Sometimes it feels like everything the French touch turns to gold. We strive to , follow their , and like our Parisian counterparts, so their elegant names were clearly next in line (although these too). So we went on an über-chic baby-name hunt to track down the most elegant monikers from the notoriously stylish nation. Scroll down to see which French baby names made the cut.
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is actually a unisex name in France, and according to , it belonged to both the French sculptor Camille Claudel and feminist writer Camille Paglia. It's also the name of Victoria's Secret stunner Camille Rowe. We're obsessed with her super-cute American girl–versus–French girl film for —c'est magnifique!
The French version of has a regal touch, as it was the moniker for the Prince of Monaco—Jacques I—between 1689 and 1751. This is a classic French name that will be popular for years to come, and besides, it just has a cool ring to it, right?
, the beautiful of Julie, means and it has seen a spike in popularity in the U.S. in recent years. Aside from its pretty sound, this elegant moniker is the name behind some of our favorite actresses, Juliette Lewis and Juliette Binoche.
This trendy unisex name stems from the for "helper" or "defender." For a bit of history, says is an "ancient (male) saints' name as well as the name of a third century B.C. comic poet." But really, it's just super cute, and we think it translates really well from childhood to adulthood.
If you love Stephen, then you'll love this French version. The classic name means "garland" or "crown," and we think it has a lot more charm than Steve—don't you?
If you're looking for a strong moniker, Jeanne is it. One of history's most iconic heroines, Joan of Arc, is known as in France, so you'll be attaching that incredible legacy to your child when you give them this name. The French variation of Jean has Hebrew origins and means
We already adore , but the French version is super chic. It's popular, too, ranking at #19 in France. The short version, Max, is also awesome (something you always have to consider when choosing a name). While it's more common in France for men, we think it's a super-edgy and for girls too.
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Derived from the Latin name , Florence has a rich history and modern beauty. is considered the founder of modern nursing, Nightingale worked in British hospitals during the and reduced the death count by two thirds, sparking a worldwide health reform. She established her own hospital in 1860 as well as the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. That's an amazing legacy for any young one. But if you need any more convincing, it's also the moniker of flame-haired maven and award-winning songstress Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.
If you're looking for a name that has incredible history, make Sébastien your pick. Behind the Name states it was also the moniker of , a "third-century Roman soldier martyred by arrows after it was discovered he was a Christian." Apparently the name saw widespread use across medieval France and Spain thanks to the popularity of this saint. It's also cool when shortened: Think Seb, Baz, or Bastian (after the little boy from The Never Ending Story).
We know the name as Margot, but the French spelling is way chicer, no? Not only does it look pretty on paper, but we also think it's a cooler version of the much-loved monikers Margaret or Marguerite. This spelling was made popular thanks to American fashion model and actress , granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. It's also the name of über-cool model . But really, we just love the name regardless.
Quentin, the French derivative of the Roman name Quintinus, is the name of many famous people. While it's ranked #39 in France, it's also a very hip name in America too. President Theodore Roosevelt named his son Quentin; it's also the moniker of illustrator Quentin Blake, who is known for his work in all the Roald Dahl children's books.
This sweet name is a , and it recently returned to their U.S. top 1000 list after more than half a century. The French feminine version of Clément has some famous admirers too; supermodel Claudia Schiffer named her daughter Clémentine, and so did Ethan Hawke and Rachel Griffiths. The name currently sits just outside the .
Meaning "olive tree," this strong and sturdy name is the perfect choice for your little one. It's also a fitting tribute to one of cinema's finest actors, , who starred in in 1939 and among many others.
in France, is certainly popular, and we guarantee this classic name will be cute now and in years to come. If you love fashion, this is the perfect name for your little one. Chloé is one of France's most popular luxury fashion houses, and it's also the name of American actress, model, designer, and It girl Chloë Sevigny.
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This super- originates from the Greek word "chaste" and "pure," and according to , it's ranked fifth in France. We first came across this name while reading the popular book , authored by celebrity model Inès de la Fressange, where she shares her personal tips and many well-kept secrets of French women.
We're already fans of the English Henry, but the pronunciation and spelling of the French version is way cuter. It just rolls off the tongue, and you don't have to worry about people saying it incorrectly either. Looks good and sounds great—we're sold.
It might sound candy-coated, but Clara's meaning has character and strength. The cute moniker comes from the which means so using this name will ensure your little one emits a confident and definitive path in life. If you're a fan of the arts, you'll know that Clara was the darling lead in The Nutcracker. This name will also stand the test of time and trends: It was a in the 1880s and now sits at 108 on the popularity list.
If you love strong names, then Tristan is your match. Tristan has ties and was a dragon-slaying knight at the round table in , a literary classic of traditional French and English tales by Sir Thomas Malory. It's bold, brave, and beautiful, the perfect moniker for anyone.
Emmanuelle Alt is the epitome of chic. The editor in chief of Vogue Paris has dressed the same way for years, but we all worship her effortless style and strive to mimic it, right down to her well-cut blazers and crisp white shirts. This name is classic and cool, just like Alt. J'adore.
While it's certainly different, both in sound and look, that's kind of what we love about Loïc. This French name is the Breton form of Louis and ranks #141 in France. If you want your child to stand out with a distinctive name, you've found it right here. Another bonus? It can't be shortened to anything else.
This story was originally published on February 26, 2016, and has since been updated by Sacha Strebe.