[ 2 syll. flo-ren-ce, fl-ore-nce ] The baby girl name Florence is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is far more popular. It is pronounced FLOWR-ahNS (English) or FLow-RAONS (French) †. Florence's language of origin is Latin. It is predominantly used in English and French. The name Florence means 'blossoming, flourishing; from Florence'. It is derived from the word florens which is of the meaning 'blossoming, flourishing'. An old form of the name is Florentia (Latin). Florence is the feminine version of the German Florens.
The name Florence is widely used; it has 44 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of Florence include Fiorentina, Fiorenze, Florella, Floren, Florena, Florencija, Florene, Florenteana, Florenteane, Florenteena, Florenteene, Florentine, Florentyna, Florentyne, Florice, Florina, Florinda, Florine, Florinia, Floris, Florrance, Florri, Florynce, Floss, Flossey, Flossy, and Floy. Other English forms include the contracted forms Flo and Flor, the diminutives Florie, Florrie, Florry, and Flossie, and the spelling variant Florance.
Forms used in foreign languages include Fiorenza (Italian), Flann (Irish), Florencia (Spanish), Florens (Polish), Florentia (German), Florentina (Spanish), Florenz (German), Florenza (Italian), Florenzia (German), and Florida (Spanish).
Florence is a rare baby girl name. At the peak of its usage in 1902, 1.252% of baby girls were named Florence. It had a ranking of #7 then. The baby name has steeply slipped in popularity since then, and is currently used only on a very modest scale. Out of all girl names in its family, Florence was nevertheless the most frequently used in 2012. In the last century Florence has mainly been a baby girl name. There were 168 times more baby girls than boys who were named Florence in 1914.
† Pronunciation for Florence: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)"
A famous person named Florence is Florence Nightingale, Nurse, born 12 May 1820 - 13 August 1910, Florence, Italy.