18 Cool and Unique French Baby Names You'll Want to Steal

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When it comes to the French, there isn't much we don't love. From their effortless fashion sense to their lived-in beauty, their chic-to-death interiors, and perfectly imperfect entertaining style, it's clear they've officially mastered the art of casual cool. So who wouldn't want to instill some of that je ne sais quoi in their children? Instead of rounding up the most popular French baby names, we sourced the cool, unique French baby names that are guaranteed to steal your heart. If you don't have a baby on the way, then you'll definitely want to bookmark these for your future infants—de rien

Though we've broken these names down by gender, consider some of them as unisex to make them even more unique.

Boys

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Porter

Fashion fans will adore this name (Porter magazine is one of our favorite glossies) but its meaning will also delight. It's a derivative of the Old French word porte or "door" in English, so your little mini-me will be the gatekeeper to your heart.

Bertrand

This unique name is a favorite of our creative director and with good reason. It's a Teutonic baby name (a Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family) meaning "shining raven," but in French, it means "intelligent" or "glorious raven." It also has a great history. Bertrand Russell was a prolific English philosopher and mathematician of the 1800s.

Verdell

Every child symbolizes a fresh start and a new beginning, which is why Verdell is the perfect newborn moniker. A derivative of Latin, in French it translates to "green" and "flourishing," which is exactly what your child will do when they enter the world in your loving home.

Talon

This name has some serious cool factor. The "claw" translation is a strong, bold, and powerful analogy, especially when you think of how revered the bald Eagle is in the U.S. This is the kind of French name your son will be proud to answer to. 

Rayder

A child's view of the world is so untouched by the noise of modern society, and they have such clarity around deeper topics of spirituality and the meaning of life. They're like little counselors, which is exactly what Rayder means in English.

Aimery

If you're looking for a name that's entrenched in history (and hasn't been used for a while) then this is our pick. Aimery is strong yet soft, and according to Behind the Name, was introduced to England by the Normans. 

Sage

A child is like an old soul in a young body—their wisdom belies their years. That's why this sweet French word, meaning wise person, is a fitting name for any newborn. We also love the sound of the word, and let's not forget how beautiful and delicious the herb is, too. It's short, which means it can't be abbreviated in the schoolyard, and strong.

Amoux

If we had a choice, we'd add an "x" to the end of all our baby name spelling—it just looks so chic. This name is actually unisex, but we love it for a boy. As if it couldn't get any cooler, the Baby Name Guide lists the meaning as "eagle wolf."

Benoît

The French variant of Benedict means "blessed," which is just what you will be when your gorgeous bundle of joy enters the world. Pronounced ben-WAH, it has a hip, Parisian flair.

Girls

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Mattie

The short form for Mathilde is sugar and spice and all things nice. In typical French style, their version of Matilda has a softer pronunciation that makes it all the more adorable and exotic. It also means "strong in war" or "strength for battle," which is definitely the fighting spirit you want for your little girl.

Zuria

We can't resist a "z" name. The heritage of this gorgeous French girl's name dates back to the middle ages and was popular in the Basque region

Sidonie

This fresh and modern alternative to the popular Australian name, Sydney, is an elegant moniker for any young girl. It has a delightful feminine ring to it when pronounced with a French accent. This is a name that has major cute factor when they're young and a mysterious allure when they're an adult.

Agathe

While you're familiar with the name Agatha, we believe the French variant is softer and more feminine. According to our French Home Décor editor, it's common among the older generations and probably rarely heard today, but we're calling for a modern resurgence. It's also a precious stone and its French meaning is "kind." 

Roux

Meaning red in French, this precious moniker is a cool combination of tough and pretty. For fans of the Hunger Games character Rue, this is a cool take on the spelling. It's also the name of Johnny Depp's gypsy character in the romantic film Chocolat, so it has a unisex appeal, too.

Josette

If you love Claudette, then you'll love Josette. This modern variation of Josephine is just as gorgeous, and the pronunciation makes it even more so. Zho-ZET is ladylike and tender. 

Reine

This romantic and incredibly regal name is the perfect title for your little princess. It's actually pronounced "rhen," although our English tendency is to say rain. Either way, it's just as pretty. She'll grow up to be a Queen, just like the name's meaning. 

Brielle

While it's still on the lesser-known end of the scale, according to Nameberry, Brielle's popularity is on the rise. The short and modern version of Gabrielle is super cute. Snag it before someone else does.

Annick

This is an unusual name for a girl, but we have a soft spot for the unique. This French name means gracious and merciful, two traits any parent would be more than happy for their child to possess. 

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