50 French Boy Names That Will Have You Swooning

This list of French boy names includes everything from classics to very unique and definitely has something to offer everyone. Everyone has a different opinion on what a boy’s name should be: strong, intelligent, legacy, legendary, etc. When it all comes down to it, it’s about finding a name that you and your partner love and we think French names are a wonderful option for those struggling to find a name that “fits.”

Why do I love French names? Well, first of all the French language is absolutely beautiful. I love that many of them are not super popular but are still easy to say and spell. If you have scrolled through Instagram lately then you probably know that our generation is obsessed with different, trendy names. These fit right in! I also can’t deny my love for the romantic and worldly feel many of the names on this list have like Bastien and Quentin.

Our Favorite French Boy Names

Our top picks include traditional and up-and-coming names. They are all either in the top 1000 for American baby name’s or they will soon be. If you are anything like me, these names are sure to have you swooning!

  • André – strong and manly
  • Armel- bear prince
  • Blaise – to lisp or stammer
  • Claude- like Claude Monet
  • Clovis – famous battle
  • Crue – place name from Quebec: lac de la crue
  • Darcy – dark one
  • Dax – leader
  • Gael- comes from the term gael referring to those who speak Gaelic
  • Gerard- brave spear
  • Gilles – pledge or young goat
  • Hugo- mind
  • Jules – youthful and downy
  • Marcel – young warrior
  • Marshall – horse keeper
  • Philippe- French version of Philip
  • Remy – oarsman or remedy

Classics & Traditional

Here are some traditional French names. These are timeless and really embody the French feel. Plus, you can count on them to never go out of style. My person favorite is Luc, which means light.

  • Alexandre – defender of the people
  • Antoine – form of Antony
  • Cartier – driver of a cart
  • Damien- tame
  • Denis – devotee of Dionysos
  • François – free
  • Francis- Frenchman
  • Gaston – from Gascony, France 
  • Guillaume – with gilded helmet
  • Henri – ruler of the home
  • Jean Baptiste – saint John the Baptist
  • Laurent – crowned with laurel
  • Luc- light
  • Michel – who is like God?
  • Olivier – elf warrior or ancestor’s descendant
  • Pierre – rock 
  • Quentin- five
  • Sebastien – venerable 
  • Romain- Roman

Southern Charm

These names have a southern charm to them, probably because the French were so prevalent in the South prior to the Louisiana Purchase. These names are a great choice if you want a French name that is more commonly used in the US. They are strong and yet adorable. 

  • Augustin – great
  • Bastien – venerable or revered
  • Beau – beautiful or handsome
  • Dashiell – from heaven or sky
  • Deveraux – from Evreux, France
  • Elroy – the king
  • Harvey – battle warrior 
  • Jacques- supplanter (alternative to James)
  • Jean-Luc- God is gracious
  • Léon- lion
  • Leverett – young hare
  • Louis – famed warrior
  • Maison – stone worker
  • Marc- from Mars, God of war
  • Reynard – counsel brave
  • Roy – king 
  • Silvain – forest
  • Theo- God in Greek, short for Theodore

Unique French Boy Names

These unique names are definitely different but some are trending upward and becoming more popular in the United States. I personally love that they stick out from the rest!

  • Bellamy – good friend
  • Beauregard – beautiful view
  • Ciel – heaven or heavenly
  • Clermont –  clear hill
  • Donatien – given  
  • Emile – to strive or excel or rival
  • Florent – flourishing or prosperous 
  • Lionel – little lion
  • Lyon – lion
  • Montel – my ruler
  • Pascal – Easter
  • Renard- fox

Now comes the hard part; choosing which name you like the best out of all your options on that awesome list! It’s never easy to choose a name but when you know, you know. Plus, you really cannot go wrong with any of these French names. They just have that special je ne sais quoi!

Have more French boy names to suggest? Leave them in the comments! Also, check out our Rookie Moms Facebook Group, it’s a great group of moms where you can share your experiences, ask for advice and even help out another mom!

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