30 French Baby Names With Meanings You'll Totally Fall In Love With

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There's no way around it, French baby names are gorgeous. The language is filled with pretty "ee" sounds and doubles of the letter "n" and "l" that make the monikers glide off the tongue. Many baby names that are popular in France also have accent marks, which give them unique pronunciations and spellings.

We looked at naming trends from 1900-2018 on the French statistics site Insee and discovered that most popular baby names have either a religious meaning or a nature meaning. For girls, ocean and water names were common, as were sun, moon, and plant-related names. For boys, names were often from the Bible or had something to do with being strong and warrior-like.

Even though these names are French, they would suit a baby of any nationality whose parents want their child's moniker to have a delicate cadence and a strong meaning. Here are 30 of the most popular French baby names in the past 100 years if you need some naming inspo.

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Eliane

This sweet moniker means "daughter of the sun," which totally conjures up an image of a grinning baby. Your child will be radiant with this name.

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Louis

Many French kings have had this name, and for good reason. It means "famous warrior."

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Noemie

This name has multiple meanings, some of which are "pleasant, beautiful, and delightful." Pronounced "no-eh-mee," it's the perfect name for your beloved daughter.

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Jules

For babies with free spirits, consider the name Jules, which means "youthful." Children with this moniker may always stay young at heart. The French mostly use this as a boy's name, but it works for any gender.

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Sylvie

This name means "from the forest," so it's a great choice for a down-to-earth family. It's just one of many nature-themed French girls' names.

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Guillaume

This boy's name, pronounced "gee-ohm," is the French version of William, meaning "protector." It's a fitting name for boys who always have their mothers' backs.

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Estelle

Is your baby girl the brightest part of your life? Name her Estelle, which means "star" and she'll shine.

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Benoît

Pronounced "ben-wah," this boys' name means "blessed" — and any baby with this moniker certainly will be.

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Coralie

In keeping with the nature-theme, this French girls' name means "coral," but it just has a little more oomph with that extra "ie." If you want your daughter's name to be a little fancy, this is a good choice.

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Rémy

Boys have ocean-themed names in France, too. Rémy means "oarsman," and it's perfect for a would-be sailor — or just a kid who loves the water.

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Magalie

Magalie means "pearl," so it's the perfect name for your precious daughter. It's also another example of France's obsession with ocean-themed names.

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Jean

This is a common French boys' name, even though it's a girls' name in some other cultures. It means "god is gracious," and is pronounced with a soft "j" as in "jawn," almost sounding like "shawn." It was the number one French boys' name from 1900 to 1957, according to INSEE.

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Christelle

If you want a more faith-centered name for you child, consider Christelle. It means "follower of Christ."

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Henri

Is your son a natural-born ruler? Name him Henri. It means "rules the household," and he certainly will.

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Amandine

You can tell your daughter how much you love her, or you can just name her Amandine, which means "much-loved." That way, she'll always know.

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Maxence

If you only plan on having one child, you can name him Maxence, which means "greatest." It doesn't work as well as a moniker when you have more than one kid, though.

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Delphine

This French girls' name means "dolphin," and also "delphinium," which is a type of flower. Either way, it's a gorgeous moniker.

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Maël

If your son has your whole heart, name him Maël, which means "prince." It was the 10th most popular French boys' name in 2018.

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Céline

This sweet moniker glides off the tongue. It means "moon," or "heavenly" which makes it an even prettier name.

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Mathis

Pronounced "mah-tees," this is the French form of Matthew. It means "gift of God," which every child is.

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Aurélie

This girls' name means "golden." It's pronounced "oh-ray-lee" and is perfect for a happy, sunshiney baby.

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Clément

If you want your son to be caring and forgiving, try naming him Clément. Pronounced "cley-moh," it means "merciful."

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Marine

We're back to the ocean-themed names. This girls' name means "from the sea," and it's pronounced "mah-reen."

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Antoine

If you just can't get over how perfect your son is, name him Antoine. It means "priceless one" and is pronounced "an-twon."

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Océane

If Marine was too obscure a reference to the sea, try Océane. It literally just means "ocean," but is pronounced "oh-say-ahn." As an added bonus, it was the 99th most popular French name in 2018.

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Valentin

Pronounced "val-ohn-tah," this boys' name means "strong." May your boys with this moniker grow up to be just that.

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Lucienne

Is your daughter the light of your life? Name her Lucienne (pronounced "loo-see-en"), which means, simply, "light."

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Léo

Your son will be as mighty as a lion with this name, because that's what Léo means. It was the third most popular French boys' name in 2018.

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Lilou

Americans have the name Lily, and the French have the name Lilou. Both monikers stem from the flower of the same name, just with a unique spelling and pronunciation for the French version.

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François

If you want to get literal with your French baby name, François just means "Frenchman." Can't get any more to the point than that.

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