Before all of the diapers and sleepless nights, there’s an important decision all parents have to make: What should I name my child? It can often be a frustrating and confusing process to sort through all the options available. Therefore, let’s simplify the process.
French names have a certain elegance and flair which can help the decision-making process much easier. After all, France is rich with literature, culture, and history to add significance and weight to your baby girl’s name helping her form the essential bond with her ancestry. The country is associated with being the center of modernity and life encompassing art, fashion, cuisine and architecture.
When it comes to names, French parents believe in the impact a name has on their child’s development. Aside from sounding beautiful, their names are a reflection of the multiculturalism and uniqueness of their culture. Some names are based on tradition, others are often diminutives or borrowed with a French twist to provide their children with the ethnicity and values of their society. And, that’s what makes their names so appealing.
Below we’ve compiled a list of 101 French baby names, including the origin and their meaning.
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- 1. Anne
- 2. Andréa
- 3. Adele
- 4. Agathe
- 5. Alice
- 6. Aya
- 7. Amélie
- 8. Anaïs
- 9. Ambre
- 10. Alicia
- 11. Axelle
- 12. Blanche
- 13. Brigitte
- 14. Corinne
- 15. Camille
- 16. Chloé
- 17. Claire
- 18. Clémence
- 19. Charlotte
- 20. Capucine
- 21. Celia
- 22. Candice
- 23. Charlie
- 24. Celeste
- 25. Carla
- 26. Danielle
- 27. Diana
- 28. Emma
- 29. Eva
- 30. Elena
- 31. Elise
- 32. Eleanor
- 33. Francine
- 34. Faustine
- 35. Fleur
- 36. Gabrielle
- 37. Giulia
- 38. Genevieve
- 39. Héloïse
- 40. Inaya
- 41. Ines
- 42. Iris
- 43. Jade
- 44. Jeanne
- 45. Julia
- 46. Juliet
- 47. Josephine
- 48. Lana
- 49. Lorraine
- 50. Lea
- 51. Leonie
- 52. Lila
- 53. Louisa
- 54. Lily
- 55. Lucie
- 56. Luna
- 57. Maelle
- 58. Mallory
- 59. Manon
- 60. Marie
- 61. Mabel
- 62. Margot
- 63. Magnolia
- 64. Madeleine
- 65. Maeva
- 66. Melina
- 67. Mia
- 68. Michelle
- 69. Mila
- 70. Myriam
- 71. Monique
- 72. Marine
- 73. Nina
- 74. Noemie
- 75. Nadine
- 76. Oceane
- 77. Olivia
- 78. Odette
- 79. Pauline
- 80. Renee
- 81. Simone
- 82. Romy
- 83. Rachel
- 84. Rose
- 85. Roxane
- 86. Sabrina
- 87. Sarah
- 88. Selma
- 89. Sophia
- 90. Sasha
- 91. Suzette
- 92. Thaïs
- 93. Thérèse
- 94. Valentine
- 95. Véronique
- 96. Victoire
- 97. Violette
- 98. Yvette
- 99. Zoe
- 100. Desiree
- 101. Dominique
Meaning of Anne:
Origin of Anne:
Pronunciation of Anne:
Alternates & Variations Anne:
Anna, Ann, Ana
Famous People Named Anne:
Queen of Great Britain Anne, actress Anne Hathaway, non-fiction author Anne Frank
Anne remained within the top 50 names within France until 1990 and is still wildly popular within the region and worldwide.
Anne appears as a character within Jane Austen’s Persuasion and William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Meaning of Andrea:
Origin of Andrea:
Pronunciation of Andrea:
Alternates & Variations Andrea:
Famous People Named Andrea:
Actress Andrea Sawatzki, astronomer Andrea M. Ghez, tennis player Andrea Petkovic
Andrea gained its peak popularity within France and the United States in the 1990s and early 2000s. It remains within the top 150 ranking names within both regions.
Andrea is a unisex name which cognates from Saint Andrew, the earliest disciples of Jesus. It was also the third most popular name in Italy in 2006.
Meaning of Adele:
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Famous People Named Adele:
Singer Adele Adkins, fashion designer Adele Simpson, statistician Adele Cutler
Adele is a decently popular name with its ranking staying between the 300s in France while being among the top 40 in Italy.
The single-named British pop singer Adele is partly responsible for a bump in popularity within the Top 500 range worldwide.
Meaning of Agathe:
Origin of Agathe:
Pronunciation of Agathe:
A-GAT (French), a-GA-t? (German)
Alternates & Variations of Agathe:
Famous People Named Agathe:
Princess of Denmark Marie Agathe Odile, actress Agatha de La Boulaye
Although the name had fallen out of use, there has been a resurgence within France since the 1980s and the name is ranked within the top 50 for the region.
Agathe Uwilingiyimana was the first and only female prime minister of Rwanda holding office from July 1993 till April 1994.
Meaning of Alice:
Origin of Alice:
Pronunciation of Alice:
A-LEES (French), AL-is (English)
Alternates & Variations of Alice:
Alease, Alys, Alix
Famous People Named Alice:
Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro, Olympic medallist Alice Tait, Oscar winning actress Alice Brady
Alice ranks as the 4th most popular name within France with a rising trend in the United States.
Lewis Caroll created his iconic work Alice in Wonderland while on a boating trip when Alice Liddel had asked for a story to entertain her and her sisters.
Meaning of Aya:
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Famous People Named Aya:
Egyptian Queen Aya, French model Aya Jones, Olympic medallist Aya Sameshima
Aya is not a traditional name within French/European households, but its popularity since the early 2000s has been rapid. It ranks within the top 50 names in France with a rising trend in the United States.
Aya can be written in Japanese using various characters which can change its meaning; ranging from twill, color, logic, order, and writings.
Meaning of Amelie:
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Famous People Named Amelie:
Painter Amelie Beaury-Saurel, aviator Amelie Beese, tennis player Amelie Mauresmo
Amelie once ranked among the top 20 within France but appears around the 300s now—despite its continued popularity in England, Wales, Austria, and Belgium.
A species of glass frogs was named Cochranella Amelie after the protagonist of the 2001 French romantic comedy, Amelie.
Meaning of Anaïs:
Origin of Anaïs:
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Alternates & Variations of Anaïs:
Anaís, Anais, Anaïse
Famous People Named Anaïs:
Singer Anaïs Croze, French actress Demoustier
Anaïs peaked in popularity during the 1990s in France and it is still considered among the top 50 female names in the region.
Meaning of Ambre:
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Famous People Named Ambre:
Opera singer Emilie Ambre
Ambre is a common name within France with its ranking of 15 but does not have worldwide activity. Instead, its alternative Amber has been quite popular within the United States in the 1980s-1990s.
Meaning of Alicia:
Origin of Alicia:
Pronunciation of Alicia:
a-LEE-thya (Spanish) ?-LEE-sh? (English)
Alternates & Variations of Alicia:
Alecia, Alesha, Alysa, Alyse
Famous People Named Alicia:
Dancer Alicia Alnso, singer Alicia Keys, journalist Alicia Partlette
Lara is a rather mainstream name in France and it also is ranked among the top 1,000 in the U.S. It was most popular in the 1980s with its number 40 ranking.
Singer and pop star, Alicia Keys, learnt the piano at the age of 7 and wrote her first song when she was just 14 years old.
Meaning of Axelle:
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Famous People Named Axelle:
Filmmaker Axelle Carolyn, journalist Axelle Kabou, singer and composer Axelle Renoir
Axelle is rare in the U.S., but it has been a top 250 female name in France for the past 50 years.
Meaning of Blanche:
Origin of Blanche:
Pronunciation of Blanche:
BLAHNSH (French) BLANCH (English)
Alternates & Variations of Blanche:
Blanka, Bianka, Bianca
Famous People Named Blanche:
Queen of France Blanche of Burgundy, actress Blanche Walsh, aviator Blanche Scott
Blanche had reached its peak in the early 1900s before becoming rare in the U.S and is no longer in the top 1000 today.
Blanche was originally a nickname for pale blonde women, but soon developed its purity connotations which it is commonly associated with today.
Meaning of Brigitte:
Noble, the exalted one
Origin of Brigitte:
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Alternates & Variations of Brigitte:
Bridget, Brigid, Brigitta
Famous People Named Brigitte:
Actress Brigette Bardot, Olympic medallist Bridgette Rohde, comedian Brigitte Kaandorp
Brigette reached number 1 spot for girl’s names in France in the 1950s. It never captured mainstream appeal in the United States but has appeared in the top 1000 list over the years.
Brigette Bardot retired in the 1960s to start an animal rights foundation called the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.
Meaning of Corinne:
Origin of Corinne:
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Alternates & Variations of Corinne:
Corine, Coreen, Corynn, Korrina
Famous People Named Corinne:
Actress Corrine Griffith
Once regarded in the top 10 within France, the name has picked up prominence in the United States where it stays within the top 1,000 ranks.
Meaning of Camille:
Virginal, unblemished character
Origin of Camille:
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Alternates & Variations of Camille:
Camilla, Kamil, Kamilla
Famous People Named Camille:
Sculptor Camille Claudel, swimmer Camille Munro, football player Camille Catala
Camille is considerably popular in Italy, ranking 13th in 2017. In the U.S. it usually ranks within the 300s.
Meaning of Chloé:
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Famous People Named Chloé:
Violinist Chloe Hanslip, swimmer Chloe Sutton, actress Chloe Lambert
Ranked among the top 10 within France for nearly a decade, Chloe is a popular choice within the United States since the early 2000s as well.
Chloe is the name of a French luxury fashion house which was founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952.
Meaning of Claire:
Origin of Claire:
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Alternates & Variations of Claire:
Clara, Clair, Clare, Clarissa
Famous People Named Claire:
Princess of Belgium Claire Coombs, journalist Claire Rayner, actress Claire Foy
Claire has fallen out of trend in France with its ranking of 339 in 2017, but it remains ever-popular in the US being within the top 50.
Meaning of Clémence:
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Famous People Named Clémence:
Basketball player Clemence Beikes, playwright Clemence Dane, activist Clemence Houseman
Clemence is among the top 50 most popular names in France; but it is uncommon in the U.S. Its variant, Clementine, is more popular in the states and is currently seeing a resurgence.
Actress Clemence Posey played the role of Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter series.
Meaning of Charlotte:
Strong and virile
Origin of Charlotte:
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Famous People Named Charlotte:
Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, cyclist Charlotte Becker, actress Charlotte Cornwell
Charlotte ranks around 25 in popularity for girls in France while being within the top 10 in the United States.
Charlotte Bronte was rejected nine times before her first novel, The Professor, was finally accepted for publication.
Meaning of Capucine:
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Famous People Named Capucine:
Actress and Model Capucine
Capucine is rather unknown to the outside world but is a popular name within the country sitting at a ranking of 44 in 2017.
Meaning of Celia:
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Famous People Named Celia:
Journalist Celia W. Dugger, actress Celia Adler, author Celia Thaxter
Celia is popular in France, with a high rank of 23 in 2004. However, there is a declining trend in the US where the name is nearly out of the top 1,000.
Celia Cruz, known as the Salsa Queen, recorded over 70 albums wherein 23 were certified gold and others earned the platinum status.
Meaning of Candice:
Pure and innocent
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Alternates & Variations of Candice:
Candace, Candis, Candi
Famous People Named Candice:
Fashion photographer Candice Farmer, model Candice Swanepoel, actress Candice Bergen
While it has diminishing popularity in the United States, Candice remains a popular option in France appearing at the 78th rank in 2017 for baby girl names.
Meaning of Charlie:
Origin of Charlie:
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Famous People Named Charlie:
Actress Charlie Spradling
Charlie is among the top 100 names within France and peaked in 2017 with its 63rd rank. In the U.S, the feminine version has been picking up significance since 2005 but is not at the same level as yet.
Meaning of Celeste:
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Famous People Named Celeste:
Electronic Engineer Celeste Baranski, actress Celeste Yarnall
Celeste has stayed within the top 500 rank within France and the United States for decades. It peaked in 2004 with a ranking of 204.
Meaning of Carla:
Origin of Carla:
Pronunciation of Carla:
Alternates & Variations of Carla:
Carly, Carlie, Karlee
Famous People Named Carla:
Actress Carla Abellana, actress Carla Juri, singer, and author Carla Ulbrich
Carla is in the top 300 names in France, and it peaked in the United States around 1965 when it ranked at 76.
Meaning of Danielle:
God is my judge
Origin of Danielle:
Pronunciation of Danielle:
DA-NYEHL (French) dan-YEHL (English)
Alternates & Variations of Danielle:
Dani, Dana, Daniela
Famous People Named Danielle:
Author Danielle Steel, actress Danielle Panabaker
Danielle was once among the top 10 feminine names in France. It remains a popular option within the top 500 range and reached a climax in 1987 with a rank of 18.
Meaning of Diana:
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Famous People Named Diana:
Princess of Wales, Diana, Neurosurgeon Diana Beck, actress Diana Rigg
Once among the top 50 names in the United States, Diana maintains its position as one of the most popular names within the area.
Princess Diana loved the ballet and wanted to be a ballerina growing up, but her height made her too tall to pursue her dream.
Meaning of Emma:
Origin of Emma:
Pronunciation of Emma:
EHM-?(English) EH-MA(French) EH-ma(Spanish, German)
Alternates & Variations of Emma:
Emily, Ema, Irma
Famous People Named Emma:
Actress and activist Emma Watson, actress Emma Stone, magazine editor Emma L. Shaw
Emma is ranked number 1 in France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.
Harry Potter star, Emma Watson, was the youngest person to ever make the cover of Teen Vogue at the age of 15.
Meaning of Eva:
Origin of Eva:
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Alternates & Variations of Eva:
Ava, Eve, Evy
Famous People Named Eva:
Astronomer Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, actress Eva Longoria, figure skater Eva Pawlik
Eva is in the top 30 names in France. It hasn’t been as popular in the United States, but has seen a rising trend in recent years; currently maintaining its position at 75.
Meaning of Elena:
Origin of Elena:
Pronunciation of Elena:
EHL-?-n? (English) EH-leh-na (Italian)
Alternates & Variations of Elena:
Ileana, Helena, Lena, Alyona
Famous People Named Elena:
Actress Elena Altieri, tennis player Elena Bovina, Olympic gold medallist and sports journalist Elena Vaytsekhovskaya
Elena has seen a rising trend within France owning the 45th rank in 2017. It also remains fairly popular within the U.S breaking into the top 100 in 2016.
Meaning of Elise:
My God is abundance
Origin of Elise:
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Famous People Named Elise:
Painter Elise Bruyere, philologist Elise Richter, actress Elise Neal
Although not as popular in other parts of the world, Elise appears in the top 60 names within Frances for decades.
A steam ship named Elise was the first steamboat to cross the English Channel in 1816.
Meaning of Eleanor:
Bright, shining one
Origin of Eleanor:
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Famous People Named Eleanor:
Poet Eleanor Anne Porden, writer Eleanor Marx, First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor has dropped out of the top 1,000 names in the United States but it continues to occupy the 156th rank as of 2017 within France.
Eleanor Waldorf was a recurring character within Gossip Girl and the main character, Blair Waldorf’s mother, who ran a successful luxury fashion brand.
Meaning of Francine:
Origin of Francine:
Pronunciation of Francine:
FRAHN-SEEN (French) fran-SEEN (English)
Alternates & Variations of Francine:
Famous People Named Francine:
Writer Francine Rivers, singer Francine Reed
Francine was a popular name appearing within the top 1,000 until the 1970s, but has become quite rare in the US.
Writer Francine Pascal authored the Sweet Valley High series which was one of the most popular teen and young-adult fiction in the 1980s and 1990s.
Meaning of Faustine:
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Famous People Named Faustine:
Olympic gold medallist Faustine Merret
Faustine is a fairly rare outside France but it internally occupies the 80th rank as of 2017.
Meaning of Fleur:
Origin of Fleur:
Pronunciation of Fleur:
Alternates & Variations of Fleur:
Flore, Fiorella, Fiore
Famous People Named Fleur:
Field runner Fleur Mellor, figure skater Fleur Maxwell
The name is steadily within France’s top 500 names for women but has not received the naming popularity within the US.
Meaning of Gabrielle:
God is my strength
Origin of Gabrielle:
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Famous People Named Gabrielle:
Fashion Designer Coco Chanel (a.k.a Gabrielle), gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Saint Marie-Gabrielle Trezel
Gabrielle is a vintage name but still has some prominence within France. It was within the top 100 names within the United States until 2010.
Fashion icon and designer, Coco Chanel’s real name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel and had earned the monocular of Coco while spending her nights singing in a cabaret.
Meaning of Giulia:
Origin of Giulia:
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Famous People Named Giulia:
Judoka Giulia Quintavalle
Giulia is ranked within the top 60 names within France but is still a rarity within the United States.
Meaning of Genevieve:
Belonging to the race of women
Origin of Genevieve:
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Famous People Named Genevieve:
Ice hockey goaltender Genevieve Lacasse, actress Genevieve Bujold
Once held prominence, Genevieve is largely out of the mainstream within France. It was among the 30 most popular names during the early 1900s.
Saint Genevieve was a French nun who is said to have saved Paris by diverting Atilla’s Huns away through fasting and prayer.
Meaning of Héloïse:
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Famous People Named Héloïse:
French nun Héloïse, Fashion model Héloïse Guerin
Being a rather unique name, Héloïse has remained popular within French areas only. It remains within the top 200 names for women till this day.
Meaning of Inaya:
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Famous People Named Inaya:
Singer Inaya Days
Inaya is a fairly new name within France but it has significantly grown over the years taking over the 30th spot in 2017.
Meaning of Ines:
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Famous People Named Ines:
Swimming gold medallist Ines Geissler, sociologist Ines Alberdi, comedian Iness Torelli
Ines was ranked as the 6th most common name for women in 2010 within France. Yet, its impact has not reached the United States where it doesn’t appear in the top 1,000 list.
Meaning of Iris:
Purple-blue color like the flower
Origin of Iris:
Pronunciation of Iris:
IE-ris (English), EE-REES (French)
Alternates & Variations of Iris:
Famous People Named Iris:
Actress Iris Adrian, Horticulturist Iris Bannochie, novelist Iris Murdoch
Iris remains as a popular option for baby names for girls within France. It reached its all-time high in 2018 ranking at 138 within the States.
Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the gods.
Meaning of Jade:
Like the mineral stone
Origin of Jade:
Pronunciation of Jade:
JAYD (English) ZHAD (French)
Alternates & Variations of Jade:
Famous People Named Jade:
Gymnast Jade Carey, Swimmer Jade Howard, Fashion Designer Jade Holland Cooper
Jade was quite a popular name for girls and broke into the top 100 ranking in 2001 and remains among the top 3 names in France.
Jade stones are regarded as possessing medicinal properties which can aid in healing and recovery from bacterial and viral infections or for pain relief.
Meaning of Jeanne:
God is gracious
Origin of Jeanne:
Pronunciation of Jeanne:
ZHAN (French) JEEN (English)
Alternates & Variations of Jeanne:
Jean, Jeanette, Jenna, Jane, Joan
Famous People Named Jeanne:
Actress Jeanne Moreau, fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin
Being a vintage name, Jeanna has seen its ups and downs. It remains as a popular option in France, but no longer appears in the top 1,000 in the United States.
Joan of Arc is commonly referred to as Jeanne of Arc within France.
Meaning of Julia:
Descendant of Julus
Origin of Julia:
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Famous People Named Julia:
Architect Julia Morgan, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress Julia Roberts
Julia remains within the top 50 names for women for nearly a decade in France while maintaining its popularity within the U.S.
Meaning of Juliet:
Origin of Juliet:
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Famous People Named Juliet:
Musician Juliet Richardson, actress Juliet Aubrey, director Juliet Huddy
Given its significance, Juliet has remained within the top 1,000 lists within the United States and France.
Although Juliet is an anglicized form of Juliette, it has its own significance and meaning through the spelling used by Shakespeare.
Meaning of Josephine:
God will increase
Origin of Josephine:
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Famous People Named Josephine:
Actress Josephine Hull, Businesswoman Estee Lauder aka Josephine Esther Mentzer
Josephine remains very popular as a name for women. Despite a decline in France, the name hit its all-time high in the U.S securing the 91st rank in 2017.
Meaning of Lana:
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Famous People Named Lana:
Singer Lana Del Rey, actress Lana Turner, director Lana Wachowski
Lana reached prominence within France, making it one of the top 50 names for women; although it does still remain within the top 500 ranking in the United States.
Lana Lang is a fictional character within DC comics often appearing as supporting character for Superboy.
Meaning of Lorraine:
From Lothar’s kingdom
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Famous People Named Lorraine:
Swimmer Loarraine Crapp, actress Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine was amongst the top 100 names in the U.S until 1948 but slowly transitioned out and is rarely used nowadays.
Meaning of Lea:
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Famous People Named Lea:
Basketball player Lea Henry, gold medallist swimmer Lea Maurer, actress Lea Thompson
Lea maintains its position within the United States but shines in France where it is among the top 10 feminine names. It was ranked number 1 from 1997 till 2004.
Glee actress Lea Michele played the role of Cosette in Broadway’s Les Misérables when she was just 8 years old.
Meaning of Leonie:
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Famous People Named Leonie:
Writer Leonie Ossowski
Leonie is a significantly rare name but it holds the 31st rank for the top female names in France.
Meaning of Lila:
Origin of Lila:
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Alternates & Variations of Lila:
Laila, Layla Lela
Famous People Named Lila:
Actress Lila Kedrova, Engineer Lila Tretikov
Lila reached its all time high in France by ranking at 89 in 2017. Its prominence can be seen world-over.
Meaning of Louisa:
Origin of Louisa:
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Alternates & Variations of Louisa:
Louise Luise, Lois
Famous People Named Louisa:
First Lady of the United States Louisa Adams, actress Jean Louisa Kelly
While Louisa has seen a sharp decline, the name still exists within the top 500 within France.
The bestselling classic, Little Women, was written by American novelist Louisa May Alcott.
Meaning of Lily:
Origin of Lily:
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Alternates & Variations of Lily:
Lilian, Liliana, Lillie
Famous People Named Lily:
Actress Lily Collins, Olympic Medallist Lily Carlstedt, actress Lily James
Lily has been an evergreen name worldwide, yet the French seem to prefer the name; ranking it at 66 in 2017.
Lily is a fictional character in James Matthew Barrie’s play, Peter Pan and is depicted as the princess of the Piccaninny-tribe.
Meaning of Lucie:
Origin of Lucie:
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Alternates & Variations of Lucie:
Lucy, Lucia, Lucette
Famous People Named Lucie:
Actress Lucie Laurier, judoka Lucie Decosse
While its rendition, Lucy, is more popular in the United States, Lucie still manages to remain within the top 100 for France.
Meaning of Luna:
Origin of Luna:
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Famous People Named Luna:
Wrestler Luna Vachon
Luna is a popular name in France, ranking from 56 to 36 in recent years. In the U.S, it has seen a spike where the name has entered the top 25 in 2018.
In Roman religion, Luna was the divine embodiment of the Mood and was often illustrated with a crescent moon and a two-yoke chariot.
Meaning of Maelle:
Origin of Maelle:
Pronunciation of Maelle:
Alternates & Variations Maelle:
Famous People Named Maelle:
Breton Saint Maelle
Maelle has significance inside France wherein the name is ranked within the top 50 names for women.
Meaning of Mallory:
Origin of Mallory:
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Alternates & Variations of Mallory:
Mallery, Mallori, Malorie
Famous People Named Mallory:
Actress Mallory Jansen, athlete Mallory Deluce
While there are fluctuations, Mallory remains as one of the top 1,000 names within the United States since its adoption in 1983.
Meaning of Manon:
Child of wishes
Origin of Manon:
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Alternates & Variations of Manon:
Marianne, Maryse, Marielle
Famous People Named Manon:
ice hockey player Manon Rheaume, actress Manon Capelle
Manon is a pretty uncommon name outside France, but internally it ranks within the top 20 for the past two decades.
Meaning of Marie:
Star from the sea of bitterness
Origin of Marie:
Pronunciation of Marie:
Alternates & Variations of Marie:
Marion, Mari, Mary
Famous People Named Marie:
Nobel Prize Winner Marie Curie, actress Marie Dressler, skiing Olympic medallist Marie Martinod
Marie was the top French name within the early 1900s and despite fluctuations, it still occupies the 71st rank.
The ground-breaking scientist, Marie Curie, and her husband worked out of a shack during the research and experimentation which eventually led to the discovery of Radium and Polonium.
Meaning of Mabel
Origin of Mabel:
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Famous People Named Mabel:
Writer Mabel Forrest, poet Mabel Segun, actress Mabel Paige
Mabel has seen a sudden spike in the United States after being out of the top 1,000 to place itself in the under 500th spot with rising popularity in recent years
The daughter of Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy is named Mabel in the Bridget Jones Diary series.
Meaning of Margot:
Like a pearl
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Actress Margot Robbie, actress Margot Kidder, Olympic gold medallist Margot van Geffen
Margot remains within the top 100 names in France but has seen a recent resurgence in 1997 after nearly 50 years of absence from the U.S top rankings.
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Famous People Named Magnolia:
Model Magnolia Maymuru
Magnolia was out of the top 1,000 names for a while but the name has resurfaced jumping up the ladder to its 314th spot in 2018.
The critically acclaimed movie directed by Paul Thomas Anderson named Magnolia was released in 1999 and was nominated for several awards.
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Madlyn, Madalyn, Magdalen, Magdalena
Famous People Named Madeleine:
Writer Madeleine L’Engle, actress Madeleine Stowe, diving Olympic medallist Madeleine Moreau
Madeleine is the French name that lasts over decades. Despite its continued ups-and-downs inside and outside the region, it remains within the top 1,000 list for many countries.
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Famous People Named Maeva:
Model Maeva Coucke, hurdler Maeva Contion, historian Maeva Marcus
Giacomo ranks in the top 300 names in France, but it is rare elsewhere.
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Famous People Named Melina:
Singer/songwriter Melina Almodovar, scientist Melina Gerogousakis, fashion designer Melina Dziovic
Melina reached a new high of popularity in France in 2007 securing the 60th rank. It is rarely seen in other countries.
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Maja, Maiken, Maaike
Famous People Named Mia:
Water polo athlete Mia Santoromito, actress Mia Wasikowska, Badminton Olympic medallist Mia Audina
Mia is a popular name within many countries and appears within the top 25 list of France for feminine names.
Meaning of Michelle:
“Who is like God?”
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Famous People Named Michelle:
Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, political columnist Michelle Malkin, actress Michelle Pfeiffer
While the popularity of the name has been tapered off in France, Michelle has seen a rising trend in the U.S being among the top 10 at its peak.
Father of Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, was a city pump operator at the Chicago water processing plant and her mother was a secretary which were the foundations of her humble beginnings.
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Milada, Milena, Milica
Famous People Named Mila:
Actress Mila Kunis, mathematician Mila Nikolova
Mila has quickly rose as the 7th most popular name in France since it first appeared on its top 1,000 in 2000.
Meaning of Myriam:
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Mariam, Maryam, Maria, Mary
Famous People Named Myriam:
Actress Myriam Bru, swimmer Myriam Glez, athlete Myriam Soumare
Myriam’s alternatives are more common in other parts of the world, but France maintains its popularity with the name remaining within the top 150 ranking.
Meaning of Monique:
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Alternates & Variations of Monique:
Monica, Monika, Mona
Famous People Named Monique:
Nuclear Physicist Monique Sene, actress Monique Coleman
Monique was adopted in the U.S and gained a ranking of 93 in the 1980s before declining out of the top 1,000 names list.
Animated action-comedy show, Kim Possible, had a recurring character named Monique who was the female best friend of the lead protagonist. Merchandise and toys regarding the character were made due to popular demand.
Meaning of Marine:
From the sea
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Famous People Named Marine:
Sculptor Marine Delterme, Olympic hockey player Marine Russo, model Marine Lorphelin
Marine once occupied the number 1 status within the French top 1,000 names in 1991 and while there has been a significant decrease, it maintains its position within the region.
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Famous People Named Nina:
Singer Nina Girado, artist Nina Barka, cyclist Nina Davies
Within France, Nina has consistently seen a rising trend with the name breaking through to the top 30 names in 2011 where it currently resides.
Meaning of Noemie:
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Naomi, Noemin, Na’omi
Famous People Named Noemie:
Choreographer Noemie Lafrance, model, and actress Noemie Lenoir, gymnast Normie Nadaud
Noemie peaked in 2013 at number 43 and has been steadily occupying the 67th rank till 2018.
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Famous People Named Nadine:
Athlete Nadine Kleinert, director Nadine Trintignant, psychology professor Nadine Lambert.
Nadine never broke below the top 250 in the U.S, but it was within the top 20 in France before becoming less common after 1993.
Meaning of Oceane:
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Famous People Named Oceane:
Tennis player Oceane Dodin, Actress Oceane Zhu, Ski jumper Oceane Avocat Gros
Being a unique name, Oceane has remained a popular name within France for the most part. It was within the 10 most common names during the early 2000s.
Stade Oceane is a football stadium located in Le Havre in France which hosted the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Meaning of Olivia: Olive tree
Origin of Olivia: English
Pronunciation of Olivia: o-LIV-ee-?
Alternates & Variations of Olivia: Liv, Olivie Alivia, Olyvia
Famous People Named Olivia: Sprinter Olivie Borlee, astrologer Olivia Barclay
Olivia Trends: Olivia has a significant history in France which explains its dominating ranking of number 38 in 2018. That said, the recent upturn surged its popularity in the U.S as well, where it is ranked at number 2.
Olivia Pope was the leading protagonist of the award-winning TV series by Shonda Rhimes, Scandal.
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Famous People Named Odette:
Astronomer Odette Bancilhon, Actress, playwright, and novelist Odette Joyeux, Fencer Odette Drand
Odette had a moment to shine hitting its high in the 1920s which ranged from 5 to 9 ranks, but it was transitioned out of the top lists by the 1980s.
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Famous People Named Pauline:
Activist Pauline Adams, painter Pauline Auzou, novelist Pauline Hopkinds
Being a classic name, Pauline never went out of style in France where it still occupies the 79th rank as of 2017.
Cappella Paolina is a chapel located in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City and is generally closed off for tourists.
Meaning of Renee:
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Pronunciation of Renee:
Renee (French), Ra-nee (English)
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Famous People Named Renee:
Actress Renee Zellweger, French actress Renee Saint-Cyr, Olympic Fencer Renee Garilhe
Renee entered the US top 1,000 names in 1905 where it dominated till 1979; subsequent to its sharp decline it is no longer on the list in 2018.
Meaning of Simone:
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Pronunciation of Simone:
SEE-MAWN (French) s?-MON (English)
Alternates & Variations of Simone:
Symone, Simona, Simonette
Famous People Named Simone:
Gymnast Simone Biles, writer Simone de Beauvoir, actress Simone Signoret
Simone reached its peak in the United States in 1988 with a ranking of 311. It still remains as a popular option as French-inspired feminine names.
Simone de Beauvior is regarded as one of the first to lay down the basis of the modern feminist movement through her novels and non-fiction work.
Meaning of Romy:
Dew of the sea
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Famous People Named Romy:
Ice hockey player Romy Eggimann, actress Romy Schneider
Romy has recently seen an up-turn within France and reached its highest ranking of 54 in 2017.
Meaning of Rachel:
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Pronunciation of Rachel:
RAY-ch?l (English) RA-SHEHL (French) RA-kh?l (German)
Alternates & Variations of Rachel:
Rachelle, Richelle, Rachyl, Rahel
Famous People Named Rachel:
Actress Rachel McAdams, actress Rachel Weisz
Although Rachel is at a downturn, it still remains within the top 250 ranking for French names.
Meaning of Rose:
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Rosa, Rosalie, Rosina, Rosie
Famous People Named Rose:
Actress Rose McGowan, actress Rose Rollins, painter Rose Hilton
Being a classic name, Rose maintains its significance and prominence within France holding the number 10 ranking as of 2017.
Mary Tudor, Queen of France and sister of King Henry VIII of England, was commonly known as Mary rose.
Meaning of Roxane: Bright star
Origin of Roxane: Latin
Pronunciation of Roxane: RAWK-SAN
Alternates & Variations of Roxane: Roxanne
Famous People Named Roxane: Actress Roxane Duran
Roxane Trends: While Roxane hasn’t been popular in the U.S since the 1970s, it has seen a rising trend in France over the last decade.
Meaning of Sabrina:
From the River Severn
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Famous People Named Sabrina:
Singer Sabrina Carpenter, tennis player Sabrina Goles, actress Sabrina Le Beauf
Sabrina has been tapered out of the top 1,000 but it dominated the 1980s with inclusion in the top 10 names for the time.
Meaning of Sarah:
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Pronunciation of Sarah:
SA-RA (French) SEHR-? (English)
Alternates & Variations of Sarah:
Sara, Sarai, Sasa
Famous People Named Sarah:
Duchess of York Sarah, Romani saint Saint Sarah.
Sarah fluctuates but is a timeless name which keeps coming back in style. It currently sits is ranked at number 67 in the United States.
Sarah (2000) is the first novel in sci-fi writer, Orson Scott Card’s Women of Genesis series which recounts the story of Abraham from the perspective of Sarah.
Meaning of Selma:
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Pronunciation of Selma:
SEHL-m? (English) ZEHL-ma (German)
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Famous People Named Selma:
Activist Selma Meyer, author Selma Lagerlof, physicist Selma Freud
Selma is a vintage name which was on the U.S top 1,000 names till 1956. However, it saw a resurgence in 1989 in France where it has reached the 112th position.
The Selma March was undertaken in 1965 by around 25,000 people, including Martin Luther King and other activists, for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Commemorative marches are conducted on the day to remember and reflect upon the historical impact of the movement.
Meaning of Sophia:
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Sofia, Sophie, Sonja, Sonia
Famous People Named Sophia:
Poet Sophia de Mello, painter Sophia Peabody, physician Sophia Jex-Blake
While Sophia has never appeared in the top 100 in France, it has captured a significant appeal in the US where it peaked at number 1 in 2012.
Hong Kong-based company, Hanson Robotics, launched a social humanoid robot named Sophia in February 2016. The robot has the ability to display more than 50 facial experiences and communicate using natural language.
Meaning of Sasha:
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SAH-? (English) SA-SHA (French)
Alternates & Variations of Sasha:
Sascha, Sacha, Sasza
Famous People Named Sasha:
Singer Sasha Allen, footballer Sasha Andrews, model Sasha Pivovarova
Sasha has been a top 1,000 name since the 1990s. Its most popular year was 2011 when it reached the 127th rank.
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Suzette hit its peak in 1934 when it entered the top 150 female names in France; but it has over time been replaced by its diminutive, Susan.
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Famous People Named Thaïs:
gymnast Thaïs Fidelis, actress Thaïs Pacholek, game designer Thais Weiller
Thaïs is a rather unique name. It is not currently on the top 1,000 list in the U.S, but occupies the 86th rank in France as of 2017.
Meaning of Thérèse:
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Terese, Teresa, Theresia
Famous People Named Thérèse:
French saint Thérèse of Lisieux, painter Thérèse Oulton, actress Thérèse Quentin
Thérèse was a top 1,000 name from 1900 to 1985. Its best year was 1944 when it made it to number 26.
Meaning of Valentine:
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Famous People Named Valentine:
French poet and painter Valentine de Saint-Point, marathon runner Valentine Kipketer
Valentine has been perennially popular in France and is ranked within the top 100 in 2017. The name generally has masculine connotations in the US.
The name also refers to the 3rd century Saint Valentine in whose name the celebration of February 14th is conducted.
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Actress Veronique Vendell, singer Veronique Sanson, athlete Veronique Mang
Veronique topped the lists for female names in France in the 1960s; but has been recently dropped for its more widely accepted rendition, i.e. Veronica.
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Famous People Named Victoire:
Actress,Victoire Thivisol, model Victorie Doutreleau, journalist Victoire Leodile Bera
Victorie has not found much significance worldwide, but the name is highly popular in France and currently resides within the top 60 for female names in the country.
Meaning of Violette: Purple flower
Origin of Violette: English
Pronunciation of Violette: VYAW-LEHT
Alternates & Variations of Violette: Violet, Violeta, Viola
Famous People Named Violette: French author, Violette Leduc, tennis player Violette Huck, Ballerina and dance instructor Violette Verdy
Violette Trends: Violette is not a common name within United States and was only briefly in the top 1,000 from 1896 to 1927. Within France, the name is ranked within the 300s.
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Famous People Named Yvette:
Silent film actress Yvette Andréyor, athlete Yvette Williams, actress Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette was fairly popular in the early 1900s, often regarded within the top 100 rank; but recently the name’s popularity has subdued.
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Famous People Named Zoe:
Diver Zoe Ann Olsen-Jensen, actress Zoe Mclellan, actress Zoe Saldana
Zoe is a fairly popular name in France, while it stays in the top 100 in the U.S. It was the most popular with a ranking of 30 in 2012.
Byzantine empress Zoe were the lasting living members of the great Macedonian dynasties.
Meaning of Desiree:
Origin of Desiree: Latin
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Famous People Named Desiree:
Footballer Desiree Scott
Desiree peaked in 1983 with a ranking of 95 in the United States after being adopted in the top 1,000 list in the 1950s. It has significantly fallen out of favor and is not within the top names as of 2018.
Meaning of Dominique:
Belonging to the Lord
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Famous People Named Dominique:
Gymnast/author Dominique Moceanu, World Cup alpine Ski racer Dominique Gisin
While Dominique does not occupy its 1985 ranking of number 83 anymore, it still is counted within the top 1,000 names within the United States.
The hit single by The Singing Nun titled Dominique relates to a 12th-century priest named Saint Dominic.
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