100+ Most Desirable French Boy Names And Their Meanings

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100+ Most Desirable French Boy Names And Their Meanings

French names for boys sound unique and reflect a certain special, wise, strong or intelligent character about your newborn.

For this reason, we know that a French name for your baby will make a statement to the world.

Your baby boy is special and deserves the perfect name.

Narrowing down your choices when it comes to naming your baby is one of the most important choices you’ll ever make.

Strength. Inspiration. Creativity.

These are some of the qualities you get in the French names for boys, their etymologies and meanings.

If you’re searching for the best French male names and need some inspiration, the list below will help.


Looking for female names? See this list of French girl names.


A couple of facts to bear in mind about French names for boys

As with English names for boys, there are a few things to bear in mind when naming your newborn.

Many French boy names are derived from Latin and Greek meanings and connote power or strength. They go back generations and are common in France having been inherited through history.

Other French boy names are also used to describe the location where the child was born.

The names Breton and Beaumont are two examples of this, which you can find out more about as you continue reading.

Some French boy names given to sons by their parents describe the traits or physical appearance of their newborn. See the name Beau further down in this post, or the name André, for example.

And it is also the case that many French boy’s names have religious significance (Catholic).

One such example of this includes the name Jean or Jean Baptiste, which we have described below in our list of names.

With these points in mind, let’s take a look at some truly inspiring French boy’s names.

French names for boys listed alphabetically

Here they are: the 100+ French boy’s names that have made my list.

They’re alphabetically listed from A to Z.

You’ll find the pronunciation in the second column and the meaning and etymology in the third. I’ve even included some celebrities and sportsmen who share these featured names.

What will you name your newborn baby boy?

Names starting with A

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Albert AL-behr The name Albert is commonly used in France. Its origins lie in the German name Adelbert and it connotes nobility, royalty and wealth.
Abel Ah-bel This French boy’s name has a Biblical significance. It is the name given to the Biblical character, Abel, and has been popular in various countries in Europe over the years. In the Biblical story, the character named Abel is killed by his brother, Cain. Abel means ‘breath’.
André Aan-drhee The English version of this name is Andrew and there are many other versions used around the globe, such as Andrei and Andres. André is a name used popularly in France. It means ‘bravery’ or ‘courageous’.
Alexandre Alek-san-druh Also used in the regions of Portugal and Galicia, Alexandre is a French boy’s name that means ‘he who has strength’ or ‘mankind’s defender’. It is derived from the Greek name Alexandros. It is a popular name taken by the French footballer Alexandre Lacazette. There is a female version of this name — Alexandra.
Antoine An-twan The name Antoine is a French derivation of the Latin name Antonius. This name means ‘worthy of much praise’ and is used across the globe. The female version of this name is the French girl’s name, Antoinette.
Armand Arh-mann This name connotes a lot of bravery and strength. Armand means ‘soldier’ in French. Some famous Armands to take note of are Armand Doré (a painter) and Armand Peugeot (famous for bikes and cars).
Alphonse Al-fons The French boy’s name Alphonse means ‘prepared for the battle’ and signifies bravery and strength.
Adrien Ah-dhre-en With Greek derivation, Adrien means ‘rich’. There is an English equivalent to this French boy’s name — which is Adrian, and there is also a feminine, French version of this name, which is Adrienne.
Allain a-ll-ahn This French boy’s name means ‘cherished’ or precious. It comes from the German name Alain and is used widely in France.
Aubrey o-bhri Aubrey means ‘power of the elves’, or ‘ruler of the elves’.

Names starting with B

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Blaise bleiz The French name Blaise has an etymology that derives from the Latin name Blasius, which means ‘to stammer’.
Beau boh Is Beau the name that matches your baby boy perfectly? This name means ‘handsome’ in French. Giving your child this name means they will share the name with famous people such as Beau Landry — a Canadian football player, and Beau Kazer — a famous Canadian actor.
Brett bhret Bret is a name that derives from the French language. It was used to describe the Bretons or Celts who lived in the north of France.
Bleu bluu The French boy’s name Bleu translates to English as Blue and refers to the colour. The name isn’t as popular now as it previously has been and has declined in use.
Brice bhrees Brice was a popular name in France during the Middle Ages. It means ‘freckled’, but its etymology also lies in the Anglo-Saxon word Brice, which means ‘alert’. The English equivalent is Bruce or Bryce, spelled with a ‘y’.
Bastien Bas-tiuhn Bastien is a French boy’s name that means ‘esteemed and respected’.
Baptiste Bap-teest Baptiste means ‘baptist’. It can also mean ‘he who has been baptised’. Its origins lie in the Bible and refer to the biblical character John the Baptist. There are many famous Baptistes, including Bapiste Giabiconi, model and singer, and Baptiste Rollier.
Boniface Boh-ni-fas This name means ‘he who brings fortune’. Its origins lie in the Latin term bonifatius. It also means ‘the fortunate one’.
Breton Bhre-tohn The name Breton refers to those who are born in Brittany. It means ‘of Britanny’ — the region located in the northwest area of France.
Benoît Behn-nwa Benoît signifies ‘benediction’, ‘he who is blessed’ or ‘blessings’. It also means ‘he who spreads the good word’. Giving your child this name means they will share their name with the Canadian politician Benoit Charette and the singer Benoît David.
Beaumont Boo-mon Beaumont translates to English as ‘beautiful mountain’ or ‘beautiful hill’. It reflects those newborns who were born near beautiful mountains or picturesque hills.
Berne behrne Berne is the shorter version of the name Bernard, which is used in English speaking countries too but is popular in France. It means ‘brave like bears’. The equivalent female version of this name is Bernardette.

Names starting with C

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Charles sharle This name has its origins in the German language. The name can mean ‘man who is free’, but it also means ‘strong’ and connotes strength and power.
Claude klawd The name Claude is used in France and derives from Latin. It means ‘feeble’ but can also mean ‘he who stutters’. The female version of this name is Claudia. Giving your newborn son this name means he will share his name with Claude Monet — the French impressionist painter.
Constantin Kohn-stun-tan Constantin is a French name that originates in the Greek name Konstantinos. It is also a variation of the name Constantine, which is a Latin name. The meaning of this name is ‘steadfast’, ‘committed’.
Chevalier Shuh-va-liyeh The French boy’s name translates to English as ‘knight’. It derives from the Latin noun ‘caballarius, which means rider — and refers to the knights who rode horses historically. This name also connotes nobility, as the knights ranked highly in the Middle Ages.
Corbin Kohr-ban Corbin is an Old French name that means ‘raven’. It is usually used as a surname and is used to describe those whose hair is as dark as a raven.
Chapin Sha-pan This French boy’s name historically was used to describe those who worked as shoemakers, and it comes from the French word eschapin, which refers to shoemakers, or those who wore a particular type of shoe.
Cavalier Ca-va-liyeh In a similar way to Chevalier, Cavalier refers to the knights or riders who ranked highly in terms of nobility in the Middle Ages.
Cédric Sed-rik Cédric is a popular name in France. It means ‘beloved’ or ‘he who is loved’. One of JK Rowling’s fictional characters was named Cedric in the magical world of Harry Potter.
Christophe Khris-toff Christophe is a name with religious connotations. Containing the word ‘Christ’, it means ‘he who bears Christ’ or ‘he who has Christ within’.
Curtis Cuhr-tiz ‘Dignified’ and ‘courteous’ are two words that this French name connotes. The name comes from the French word Courtois, which means well-mannered.

Names starting with D

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Danon Dah-non This French gender-neutral name means ‘judged by God’.
Darcy Dahr-see Darcy is also a gender-neutral name that means ‘dark’. It was used as a name that reflected the traits of newborns with dark hair.
Durant Dyuu-ruh This name originates from the Latin — Durandus. It means ‘lasting’ or ‘steadfast’. It can be used as a surname and there are many famous people with this name, such as Sam Durant, an American artist, and Kevin Durant — a basketball player.
Dior Deeh-ohr Dior comes from the Word ‘d’or’ in French. It a gender-neutral name that translates to English as ‘golden one’. It has become increasingly popular due to the famous French brand — Dior.
Didier Did-jyay There is a range of famous French footballers with this name, including Didier Digard, Didier Deschamps. The name means ‘longing’ or ‘desire’.
Devereaux De-ver-oh Is your newborn baby boy going to be a Devereaux? Devereaux means ‘beside the river’ or ‘the bank of the river’. It is a name that is quite rare and is used as a surname as well.
Denis Den-ni The French boy’s name Denis has its origins in Greek religión. It refers to the God of wine, who was called Dionysos. There are various famous people with whom your child will share this given name — from Denis Lavant (a French actor) to Denis Shapovalov (a tennis player).
Delmore Del-mohr Delmore means ‘from the sea’ and its etymology stems from the original Old French/Spanish name Delmar. In Spanish, this name literally ‘means of the sea’, but the variation Delmore is used more frequently in France.

Names starting with E

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Étienne Et-yenn The English equivalent of the French name Étienne is Stephen. Étienne itself means ‘the crown’.
Emmanuel Eman-wel Emmanuel has Hebrew origins and can be found in the Bible. It has religious connotations, meaning ‘God is present’ or ‘God is near to us’. The name is popular in France and has a few variations in other countries, including Imanuel, with one ‘m’ and an ‘i’ and Emanuel, with one ‘m’.
Edouard Ed-wharr The meaning of this French boy’s name is ‘guardian who has wealth’. There are various variations of this name all over the world. In English, the equivalent is Edward. There is also another version spelled slightly differently — Eduardo — which is heard more in Spain and is popular in Spanish speaking countries.

Names starting with F

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Florian Floh-rhia Florian is a French name for boys that means ‘flowering’.
Fabrice Fab-rhis This French boy’s name means ‘manual worker’ or ‘he who works with his hands’.
Faustin Fos-tine Faustine means ‘he who is fortunate’.
François Fhran-swah François is a French boy’s name that means Frenchman, or ‘from France’. It has an equivalent female version, which is Françoise.
Fabien Fah-byen Fabien has Latin origins and comes from the name Fabianus, which refers to a type of bean. It, therefore, means ‘bean grower’.
Frances Fhra-sis In a similar way to François, Frances is a French boy’s name that means Frenchman.
Frederic Frhe-dehr-ic Frederic is a French name for boys that means ‘he who rules peacefully’.
Florent Floh-rah The French boy’s name Florent is an alternative version to the name Florian. It means ‘blossoming’ or ‘flowering’. It has an equivalent female name, which is Florentine.
Ferdinand Fehr-di-nahn Ferdinand is a name that originates from Germany but is widely used in France. It has a Spanish version — Ferdinando. This French boy’s name means ‘he who travels’, or ‘brave traveller’.
Félix Feh-liks Félix is a name that is popular in Europe and France. In a similar way to the French name Faustin, it connotes luck and great fortune. So, this French boy’s name means ‘he who brings fortune’ or ‘fortunate one’.

Names starting with G

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Gustave Goo-stav Gustave is a French boy’s name that means ‘he who possesses the Gods’ staff’ and ‘those who serve the king’.
Gaston Gas-tawn Gaston is a name that has a German etymology — coming from the German word for ‘guest’. However, it can also mean ‘he who is from Gascony’.
Ghislain Gee-luhn Ghislain means ‘pledged one’. There is an equivalent female version of this French name, which is Ghislaine. Note the ‘e’ that distinguishes the male and female versions.
Gérard Zhe-rahr This name originates in the German language. It is widely used in France and means ‘bearer of the spear’ and ‘brave one’. The equivalent female version of this name is Geraldine.
Gervais Zher-vay In a similar way to Gérard, Gervais also means ‘spear holder’ or ‘spearman’.
Gaspard Gas-pahr Gaspard is a French boy’s name that means ‘treasure hunter’ or ‘wealthy’. It is not a commonly used name, but it is very unique.
Gaël Ga-el Gaël is a French name that was used to describe someone who is Gaelic. It can also mean ‘a leader who is charitable and generous’.
Gabriel Gab-rhe-el Gabriel has a Hebrew origin. It refers to the angel Gabriel and is a Biblical name. It means ‘my strength comes from God’, and there is an equivalent female version of this French name, which is Gabrielle.
Georges Zhor-zh The origins of the name Georges lie in the Greek language — it means ‘farmer’.

Names starting with H

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Henri Aahn-rhi This French boy’s name means ‘he who rules the home’ or ‘the leader of the home’ The equivalent female version of this name is Henrietta, while the English version is typically spelled with a ‘y’ — Henry. Notable famous people with this name include French footballer Thierry Henry (note that he spells it with a ‘y’) and Henri Bergson (French philosopher).
Hubert oo-behr Hubert means ‘enlightened mind’ and originates in Germany. Despite this, it is a popular name used in France. Some famous Huberts include Hubert Brasier — former UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s father — and Hubert Kitchen — a Canadian politician.
Hugo oo-go Your new-born baby boy might be a Hugo. It has an English equivalent, which is Hugh and originates in Germany. However, this name is also popular in France and means ‘intelligence’, ‘intellect’ or ‘powerful mind’. It can also mean ‘spirit’.

Names starting with J

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Jean-Paul Zha-pol Combining both Jean and Paul, this French boy’s name means ‘God is gracious’. There are plenty of famous Jean-Pauls, including Jean-Paul Sartre (a French philosopher), Jean-Paul Gaultier (a fashion designer), and Belmondo (a famous French actor).
Jean zha Jean comes from Hebrew but is used as a popular name in France and Europe. It has religious connotations, meaning ‘God is merciful and gracious’. The equivalent female version of this name is Jeanne.
Jacques zhak Jacques also derives from Hebrew — it is a variation of the name Jacob and means ‘God protects him’.
Jean-Baptiste Zha-bap-tist In a similar way to the French boy’s name Baptiste, this name is Biblical in origin. It refers to the Biblical character John the Baptist and combines the meanings of ‘God is compassionate’, and ‘he who has been baptised’.
Javier Ja-vieh Javier is a popular boy’s name in Spain, but it is also used in France. Like Xavier, which is featured at the end of this list this name means ‘enlightened one’, or ‘intelligent one’.
Janvier Zha-vieh Janvier is a French boy’s name meaning January.

Names starting with L

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Lucien Lu-siehn Lucien was typically used to name newborns who were born at dawn. This name has its origins in Latin. It means ‘born in the morning light’.
Léon Leh-on This name originates from the Latin word for lion, connotes bravery and strength and means lion.
Louis Lou-wi The French name Louis means ‘renowned fighter’, or ‘renowned warrior’. It has an English equivalent that is spelled the same but pronounced differently, and an English version spelled Lewis. There is also an equivalent female version of this name, which is Louisa. Some famous Louises include various French kings.
Lionel li-oh-nehl Lionel, in a similar way to the name Léon, means small lion. It connotes boldness and bravery.
Leo Le-oh Similar to Léon and Lionel, Leo also means lion.
Luis Lu-is Luis is an alternative name to the French name Louis. It is used in France, but more so in Spain and Germany. It means ‘renowned fighter’.
Laurent La-rhaa This French boy’s name means ‘he who shines’.
Lucas Lu-ca Lucas means ‘the light bearer’ or ‘he who illuminates’. It originates from the Greek — Loukas.

Names starting with M

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Marcel Mahr-sel A reduced form of the name Marcellus — which is Latin in origin and refers to the God of war — Marcel is a French boy’s name that mean ‘fighter’ or ‘warrior’.
Marceau mahr-ku Marceau is an alternative versión of the name Marcel and also derives from the Latin name Marcellus. It means therefore also means ‘fighter’ or ‘warrior’.
Marc mahrk This variation and shortened version of the name Marcel has the same origin and means ‘battler’ or ‘fighter’. The English version of this French boy’s name is Mark, which uses a ‘k’ instead of a ‘c’.
Mathieu Mat-ieu There is an English version of this French boy’s name, which is Matthew. Mathieu is a Hebrew name that is found in the Bible. According to the Bible, Matthew was one of Jesus’s 12 apostles. The name means ‘gift given by God’.

Names starting with N

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Nicolas nikola There is an English equivalent to this French boy’s name, which is Nicholas. This name means ‘the people’s victory’. It has a female, English equivalent, which is Nicola, and one notable, famous person with this name is the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Noel No-el The name Noel has deeply religious connotations. It originates from the French noun nöel, which translates to English as ‘Christmas’. This French boy’s name, therefore, means ‘the birthday of the Lord’.

Names starting with O

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Odilon Oh-deehl-o This French boy’s name is not as popular as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. It means ‘wealthy one’ ‘he who has fortune’, or ‘he who has wealth’.
Olivier Oh-liv-yay Olivier is a French name that stems from the French word for olive tree. This French boy’s name has an English equivalent, which is Oliver, with one letter ‘i’.

Names starting with P

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Patrice Pat-rhis This French boy’s name means ‘noble’. It is derived from the Latin adjective ‘patricius’ which meant ‘aristocratic’ and connoted that the so-named individual had power. Patrick is the English version of Patrice, and the equivalent female version of the name is Patricia.
Philippe Fil-ip Philippe is a French boy’s name that means ‘he who loves horses’. One famous person with the name Philippe was Philippe Auguste — King of France between 1180 and 1223.
Pascal Pas-kal Perhaps Pascal is the perfect name for your little boy? Pascal means ‘Easter’, ‘born during Easter’ or ‘Passover’ in French. There is an equivalent female version of this name, which is Pascale, with an ‘e’ at the end. Its origins are Hebrew.
Picard Pi-karh This French name is not too complicated. It refers to newborns who originate from the French region of Picardy, situated in the northwest. Famous people who have the name Picard include Alexandre Picard — an ice hockey player from Canada, and Andrew Comrie-Picard — an actor from Canada.
Proust Phr-us Will your newborn share his name with the French literary novelist Marcel Proust? This name means ‘intelligent’ and ‘praiseworthy’ and is a well-known French name.
Paul pol Paul is a French boy’s name that means ‘humble’, ‘unassuming’, ‘modest’. The name Paul exists in English with no spelling variations, though it is pronounced differently, and there is an equivalent female version, which is Paula.

Names starting with R

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Rémy rhemi Rémy is a French boy’s name that means ‘he who rows’ or ‘rower’. There are a few variations of this French name. Some spell it with an ‘i’, for example, while the English version retains the ‘y’, but has no accent mark.
Roussel Rhu-sehl The French boy’s name Russel comes from the French colour adjective ‘rous’ which was used in Old French, meaning’ red. It is thought that the name was used to describe a person who had red hair.
René rhrune René is a French boy’s name that means ‘reborn’. It has religious connotations and refers to those who were baptised and ‘born again’.
Romain Rho-mane The French boy’s name Romain derives from Latin. It is the French word for ‘Romanus’ which refers to those citizens who were of Rome.
Raymond Rhae-mon Raymond means ‘protector’. It is of German origin but is widely used in France.

Names starting with S

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Sébastien sEh-bas-tjhen This name is used frequently in France. Its origins lie in the Greek language and it is taken from the word ‘sebastos’. It means ‘respected’ or ‘esteemed one’.

Names starting with T

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Toussaint Tu-sain Is Toussaint a match for your baby boy? The name means ‘all saints’, originating in the Burgundy location of France.

Names starting with V

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Victor Vik-tohr The name Victor means ‘champion’ or ‘he who is victorious’. It is Latin in origin. A newborn who is given this name will share their name with the famous writer Victor Hugo.
Vitus vi-toos The boy’s name Vitus is used frequently in France. It means ‘life’, or ‘energetic’.

Names starting with X

French Name Pronunciation Meaning And Etymology
Xavier Kzah-viyay Xavier is a popular name both in France and Spain. This name means ‘enlightened one’. It is popularly used and was possibly made popular due to the Spanish Saint, Francis Xavier. It is widely used in the Basque country, which shares a border with France.

Have you chosen the perfect French boy’s name from our list?

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It’s not going to be a quick decision to give your newborn the perfect name. However, with the help of these unique, strong and meaningful names, I know you’ll now have plenty of ideas.

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