250+ Vintage, Chic, and Popular French Names for Girls

Updated on December 8, 2018

No language evokes beautiful, chic, and elegant like the French language does. It's no wonder parents of all cultural backgrounds search for French names when choosing a moniker for their daughters.

The custom of naming in France traditionally involved parents taking saint names from the Roman Catholic calendar of saints. The Roman Catholic calendar assigned a saint for almost every day of the year, so parents typically gave their child the name of the saint that was attached to the day of the child's birth. This explains the prevalence of names like Marie, Michelle, Catherine, and Thérèse.

This tradition dissolved after 1966 when a law was passed to allow for French names that weren't religious, such as Violette or Geneviève, but they were still required to be French. It wasn't until 1993 when parents were free to name their child whatever they liked without any restrictions.

Here is a comprehensive list of traditional and popular French names for girls used in France and Canada.These names will give any girl an aura of elevated elegance and beauty.

French female celebrity icons
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Popular French Girl Names

Name
Meaning
Famous People With This Name
Audrey
Noble strength
Audrey Tatou (French model and actress)
Brigitte
Magnificent and great
Brigitte Bardot (French actress), Brigitte Macron (first lady of France)
Coraline
coral
Title character in the novel and movie "Coraline"
Charlotte
Diminutive of Charles
Charlotte Gainsbourg (French actress and singer), Charlotte Le Bon (Canadian T.V. presenter), Charlotte Church (opera singer)
Chloé
Young green shoot
Chloë Sevigny (actress), Chloé (French fashion house)
Élise
Oath of God or God is satisfaction
The subject of Beethoven's song "Fur Elise"
Gabrielle
God is my strength; one of the archangels
Gabrielle Union (actress),
Jeanne
Feminine version of John
Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)
Juliette
youthful, beautiful, and vivacious
Heroine from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Juliette Adam (French author and feminist)
Madeleine/Madeline
Elevated and magnificent
Madeleine L'engle (author of A Wrinkle in Time), Madeleine Albright (politician), Madeline (title character from the book "Madeline")
Marie
Lady of the sea; inspired by the Biblical Mary, mother of Jesus
Marie Curie(French scientist), Marie Antoinette (Queen of France)
Mélanie
Little dark-haired girl; dark
Mélanie Laurent (actress from Inglorious Bastards)
Noémie
Winsome, pleasant, lovely
Noémie Lenoir (French model and actress)
Slyvie
From the forest
Sylvie Vartan (French singer)
Stéphane
crown of glory
Stéphane Audran (actress)

Cute and Pretty French Names

  1. Adélaïde: noble
  2. Amelie: hardworking
  3. Aurelie: golden
  4. Aveline: little hazelnut tree
  5. Celeste: Heavenly
  6. Clementine: mild, merciful
  7. Coralie: coral
  8. Cosette: something small and tiny
  9. Delphine: dolphin
  10. Élodie: foreign riches
  11. Éloise: healthy
  12. Esmée: beloved one
  13. Fayette: a little fairy
  14. Fleur: flower
  15. Fosette: dimpled
  16. Geneviève: woman
  17. Giselle: a pledge
  18. Inés: chaste and pure
  19. Lilou: lily flower
  20. Manette: sea of bitterness
  21. Manon: a derivative of Madeline, which means "elevated" or "magnificent"
  22. Margot or Margaux: pearl
  23. Meline: little honey
  24. Mirabelle: plum
  25. Nicollete: victorious
  26. Noelle: born on Christmas
  27. Noémie: pleasant and lovely
  28. Pipi: rosy cheeked
  29. Risette: pleasant little laugh

Classic French Girl Names

  1. Adrienne:from the city of Hadria
  2. Agnès: pure or holy
  3. Alice: Truth or reality
  4. Aline: noble
  5. Amélie: hardworking and industrious
  6. Anastasie: resurrection
  7. Andrée: feminine version of Andrew; brave
  8. Anne: gracious
  9. Antoinette: highly praiseworthy
  10. Bernadette: Brave as a bear; name of the girl saint who saw an apparition of Mother Mary in Lourdes
  11. Carole: A strong woman
  12. Caroline: strong
  13. Catherine: pure and clear
  14. Charlotte: feminine version of Charles, meaning manly
  15. Christine: follower of Christ
  16. Claire: clear and bright
  17. Colette: one who is victorious
  18. Dominique: belonging to the Lord
  19. Denise: Greek origin for Dionysius, the god of wine
  20. Édith: blessed with riches
  21. Émilie: excelling in all things
  22. Françoise: France or free one
  23. Geneviève: a race of women
  24. Isabelle: God is my oath
  25. Joséphine: God will add
  26. Juliette: youthful
  27. Madeleine: an elevated tower, magnificent
  28. Mathilde: strength in battle
  29. Michelle: one who is like God
  30. Monique: wise
  31. Nathalie: born on Christmas day
  32. Pauline: humble and small
  33. Renée: reborn or born again
  34. Simone: one who hears
  35. Sophie: having wisdom and is skillful
  36. Sylvie: from the forest
  37. Thérèse: to reap or to gather

Unique French Names You've Probably Never Heard Of

  1. Abrielle: A woman of God
  2. Aceline: A noble woman
  3. Adalaide: Noble person
  4. Adalene: Person of aristocracy
  5. Adaline: Kind-hearted person
  6. Adelle: Diminutive form of Adeline
  7. Alodie: Wealthy
  8. Amalie: Hardworking and curious
  9. Aimée: Beloved and nurturing one
  10. Annelyse: Devoted to God
  11. Annette: A variant of Hannah
  12. Audette: A bird
  13. Aurore: Goddes of dawn; golden and lively
  14. Aurorette: Variation of Aurore
  15. Aveline: hazelnut
  16. Avice: A refuge in battle
  17. Avignon: A city in Southeaster France that was the seat of Catholic Popes in the Middle Ages
  18. Avriel/Avril/Avryll: Spring and April
  19. Basilie: Basil
  20. Belle: Beautiful
  21. Benoite: Blessed
  22. Bijou: Jewel
  23. Blaise: Derived from the Greek word, Basilius, meaning royal or kingly
  24. Blanche: White
  25. Blisse: Delight or joy
  26. Camille: unblemished and perfect
  27. Capucine: cape
  28. Celine: Heavenly
  29. Cerise: Cherry
  30. Cezanne: A big flower
  31. Chanel: Pipeline
  32. Chantae: A sweet song
  33. Chantal: A stone for building
  34. Clarette: Clear and bright
  35. Davignon: dearly loved person
  36. Édelie: Having high principles
  37. Elayne: A ray of light
  38. Elloise: famous in war
  39. Eulalie: a well-spoken or sweet-speaking person
  40. Fabienne: a bean farmer
  41. Fleurine: to flow or little flower
  42. Garcelle: little spear
  43. Geneve: of the race of women; city in Switzerland
  44. Giverny: a French town
  45. Hughette: bright in mind and spirit
  46. Joelene: pretty
  47. Lizette: consecrated in God
  48. Marlène: graceful star of the sea
  49. Maëlle: princess, ambitious
  50. Maëlys: prounoucned Mah-Eh-Lee. It means "chief."
  51. Monet: noble
  52. Nadeleine: a ray of hope
  53. Ninette: God's valuable talent
  54. Océane: means ocean
  55. Odette: rich and wealthy
  56. Rochelle: woman who is like a rock
  57. Rosalee: Garden full of roses
  58. Salomé: from the Hebrew meaning peace
  59. Severine: a stern person
  60. Seychelle: an island
  61. Sidonie: follower of Saint Denys
  62. Solange: solemn or religious
  63. Yolanthe: strong
  64. Zélie: mother of St. Therese of Lisieux

Vintage French Girl Names

Adélaïde
Agathe
Albertine
Alexandrine
Alida
Alphosine
Anaïs
Anastasie
Angeline
Angélique
Annette
Antonine
Armande
Aurélie
Adolphine
Armadine
Augustine
Barbe
Berthe
Baptistine
Benoite
Clarisse
Claudine
Clotilde
Clémence
Constance
Cécile
Céleste
Célestine
Delphine
Édith
Eglantine
Eléonore
Ernestine
Étiennette
Estelle
Eugénie
Eulalie
Euphraise
Fernande
Florentine
Félice
Fréderique
Georgette
Germaine
Gertrude
Gilberte
Henriette
Honorine
Héloïse
Hortense
Héloïse
Hélène
Laurence
Lucienne
Lucile
Lydie
Léonie
Marceline
Marguerite
Mirielle
Octavie
Odette
Philomène
Pierrette
Raymonde
Reine
Rolande
Rosalie
Sidonie
Suzanne
Sara
Valentine
Véronique
Virginie
Violette
Yvette
Yvonne

Hyphenated Compound French Names

Compound names used to be very common in France before the 21st century. Nowadays, you will often find people from the older generation with hyphenated names, but those in the younger generation have just one first name. The following are some common two-word French names for girls. They are considered a unit, so when meeting someone with a hyphenated name, address her with both words and not just the first one.

  • Marie-Joelle
  • Marie-Claire
  • Marie-Claude
  • Marie-Thérèse
  • Anne-Belle
  • Anne-Marie
  • Marie-Élise
  • Anne-Laure
  • Marie-Jacques
  • Jean-Marie
  • Marie-Eloise

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      Leigh 

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      cute

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      my kids name id fr ejkw

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      Kenna 

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      These names are beautiful

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      liliana 

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      awsome

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      love it

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      isabell 

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      god is my oath

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      Sarah marie 

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      Very beautiful

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      Very nice

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      Olivia 

      9 months ago

      Cool

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