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

Sam dreams of a world where every person gets a perfect, cool, and interesting name.

These French names will give any girl an aura of elevated elegance and beauty.

These French names will give any girl an aura of elevated elegance and beauty.

Beautiful French Names for Girls

No language evokes beauty and elegance 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 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, Cathérine, 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 you still couldn't name your children after things, animals, or qualities. It wasn't until 1993 that parents were free to name their child whatever they liked without any restrictions.

Here are a few comprehensive lists 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.

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French Female Celebrity Icons

NameMeaningFamous 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/Coralie

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; 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)

Sylvie

From the forest

Sylvie Vartan (French singer)

Stéphane/Stéphanie

Crown of glory

Stéphane Audran (actress)

Is your little girl an Aurelie?

Is your little girl an Aurelie?

Cute French Names for Girls

NameMeaningFamous People With This Name

Amélie

Hardworking

Amélie Nothomb (Belgian novelist)

Aurélie

Golden

Aurélie Dupont (French dancer), Aurélie Kaci (French Soccer Player)

Aveline

Little hazelnut, fragile, evanescent

Clementine

Mild, merciful

Clémentine Célarié (French actress, writer, director, and singer)

Eloïse

Choice

Eloise Mumford (American actress)

Fayette

Little fairy

Fayette Pinkney (American singer)

Fleur

Flower

Fleur Delacour (character from "Harry Potter")

Inès

Lamb, pure

Inès Efron (Argentinian actress)

Lilou: lily flower

Lily flower

Lilou Mace (American author)

Lucie

Light

Lucie Hann (French writer)

Méline

Little honey

Méline Gérard (French soccer player)

Mirabelle

Marvel, plum

Noémie: pleasant and lovely

Pleasant and lovely

Noémie Godin-Vigneau (Canadian actress)

Rosalie

Rose, lily

Rosalie Cunningham (English singer)

Pretty French Names for Girls

NameMeaningFamous People With This Name

Céleste

Heavenly

Celeste Holm (American actress)

Carole/Caroline

Strong, vigorous

Carole King (American singer)

Claire

Clear and bright

Claire Danes (American actress)

Delphine

Dolphin

Delphine Batho (French politician)

Elodie

Foreign riches

Élodie Frégé (French singer)

Émilie

Hardworking, cunning

Émilie du Châtelet (18th century French mathematician and physician)

Esmée

Beloved one

Esmée Denters (Dutch singer)

Geneviève

Woman

Geneviève Castrée (Canadian cartoonist)

Gisele

Arrow

Gisele Bündchen (Brazilian model)

Juliette

Whole, natural

Juliette Binoche (French Actress)

Lisette

Consecrated in God

Lisette Oropesa (American singer)

Manon (variation on Marie)

Star of the sea

Manon Gaurin (French actress)

Margot or Margaux

Pearl

Margot Kidder (Canadian actress)

Marlène

Graceful star of the sea

Marlene Dietrich (German actress)

Nadine

Hope

Nadine Coyle (Irish singer)

Nicolette

Victorious

Nicolette Pierini (American actress)

Noelle: born on Christmas

Born on Christmas

Is Mathilde the perfect name for your little one?

Is Mathilde the perfect name for your little one?

Classic French Girl Names

NameMeaningFamous People With This Name

Adrienne

From the city of Hadria

Adrienne Bolland (French Pilot)

Agnès

Lamb, pure

Agnès Varda (French photographer and director)

Alice

Of noble lineage

Alice French (American novelist)

Aline

Noble

Aline Pons (French singer)

Anastasie

Resurrection

Annabelle/Belle

Graceful, beautiful

Annabelle Wallis (English actress)

Andrée/Andréa (feminine version of Andrew)

Viril, manly

Andrea Riseborough (English actress and producer)

Anne

Gracious

Anne Hathaway (American actress)

Annette

Grace

Annette Benning (American actress)

Antoinette

Praiseworthy, one who feeds on flowers

Marie Antoinette (Queen of France)

Bernadette

Strong as a bear

Girl saint who saw an apparition of Mother Mary in Lourdes

Camille

With the illustrious one

Camille Rowe (French model)

Catherine

Pure, clear

Catherine Deneuve (French actress)

Céline

Heavenly, marvelous

Céline Dion (Canadian singer)

Charlotte (feminine version of Charles)

Strong, vigorous

Charlotte Brontë (English novelist)

Christine

Follower of Christ

Christine Baranski (American actress, producer, and singer)

Danielle

God is my judge

Danielle Steel (American writer)

Denise

Derivative of Dionysus, the god of wine

Denise Richards (American actress)

Dominique

Belonging to the Lord

Dominique Crenn (French chef)

Édith

Richness, hard work

Édith Piaf (French singer)

Elaine

Ray of light

Elaine Stritch (American actress)

Françoise

France, free one

Françoise Hardy (French singer)

Isabelle

God protects me, God is good

Isabelle Huppert (French actress)

Joséphine

God will add

Joséphine Baker (French dancer)

Mathilde

Strength in battle

Mathilde Gremaud (Swiss olympic athlete)

Michelle

One who is like God

Michelle Obama (Former First Lady of the U.S.)

Monique

Unique

Monique Billings (American basketball player)

Nathalie

Birth

Nathalie Baye (French actress)

Pauline

Humble and small

Pauline Chalamet (American actress)

Renée

Reborn or born again

Renée Zellweger

Sévérine

Serious, stern

Séverine Autesserre (French author)

Simone

One who hears

Simone Biles (American gymnast)

Sophie

Wisdom

Sophie Amiach (French tennis player)

Thérèse

One who harvests or gathers

Therese Johaug (Norwegian skiier)

Zélie is a gorgeous name!

Zélie is a gorgeous name!

Unique French Names for Girls

NameMeaning

Abrielle

Born in April; God is my strength

Aceline/Adaline/Adeline/Adèle

Noble, kind

Alodie

Property

Amalie

One who decides

Annelise

Graceful, lovable, free

Audette/Odette

Richness

Aurore/Aurorette

Goddess of dawn; golden and lively

Avriel/Avril/Avryll

April, spring, blooming buds

Basilie

King

Benoîte

Blessed

Bijou

Jewel

Blanche

White

Blisse

Delight, joy

Capucine

One who wears a cape

Cerise

Cherry

Chanel

Channel, waterway

Chantal

Stone for building

Clarette/Clairette

Clear and bright

Cosette (variation on Colette)

Victory of the people

Édeline

Noble

Eulalie

Well-spoken, sweet-speaking

Fabienne

Lucky charm, bean farmer

Fleurine

Little flower

Fossette

Dimpled

Garcelle

Little spear

Genève

Of the race of women; city in Switzerland

Giverny

French town

Huguette

Bright in mind and spirit

Jolène

She will increase

Maëlle/Maëlys

Princess, ambitious

Monette

Solitary

Ninette

God's grace

Océane

Ocean

Risette

Little laugh

Rochelle

Like a rock

Salomé

From the Hebrew "shalom," meaning peace

Sidonie

Inhabitant of Sidon

Yolande

Violet

Zélie

Solemn, grand; mother of St. Therese of Lisieux

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Eugénie

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Fernande

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Félice

Fréderique

Georgette

Germaine

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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 many 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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Comments

luna on August 22, 2020:

i love all the names. thank you so much

MarkP on July 28, 2020:

Except I know two Jean-Marie’s... both females.

TmH on July 26, 2020:

Except "Jean-Marie" is not a girl's name, it's a boy's name with no unisex usuage. Jean in French is masculine and as a name prefix it masculinises any name that follows it, as is the case with Jean-Marie. Think also Jean-Paul, Jean-Francois.

Jay on July 23, 2020:

These names are so cool and cute I would recommend them for anyone

ERMMMMMMM!! on July 18, 2020:

I like chickens!!!

Nomi on July 01, 2020:

These names are awesome

Not putting my real name on June 30, 2020:

OMG guys don’t put your name put a fake one cos who wants other people to know their name like exactly so listen to me and please don’t do it thank you so much and by the way I really liked it thx for a name I am pregnant and I found a really good name for my baby bye!

Nomi on June 30, 2020:

??! I dont understand

Idkkkkk??? on June 30, 2020:

I actually have a comment but I found this really good (not) lol baiii

Nomi on June 30, 2020:

Sweet!

Ben on June 30, 2020:

Hi I loved this

Lol on June 30, 2020:

I don’t get this lol OMG

Noémie on June 30, 2020:

Hi I like all the names!

Camille on June 13, 2020:

Eloise in French is with a silent H - Heloise.

Cosette is the name of a very sad and unlucky character of the famous "Les Miserables" - dont name your daughter Cosette...

Most Sylvies are 60 yo and over in France, as much as it is nice, it is not given to babies anymore.

Lily on May 23, 2020:

Nice

Maija on May 21, 2020:

Sylvie, Cosette, or Eloise? What should my baby sister's first name be? I think her middle name should be Delphine.

Gloire on May 09, 2020:

Gloire is a nice name but its not on the list.

Suzanne on May 08, 2020:

As someone who has traveled extensively in France and married into the culture, some things I noticed on your list:

- I agree with the person who said NEVER name a child Pipi for the love of God!

- Anelise is traditionally not with a "y".

- Anais has always an umlat (dots) over the "i" -thus ah-nah-EES.

- Along with Maelle ( please forgive that I can't put the umlat on this device) is Gaelle (with umlat); I think it means "gael" as in Scottish celt. It's gaee-ELL. Its an old name from Brittany.

- You left out Lucie, Lillie, Danielle, Colette, Gabielle.

- Lilou is a nickname. Like Minou. You call small children and cats those names. Lol

- I love that you include hyphenated names. Some of my favorites were there: Marie-Joelle and Marie-Claire. The first can be spelled traditionally Marie-Joel with the umlat over the "e". Others I've heard are Marie-Joseph (very old name) and Marie-Luce ( the "c" is "s" - the "u" between "oo" as in ooze, and the "u" in put or foot.

- most importantly, people should know that most names are pronounced differently in French. For example, the name Jade is not "Jayde" as in English. It's "zhahd". Make sure you consider both pronunciations.

Jolene on May 01, 2020:

Yay. My names on the list.

Jasmine on April 30, 2020:

I love the name Gabrielle!

Elizabeth on April 19, 2020:

@someone same!! Also, my name is on the list!!

Someone on April 19, 2020:

I’m learning french

Sophie on April 17, 2020:

I'm Cajun so I don't know if I count as FRENCH french but my grandmothers first language is French so yeah.

Clarisse on April 13, 2020:

Oh My Goodness! My name is on there! So is my sisters, Chanel! And a few of my friends

Anonymous on April 11, 2020:

I'm French and I just wanted to warn future parents that Pipi means urine in French and that it would be quite unfortunate to name your daughter that.

Bahh on April 10, 2020:

Aurélie is simply beautiful

Anominis on April 07, 2020:

There is loads of choice and, honestly I can't decide which one to choose. Can someone give me a suggestion?

LilyXu on April 07, 2020:

I still love these names!

somebody on April 07, 2020:

love the names so much

Grateful on April 06, 2020:

I need names that roll off the tongue beautifully and that are memorable. Thank you so much. I love the variety.

Dude guy person on April 02, 2020:

Im in love with these names. France has a magnificent variety of them too.

Hehehe

a person on March 27, 2020:

I just love your names so origanal. not like other websites at all

Someone on March 26, 2020:

I have been looking for some names for my story. All the names I found were cliche and unoriginal. But then I remembered how beautiful French names are. Thank you so much, these names are amazing. I love them so much

some person who likes french name on March 26, 2020:

I apselutly love these names. so beautiful.

Lily Xu on March 25, 2020:

I love these names so beautiful I am using them for a character in a book I searched everywhere for if Anne-Belle is a compound french name and it always corrected it to Annabelle. Your website just proved it is a French name. Thank you so much! keep it up!

Someone on this planet on March 24, 2020:

Really pretty names!

Lily on March 22, 2020:

this is my favorite page such beautiful french names! keep it up guys! or girls whoever you are.

peggy on March 17, 2020:

nice

some person on February 27, 2020:

basically we never heard of the name belle?

jesus

Shrek on February 24, 2020:

my name is passed on by my mom and she was frenahch

Ageno Edward on December 17, 2019:

Beautiful names

Leigh on November 23, 2019:

cute

Kenna on October 26, 2019:

These names are beautiful

liliana on October 01, 2019:

awsome

Hermione lover on June 09, 2019:

love it

isabell on May 25, 2019:

god is my oath

Sarah marie on April 30, 2019:

Very beautiful

Hrodebert on April 28, 2019:

Very nice

Olivia on February 20, 2019:

Cool

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