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  1. ABÉLARD: French form of German Abelard, meaning "noble strength."
  2. ABSOLON: French form of Hebrew Abiyshalowm, meaning "father of peace." 
  3. ACE: Variant form of Norman French Asce, meaning "noble at birth." Compare with another form of Ace.

  4. ACELET: Pet form of Norman French Ace, meaning "noble at birth."

  5. ACELIN: Diminutive form of Norman French Ace, meaning "little noble one." 

  6. ACHILLE: French and Italian form of Latin Achilles, possibly meaning "he who embodies the grief of the people."

  7. ADALARD: Norman French form of Old High German Adalhard, meaning "noble strength."

  8. ADELARD: Variant spelling of Norman French Adalard, meaning "noble strength." 

  9. ADNET: Medieval French form of Hebrew Adam, meaning "earth" or "red." It is now a surname.

  10. ADNOT: Medieval French form of Hebrew Adam, meaning "earth" or "red." It is now a surname.

  11. ADOLPHE: French form of Latin Adolphus, meaning "noble wolf."

  12. ADRIEN: French name derived from Latin Adrianus, meaning "from Hadria."

  13. AILLARD: Middle English and Old French form of Old High German Adalhard, meaning "noble strength."

  14. AIMÉ: Masculine form of French Aimée, meaning "much loved."

  15. AIMERI: Abbreviated form of Norman French Aimeric, meaning "home-ruler."

  16. AIMERIC: Norman French form of Middle High German Haimirich, meaning "home-ruler." 

  17. ALAIN: French form of Celtic Alan, meaning "little rock." 

  18. ALAIRE: Variant form of French Hilaire, meaning "joyful; happy." 

  19. ALARD: Norman French name derived from Old High German Adalhard, meaning "noble strength."

  20. ALBAIN: Perhaps a French form of Gaelic Ailpein, meaning "white." 

  21. ALBERI: Norman French form of Old High German Albirich, meaning "elf ruler."

  22. ALBERT: French name derived from Latin Albertus, meaning "bright nobility." Compare with other forms of Albert.

  23. ALEXANDRE: French and Galician-Portuguese form of Latin Alexandrus, meaning "defender of mankind."

  24. ALFONSE: Variant spelling of French Alphonse, meaning "noble and ready."

  25. ALLARD: Variant spelling of Middle English and Old French Aillard, meaning "noble strength."

  26. ALOYS: Variant spelling of French Provençal Looys, meaning "famous warrior."

  27. ALPHONSE: French name derived from Latin Alphonsus, meaning "noble and ready."

  28. ALVERÉ: Norman French form of Latin Alvredus, meaning "elf counsel."

  29. ALVIN: Norman French name derived from Latin Alvinius, meaning "elf friend."

  30. AMABLE: French name derived from Latin amabilis, meaning "lovable."

  31. AMADIEU: French form of Latin Amadeus, meaning "to love God."

  32. AMADOUR: French form of Latin Amator, meaning "lover."

  33. AMAUGER: Norman French name derived from German Amalger, meaning "work-spear."

  34. AMAURI: Variant spelling of French Amaury, meaning "work-power."

  35. AMAURY: Variant form of Norman French Emaurri, meaning "work-power."

  36. AMBROISE: French form of Latin Ambrosius, meaning "immortal."

  37. AMÉ: French name meaning "beloved."

  38. AMÉDÉÉ: French form of Latin Amadeus, meaning "to love God."

  39. ANASTASE: French form of Latin Anastasius, meaning "resurrection."

  40. ANATOLE: French form of Latin Anatolius, meaning "east" and "sunrise."

  41. ANCEL: Variant spelling of French Ansel, meaning "divine helmet."

  42. ANCELL: Variant spelling of French Ansell, meaning "divine helmet."

  43. ANDRÉ: French form of Greek Andreas, meaning "man; warrior."

  44. ANDRIEN: French form of Greek Andreas, meaning "man; warrior."

  45. ANDRION: Variant spelling of French Adrien, meaning "from Hadria." This form of the name can be found in An Index to the Given Names in the 1292 Census of Paris, by Colm Dubh. 

  46. ANGE: French name meaning "angel, messenger." Compare with feminine Ange.

  47. ANSEL: Contracted form of French Anselme, meaning "divine helmet."

  48. ANSELL: Variant spelling of French Ansel, meaning "divine helmet."

  49. ANSELME: French form of German Anselm, meaning "divine helmet."

  50. ANTOINE: French form of Latin Antonius, possibly meaning "invaluable."

  51. ANTONIN: French form of Latin Antoninus, possibly meaning "invaluable."

  52. AOUSTEN: Old form of French Augustin, meaning "venerable."

  53. APOLLINAIRE: French form of Roman Latin Apollinaris, meaning "of Apollo." 

  54. ARCHIMBAUD: French form of German Archimbald, meaning "genuine courage."

  55. ARISTIDE: French form of Latin Aristides, meaning "best physique."

  56. ARLUIN: Variant spelling of Norman French Herluin, meaning "noble friend" or "noble warrior."

  57. ARMAN: Variant spelling of Old French Armand, meaning "bold/hardy man." Compare with another form of Arman.

  58. ARMAND: Old French form of German Harmand, meaning "bold/hardy man."

  59. ARMEL: French form of Welsh Arthfael, Old Breton Arthmael, meaning "bear chief" or "warrior prince."

  60. ARNAUD: Norman French form of German Arnwald, meaning "eagle power."

  61. ASCE: Norman French form of German Azzo, meaning "noble at birth."

  62. ASTOR: French and German name derived from Occitan astor, meaning "goshawk," itself from Latin acceptor, a variant of accipiter, meaning "hawk." It was originally a derogatory term for men with hawk-like, predatory characteristics.

  63. ATHANASE: French form of Greek Athanasios, meaning "immortal."

  64. AUBEN: Variant spelling of Norman French Aubin, meaning "from Alba."

  65. AUBERON: Variant form of Norman French Alberi, meaning "elf ruler." 

  66. AUBERT: French form of Old High German Adalbert, meaning "bright nobility."

  67. AUBIN: Norman French form of English Albin, meaning "like Albus," i.e. "white."

  68. AUDRIC: French form of German Aldrich, meaning "old ruler; long time ruler."

  69. AUGUSTE: French form of Latin Augustus, meaning "venerable."

  70. AUGUSTIN: French form of Latin Augustinus, meaning "venerable."

  71. AURÈLE: French form of Roman Latin Aurelius, meaning "golden."

  72. AURELIEN: French form of Roman Latin Aurelianus, meaning "golden."

  73. AVERY: English surname transferred to unisex forename use, originally a Norman French form of Middle English Alfred, meaning "elf counsel."

  74. AYMERIC: Variant spelling of Norman French Aimeric, meaning "home-ruler."

  75. BALDOIN: Old French form of Old High German Baldawin, meaning "brave friend."

  76. BAPTISTE: French equivalent of Italian Battista, meaning "baptist."

  77. BARNABÉ: French form of Greek Barnabas, meaning "son of exhortation." 

  78. BARTHÉLMY: French form of Latin Bartholomaeus, meaning "son of Talmai." 

  79. BARTHOLOMIEU: French Provençal form of Latin Bartholomaeus, meaning "son of Talmai." 

  80. BARTHOMIEU: Contracted form of French Provençal Bartholomieu, meaning "son of Talmai." 

  81. BASILE: French form of Latin Basilius, meaning "king."

  82. BASTIEN: Short form of French Sébastien, meaning "from Sebaste."

  83. BAUDOUIN: French form of Old High German Baldawin, meaning "brave friend."

  84. BAYARD: Old French name derived from the word baie, meaning "reddish brown" or "bright bay color." In medieval romances, this was the name of a magic horse from the legends of the chansons de geste ("Songs of Heroic Deeds") which was given to Renaud by Charlemagne. It belonged to the four sons of Aymon, and had the ability to grow larger or smaller as one or more riders mounted it. According to tradition, one of its foot-prints may still be seen in the forest of Soignes, and another on a rock near Dinant.

  85. BEAUMONT: From the Old French surname, derived from a place name composed of the elements beau "beautiful" and mont "hill, mountain," hence "beautiful mountain."
  86. BEAUREGARD: From the Old French surname, derived from a place name composed of the elements beau "beautiful" and regard "aspect, outlook," hence "beautiful aspect" or "beautiful outlook."
  87. BÉDOIER: French form of English Bedivere, possibly meaning "grave-knower," inferring "one who knows (Arthur's) grave."
  88. BÉNÉDICT: French form of Latin Benedictus, meaning "blessed." 
  89. BENEOIT: Old French surname derived from Latin Benedictus, meaning "blessed." 
  90. BÉNÉZET: French Provençal form of Latin Benedictus, meaning "blessed." 
  91. BENJAMIN: French form of Greek Beniamín from Hebrew Binyamin, meaning "son of the right hand." Compare with another form of Benjamin.

  92. BENOÎT: Old French form of Latin Benedictus, meaning "blessed." 

  93. BERENGER: Old French form of Latin Berengarius, meaning "bear-spear."

  94. BERNARD: Norman French form of Old High German Bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear." Compare with another form of Bernard.

  95. BERTRAND: Medieval French form of Old High German Berhtram, meaning "bright raven." 

  96. BLAISE: French form of Roman Latin Blasius, meaning "talks with a lisp." 

  97. BRIAN: Old French derogatory byname derived from the Old Occitan word brian, meaning "maggot." Compare with another form of Brian.
  98. BRIANT: French form of Irish Brian, meaning "high hill." Compare with another form of Briant.
  99. BRICE: French form of Scottish Bryce, meaning "pied, spotted, speckled." 
  100. BRIEFBRAS: French form of Welsh freichfras ("strong-armed"), but meaning "short arm." In Arthurian legend, this is a nickname for Sir Caradoc.
  101. BRUCE: Scottish surname transferred to forename use, possibly meaning "woods; thicket." It was originally a Norman French baronial name but the exact location from which it was derived has not been identified and the number of possibilities are numerous. In use by the English.
  102. CAÏN: French form of Hebrew Qayin ("acquired, possessed") and Greek Kaïn ("maker; fabricator" i.e. "smith"). 
  103. CAMILLE: French unisex form of Roman Latin Camilla, possibly meaning "attendant (for a temple)."
  104. CAMPION: Norman French surname transferred to English forename use, derived from the word campion, which was originally a status name for a professional "champion."
  105. CÉLESTIN: French form of Latin Cælestinus, meaning "heavenly."
  106. CERF: From the French byname cerf "hart" (hart: from proto-Germanic *kherut-, from PIE base *ker- "horn"), referring to the animal's presumed lustful nature.
  107. CESAIRE: French form of Roman Latin Cæsar, meaning "severed."
  108. CÉSAR: French and Spanish form of Roman Latin Cæsar, meaning "severed."
  109. CHANDLER: Old French occupational surname transferred to English forename use, meaning "candle merchant."
  110. CHARLEMAGNE: Derived from French Charles le Magne, meaning "Charles the Great."
  111. CHARLES: English and French form of German Karl, meaning "man."
  112. CHARLOT: Pet form of French Charles, meaning "man." 
  113. CHRESTIEN: Old French form of Latin Christianus, meaning "believer" or "follower of Christ."
  114. CHRÉTIEN: Later form of Old French Chrestien, meaning "believer" or "follower of Christ."
  115. CHRISTOPHE: French form of Latin Christophorus, meaning "Christ-bearer." 
  116. CLAUDE: French form of Latin Claudius, meaning "lame."
  117. CLÉMENT: French form of Latin Clement, meaning "gentle and merciful."
  118. CLOTAIRE: French form of Latin Chlotharius, meaning "loud warrior."
  119. CLOVIS: French form of German Hlodovic, meaning "famous warrior."
  120. COLOMBAIN: French form of Latin Columbanus, meaning "dove."
  121. COLOMBE: French unisex form of Latin Columba, meaning "dove."
  122. CÔME: French form of Latin Cosmo, meaning "order, beauty."
  123. CONSTANTIN: French and Romanian form of Latin Constantinus, meaning "steadfast." 
  124. CORBIN: From an Old French and Middle English byname composed of the word corb, "crow, raven," and a diminutive suffix, hence "little crow" or "little raven."
  125. CORIN: French form of Roman Latin Quirinus, meaning "men together." Compare with another form of Corin.
  126. CORNEILLE: French form of Latin Cornelius, meaning "of a horn."
  127. COSME: French form of Latin Cosmo, meaning "order, beauty."
  128. CUPIDON: French form of Latin Cupido, meaning "desire."
  129. CYPRIEN: French form of Latin Cyprianus, meaning "from Cyprus."
  130. CYRILLE: French unisex form of Greek Kyrillos, meaning "lord."
  131. DAMIEN: French form of Latin Damianus, meaning "to tame, to subdue" and euphemistically "to kill." 
  132. D'ARTAGNAN (pronounced dar-tan-yun): French habitational surname transferred to forename use, meaning "from Artagnan." This was the name of the hero of Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers. The French form of the name is d'Artagnan; the English form is D'Artagnan (capital "D").
  133. DEGARÉ: From the medieval romance Sir Degaré, probably from the French word égaré, meaning "strayed, lost." 
  134. DENIS: French form of English Dennis, meaning "follower of Dionysos." Compare with another form of Denis.
  135. DÉODAT: French form of Roman Latin Deodatus, meaning "given to God."
  136. DÉSIRÉ: French name meaning "desired." 
  137. DEVEREUX: French surname transferred to English forename use, meaning "from Evreux." Evreux is a commune of Normandy, France which got its name from the Eburovices, the name of a gallic tribe, meaning "those which overcome by the yew." Yew wood was used to make weapons: bows, arrows, spears, etc.
  138. DIDIER: French form of Latin Desiderius, meaning "longing." 
  139. DIEUDONNÉ: French name meaning "god-given."
  140. DIODORE: French form of Latin Diodorus, meaning "gift of Zeus."
  141. DION: French name derived from Latin Dio, a short form of longer names of Greek origin beginning with Dio-, meaning "Zeus."
  142. DOMINIQUE: French unisex form of Latin Dominicus, meaning "belongs to the lord."
  143. DONATIEN: French form of Latin Donatus, meaning "given (by God)."
  144. EDGARD: French form of Anglo-Saxon Eádgár, meaning "rich spear."
  145. EDMOND: French form of Anglo-Saxon Eadmund, meaning "protector of prosperity."
  146. ÉDOUARD: French form of Latin Eduardus, meaning "guardian of prosperity."
  147. ÉLIE: Old French form of Hebrew Eliyah, meaning "the Lord is my God."
  148. ELLIOT: English surname transferred to forename use, originally a Norman French diminutive form of Old French Élie, meaning "the Lord is my God."
  149. ÉLOI: French form of Latin Eligius, meaning "to choose."
  150. ÉLOY: French form of Latin Eligius, meaning "to choose."

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