Let’s face it — one of the first things that come to mind when learning about a pregnancy is “what will we name it?” Name-searching is one of the most difficult things to do. You are faced with a choice between giving your child a simple yet meaningful name that everyone can easily recall, or giving your child something “extra” that would stand out from the rest.
If you are scouting for simple and fancy names for your baby right now, we might be able to help, especially if you're in love with anything French. The French language is undoubtedly a beautiful language so it makes complete sense that it offers a bevy of gorgeous names for boys or girl. Don't believe us? Keep scrolling and see for yourself.
Since using ordinary American words as baby names have already been a commonplace here in the United States, why not take a unique direction and use French words? Although, one fair warning: you might have a hard time arriving to a final decision because all the names are just completely charming! To help you decide, here’s the list of 25 baby names that are also French words.
Belle is of French origin which means "beauty". This is where the name of the fictional character "Belle" of Beauty and the Beast was derived from. The SSA has recorded 16,736 babies born with the first name Belle in the US—the oldest one being in October 24th, 1825. It became popular in 1915 where a total of 407 babies were all given the name Belle.
Based on reports made by the Social Security Administration in 2015, there were only nine babies in Pennsylvania who were named Belle, although it is more common as a last name because there were 4,246 people who were surveyed in 2010. Two of the most notable people named Belle are Belle Puri, an award-winning journalist in Canada; and Belle Monappa Hegde, a male cardiologist, medical scientist, educator, and author.
Stella is a French variation of the name "Estella" which means "Star". This name is commonly given to girls. In 2016, it ranked 45th most popular name. The SSA has recorded 164,841 babies born with that first name in the US. 4,912 of which were all born in 2016 which makes it the year that had the most babies born named Stella.
The oldest recorded birth was in July 4th, 1866. The name Stella became pretty much popular in Ohio way back 1916 when 204 babies were named Stella that year. Stella Parton, an American country singer-songwriter—also Dolly Parton's sister; and Stella Stevens, an American film, television, and stage actress, are among the most notable people bearing the first name Stella. This is certainly a charming name, fit for a charming baby girl.
Leon is a male French name which means "Lion". It is ranked as the 430th most popular name of all time. From 1880 to 2016, the SSA reports that 164,910 babies were born with this first name in the United States. The oldest recorded birth was in January 12, 1847. The year that had the most people named Leon born was in 1921 with a total of 2,677 babies.
It gained popularity in Kentucky back in 1927 where 63 babies were born bearing the name that year--That's a lot of Leon's! Some of the most well-known people bearing the name are Leon Panetta, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and Director of the CIA; and Leon Russell-- a musician who incorporates different genres in his performances. We are definitely feeling the fierceness and the masculine vibe of this name. We recommend this one, too!
Elise is a French female baby name which means "pledged to God". It is ranked 858th most popular name of all time and 2016 SSA data states that there have been 62, 756 registered births under this name, the first one being in January 12th 1867. The highest recorded use was in 2012 where 2,121 babies were given the name. Elise is also used as a surname, and as of the 2000 Census, 146 people with it as their surname were surveyed. Some well-known people named Elise are Elise Mertens, a professional tennis player; Elise Neal, an American dancer and actor; and Elise Andrew, a blogger, writer, Science communicator, and webmaster. This name is undeniably dainty and sweet--something that moms like us are looking for in a name.
Jolie is a very interesting name which means "pretty" in French. You guessed it right--it is most commonly given to girls. The SSA indicates that from 1880 to 2016, there had been 10,867 babies that were named Jolie and that the oldest recorded was in July of 1888. A total of 546 babies were given the name back in 2008, which makes it the most number of recorded birth for that name, as stated by the SSA.
It is also quite popular in Louisiana as it ranks 81st in the most popular names used in the state. Jolie Holland and Jolie Gabor are two of the most famous people bearing the name. Jolie Holland is an American singer who performs combined elements of rock, country, jazz, blues, folk, and traditional; while Jolie Gabor was an American socialite most famously known as the mother of actresses Magda, Zsa Zsa, and Eva Gabor.
Beau is a French term which means "Handsome" and is commonly given to boys. This is the counterpart of the name "Belle". The SSA has recorded 32,950 babies born with that first name in the US—2,133 of which were all born in 2016 which makes it the highest recorded use. The oldest recorded birth, however, was on February 12th, 1873.
It ranks 73rd in popularity in North Dakota where 19 babies were all named the same. Some of the most famous people with the given name are Beau Biden, the late son of former Vice- President Joe Biden and a former Delaware attorney general; and Beau Knapp, an American actor and film producer. Fun fact: Beau is also used as a noun. As per Webster's Unabridged dictionary, a Beau is "a man who takes great care to dress in the latest fashion; a dandy".
Giselle is typically a female name which means “pledge” in French. It is quite popular as there were 41,683 babies born with the first name Giselle in the United States from 1880 to 2016 as per the Social Security Administration. The oldest recorded birth was in September 5th, 1882, and the highest recorded use was in 2007 where 2,596 babies were all named Giselle.
It is especially popular in Texas where 370 babies were given the name in 2010. Some of the most notable people bearing the name are Giselle Roselli, an Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer; and Giselle Laronde, the beauty queen who holds the title Miss Trinidad & Tobago World 1986, and Miss World 1986. Giselle is an elegant name, and it’s a really good option if you’re looking for something feminine and delightful.
Celine is of French origin which means "Heaven" or "Sky". This name is typically given to girls. As per the Social Security Administration, over 10, 424 babies were born with it as their first name in the United States from 1880 to 2016—565 of which were all born in 1998 which was just 3 years after the famous Celine Dion topped the UK album and singles charts.
The oldest recorded birth by the SSA for the name Celine was back on February 6th of 1870. Aside from Celine Dion, her other well-known namesakes are Celine Sciamma, a French film director, and screenwriter; Celine Sallette, a French actress; and Celine Cousteau, an American-born French filmmaker and explorer. This name is definitely very feminine and chic—we give this one a thumbs up!
Sage is a very interesting and meaningful name. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as a "mature or venerable man of sound judgment" It means "wise one" in French and is typically gender-neutral. It is also associated with the herb used in culinary.
According to SSA's 2016 report, there had been 25,574 babies born with this first name over the last 136 years and that the oldest recorded birth was in January of 187—139 years ago. The highest recorded use for this name was in 2016 with a total of 928 babies and as of 2015, it ranks 93rd in popularity as a girl's name in Alaska. Some of the most notable persons named Sage are Sage Stallone, the deceased child of Sylvester Stallone; Sage Steele, a Host, and reporter; and Sage Northcutt, an American professional MMA fighter.
Mavie is a stunning and fascinating name. It directly translates to "my life" in French and is commonly given to girls. the Social Security Administration states that as of 2016, there were only 26 births where babies were named Mavie in the United States. The oldest record dates back to February 11th, 1882.
The year that had the most people named Mavie was born dates back to 1923 with a total of 6 babies. The only three notable people bearing this name are Mavie Marcos, a muli-talented musician and personal trainer; Mavie Bardanzellu, an Italian theatre and film actress in the early 50's; and Mavie Hörbiger, an Austrian-German actress. I'm pretty sure this name would definitely appeal to new generation parents who are looking for a meaningful name.
Anaïs is a French word that translates to "gracious, merciful" and is commonly given to girls. Since 1880, there had only been a recorded 6,495 births of babies being named Anaïs in the United States — the first one being in March of 1876. As per the SSA, the name Anaïs is not very common in Ohio.
In 2005, only 6 people were given the name in the said state. The highest recorded use was in 2006 with a total of 306 babies which really only proves that parents nowadays are looking for a unique and meaningful name for their children. Some of the most famous people with the given name are Anaïs Nin, a well-known French journalist and story writer; Anaïs Mitchell, an American folk music and indie folk singer-songwriter, and musician; and Anaïs Mali, a French model.
Bleu is a gender-neutral name which means “blue” in French. From 1880 to 2016, the SSA has recorded only 108 babies being born with the name Bleu in the United States. The highest of which was in 2014 wherein a total of 11 babies were given the name. The first-ever recorded birth dates back to August of 1917.
Since the name/spelling of the name is not very common, there are only a few famous people bearing it: Bleu, an American pop artist/songwriter; Ella Bleu Travolta, an aspiring actress and daughter of John Travolta and Kelly Preston; and Jorja Bleu Sychak, the daughter of singer-songwriter Bret Michaels. The American version (Blue) is by far the more famous version of this name, but if you want something more fun and unique, we suggest you consider this one instead!
Estee is a shortened version of "Estelle"— a French term for "star". According to the Social Security Administration, the first-ever recorded birth for the first name Estee dates back to September 7th, 1878. The SSA also notes that from 1880 to 2016, only 747 babies were named Estee in the United States and that the highest reported use of the name was back in 1992 with a total of 29 babies. It is very much unique that only three famous people bear the name-- Estee Lauder, Estee Chandler, and Estee Shiraz. Estee Lauder is the co-founder of the popular cosmetics company Estee Lauder.
Estee Chandler is an actress and an organizational leader on the West coast for the Pro- Palestinian organization Jewish Voice for Peace, and Estee Shiraz, also an influential person, founded the "Israeli goes World" Organization and the Shiraz mediation group which provides Divorce and family Mediation services.
Fleur is a French word for “flower”. This name is usually given to baby girls. From 1880 to 2016, the SSA reported that only 172 babies were born with the name Fleur in the United States and that the highest recorded use of the name was in 2016 where it was given to 12 beautiful baby girls. The SSA also notes that the oldest-reported birth for the first name, Fleur, goes way back May of 1893. Some of the most famous people bearing the name would be Fleur Adcock—a poet and editor, Fleur East—the series 11 runner-up on X-Factor UK, and Fleur de Force—a Beauty and Makeup Vlogger on YouTube. Overall, this pretty name can be considered quite rare despite the increase in 2016. For those looking for a unique and elegant name, this might just be for you!
Victoire is a French word which directly translates to "victory". The name is an uncommonly occurring first name for females as per the census of the year 2000-- so much so, that from 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded only 53 babies born with this first name in the United States.
The first-ever recorded birth dates back to Monday, December 14th of 1874 and the highest recorded use was in 2016 where 5 babies were named Victoire. Victoire Armande de Rohan, and Victoire Thivisol are among the very few people with the given name. Victoire Armande de Rohan was the daughter of Prince Charles of Soubise and Princess Anne Therese of Savoy. Victoire Thivisol, on the other hand, is a French Film actress born in '91.
Margaux is of French origin which means "pearl". It is a variation and a fancier way of spelling "Margot". It is commonly given to girls. From 1880 to 2016, the SSA has recorded 2,420 babies born with Margaux as their first name--the oldest of which was in March 11th of 1953.
It was not particularly popular in California as only 14 people bore the name Margaux back in 1998, but it regained popularity in 2016 where a total of 157 babies were given the name throughout the states. The name was first given to 18 newborn babies in 1975. Some of the most popular people named Margaux are Margaux Hemingway, an American model and actress; Margaux Avril, a French pop music singer; and Margaux Williamson, a well-known Canadian artist.
Argent is the French term for "Silver" and is usually given to baby girls, even though it can be used for boy's as well. It is not very common as only 5 babies were given the name from 1880 to 2016 as reported by the Social Security Administration. The oldest recorded birth was in September 12, 1884.
The name is so rare, that there's a big chance that you haven't met anyone named Argent. If you know one, you can consider yourself lucky! As for the most popular people bearing the name, there are no data as of yet, but there are famous people whose last name is Argent. These are Rod Argent, a well-known English rock artist; James Argent, a television personality, singer, and radio producer from England; and Maurice Argent, an American actor, and stage performer.
Hélène is a girl’s name which means “bright, shining one” in French—a variant of the English name “Helen”. From 1880 to 2016, there have been 33,023 babies born with the name Hélène in the US--the oldest recorded birth being in April of 1821. It was ranked 82nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Rhode Island as 14 babies were named Hélène in 1930.
Some of the most well-known people bearing the name include Hélène Cixous and Hélène Langevin-Joliot. Hélène Cixous is a professor, French feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, literary clinic, and rhetorician while Hélène Langevin-Joliot is a known French nuclear physicist who has established her own career despite being in the shadow of her grandparents Pierre and Marie Curie—The definition of the name is certainly fitting.
Parc is a French term for "Park". Just like "Musique", this name is one of a kind. The SSA reports that there were no registered babies named Parc as of 2016. Yours might just be the first! The English version, Park, is typically given to boys, although in Asian countries where the name Park is predominant—like in Korea, it is generally gender-neutral.
According to SSA data from 1880 to 2016; 1,554 babies were born with the first name Park in the United States. The oldest recorded birth was in 1872, and that the highest recorded birth was in 1923 with a total of 33 babies. While the English version proves to be more common, most parents nowadays seek out a touch of uniqueness when looking for baby names, so this one just might work.
Maison is "home" in French, which is typically used as a boy's name although it is gender-neutral. Even though it sounds familiar, the more commonly used variation is "Mason", which is the American version of the French term. 3,333 babies have been born with Maison as a first name in a span of 136 years and the oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration goes way back July of 1894.
According to 2016 reports, there are only 5 babies in Massachusetts that bear the name Maison-- yes, it's that rare! Two of the most notable persons named Maison are Maison McGeechan, a professional English Football player; and Maison Briley, an actress who's known for her roles in God's not dead and The Preacher's Daughter. I definitely won't mind naming my child Maison--Home is where the heart is!
Sources: ssa.gov, nameberry.com, buzzfeed.com, sheknows.com
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