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French and English Baby Names

Looking for a bilingual baby name that sounds good? Here’s a list with over 100 different French and English baby names that will hopefully help you out!

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“Where do you come up with your baby names?”.  We’ve gotten this question a few times over the years, but especially after the birth of our third baby Félix.  Today I’ll let you in on our baby-naming process and I’m sharing over 100 different French and English baby names that will hopefully help you out!

How we chose our baby’s names

For all of our children, we brought a printed paper with some name options to the hospital.  We never pre-selected a favourite, and even brought the list with both genders just in case (we only found out the gender for our second baby).  There were maybe 10-15 names for each sex and went through the options after baby was born.

For Zachary, we both went through the list together and said each name, then yes, no or maybe.  I do know we went through the list a few times, although it’s funny that he ended up being the last name (my list was alphabetical).

For Élise, we each chose our top three names for the girls and looked to see if there were any overlaps.  I kind of cheated, because I chose two names and then all of the “E” names (there were 3-4), but thankfully the Husband had Élise in his top three, and that was her name!

For Félix, I had that name kind of in my head after he was born.  I think I had recently added it, so it was fresh in my mind.  We still went through the process of choosing our top favourites, but this time, we had a lot of overlap.  Being that he was the third, we were able to eliminate some names that sound too similar to the others, and/or who’s initials didn’t seem to go together.

french and english baby names

Why choose a French and English name?

French is actually my first language, and it’s what I speak with the children.  They’ll be going to French schools, and I wanted their names to be something that sounded good in both French and English.

For example, I really like the French boy’s name “Didier”.  However, I know that English speaking people will have a hard time pronouncing it, so I didn’t want to have it on the list.  Conversely, it’s the same with very English names (like Kaitlyn), that don’t sound quite right in French.

So, here’s my very extensive list of French and English baby names (separated by gender).  I added an asterisk* next to all the names we had on our list.  We also made sure not to have any names of family members (we both have pretty big extended families) and any friends or children we knew.

French and English Boy Names

  • Adam
  • Alexandre
  • Albert
  • Alain
  • André
  • Antoine
  • Arthur
  • Beau
  • Benjamin
  • Blaise
  • Christian
  • Claude *
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Denis
  • Dominic
  • Éric
  • Félix *
  • Frederic *
  • Gabriel
  • George *
  • Gérard
  • Grégoire / Gregorie
  • Henri *
  • Isaac *
  • Jacques *
  • Jéremie
  • Jérome *
  • Joseph
  • Julien *
  • Justin
  • Léo *
  • Louis
  • Luc
  • Marc
  • Marcel
  • Mario *
  • Martin *
  • Mathieu
  • Max *
  • Nicholas
  • Norbert
  • Norman
  • Olivier
  • Patrick
  • Paul
  • Philippe
  • Prince
  • Raphael
  • Richard
  • Samuel
  • Simon *
  • Sébastien
  • Tristan *
  • Victor *
  • Xavier *
  • Yves
  • Zachary *

French and English Girl Names

  • Adeline *
  • Aline *
  • Andrée/Andrea
  • Angeline *
  • Anne */Annette/Annabelle
  • Belle *
  • Brigitte *
  • Caroline/Carole
  • Céleste *
  • Céline
  • Chanelle
  • Chantelle *
  • Chloé *
  • Christine
  • Claire
  • Clementine *
  • Danielle
  • Delphine *
  • Diane
  • Émilie *
  • Élise *
  • Élizabeth *
  • Évangeline *
  • Félicity
  • Geneviève *
  • Giselle *
  • Jacqueline *
  • Jeannine/Jeanne
  • Josée
  • Joceline
  • Julie/Juliette/Julia
  • Lea *
  • Louise/Louisa
  • Lucie/Lucille
  • Madeleine
  • Marie
  • Mélanie
  • Mélodie *
  • Michelle
  • Monique
  • Maxine *
  • Nadine
  • Néomie *
  • Natalie
  • Nicole
  • Olive/Olivia
  • Pauline/Paulette
  • Rachelle
  • Renée *
  • Roxanne
  • Sara
  • Simone
  • Stella *
  • Suzanne
  • Sylvie/Sylvia
  • Valérie
  • Vanessa
  • Véronique / Véronica
  • Violette
  • Zoé

There are probably a lot more French and English names that would work, but I thought this list was quite long already!  For example, there are girl names that can be made by altering the spelling of the boys’ names a bit – and I tried not to include all of those.

over 100 french and english baby names

What about middle names?

I think I mentioned before, but for the middle names, we chose to alter the grandparent’s names slightly.  We wanted to use the mother’s names for the boys, and the father’s names for the girls.  Since we are stopping at 3 children, we hyphenated the middle name for Félix.

Hopefully, this extensive list of French and English baby names will help you out if you’re looking to name your baby!  

I know when I tried looking for a similar list (afterwards, when I was coming up with my list, like this one here or this forum) – I couldn’t find anything with nearly as many names.  I actually checked my Facebook friend’s list to add a few, but most were names I could easily think of (benefits of thinking about baby names I guess?).

Let me know if there are any names you would add, and/or if you think some of the names I included are too English or too French.

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