Ah, France! The country of baguettes! Of berets! And of course, adorable names for little girls. French names have enjoyed a great deal of popularity not only in France, but in many other countries as well, where the language of love has made its presence felt in many a beautiful name. French names are wonderful for growing into, and fit perfectly for both babies and full grown adults. But which name to choose? Don't worry, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite French baby names just for your perusal. So, mes amies, if you’re looking to give your baby a name that’s as memorable as they are, look no further than these, any of which are as unforgettable as the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Chloe is a great name for babies born in the springtime, as it literally means “green shoot,” which refers to new plants blooming in the spring. What a perfect name for moms and dads who get to watch their daughter bloom more and more with each passing day.
A very popular name that has spanned the ages, Chloe is a name that will undoubtedly be around for years to come.
If you like the name “Violet,” but want to give it that French flair, you can’t do much better than Viollette! The name translates to “little violet,” which can refer to either the flower, or the color, making this name doubly adorable. It’s a French spin on a beautiful name that will set your baby apart in a very memorable way. And for parents who love the color purple, this is definitely the French name for you.
Celeste is the epitome of a French name: the way it rolls off the tongue, features that soft “C” sound, and somehow manages to inspire a sense of calm every time you hear it. Celeste translates to “heavenly,” and obviously, what could be more heavenly than a new baby girl? Remind yourself of that when it’s one in the morning and you’re changing a poopy diaper. Sorry, a heavenly poopy diaper.
In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines… well, you know the rest. Madeline is the quintessential French name, and many children and adults alike associate it with the classic book series by Ludwig Bemelmans. In the books, the character Madeline is portrayed as a strong, fearless little girl, who explores the world with a kind of courageous wonder. Who wouldn’t want a name like that? Plus, the Halloween costume ideas just make themselves...
A unisex name, Jules has a certain ring to it that just feels French every time it’s said. It’s not quite Julie and certainly not Julia, rather, Jules has a feel its very own that almost endows a sort of sophistication on the baby girl that possesses such a name. It translates to youthful, a quality every baby will hopefully carry with them throughout their entire life.
It also conjures up images of French author Jules Verne, putting any baby with this name in very good company. We're not saying this name will make your child into a brilliant author, but it probably can't hurt.
A name meaning “noble person,” Adelaide definitely has an old world charm to it that we absolutely love. It’s a name that conjures up images of the thirties and forties, while at the same time, feeling oddly modern and as though its time has come back around. One of the name’s most well-known appearances was in the musical Guys and Dolls, and the character bearing said name has some of the most memorable moments in the show.
It's a name that stands out, and while your child may have trouble understanding the whole "i before e" rule when they get a little older, it's a name that has a character all its own.
Literally translating to “my beautiful one,” Mabelle is a name that hasn’t been seen much, but certainly feels due for a comeback. It’s a perfect name for parents who wanted to be reminded of their unconditional love for their child every time they speak their name. Plus, it almost sounds like what Paul McCartney sings after “Michelle” in the song of the same name (yet another French connection!). Mabelle is a gorgeous French name that perfectly fits any baby girl.
There’s something instantly classy about the name “Susette.” It’s not Susanne, Suzanne, or Susan, all of which are lovely names in their own right, rather, it’s a name seems to imply culture and intelligence. Not only that, it also has hints of natural beauty in it, which makes sense because the name translates to “like a lily or a rose.” Two flowers in one name? Put this one at the top of your list!
Arguably one of the best known French girl’s names the world over due to its appearance in the Disney Beauty and the Beast films, Belle is a simple, beautiful, and unmistakably French name. Parents who choose this name will undoubtedly inspire others to think of film character, but considering Belle is smart, kind, and well read, is that such a bad thing? It's a short, sweet, and simple name, and one that definitely has a nice ring to it (and yes, that was on purpose).
Natale is a particularly special French name due to its little known meaning: born on Christmas Day. Now, that’s not to say parents should avoid this name if their baby girl winds up arriving in August or February, but for the child actually born on December 25, what better way is there to mark the occasion? Not only that, Natalie is a name that has enjoyed years of popularity and will likely be in fashion for some time to come.