french names, etc

  1. Alphonsine
    • Anselme
      • Anthea
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "flowery"
        • Description:

          This unjustly neglected floral name has a BBC accent and a Greek mythological heritage: Anthea is an epithet of Hera, the Greek queen of the gods, and her name has been used as poetic symbol of spring.
      • Athenais
        • Auguste
          • Origin:

            French form of Latin Augustus
          • Meaning:

            "great, magnificent"
          • Description:

            French version of August, for both sexes. And for those who feel the spelling of August is too plain.
        • Axelle
          • Origin:

            French feminine form of Axel
          • Meaning:

            "father of peace"
          • Description:

            Putting the emphasis on the "elle" softens a name that seems at once futuristic and medieval.
        • Berenger
          • Origin:

            German
          • Meaning:

            "warrior fighting with a spear"
          • Description:

            Last-name-first-name with a romantic but dangerous edge.
        • Elijah
          • Origin:

            Hebrew
          • Meaning:

            "Yahweh is God"
          • Description:

            The Top 10 boys' name Elijah is derived from the Hebrew name Eliyahu, composed of the elements ’el and yah, both of which refer to God. In the Old Testament, Elijah was the prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire, a story sure to inspire any young Elijah.
        • Eurydice
          • Origin:

            Greek
          • Meaning:

            "wide justice"
          • Description:

            Despite (or because of) her tragic story in Greek myth--Eurydice was poisoned by a snake and condemned to the underworld, where her husband, musician Orpheus, tried and failed to bring her back--she has provided creative inspiration in the arts, namely as the subject of operas by Monteverdi, Haydn and Gluck, in an eponymous play by Jean Anouilh, and the myth was the inspiration for Tennessee William's drama Orpheus Descending. Paintings by Titian, Rubens and Poussin also focus on Eurydice.
        • Evangeline
          • Origin:

            Greek
          • Meaning:

            "bearer of good news"
          • Description:

            Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelia and Evangelina — two variants of Evangeline — are sure to tag along for the ride.
        • Evelyn
          • Origin:

            English from French and German
          • Meaning:

            "desired; or water, island"
          • Description:

            After decades of disuse, soft and feminine Evelyn has returned to the baby name stage in a huge way. It reached the Top 10 for the first time in 2017. Evelyn has now surpassed its former heights, joining a legion of contemporary little Evas, Avas, Eves, Evies, and Evelines.
        • Genevieve
          • Origin:

            English from French
          • Meaning:

            "tribe woman"
          • Description:

            Genevieve is derived from the Germanic medieval name Genovefa, or Kenowefa, which consists of the elements kuni, meaning "kin", and wefa, meaning "woman." The medieval saint Genevieve, patroness of Paris, defended the city against Attila the Hun through her rational thinking, courage and prayer.
        • Josephine
          • Origin:

            French feminine variation of Joseph
          • Meaning:

            "Jehovah increases"
          • Description:

            Josephine, with its large measure of class and character and a gently offbeat quality, has been on a gentle uphill climb in the US for over 30 years, now ranking in the Top 100. With an intriguing number of vivacious nicknames, from Jo to Josie to Fifi to Posy, Josephine is a Nameberry favorite.
        • Lambert
          • Origin:

            French and German
          • Meaning:

            "land brilliant"
          • Description:

            Ancient saint's name used for cowardly cartoon lion.
        • Ludovic
          • Origin:

            English and Scottish variation of Ludwig
          • Meaning:

            "famous warrior"
          • Description:

            Euro-cool. Heard more in Scotland than in England or the US, Ludovic Lesly is a character in the Sir Walter Scott novel Quentin Durward and Sir Ludovic Kennedy was a noted Scottish broadcaster and writer. Cute nickname: Ludo.
        • Ludivine
          • Marceline
            • Origin:

              Feminization of Marcel, French
            • Meaning:

              "little warrior"
            • Description:

              Balancing femininity, vintage charm, and fantasy nerdiness, Marceline is one to watch. Marceline the Vampire Queen from the 2010-2018 animated TV series Adventure Time brought her elaborate French name back into public consciousness. It re-entered the Top 1000 in 2020, after an 86 year hiatus, and rose into the 700s in 2021. Nicknames Marcie and Marcy are rising in popularity as well. Marceline may appeal to parents who like frilly, traditional, and sophisticated names such as Josephine and Genevieve.
          • Marielle
            • Origin:

              Dutch and French diminutive of Mary
            • Meaning:

              "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
            • Description:

              Mariel Hemingway made us aware of the more abbreviated spelling of this charming name, which dates back to the nineteenth century.
          • Ombeline
            • Sidonie
              • Origin:

                Latin
              • Meaning:

                "from Sidon "
              • Description:

                Sidonie is an appealing and chic French favorite that is starting to attract some American fans as a fresher alternative to Sydney. Also spelled Sidony, Sidonie was the birth name of the French novelist Colette.