatole in the US last year, making it a good choice if you're looking for a truly uncommon boy's name that has a solid history.

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Famous People Named Anatole

  • Anatole France (born FrançoisAnatole Thibault), French poet and novelist; winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Anatole Paul BroyardAmerican literary critic
  • Anatole Litvak (born Mikhail Anatol Litwak)Ukrainian film director
  • Anatole NovakFrench cyclist
  • Anatole de MonzieFrench administrator, encyclopedist and politician

Anatole in Pop Culture

  • Anatole Kuragincharacter in Tolstoy's "War and Peace"
  • Anatolefemale character on TV's "Life with Derek"
  • "Anatole" book and animated series about a French mouse
  • Anatole Leonardcharacter in anime "Robotech"
  • Anatole Ngembacharacter from "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Anatole Kuragincharacter in "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"
  • Anatole Garroncharacter in 1943 film "Phantom of the Opera"