French Names For Girls

French Names For Girls

Choosing a name for your baby can be a difficult task. The name you choose will have an impact on the person who will wear it.

Finding the perfect French baby girl name can be challenging. The country has a rich history and culture that extends into its language.

Many of the popular names in France are also popular in other parts of Europe.

If you’re looking for something traditional, you might want to explore some of the following names.

Traditional French Girl Names

  • Aida: Arabic meaning is “rescuer.”
  • Clara: Latin meaning is “bright, clear.”
  • Elena: Greek meaning is “sunray.”
  • Evelyn: English meaning is “bright eyes.”    
  • Genevieve: French meaning is “white strength.”
  • Gisele: French meaning is “pledge.”
  • Jane: English meaning is “God is gracious.”
  • Juliette: French meaning is “youthful.”
  • Louisa: English meaning is “famous warrior.”
  • Madeline: English meaning is “magnificent.”
  • Marion: English meaning is “sea dweller.”
  • Mila: Italian meaning is “gracious.”
  • Rose: English meaning is “rose.”
  • Rosie: English meaning is “dewy rose.”
  • Victoria: Latin meaning is “victory.”

The names of French origin are popular with the current generation of parents. The use of French-sounding names has been popularized by the popular TV show Friends with a character named Rachel. This has led to a trend in naming children with a French-sounding name. Here are some cute baby girl names that have meaning in French:

  • Adele: Meaning ‘noble.’
  • Alizée: Meaning ‘joyful.’
  • Camille: Meaning ‘stranger.’     
  • Claire: Meaning ‘clear or bright.’
  • Élise: Meaning ‘God’s promise.’
  • Isabelle: Meaning ‘God’s promise.’
  • Lola: Meaning ‘light.’
  • Luna: Meaning ‘moon.’
  • Marianne: Meaning ‘sea.’
  • Marion: Meaning ‘sea.’
  • Mélodie: Meaning ‘melody.’
  • Muriel: Meaning ‘sea’ or ‘army.’
  • Nathalie: Meaning ‘birthday’ or ‘born on Christmas day.’
  • Noémie: Meaning ‘given by God’
  • Ophelia: Meaning ‘helpful’ or ‘work.’
  • Rosemary: Meaning “dew of the sea” or “rose of Mary.”

Some more popular French names with meanings include:

  • Camilla: from the Latin Camillus meaning little servant. Camilla was a Roman household deity, a goddess of the hearth, domesticity, and fertility.
  • Josette: from the French Josette meaning little reward. Josette is also a name given to girls born on Christmas Eve, and in Englishspeaking countries, it is often used as an anglicized form of Josephine. Zizi is a typical fairy tale princess, although she has a wicked stepmother who tries to keep her from marrying her Prince Charming.
  • Lise: from the French Lise meaning little lily. Lise was the name of a character in the novel “La fille aux Yeux d’Or” (The Girl with Golden Eyes) by French writer Georges Ohne (18481918). This novel was adapted into a film in 1942.
  • Elize: from the French Elisabeth or Elise meaning God’s promise. Elisabeth is the French spelling of Elizabeth, and it is also used as a feminine form of Elias. Elise is commonly used as a variant of Alice and Eleanor.
  • Cécile: from the Latin Cæcilia meaning blindfolded, referring to one dedicated to God and celibacy. Cécile was originally an English surname that has come back as a given name in its own right. It has been particularly popular in France since around 1940, where it was borne by several saints, including Saint Cecilia (the patron saint of music). It has been used elsewhere too, though less so than in France; for instance, it was one of the given names chosen for Princess Cecilia Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée Mary of Sweden, born on 16 December 2015 Karolinska University Hospital, Solna outside Stockholm.
  • Coralie: from the Latin corallium meaning coral, referring to something which resembles coral or coral red. The name Coralie first came into use in France around 1840 and remained popular there until 1960; it was subsequently revived at the beginning of the 21st century and remains rarer elsewhere today than it does within France itself; this may be due to its sound being similar to that of Coraline which itself came into use as an English language given name only recently (in 2000).

French Names That Mean Charm and Love

Charm: Another popular type of French baby girl name is a name that means charm. These names include Sabine, which means “from the Sabine tribes,” and Brigitte, which also means “from the tribe.” The name Serena is another example of a name that has the meaning of charm. You can give one of these names to your daughter if you want her to grow up being charming like her mother.

Love: If you want your child to grow up feeling loved, it may be good for you to give her a name with this meaning. Some common examples are Danielle and Debra. Other types of love-related French baby girl names are affectionate, like Juliette, or even sexy, like Jezebel or Sapphira. If you want your daughter to have a lot of friends who love her just as much as she loves them in return, choose one of these four-syllable French baby girl names for her today!

Final Thoughts

“What’s in a name?” Juliet asks in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

A French name can be just as sweet, despite your thinking. Here are just a few reasons to consider naming your child after the French culture:

* You can un-Americanize your child. You can remove the weight of the stereotype that all Americans are named John or Jane. Your child will be different than what is expected and may excel in school because of it.

* The name is beautiful. Sure, there are plenty of English or American names that are equally beautiful, but French names carry an extra punch with their pretty accented vowels and soft consonants.

* There’s a history behind it. A name from France can be more meaningful to you, from the language to the country from which it originates. Your child will connect to this heritage and learn more about it through studying abroad or reading books about France.

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