400+ Bilingual French & English Baby Names For Boys & Girls

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Do you want to give your child a French name that sounds good in French and English? Here’s a list of some of the best bilingual boy names and girl names that translate well between English and French. 

Things to consider when choosing a bilingual French and English baby name

Choosing a child’s name is never easy, but choosing a bilingual baby name adds another layer of difficulty.

You not only have the pressure of finding a name that suits you, your family and your style, you also have to consider how a name might be butchered in English or French because some names don’t translate well to both languages.

I feel your pain

To honour my French Canadian father and my Quebecois French-speaking side of the family, I gave two of my three children bilingual French names that are easy to read and pronounce in English and French; Catherine and André.

I named one of my children “Kieran” rather than the alternate spelling “Ciaran” because, although not French, is easy to pronounce and read in both languages.

Not all French names sound good in different languages.

Cute French boy and girl dressed up: with French bon names and French girl names

Pronunciation

Due to different pronunciations, some names won’t sound as good in English as they do in French and vice versa, while others are difficult to pronounce.

Take, for instance, the girl’s name Heather and the boy’s name Colin.

When pronounced in French, Heather sounds like /EhZher/ and Colin sounds like /Ko-lawhn/ with the “n” barely pronounced.

The French girls’ names Irène and Anaïs also sound completely different in French than they do in English.;

Heather and Colin pronounced in French.
Irène and Anaïs pronounced in French

Feminine or masculine sounding names

Another issue with bilingual names is that some gender-specific names sound feminine in one language but masculine in another language and vice versa.

For example, the French boys’ name Michel, pronounced /Mee-Shell/, may sound feminine to English speakers but not French speakers.

And the French girls name Raphaëlle and Sébastienne sound perfectly feminine to French speakers but may sound masculine to English speakers. 

Types of bilingual names on this list.

According to a 2018 French census, there are over 33,000 different first names used in France. 

Part of the reason for so many different names in France is due to the immigration of people from other countries but also due to less restrictive baby-naming laws

Since 1993, parents in France have had the right to give their children almost any name they want, including creative modern names and foreign names, not just classical Christian names. Something that hasn’t always been possible in France. 

I’ve chosen to only include bilingual names in the French language with their French spelling and their closest English counterparts with English spelling. I’ve excluded certain foreign names such as Muhammad and Kevin, which are also popular names in France. 

How this list of bilingual names is organized: Four groups.

To help you find the perfect bilingual name, I’ve grouped the male and female names into the following four groups. 

  1. Bilingual French names with masculine and feminine forms such as Antoin (m) and Antoinette (f).
  2. Bilingual Epicene gender-neutral French names such as Noa or Robin: (Unisex French names spelled the same whether for a boy or a girl.) 
  3. Bilingual French female names.
  4. Bilingual French male names. 

As you go through the list, consider how certain names are spelled.

  • Sometimes bilingual names are identical in French and English, such as Diane.
  • Sometimes names are spelled differently but are still easily understood in both languages, such as Dominique in French and Dominic in English or Catherine and Katherine.
  • Sometimes names that are spelled differently in English and French don’t translate well from one language to another, such as Arnaud in French, which is spelled Arnold in English. 

French and English bilingual names

If you’re ready, let’s dig into this massive list of bilingual French and English names for boys and girls. 

Masculine and Feminine Versions of bilingual French Baby Names

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Many French female names, such as Jacqueline and Géraldine, are feminine forms of traditional male French names, which in this case would be Jacques and Gérard.

Here are nearly 100 masculine and feminine versions of French names with their closest English counterparts. Some don’t translate well to English, but these might interest you if you’re looking for matching names for your kids or the feminine form of a masculine name. 

Bilingual Masculine (m) / Feminine (f)
French Names
English version
Adrien (m) / Adrienne (f) Adrian / Adriana or Adrienne
Adelin (m) / Adeline (f) Adeline
Aimé (m) / Aimée (f) Amy, Aimie
Alain (m) / Alaine (f) Allen, Allan, Alan / Alana, Alaina
Alphonse (m) / Alphonsine (f)  Alfonso / Alphonsine, Alphonsina
Amandin (m) / Amadine (f) Amandin / Amandine, Amanda
Anaël (m) / Anaëlle (f)  
Anatole (m) / Anatolie, Anatline (f) Anatole / Anatolie, Anatatoline, Anatolia
André (m) / Andrée (f) Andre or Andrew / Andrea
Antoin (m) / Antoinette (f) Anton, Antony, Anthony / Antoinette 
Ariel (m) / Arielle (f) Ariel / Arielle
Arthur (m) / Arthurine Arthur / Arthurine, Arthurina
Axel (m) / Axelle (f) Axel/ Axelle
Bénédict (m) / Bénédicte (f) Benedict / Benedicte
Bernard (m) / Bernudette (f) Bernard / Bernadine
Christien (m) / Christine, Christiane (f)  Christian / Christine
Claude (m) / Claudette (f)  Claude / Claudet, Claudia 
Daniel (m) / Danielle, Danièle (f) Daniel / Daniella, Daniela, Danielle
Denis (m) / Denise (f) Deniss / Denise
Désiré / Dési (m) / Désirée (f) Desiree
Didier (m) / Didiane (f) Desiderio
Dorian (m) / Dorianne (f) Dorian
Émile (m) / Émelie, Émeline, Émilienne(f) Emil / Emilie, Emeline, Emilienne
Emmanuel (m) / Emmanuelle (f) Emmanuel / Emmanuella 
Étienne (m) / Étiennette (f) Stephan, Steven, / Stephanie
Eugène (m) / Eugénie (f)  Eugene / Eugenie, Eugenia
Fabien (m) / Fabienne (f) Fabian / Fabia, Fabienne
Felix (m) / Félicité  Felix / Felicite, Falicity
Florian or Florien (m) / Flora, Florie (f) Florian / Flora, Florie
François (m) / Françoise, Francine, Francette  Frabciusn, Frank, Francis / Francine, Francoise, Francette
Frédéric (m) / Frédérique (f) Frederick / Frederica
Gabriel (m) / Gabrielle (f) Gabriel / Garielle
Gaël (m) / Gaëlle (f) Gael / Gale or Gayle
George (m) / Georgette (f) George / Georgette
Henri (m) / Henriette (f) Henry / Henrietta
Jacques, Jacob (Jacquot) (m) / Jacqueline (f) Jack James, Jacob (Jimmy) / Jacqueline (Jackie)
Joël (m) / Joëlle (f) Joel / Joelle
Joseph (m) / Josephine (f) Joseph / Josephine
Jules (m) / Julie, Julia (f) Jules, Julius / Julie, Julia
Justin (m) / Justine Justin / Justine
Laurent (m) / Laurence (f) Lawrence / Laurence
Lionel (m) / Lionelle (f) Lionel
Louan (m) / Louane (f) Lou-Anne
Louis (m) / Louise (f)  Lewis / Louise
Lucien (m) / Lucienne (f) Lucien, Lucian / Lucienne, Lucianne
Marcel (m) / Marcelle (f) Marcel / Marcela 
Martin (m) / Martine (f) Martin / Martina
Michel (m) / Michèle, Michelle (f) Michael / Michelle
Morgan (m)/ Morgane (f) Morgan
Nicolas (m) / Nicolette, Nicoletta, Nicole (f) Nicholas / Nicole, Nicolette 
Noé (m) / Noée (f) Noah, Noa
Pascal (m) / Pascale (f)  Pascal
Paul (m) / Paule, Paulette (f) Paul / Paulette
Philippe (m) / Philippa Philip, Phil / Philipa
Quentin (m) / Quentine (f) Quentin / Quin, Quentine
Raphaël (m) / Raphaëlle (f) Raphael / Raphaella
Raymond (m) / Raymonde (f) Raymond / Ray, Rae
René (m) / Renée (f) Rene
Robert (m) / Roberte (f) Robert/Roberta
Roch (m) / Rochelle (f) Roch / Rochelle or Rachelle
Roland (m) / Rolande (f) Roland
Sébastien (m) / Sébastienne (f) Sebastian / Sebastiane, Sebastiana
Simon (m) / Simone or Simonne (f) Simon / Simone
Sylvain, Silvain (m) / Silvaine, Sylvaine (f) Sylvain / Sylvie, Silvia
Valéry or Valery (m)/ Valérie (f) Valerius / Valerie
Vivien (m) / Vivienne (f) Vivian Vivianna
Yve (m) / Yvette (f) Yve / Yvette

Epicene French Names: Gender-neutral names that have the exact same spelling  

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Almost all traditional French given names are gender-specific, but a few given names are gender-neutral.

Here are nearly 20 French names suitable for both males and females (in France) and are spelled exactly the same.

Bilingual Gender Neutral French Names English version
Alix (m) (f) Alix, Alex
Amour (m) (f) Amour
Ange (m) (f) Angel 
Calliste, Caliste (m) (f) Calliste, Caliste
Claude (m) (f) Claude
Camille (m) (f) Camilla
Charlie (m) (f) Charlie
Dominique (m) (f) Dominic
Élie (m) (f) Eli
Florence (m) (f) Florence 
Hilarion (m) (f) Ilarion
Léonide (m) (f) Leonide
Maxence (m) (f) Maxentius 
Maxime (m) (f) Maxim
Noa (m) (f) Noa, Noah
Patrice (m) (f) Patrick / Patricia
Robin (m) (f) Robin
Sacha or Sasha (m) (f) Sasha
Stéphane (m) (f) Stephen, Stefanie

Bilingual Girl names that work in English and French

Two young girls wearing hats in a lavender field in France

Bilingual French Girls name English version
Adélaïde Adelaide
Adèle Adela
Adrienne Adriana
Agathe Agatha
Agnès Agnes
Alexandrie, (Alix) Alexandria, (Alex)
Aliénor Eleanor
Aline (Adeline) Aline, Adeline, Eileen
Amandine Amanda
Ambre Amber
Amélie, Amélia Amelie, Amelia
Anaïs Anna
Anastasie Anastasia
Angéla, Angèle Angela
Angélique Angelica
Anna (Anouk) (Annick)  Anna, Hannah
Annabelle Annabel
Anne Ann
Apolline, Apollonie Apolline, Apollonie, Appolina
Arabelle Arabelle, Arabella
Ariane Arian, Ariane
Ariel, Arielle Ariel, Arielle
Audrey Audrey
Aurélie Aurelie
Aurore Aurora
Avril April
Barbara (Babette) Barbara
Béatrice Beatrice, Beatrix
Berthe Bertha
Brigitte Bridget
Camélia Camelia
Candide Candide
Carine Carina
Capucine Nasturtium
Catherine Katherine, Catherine
Cécile, Céline, Célina Cecilia, Celina, Selena
Cerise Cherry
Chloé Chloe
Christelle Crystal, Christine
Christine Christina
Claire, Clara Clare, Clara
Claude, Claudine Claudia
Colette Colette
Coline Colleen
Colombe Colomba
Constance Constance
Coralie (Cora) Coralie, Coralee (Cora)
Corinne  Corinne 
Coraline Coraline
Dalila Delilah
Danielle, Danièle Danielle
Diane Diane, Diana
Dominique Dominica
Dorothée Dorothy
Edwige Hedwig
Élodie Alodia, Elodie
Éléonore, Aliénor Eleanor
Éliane Eliane
Élisabeth Elizabeth
Élise Elisa
Élodie Elodia
Elvire Elvira
Émeline Emeline
Évangéline Evangeline
Ève Eve
Félicie Felicia
Félicité Felicite, Felicity
Fleur Fleur
Flore Flora
France, Francine, Francette France, Francine, Francette
Françoise Francis
Frédérique Fredericka
Geneviève Genevieve
Géraldine Jeraldine, Geralding
Gisèle, Giselle  Gisele, Giselle 
Guinevere, Gwenivar Guenevere, Guenever
Hélène Helen, Ellen
Hilaire Hilary
Hortense Hortensia.
Inès Inez
Irène Irene
Isabelle Isabel, Isabelle
Janine, Jeannine Jan, Janet, Janice
Jeanne Joan, Jean, Jane
Jeannine Janine
 Joséphine, (Josette) Josephine, (Josie)
Juliette Juliet
Laetitia, Laëtitia  Latitia, Laetitia
Laure Laura
Léa Leah
Liliane, Lilianne Lillian
Lilou  Lily
Lorraine Lorraine
Luce, Lucie Lucy
Lucinde, Lucine Lucinda
Louna, Luna Luna
Madeleine Madeline, Magdalene
Maëlys Maelys
Marguerite,(Margot, Margaux) Margaret, (Maggie)
Marie Mary
Marianne Mary-Anne
Marilène Marilyn, Marilene
Marthe Martha
Mathilde Matilda
Mélisse Melissa
Mélodie Melody
Monique Monique, Monica
Nadine Nadine
Nicole (Nicoline) NIcole 
Noémi Naomi
Océane Ocean
Olivie, Olive Olivia
Ophélie Ophelia
Pénélope Penelope
Priscille Pricilla
Prune Prune
Régine Regina
Reine  Reine
Sandrine Sandra
Sibylle Sibyl
Solange Solange
Sophie Sophia
Susanne Susan, Suzanne
Suzette Suzette
Sylvie  Sylvia, Silviva
Thérèse Theresa
Ursule Ursula
Valentine Valentina
Valérie Valerie
Véronique Veronica
Violette Violet
Virginie Virginia
Yolande Yolanda
Zoé Zoe

Bilingual boy names that work in English and French

French boy in a field wearing shepherds hat

 

Bilingual French Boys name English version
Adam Adam
Alexandre Alexander
Alphonse Alfonso
Antonin Antonio
Arnaud Arnold
Arthur Arthur
Auguste, Augustin Augustus
Basile Basil
Baudouin, Baudoin, Baldwin Baldwin
Bénard Benard
Benoît Benedict, Benet
Bertrand Bertram
Bruno Bruno
Charles Charles
Cédric Cedric
César Caesar
Christophe Christopher
Clair Clare, Klare
Damien Damian
David David
Denis Dennis
Dominique Dominic
Édouard Edward
Élie Elijah, Elias
Émile Emil
Éric Eric
Étienne Steven, Stephan
François Francis
Franck Frank
Frédéric Frederick (Fred)
Gaspard Jasper
Gaultier, Gauthier, Gautier Walter
Gauvain Gavin
Georges George
Gérard Gerald
Gilles Jiles, Giles, Gyles
Grégoire Gregory
Guillaume, (Guy) William, (Bill)
Guy Guy
Hervé Harvey
Hugo Hugo
Hugues Hugo
Ignace Ignatius
Isidore Isidor
Johan Ivan
Jean, (Jeannot) John, (Johnny)
Jérémie Jeremy
Jérôme Jerome
Jessé Jesse, Jessie
Josué Joshua
Jules Jules, Julius
Julien Julian
Léandre Leander
Léo Leo
Léon Leon, Leo
Loïc Loic
Luc Luke
Lucas Lukas
Lyam Liam
Marc, Marcus Mark, Marcus
Mattéo Matteo
Matthieu Matthew
Maurice Morris
Maxime Maxim
Maximilien Maximilian
Maurice Morris
Nathan Nathan
Nathaniël Nathaniel
Nicolas, Noël Nicholas
Normand Norman
Olivier Oliver
Paris (yes, this is a boys name in France)  Paris
Perceval, Percival Percy
Phénix  Phoenix
Pierre Peter
Rainier Rayner, Rainor, Ragnar
Renard Reynard
Renaud Reynold
Réginald Reginald
Richard Richard
Rodolphe Rudolph
Romain Roman
Rousseau  Russel
Samuel Samuel
Sébastien, Bastien Sebastian
Sylvestre Silvester
Théodore Theodore
Théo Theo
Théophile Theophilus
Thibaut, Thibault Theobald
Thierry Terry
Thomas Thomas
Timothée Timothy
Tristan Tristan
Urbain Urban
Valentin Valentine
Valéry, Valère Valery
Victoire, Victor Victor
Vivien Vivian
Yann Ian
Yves Ives

 

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I’m A Bilingual North American With Thai And French Canadian Roots Who's Been Living In The South Of France For Over 10 Years. I Love Writing Weird, Wonderful, Interesting, Forgotten, And Fascinating Articles For Intellectually Curious People Amazed By France, French Culture, And World Travel.

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