French Counts

  1. Achille
    • Origin:

      French variation of Achilles
    • Meaning:

      "thin-lipped"
    • Description:

      The French spin on the name of the great Homeric hero with the vulnerable heel seems somewhat more portable into the modern world.
  2. Ademar
    • Origin:

      Germanic
    • Meaning:

      "wealth and fame"
    • Description:

      Worn by several medieval troubadours, this name is still used in French, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries.
  3. Adrian
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "man of Adria"
    • Description:

      Adrian is one of those names that’s easy to picture on all kinds of people. From an active and energetic five-year-old to your great grandpa, from the coolest, breeziest guy you know, to the quiet, serious one, it’s no wonder Adrian has always made the US Top 500 since the early 20th century.
  4. Adrien
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Adrian
    • Description:

      This spelling variation of the much more popular Adrian entered reentered the Social Security list after an over 100 year absence in 1999. The -en ending makes it sound like the feminine Adrienne. We suggest sticking with the all A Adrian for your little boy.
  5. Alain
    • Origin:

      French, variation of Alan
    • Description:

      Alain gives the midcentury Alan a bit of gallic dash.
  6. Alan
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      In its three most popular spellings -- Alan along with Allen and Allan -- this midcentury favorite has tended to skew older. It was a Top 100 name from 1938 to 1971, peaking at Number 40 in 1951. Alan has had leading roles on recent TV, in shows like Two and a Half Men, 24 and Boston Legal.
  7. Alexandre
    • Origin:

      French variation of Alexander
    • Meaning:

      "defending men"
    • Description:

      What's the difference between Alexander, the usual English spelling of this deeply classical name, and Alexandre, the French version? English speakers might find the proper French pronunciation challenging: a-lehk-SAHN-dreh, but that last syllable is barely pronounced. Americans might an an a or an ee on the end of the name, or simply pronounce it as Alexander, for better or worse.
  8. Alfred
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "wise counselor; elf counsel"
    • Description:

      Alfred is up off his recliner! If you're looking for a path to Fred, you can go directly to Frederick or take the long way around with the so-out-it's-in-again Alfred. Alfred is quite popular in several European countries, especially England and Wales, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
  9. Alphonse
    • Origin:

      French from German
    • Meaning:

      "noble, ready for battle"
    • Description:

      Rarely used, and for good reason. Alonzo is a preferable choice.
  10. Alphonso
    • Alvaro
      • Origin:

        Spanish
      • Meaning:

        "elf warrior"
      • Description:

        A well-used Spanish saint's name with a lot of flair that could definitely cross over to more general usage. It reached its peak in the United States in 1985, when it ranked Number 456. In Spain, Alvaro is a Top 20 boys' name.
    • Amaury
      • Origin:

        French form of Amalric
      • Meaning:

        "work power"
      • Description:

        Friendlier french form of ancient Germanic royal name Amalric or Emmerich.
    • Ambroise
      • Andre
        • Origin:

          French and Portuguese variation of Andrew
        • Meaning:

          "strong and manly"
        • Description:

          Andre is one of the international forms of Andrew that has been familiar in the English-speaking world for decades without any need to be overly Anglicized - though round the world, it is more likely to be written as André.
      • Anne
        • Origin:

          French, Frisian
        • Meaning:

          "grace or eagle"
        • Description:

          Anne, usually seen as a girls' name, is also attested as a boys' name - for example, Anne de Montmorency, who was a French soldier, statesman and diplomat. He became Marshal of France and Constable of France. It is also a Frisian male name deriving from the element arn "eagle", as in Dutch author Anne de Vries.
      • Anselm
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "with divine protection"
        • Description:

          A somewhat solemn appellation, Anselm is a saint's name, connected to the twelfth century archbishop of Canterbury, and in modern times tied to the German neo-expressionist painter Anselm Kiefer.
      • Anselme
        • Antoine
          • Origin:

            French variation of Anthony
          • Meaning:

            "priceless one"
          • Description:

            Antoine is a venerable French name that is still stylish in its native habitat, where it is in the Top 30. In the US, it was most popular in the 1970s and '80s, reaching Number 262 in 1985.
        • Armand
          • Origin:

            French variation of Herman, German
          • Meaning:

            "soldier"
          • Description:

            Since the first production of Camille this has been considered one of the world's most romantic names, though it's one of those French names for boys rarely heard in this country.
        • Arnold
          • Origin:

            English from German
          • Meaning:

            "ruler, strong as an eagle"
          • Description:

            Strange as it may now seem, the venerable St. Arnold was a Greek by birth, a musician who became a member of the court of Charlemagne. The name is said to have been introduced into Britain by the Normans in the form Arnaud.