17 Chic French Baby Names You’d Want On Your Short List

French baby names capture the sophistication and joie de vivre present in the French way of life.

If you’re looking for names that would hopefully imbue your darling enfant with the same qualities, then read on.

 


French Baby Names for Girls

Amandine

Starting our list is Amandine. This name is a variant of the name Amanda, and it means ‘lovable’ and ‘to love’ in Latin.

You might like this baby name if you love Barry Manilow’s song Mandy (1974). Mandy is a pet form of this name.

Amelie

The name Amelie became fashionable with the box office success of the French romantic comedy Amelie in 2001. This movie’s about a timid waitress who decides to help people find happiness.

Another variant of Amelia, this name translates to ‘imitating, rivaling‘ in Latin.

Eléonore

This name translates to ‘bright one, shining one, ali’ in the Old Provençal language.

Did you know that this baby name reached the peak of its popularity in the 1920s and remains to be a favorite today? Yes, it’s a classic name!

But did you know that we also have modern variants of such classic names?

Jacquelyn

This baby name comes from Jacqueline, which means ‘Yahweh may protect; holder of heel; supplanter’ in Hebrew. Naming your girl with this French variation may serve as a reminder of hope during difficult times.

Lucienne

This name means ‘bright, born at daybreak’ in its Latin roots.

Margaux

This name can be considered an edible baby name since it’s also the name of a French wine that comes mainly from the grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon.

In Old Greek, this name is another form of Margaret, which translates to ‘child of light.’

Sabine

This name means ‘Sabine woman; catlike’ in Latin. It originated from the Sabines, an Italian tribe that lived in ancient Italy before the Romans came.

Sylvie

In Latin, this adorable name means ‘woman of the woods.’ You might like this if you’re drawn to woodland-inspired names.

French Baby Names for Boys

Beau

Aside from being a term of endearment by the French, Beau is also a sweet baby name. It means ‘handsome’, ‘beautiful’, ‘sweetheart’, and ‘admirer’ in French.

Christophe

To add some French flair to the popular name Christopher, we take its derivative Christophe. Both names translate to ‘bearing Christ’ according to its Old Greek origin.

Emile

For parents-to-be who are bookworms, this gender-neutral name might remind them of the French author Emile Zola. His most remarkable work is a series of 20 novels called Les Rougon-Macquart, which is about the lives of a fictitious family living during the Second French Empire (1852–1870).

In Latin, this name means ‘imitating, rivaling.’

Landry

If you’d like a royal-themed name, consider Landry. It means ‘powerful ruler’ in French.

Maurice

This name might remind you of the Disney character Maurice from Beauty and the Beast (1991) or the Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb.

This name is taken from the element maurus, which means ‘swarthy, dark-skinned, moor.’

Olivier

This baby name is the French equivalent of the name Oliver which means ‘elf warrior; olive tree.’

Saville

The baby boy name Saville is a French name, which means ‘willow town.’ If you’re keen on variations, you can also have SavylleSavelle, or simply Savi

Thierry

Want your little one to grow up a leader? Giving him the name Thierry might help.

This unique baby name means ‘ruler of the people’ in Old French

Timothée

Timothée is a name derivative of Timothy, which means ‘honoring God, honored by God.’

Your son would have something in common with American movie actor Timothée Chalamet whose portrayal of Elio Perlman in the movie Call Me by Your Name (2017) earned him an Oscar nomination.

 

Feeling Très Chic!

Be it fashion, artistry, or baby names, it’s popular to go French! Make sure to let us know which of these gorgeous names make it to your shortlist!