Among French girl names beginning with the letter ‘N’, we can identify a first group consisting of those originating from “natalis”, a Latin word refering to birth and birthdays.
A second group of French names starting with the letter ‘N’ are those related to Nadejda, a Slavic name meaning “hope”:
More French girl names that start with ‘N’:
Nicolas is a popular French boy’s name that corresponds to the English name Nicholas. Both originate from Ancient Greek.
In French culture, this name is prominently featured in the classic children's book series titled “le Petit Nicolas” written by René Goscinny (the co-creator of the famous Asterix comics) and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé. The series, first published in the 1950s, narrates the adventures and misadventures of a young boy named Nicolas.
Nathan is a popular boy's name in France —but it is not specifically French, as it appears with the same spelling in many different languages. It originates from Hebrew, and it is a shortened form of the name Jonathan.
Noël is derived from the French word for Christmas, which is spelled exactly the same. It is not uncommon for individuals named Noël to have been born around the Christmas period, and sometimes even on the 25th of December.
Noé is a French name of Hebrew origin that corresponds to the name Noah found in English. It is one of those short French names like Zoé and Chloé.
We end this section with a few exceedingly rare, yet historically intriguing, French male names starting with the letter 'n'. Although these names could be difficult to carry, they are interesting from a historical and cultural perspective.
In France nowadays, Napoléon is rarely used as a name, yet occasional instances of its use appear in official statistics. This name is deeply associated with a prominent figure in French history, Napoléon Bonaparte, who was the emperor of France in the early 19th century.
Here's an interesting piece of trivia: Napoléon's birth name was Napoleone, the Italian version. He was born on the island of Corsica to a family of Italian ancestry. Surprisingly, it was only in 1768 (a year before Napoléon Bonaparte was born) that France acquired the Island of Corsica. At the time, the main language spoken on the island was Italian.
In contemporary times, Narcisse is a rarely-used French name. But it was surprisingly popular in France during the first half of the 19th century.
In Greek mythology, Narcisse (known as Narcissus in English) was a man of exceptional beauty who became infatuated with his own reflection in a pool of water. In some versions of the story, he drowned while attempting to reach his reflection. In other versions, he remained fixated until a compassionate god intervened and transformed him into a flower.
From this famous Greek myth, Narcisse refers to a family of flowers that includes the daffodil. But it is also etymologically related to the word “narcissism” which refers to an excessive love of oneself.