French-inspired baby names are charming, classy monikers that might motivate your child to learn a foreign language and travel the world. Or, they’ll spend their whole lives correcting the pronunciation among Australian accents.
If you’ve ever been to France or fallen in love with the elegance of the French people, you might very well be thinking about bringing that influence into your child’s life.
A French baby name is always trendy and chic. And even the French style of spelling is classy and beautiful – so why not give your new baby a French-inspired name that will be classic and perfect!
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French Inspired Baby Girl Names:
Not a traditional French name, this comes from a colony in New France, a part of eastern Quebec.
You might also be honouring the songstress, but Adele is actually a French name meaning ‘noble’.
Not only is ‘The Age of Adeline’ a fantastic movie, the baby name Adeline meaning ‘Noble’ or ‘From Nobility’ is derived from the name ‘Adele’.
Adrienne is a French-feminised version of the name ‘Adrian’. Another feminised form of Adrian is the name ‘Adriana’ but it isn’t typically French.
You loved the movie, now keep this gorgeous name alive in your life. Amélie is thought to mean either hard-working or industrious, so it’s beautiful and meaningful.
Amora means ‘Love’ and is the French version of the name ‘Amor’.
Annabell (without the ‘e’ on the end) is originally English, but the ‘e’ is the French version of the name that means ‘beauty’.
Angelique is a French baby name meaning ‘Messenger of God’. It was a popular name in the 1960’s.
A very different version of the name Anna, Anais is delightfully French, as well as being a classically unusual name.
Anouk is actually a traditional Dutch baby name, however it is associated with the French as popular French actress ‘Anouk Aimee’ made it a desirable baby name.
Antoinette is French for ‘Priceless One’ and is the feminised version of ‘Anthony’.
Audrey is a French Baby Name meaning ‘noble strength’. Famous Audrey’s include Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Tautou (pictured) and Audrey Richard.
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A feminine variation of the Latin name Aurelius, which means golden. Perfect for a blonde-haired baby!
Gah we can’t help but think of Avril Lavigne. Even though we are trying hard not to think of her. Cute name though.
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Belle is French for ‘Beautiful’. Belle is also the name of the heroine from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
The meaning of French Baby Name ‘Blanche’ is ‘White’. It was popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
A wonderful name that flows off the tongue, Bijou means ‘jewel’ and should be pronounced with all the French sass you can muster.
There are so many different spellings of the name Bridgette. Let’s go through a few. Briget, Brigid, Brigitte, Brigit, Birgitte, Brigid and more! It means ‘Exalted One’. Famous ‘Bridgette’s include Brigitte Bardot, Bridget Moynahan and Bridget Fonda.
Means ‘a gift’ in French, this is a very unusual name, and certainly not one you’ll see in too many places. If you want French and unique, this is it.
The baby name meaning of Caroline is ‘Free and Beautiful woman’. Famous Caroline’s include Caroline Kennedy, Caroline Wozniacki and Caroline Flack.
This name is perfect for your little angel and means ‘heavenly’. It also has a number of French variants including Celestina.
Chantelle is a French name meaning ‘Stone’ or ‘Boulder’. It is also a French verb for ‘Singing’.
We love the character ‘Claire’ from Outlander. Even though she is a bit of a whinger. The name ‘Claire’ means ‘Bright and Clear’.
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Claudette is the female version of ‘Claude’ – although Claude was a French Queen’s name and was often given to girls. The meaning of the name is ‘Lame’. This is a shame cause it isn’t a lame baby name.
Short, sweet and oh-so French, Cleo means ‘glory’ and originally comes from the powerful moniker Cleopatra.
Colette is French for ‘People of Victory’. It is also the name of an 80’s Australian pop singer that had the single ‘Ring My Bell’.
The French version of the name Coral, and probably better than the English as it doesn’t rhyme with anything questionable.
Cosette was made famous by the book (and movie) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
With the accent or without, this is a French name with roots as far back as Ancient Greece.
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It sounds so ‘1970’s – and it is. But all old names do come back into fashion and maybe the name ‘Denise’ will too one day.
Desiree means ‘Desired or Wanted’ in French.
A unisex moniker that still oozes French charm, this name is ideal for a raven-haired daughter, and means ‘dark one’.
Simple but elegant, this name is the Old French version of Helen and means ‘shining bright light’. Stunning!
We love the character Elaine Benes from Seinfeld (pictured).
Eleanor of Aquitaine was the Queen Consort of France, born in 1102. She was twice married to a king (both the King of France and the King of England) and was the mother of a king. She was one of the most powerful and rich women in the middle ages.
This name is cute and short, a long nickname from Emma or Emily, but now dedicated as a first name. A word of warning, it might not age that well.
Esme or Esmee is a very old-school baby name but it has seen a resurgence since the release of the Twilight Movie with the ‘Mother’ of the vampires named Esme Cullen (pictured).
Esther is Persian in origin and means ‘Star’.
Taken from the French word for ‘star’, this is a bright French name that is sure to be both unique and beautiful.
Originally English, Evelyn means ‘Desired’.
Faye is French for ‘Fairy’. So we couldn’t go past the most famous fairy of them all, Sookie Stackhouse.
Now that we’re beyond the Harry Potter generation, Fleur is again up for grabs. It means ‘flower’. Personally, the name ‘Fleur’ makes me think of tampons.
There isn’t a more French Baby Name than ‘Francine’ seeing it means ‘From France’. The name Francine reminds me of the kids show Olivia.
Frederique means ‘Peace Ruler’.
Old-time elegant, this name might be a little long at first, but it’s easily shortened and guarantees something different and classy. The most famous Genevieve is ‘Genevieve Padalecki’ from Supernatural (pictured) – and wife of Jared Padalecki.
A French-sounding variant of the English, Harmony, this name has all the trappings of a foreign beauty.
A little French twist on the more common Helena, this name might be a little dated, but it’s definitely not overused.
It might be a common name, but there are few more French than Isabelle. Meaning ‘pledged to God’, it just sounds lovely.
A more uncommon title, is the French variant of Yvette, which in itself comes from Yvonne. The spelling makes it different, the French made it classy.
Although there’s always going to be someone who shortens it to Jackie, Jacqueline is a timelessly gorgeous name with French roots.
Pronounced ‘Jahn’ – Jeanne is a very popular French Baby Name – and beautiful as well.
Feminine version of Joel, this name is French all over and we’re loving it. For elegance and charm, it’s this or nothing.
Johanna is an old French and Spanish Royal name made famous by Johanna the Mad who was the sister of Catherine of Aragon (who was King Henry 8th’s first wife).
Choose it to honour the actress herself, or because the name means ‘pretty’. Either way, it’s wonderful.
I adore the name Juliette or Juliet. It means ‘Young’ and is just so pretty.
Famous Lena’s MUST include Lena Headley – who played the biggest bitch in history – Cersie Lannister in Game of Thrones.
The female form of Leon, Leonie also means ‘lion’ and is an uncommon name in Australia, despite being common in France, Austria and Switzerland.
This name is functional and beautiful, with a hint of French class. It’s a kind of tropical flowering vine, but it stands alone. It has become popular in recent years as it is one of the characters in Game of Thrones. If you don’t remember, Liana was John Snow’s birth mother (and sister to Ned Stark).
Lottie is the ‘nickname’ or shortened form of the name ‘Charlotte’. Although Charlotte is traditionally English, Lottie is more known for its French origins meaning ‘Little and Womanly’.
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The French variation of Magdalen, this name is a different spelling to that of the little girl from the stories who live in a house covered in vines.
A shorter version of the name Margaret, this name is just French all over. Meaning ‘pearl’, we much prefer it with the T, although you can go without. Famous Margot has to go to Aussie actress Margot Robbie.
The very first English Queen was from France – and her name was Mathilde.
A French Royal name, many French Queen’s have been called Maude.
A female version of the boy’s name ‘Max’ – it means ‘Greatest’.
We love the character Melisande from Game of Thrones. Did you know the actress that plays The Red Woman is married to Aussie Guy Pearce?
Meaning ‘Brave’ and ‘Strength’, Millicent is one of those old fashioned names that is becoming popular again.
Another gloriously short name that is definitely French, Mimi is a fun and simple version of Mary and Miriam.
Monique is French for ‘Hermit’. The older I get, the more I would really love to become a hermit. People suck really.
Meaning ‘hope’ in French, this name had its heyday back in the 20s and 30s when French names were in. Bring it back today.
Nicolette means ‘People of Victory’.
The female version of Noel, this is a Christmas name that would suit a December baby, or one that is a gift to your life.
Sounds pretty French, but not as Disney as Ariel. This name is a good alternative for people loving the vowel starters.
Meaning ‘Small and Humble’, Paulette is the female French version of the name Paul.
This is actually a common boy’s name in France, but in Australia it’s likely to result in a lot of teasing. Meaning ‘reborn’ it’s a great name without the boring associations of Renee.
A French name though to mean ‘from the shore’ Rive is short but to the point, and not overly French.
Rochelle is French for ‘Little Rock’ or ‘Rest’.
The French version of a similar Latin name, Rosalie is the perfect name for the literally rose of your life. It is also one of the more popular names in the movie Twilight. I have to mention that – it really bugs my husband when an actor or actress appears on the television and I tell him ‘They were from Twilight’. He might read this.
A French surname that means ‘red’ you might want to think twice about this thanks to the kangaroo reference. Still, it’s cute and wonderfully French. It is also a method of cooking where you boil butter and add flour – the basis of many French pastry dishes.
A popular French girl’s name, Sandrine is a variant of Sandra, which in turn comes from Alexander.
All I can think about here is Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles.
Soleil is French for ‘The Sun’. Remember the child actress Soleil Moon Fry who played Punky Brewster?
A very unusual name, not just because it starts with a U, Usha means ‘little bear’ in French.
The traditional Veronica sounds harsh, which Veronique is romantic and French, as well as being an unusual V name.
Yolanthe is French for ‘Purple Flower’ or ‘Violet Flower’.
Yvonne is the feminised version of the boy’s name ‘Yvon’ which means ‘Tree’.
French Inspired Baby Names for Boys
Can we ever forget the name Alcide? Alcide was the wolf on ‘True Blood’ and was played by actor Joe Manganiello who loves to do his washing on his abs.
Alexandre is the French form of the name ‘Alexander’ and means ‘Defender of the People’.
Charming and very, very French, Alphonse means ‘noble’. You can still use the cute nickname Alfie, but this ages better.
Andre is the French version of the name ‘Andrew’. Famous Andre’s include Andre Agassi, Andre 3000 (pictured) and Andre Rieu.
This name doesn’t scream French, but it’s got a little bit of elegance in there we really love. It’s also a brand of Condoms.
Very rarely heard anywhere these days, Armand is a romantic French name that means ‘soldier’.
If you are from a very religious family, this could be the perfect French baby boy name for you. Meaning ‘Baptist’, it has been one of the top 100 boy names in France for decades.
If you have given birth to a Fanta-pants – Baylen could be the perfect French name ‘ it means ‘Auburn haired’.
Short but to the point this name means ‘handsome’ and oozes the French charm we’re looking for.
Means ‘fine friend’, and although not a French name in origin, it really does have a foreign charm to it. Certainly not a name you hear all the time.
Blaise means ‘To Lisp or Stammer’ – but it is a super cute French baby name – very on-trend at the moment.
Bourke is an Old French name that means ‘From the Fortified Settlement’.
Cannon is another name with a heavy religious background. It means ‘Official of the Church’.
This one doesn’t have a fun meaning – it means ‘Swampy Dwelling’. I think of Shrek when I think of this French baby name!
A French occupational name that means ‘candle maker’ you could also use this name to honour our favourite Friends funny man.
Hmm Channing Tatum comes to mind when I hear this name. It is an Old French baby name meaning ‘Young Wolf’.
A soft-spoken French name guaranteed to take the edge of an accent, Claude is a timeless name that will age with your child.
Derived from the boy’s name ‘Cole’, Colson is an Old French baby name meaning ‘Coal Black’.
A Norman French baby name (like Mathilde) – it means ‘Young Crow’. It is traditionally a surname.
Existing in both English and French history, Dariel is thought to mean ‘open’, and comes from the similar name Darrel.
One of the names from the infamous fictional character from The Three Musketeers.
If I had had another son, I would have called him Dorian. From the infamous character Dorian Gray who never ages. It also means ‘Child of the Sea’.
Dumas means ‘From the Little Farm’. So a cute baby boy name for your little farmer!
The French version of Edward, this name has a certain French charm that is perfect for a cultured gentleman. It is also the name of Edouard Stark from Game of Thrones.
Wonderfully French, this name conjures up a soft-spoken lad and is so much classier than the English equivalent: Steve.
Spell it with or without the accents, depending on your preference, it means ‘lucky, successful’ and is known in France and around the world.
Catherine of Aragon’s father was King Ferdinand II of Aragon. He and his wife, Isabella of Castile ruled Spain in the 16th century.
Very French, but we like it so much better than the root name Francis, and it has pronunciation sure to make the ladies swoon (later of course).
Gage is an Old French name meaning “Money Lender’.
A surname found in France as well as England, Garner probably means ‘granary’.
A cute and charming version of the more common Henry, this French variant is positively adorable.
I like to think that Hewlette means ‘My Printer Doesn’t work’ – but alas it means ‘Intellect’.
Not quite as heavy and old-timey as the Latin variant Ignatius, Ignace means ‘firey’ and is perfect for a redhead.
Jack is so boring, while Jacques has a foreign charm that will carry your little man through life with ease.
Now remember, this isn’t Jean (Geen) like the girl’s name but Jean (Zhawn). Essentially a dressed-up version of John, it’s classic and simple.
Leo has grown in popularity, but the French name Leon is still somewhat unknown. They both mean ‘lion’.
Pronounce this with the S or without (as in Louie) and either way you’re onto a French winner.
Luc Buson was the writer and director of the best movie of all time – The Fifth Element.
The French version of a Latin name Lucianus, this name has the soft C that is common in France, and we love it.
More interesting than the more traditional Matthew, your kid will stand out but not too much.
The meaning of Maurice isn’t clear, but it’s thought to have originated in Rome. A historical French name, it’s got class behind it.
Again, spell it with or without the accents, it means Christmas in French and was traditionally used for babies born on the day.
A name with links to Easter, Pascal has that French charm, but without the challenging pronunciation.
A French recreation of the common name Philip, this version is more interesting, and a little lighter on the tongue.
The French form of Roman name Quintus, can be used for the fifth child, or just because you love it.
Sleek and simple, this name is actually a unisex name common in girls and boys. Girls tend to get Remi and Remee more.
Originally a surname, it comes from the Latin word for ‘king’, but is thought to have been used in people that acted royally.
The French form of Sebastian, has different spelling and if you want to avoid the Seb nickname, you can go with the shortened Bastien.
Comes from a French surname that itself derives from the name of the town Saint Clair. Fancy and very French.
An Old French name that probably derives from the word, talon or claw. A strong name with French ties.
A French variety common around the world, this name is thought to mean ‘outcry’ or ‘tumult’ and comes from an old Celtic name.
A name with a number of possible origins, including Old French, Varian is an older style name with timeless class.
In France, this name is often spelt Virgile, but we prefer it without the E and think it still has that lovely French feel to it.
This is a softer version of the more common Zachary, which is a biblical name.