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French First Names for Boys

Prénoms français masculins


Looking for a name to use in French class, or inspiration for naming your baby? This list includes more than 100 common French boys names, along with sound files, English equivalents in italics, and "literal meaning in quotes," if any. The (parentheses) indicate any diminutives. When there are are two different spellings on the same line but only one is hyperlinked, the pronunciation for those two spellings is identical.

Adrien   Adrian

Aimé   "loved"

Alain   Alan, Allen

Alexandre   Alexander


Alfred   Alfred

Alphonse   Alfonso


André   Andrew

Antoine   Anthony



Arthur   Arthur

Auguste, Augustin   Augustus   "noble"

Benjamin   Benjamin   "youngest"

Benoît   Benedict   "blessed"

Bernard   Bernard

Bertrand   Bertrand, Bertram


Charles, (Charlot), Charles, (Charlie)


Christophe   Christopher

Daniel   Daniel

David   David

Denis   Dennis


Édouard   Edward

Émile   Emile

Emmanuel   Emmanuel

Éric   Eric

Étienne   Steven

Eugène   Eugene

François   Francis

Franck   Frank

Frédéric   Frederick

Gabriel   Gabriel


Georges   George

Gérard   Gerald

Gilbert   Gilbert

Gilles   Giles

Grégoire   Gregory

Guillaume, (Guy)   William, (Bill)


Henri   Henry

Honoré   (honored)

Hugues   Hugo

Isaac   Isaac

Jacques, (Jacquot)   James, (Jimmy)

Jean, (Jeannot)   John, (Johnny)

Jérôme   Jerome

Joseph   Joseph

Jules   Julius   archaic: "guy, bloke"

Julien   Julian

Laurent   Laurence

Léon   Leon, Leo

Louis   Louis, Lewis

Luc   Luke

Lucas   Lucas

Marc   Mark, Marcus

Marcel   Marcel

Martin   Martin

Matthieu   Matthew

Maurice   Morris

Michel   Michael

Nicolas   Nicholas

Noël   "Christmas"

Olivier   Oliver "olive tree"


Patrick, Patrice   Patrick

Paul   Paul

Philippe   Philip

Pierre   Peter   "stone"

Raymond   Raymond

Rémy, Rémi

René   "reborn"

Richard   Richard

Robert   Robert

Roger   Roger

Roland   Roland

Sébastien   Sebastian


Stéphane   Stephen

Théodore   Theodore

Théophile   Theophilus

Thibaut, Thibault   Theobald

Thierry   Terry

Thomas   Thomas

Timothée   Timothy

Tristan   Tristan, Tristram

Victor   Victor

Vincent   Vincent

Xavier   Xavier

Yves   Ives

Zacharie   Zachary

1. Introduction to French Names (including notes about suffixes)
2. French Names for Boys
3. French Names for Girls
4. French Unisex Names
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