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French Flower Names Are Chic and Fresh

French Flower Names Are Chic and Fresh

French names inspired by flowers combine two of the loveliest trends in baby names today. These stylish French flower names are perfect for nature lovers with connections to France or who love the chic French style.

If you're looking for French names for your baby, you may also want to check out our complete lists of French girl names and French boy names, along with the current list of popular names in France.

French Flower Names for Girls

Fleur

Let’s start with the most obvious name on this list. The French word for "flower" has been commonly used as a name since the 70s. This feminine, free-spirited name sounds both pretty and elegant. Its meaning and sweet simplicity are what makes it so appealing.

Anémone

A floral name that relates to the ancient Greek myth of the love story of Aphrodite and Adonis. Aphrodite transforms her wounded lover’s blood into a flower, the crimson anemone, whose delicate blooms are blown open by the wind, accounting for its other name: windflower. 

With their watercolor-like petals, anemones are one of the daintiest spring flowers and would make a charming name for a baby girl.

Daphné

A girl’s name of Greek origin meaning “laurel tree.”  In Greek mythology, Daphne was a nymph who was saved from an over-amorous Apollo by her father, a river god, transforming her into a laurel tree.

Another in the collection of mythological names for girls, with a touch of femininity and sophistication. Daphné is currently #286 in the France, and Daphne sans accent is #288 in the US.

Garance

The French name for the madder flower is almost unknown to English speakers. But this botanical name has been trending in France recently, currently poised on the brink of the Top 100 there.

Garance is a small, rounded flower inspiring the color “garance (or madder) red,” a very deep, intense shade used for French army uniforms during the Franco-Prussian War and the beginning of World War I. Garance is a lovely name – classic but unusual, strong and spunky.

Reine

In French, the reine-des-prés is is a wildflower commonly known as meadowsweet in English. As a baby name (reine literally means "queen") it wasn’t that rare in the first half of the 20th century. Reine is a feminine and sophisticated name, a beautiful choice for parents who want something unique yet storied.

Marguerite

The French form of Margaret,  meaning “pearl”. Marguerite is a classic  French name of a variety of daisy. Chic again in Paris, it is a melodic and colorful baby name that recently has come back as a favorite for nature-loving parents. Familiar but rare in the US, it was given to just 78 girls in 2021.

Rose

One of the old-time sweet-smelling flower names, has had a remarkable revival in France as well. Regarded as the queen of all flowers, Rose packs a lot of personality and impact into that one syllable. Often used as a middle name, Scarlett Johansson chose it for her daughter’s first name in 2014.

Rosalie

Pretty Rosalie refers back to the Rosalia festivals, the annual Roman ceremony of hanging garlands of roses on burial sites. Santa Rosalia is the name of a 12th-century Sicilian saint and is particularly dear to the people of Palermo. It’s now #185 in the US.

French Flower Names for Boys

Ambroise

In ancient Greek myths, ambrosia (meaning “belonging to the immortals”) was considered the food of the Olympian gods, thought to bring long life and immortality to anyone who consumed it.

This poetic masculine name also recalls a plant with showy purple-veined white flowers. About 200 little Ambroises are born each year in France.

Saule

The French word for the willow tree. This botanical name resembles Saul, an ancient appellation of Hebrew origin meaning “prayed for.” Willows are beautiful and graceful trees associated with the moon and believed to possess magical powers. In recent years, this earthy, nature name has started to grow in popularity and is a perfect alternative to the classic Paul.

Florestanis

An elaborate old French name that pulls inspiration from the Latin florets, meaning “a garden of flowers” and is extremely rare, with only 20 attributions each year. It is not an invented name though: Florestan I was Prince of Monaco between 1841 and 1856.

Anicet

The etymology of this old name is unclear. It either comes from the Greek aniketos, meaning “invincible,” or from the Latin anicetum, “anise”. Green anise is a herbaceous plant that grows spontaneously in the Middle East where its leaves and seeds have been used since ancient times to flavor dishes and drinks.

An Anicet was Bishop of Rome (and therefore Pope) in the second century. Nowadays, it is a rare name that is given to fewer than 20 French babies each year.

Hyacinthe

This unisex choice has roots in the Greek huakinthos, a term that first referred to a gem of violet-blue color (amethyst or sapphire), then to the bulbous, fragrant flowering plant.

There definitely is a male-to-female name drift phenomenon with Hyacinthe: it started as boy name, shifted over time to become more feminine and is now considered unisex.

Ferréol

Deriving from the Latin ferrum, meaning “iron,” and ferreola, a grape variety and the name of a wine. Ferréol was borne by a number of saints, including the patron saint of the town of Besançon, in eastern France. An under-the-radar name waiting to be unearthed.

Florimond

Composed of two Latin words, flos and mons, that can be translated as “flowery mount.” In the early 20th century, an average of 40 little boys named Florimond were born each year, but this pretty name has since fallen into disuse.

Lupin

An unusual flower name with roots in Old French, from the Latin lupus, meaning “wolf”. Lupines are beautiful plants that delight gardeners with their candy-colored flowers.

This lovely moniker is both sweet and strong; notably borne by a werewolf character in Harry Potter and by Arsène Lupin, the French answer to Sherlock Holmes.

About the Author

Mélissa Delahaye

Mélissa Delahaye, mother of Rosalie, Bertille and Ambroise, created her website Jolis Prenoms  in 2012. Delahaye was frustrated because she and her husband love old and retro baby names, when on the web at that time no French specialized sites existed. The site is filled with interesting lists, analysis and personal testaments on French baby names, and the popular "Jolies fratries” (pretty sibsets), where parents explain how they chose the names of their children.