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If your anything like us, you’ve already binged watched the entire season of Netflix’s Emily in Paris and were left saying, oh la la. We couldn’t help but feel inspired by the beautiful Parisian backdrops and the stunning French street style for this name list. And it should also come as no surprise that the city is known for its je ne sais quoi also has the chicest-sounding baby names. Whether you loved Emily in Paris or are a Francophile like us, these French baby names are modern, uncommon, adorable, and rare; each of these names is sure to set your child apart. Without further ado, here are 50 of the most elegant French monikers that will leave parents-to-be saying enchanté!
French Names from the Show:
French actress and model Camille Razat shares the same name as her Emily in Paris character, Camille. Pronounced Kah-MEE in French, Camille is derived from the Latin name Camillus meaning “young ceremonial attendant.” If you plan on having a girl, you may want to try Camille, which is undeniable, effortlessly French girl chic. In France, Camille is considered a gender-neutral name.
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu stars as Sylvie, Emily’s tough boss, who gives off some major Miranda Priestly vibes. Sylvie is a chic girl’s name coming directly from France. It originates from the Latin word for forest Silva, meaning “the spirit of the wood.” So if you are looking for more of an enchanting Parisian name with an earthy feel, Sylvie may be the right match for you.
William Abadie plays the dashing flirtatious Antoine. This bold and regal French boys’ name comes from the Latin Antonius, meaning “highly praise-worthy.” The French feminine version of this name is Antoinette.
Lucas Bravo plays Gabriel, Emily’s hunky downstairs neighbor, who she bumps into her on a regular basis. Gabriel is often used in the French-speaking world but is originally a Hebrew name meaning “God is my strength.” We love the perfectly French posh air that this name carries.
Samuel Arnold plays Julien, Emily’s co-worker and frenemy.
Julian has a familiar ring with a French twist for your little boy. This jovial French variant of the name Julius means “youthful.”
Bruno Gouery plays Luc Emily’s funny and quirky co-worker.
Short, sweet, and to the point, Luc is a French form of Luke, meaning “light; illumination.” A perfect choice for the boy who will brighten up your life.
Charles Martin plays an A-list bachelor and French fashion heir.
Mathieu is a French version of Matthew, meaning “gift of God.” We know the name as Matthew, but the French spelling is way chicer, no?
Jean-Christophe Bouvet plays fashion designer Pierre Cadault.
Pièrre is a French form of the name Peter meaning “rock” or “stone.” This very classic French name can make any person who hears it think of Paris’s charming streets.
French Names for Girls Inspired by Emily in Paris:
This lovely French girl’s name rolls right off the tongue; its meaning is “nobility.” Love Camille? Similar French names to consider include Anouk, Aude or Adeline.
While you’re familiar with Emily, we believe this French-sounding name is softer and more feminine. The name Amelie is a girl’s name of French and German origin, meaning “industrious.”
The name Apolline comes from the name of the Greek mythical sun god Apollo.
Who could help to fall in love with this pretty girls’ name? Despite its meaning of “cowled monk,” it’s a chic French name currently popular in Paris. In French, it’s pronounced as ka-puy-SEEN.
With a name like Celine, meaning “heavenly,” your daughter will bring celestial energy to your world. It’s also a much-loved name in France and the moniker of the iconic fashion label.
Chloé is from the Greek name Khloe meaning “blooming or green and flourishing.” If you love fashion, why not name your little girl after one of France’s chicest fashion houses.
The name Colette is a girl’s name of French origin, meaning “people of victory.” It’s easy to pronounce and spell but still quintessentially French. It also lends well to the nickname Coco, as in Chanel.
This très chic name is full of personality and style and comes from Greek origins, meaning “laurel tree.”
The name Delphine has a perfect touch of whimsy and class. This absolutely adorable name is a form of the Latin Delphina, meaning “woman from Delphi or “dolphin.”
Esmé is a captivating French name that’s nothing short of adorable and will go wonderfully with nearly any middle and last name. But really, it’s just super cute, and we think it translates well from childhood to adulthood. The name Esme is a girl’s name of French and Persian origin meaning “esteemed, beloved; emerald.”
Eloise is a girl’s name of French and English origin, meaning “healthy; wide.” If you love vintage monikers, this French name that embodies effortless elegance is one of the most stylish options around.
The name Francoise is feminine of Francois, meaning ‘From France’ or ‘free one’ though your little doesn’t need to be from France to rock such a gorgeous chic name.
The name Helene is a girl’s name of French origin meaning “bright, shining one.” It might sound a little old-school, but we think it’s very chic.
An increasingly popular name in France, this moniker means ‘chaste’ and is shared by French style icon Inès de La Fressange, author of the book Parisian Chic.
If you’re looking for a strong moniker, Jeanne is it. This moniker is Joan of Arc’s traditional French name, one of history’s most iconic heroines. The French variation of Jean has Hebrew origins and means “God is gracious.”
A simple yet chic name, Léa has its roots in Hebrew and means “languid, weary,” and it’s been one of France’s top ten baby names. Famous French Léas include actresses Léa Seydoux.
This adorable French moniker translates to “lion,” making it a perfect name for babies born under the Leo astrological sign of the zodiac, between July 23 and August 22.
In French, Louise means “famous warrior” It is a feminine variation of the name Louis that is as strong and cute as it is sophisticated and lovely.
Manon is a French form of Madeline meaning “bitter.” 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?
Pronounced Mar-go, the name Margaux means “pearl” and is of French origin. In English, the name is Margot, but we totally think the French spelling is way cooler.
The name Sabine means “Sabine Woman” and is of French and German origin. It originated from the Sabines, an Italian tribe that lived in ancient Italy before the Romans came. Sabine is a chic name that will match any amazing little girl.
This Parisian name is soft and only one syllable, making it fun and easy to pronounce in multiple languages. The name Thais means “beloved, bandage” and is of Greek origin.
Who doesn’t love a floral vibe!? The name Violette is a girl’s name of French origin, meaning “purple.” This French version of Violet has a softer pronunciation that makes it all the more cute and exotic.
French Names for Boys Inspired by Emily in Paris
Pronounced BA-ZEEL, in French, this gorgeous moniker is yet another name that is rarely used, but totally très chic. Basile is the French form of basil.
Corentin is a distinguished and dapper name of French origin that means “tempest, hurricane.”
Émile is the French variation of the Latin name Emil, which means “rival.” Its sophisticated sound is one that will give a tiny gentleman an air of classy coolness that won’t be able to be ignored.
The name Etienne is the French version of Stephen means “crown or garland.” This name carries a level of sophistication and will make others envision a little king.
If you like Gavin, consider the French version; this name is of French and Latin origin meaning “of Gabium.”
A trendy choice for French parents right now, this French version of Jasper means “treasure.”
We already adore Elijah, but the French version is super chic. The name Ilyan is a French variation of the Hebrew name Elijah meaning “Yahweh is God.”
This classic and oh, so French name is the French variation of James and means “supplanter.”
A French boys’ name from the Roman surname Laurentius, meaning “from Laurentum.” Fashion-minded parents will think of Yves St. Laurent, which only makes it even more of a chic choice for a baby boy.
We’re already fans of the Leo, but the French version is also cute. In French, Leon means “lion.” This name is on-trend all over Europe and is becoming more popular in the States.
For more of a metropolitan air bound to turn heads, consider Lucien, which means “light or illumination” in French.
Maxime means “greatest,” which is just what your little one will be when they enter the world. And it’s an excellent alternative to the more common Maximus or Mason.
If you love Noah, then you’ll love this French version, which has a serious cool factor and means “rest.”
This long-time favorite among parents in France is a unisex name with a modern feel. It comes from Latin origins and means “oarsman.”
A very cool French baby name for boys meaning “counsel rule.” He’ll absolutely be the only one on the playground with this unique name.
Romane is an undeniably lovely name of French origin, meaning “a Roman.”
Sébastien is a timeless name of French and Greek origin that means “man from Sebastia.” We guarantee this classic name will be cute now and in years to come.
This French name is just as bold in meaning as it is in sound. Thierry is a boy’s name of French origin, meaning “ruler of the people.” It’s the perfect name for a future leader.
Yves is an undeniably swoon-worthy name of French origin, meaning “yew.” It’s a one-syllable stunner that will fit beautifully with nearly any middle and last name.
What are your favorite chic French names?
We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.