162 Male Provencal names from Southern France

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Provence in the south of France has always had a history and a culture of its own. It is a region that once had its own language, Provençale. Many of the local male names in Provence have a sing-song cadance, compared to French boys names from other parts of the country.

The Mediterranean influence from the days of the ancient Greek settlements in Marseille and from the neighbouring Italy and Spain give provençale names a flavor of their own. So let’s get to the best male provencal names, shall we? Allons-y!

  1. Adrian – meaning “from the Adriatic sea” as historically Marseille was an old Greek colony.
  2. Alan – meaning “beautiful and calm”.
  3. Alano – meaning “harmonious”.
  4. Aleissandre – meaning “defense of humanity”, variation of “Alexandre”.
  5. Andriéu – variation of “Andrew”, or “André”. Named after Saint Andriéu from the 10th century.
  6. Anfos – meaning “noble and ready”, variation of “Alphonse”.
  7. Antòni – meaning “inestimable”; variation of “Antoine”.
  8. Antounet – meaning “one who nourishes flowers”; variation of “Anne”.
  9. Arnaud – meaning “eagle”, “governer”.
  10. Àrtus – meaning “bear”.
  11. Aubert – meaning “noble”, “brilliant”.
  12. Aubin – meaning “white”.
  13. Audouard – meaning “old guardian”; variation of “Édouard”.
  14. Aurelian – meaning “golden” or “brilliant”.
  15. Barnabé – meaning “son of the Prophet”.
  16. Barnabèu – variation of “Barnabé”, which was also the name of a saint popular in Provencal culture.
  17. Bartoumiéu – meaning “son of Tolomai”; variation of “Barthélémy”.
  18. Bastian – meaning “revered”; diminutive of “Sébastien”.
  19. Benet – from the french word “béni”, meaning “little blessed one”; diminutive of “Benoît”.
  20. Benezet – meaning “blessed”; variation of “Benoît”. The famous pont Sant-Benezet (bridge) in Avignon is named after Benezet. (This is the bridge that inspired the famous kid’s song in FrenchSur le Pont d’Avignon“.)
  21. Berenguié – meaning bear, spirit; variation of Bérenger.
  22. Bernadet, Bernadoun – meaning courage, bear; diminutive of Bernard.
  23. Bernat – meaning “strong”, “bear”; male version of the classic French girl name “Bernadette”.
  24. Bertoun – meaning “noble”, “brilliant”; diminutive of “Aubert”.
  25. Bertrand – meaning “shiny”, “raven”.
  26. Bertranoun – diminutive of “Bertrand”.
  27. Blàsi – meaning “who stutters”; variation of “Blaise”.
  28. Blasioun – meaning “who stutters”.
  29. Brunoun – meaning “armour”, “brown”; variation of “Bruno”.
  30. Calendal – meaning “first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar”; variation of the French Noël.
  31. Calendau – variation of the name Noël, which used to be given to a child born on Christmas Day. (Used in Provence for a girl’s name as well.)
  32. Carle – meaning “strong” and “viril”; variation of “Charles”.
  33. Carlet – meaning “strong”.
  34. Cerile – meaning “master” or “devoted to the divine”; variation of Cyrille.
  35. César – meaning “head with long hair”.
  36. Clèment – meaning “indulgent” or “good”; variation of “Clément”.
  37. Crestian – meaning “Messiah”; variation of “Christian”.
  38. Cristòu – named after Christ; variation of “Christophe”.
  39. Damian – meaning “to tame”, “to master”; variation of “Damien”.
  40. Daniè – meaning “judge”; variation of “Daniel”.
  41. Danis – meaning “God is my judge”; variation of “Denis”.
  42. Daniset – meaning “seigneur”, “lord”; diminutive of “Denis”.
  43. Danisoun – meaning “son of God”.
  44. Dàvi – meaning “loved one”, “dear”; variation of “David”.
  45. Davioun – meaning “beloved”; diminutive of “David”.
  46. Deidié – meaning “desired one”, “wanted”; variation of “Didier”.
  47. Doumergue – meaning “who belongs to the lord”; variation of “Dominique”.
  48. Elian – meaning “the lord is my God”.
  49. Emile – meaning “worker”.
  50. Enmanuèl – meaning “God is with us”; variation of “Emmanuel”.
  51. Enri – meaning “master of the house”; variation of “Henri”.
  52. Enriquet – meaning “master of the house”.
  53. Eri – meaning “rich”, “powerful”; variation of “Éric”.
  54. Ervé – meaning “high cliff”; variation of “Hervé”.
  55. Estefan – meaning crowned; variation of “Stéphane”.
  56. Estève – meaning “crowned”.
  57. Etienne – meaning “crowned”; variation of “Stéphane”.
  58. Fabian – name of a Roman family in antiquity.
  59. Fabrice – meaning “manufacturer”.
  60. Felip – meaning “horses”; variation of “Philippe”.
  61. Felipoun – meaning “who loves horses”; diminutive of “Philippe”.
  62. Flourèns – meaning “flowering”; variation of “Florent”.
  63. Francés – meaning “free”; variation of François.
  64. Francesoun – meaning “free”.
  65. Frédéri – meaning “power of peace”.
  66. Frederico – meaning “power of peace”; variation of “Frédéric”.
  67. Gaspard – meaning “guardian of treasure”.
  68. Gastoun – meaning “welcoming”; variation of “Gaston” and the Celtic Breton male name “Goustan”.
  69. Gastounet – meaning “welcoming”.
  70. Gile – meaning “protective shield of horses”; variation of “Gilles”.
  71. Giloun – meaning “protective shield of horses”.
  72. Giraud – meaning “spear”; variation of “Gérald”.
  73. Giraudet – meaning “governor”; diminutive of Gérald.
  74. Giraudoun – meaning “governor”.
  75. Girome – meaning “sacred name”; variation of “Jérôme”.
  76. Glaudet – meaning “lame”; diminutive of “Claude”.
  77. Glaudi – meaning “lame”.
  78. Gregòri – meaning “vigilant, “watchful”; variation of “Grégoire”.
  79. Guihèn – meaning “hostage” and “friend”; variation of “Guillaume”.
  80. Guiraud – meaning “spear”; variation of “Gérald”.
  81. Ive – meaning “yew”; variation of “Yves”.
  82. Ivoun – meaning “shrub”; variation of “Yvon, Yvonne”.
  83. Jan – meaning “God has given grace”; variation of “Jean”.
  84. Janet, Janot – meaning “God has given grace”; diminutive of “Jean”.
  85. Jaque – meaning “to supplant”, “protect”; variation of “Jacques”.
  86. Jaquet – meaning “to protect”; diminutive of “Jacques”.
  87. Jaquetoun – meaning “to supplant”.
  88. Jaume – meaning “to supplant”, “protect”.
  89. Jòrgi – meaning “working the ground”; variation of “Georges”.
  90. Jóusè – meaning “God adds”; variation of “Joseph”.
  91. Jóuselet – meaning “God adds”.
  92. Jóuseloun – meaning “God adds”; diminutive of “Joseph”.
  93. Julian – meaning “of the Roman family of Lule”; variation of “Julien”.
  94. Justin – meaning “reasonable”.
  95. Laurènço – meaning “crowned with laurel”; variation of “Laurence”.
  96. Laurèns – meaning “laurel”, “winner”; variation of “Laurent”.
  97. Louïs – meaning “glory”, “combat”.
  98. Louïset – meaning “famed warrior”; diminutive of “Louis”.
  99. Lu – meaning “light”; variation of “Luc”.
  100. Ludèr – meaning “people”, “folk”; variation of “Lothaire”.
  101. Luquet – meaning “light”; diminutive of “Luc”.
  102. Manuèl – meaning “God is with us”; diminutive of “Emmanuel”.
  103. Marc – dedicated to mars, roman god of war; variation of “Mark”.
  104. Marcèu – dedicated to mars; variation of “Marcel”.
  105. Marcoun – meaning “limit”, “wolf”.
  106. Marius – meaning “sea”.
  107. Martin – named after St. Martin of Tours.
  108. Massime – meaning “the biggest”.
  109. Matevoun – meaning “gift of God”; diminutive of “Mathieu”.
  110. Matias – meaning “gift of God”.
  111. Matiéu – meaning “gift from God”.
  112. Melìo – meaning “loved by people”; diminutive of “Émilie”.
  113. Michèu – meaning “who is like God”; variation of “Michel”.
  114. Milo – meaning “rival”, “obliging”.
  115. Milou – meaning “rival”, “ruse”; diminutive of “Émile”.
  116. Miquèu – meaning “who is like God”; variation of “Michel”.
  117. Nicoulau – meaning “victory”, “people”; variation of “Nicolas”.
  118. Olivier – meaning “olives”.
  119. Oulivié – meaning “olives”; variation of “Olivier”.
  120. Pascalet – meaning “passage”.
  121. Pascaloun – meaning “passage”.
  122. Pascau – meaning related to Easter which is “Pâques” in French; variation of the unisex French name “Pascal”.
  123. Patris – meaning “one who belongs to the nobility”; variation of “Patrice”.
  124. Pau – meaning “small”, “peace”; variation of “Paul”.
  125. Paulet – meaning “little”.
  126. Pauloun – meaning “little”; diminutive of “Paul”.
  127. Pèire – meaning “little stone”; variation of “Pierre” which means stone in French.
  128. Piarre – meaning “little stone”; variation of “Pierre”.
  129. Quentin – meaning “the fifth”.
  130. “Ramoun” – meaning “one who wisely protects”; variation of “Raymond”.
  131. Ramoundo – meaning “one who wisely protects”; variation of “Raymonde”.
  132. Reinaud – meaning “one who governs with wisdom”; variation of “Renaud”.
  133. Reinaudoun – meaning “one who governs with wisdom”; diminutive of “Renaud”.
  134. Reinié – meaning “governor” or “queen”; variation of “René” and “Renée”.
  135. Ricard, Richard – meaning “king” and “strong”; variation of Richard. Also the brand name of Ricard’s Pastis de Marseille.
  136. Ricou – meaning powerful, wolf; diminutive of Henri.
  137. Roubert – meaning bright, illustrious; variation of Robert.
  138. Rouberto – meaning bright, glorious; variation of Roberte.
  139. Rougié – meaning ruby, rare pearl; variation of Roger.
  140. Rouland – meaning glory of the country; variation of Roland.
  141. Roulando – meaning “courageous”; variation of “Rolande”.
  142. Rouman – meaning “of Roman origin”.
  143. Roumanet – meaning “of Roman origin”; diminutive of “Romain”.
  144. Roumié – meaning “rower”; variation of “Rémy”.
  145. Sandre – meaning “viril”, “warrior”; diminutive of “Aleissandre” or “Alexandre”.
  146. Savié – meaning “new house” or “bright”; variation of “Xavier”.
  147. Sébastien – meaning “revered”.
  148. Sèrgi – meaning to “serve”; variation of “Serge”.
  149. Silvan – meaning “forest”.
  150. Simoun – meaning “just”; variation of “Simon”, “Simone”.
  151. Simounet – meaning “one who harkens”; diminutive of “Simon”, “Simone”.
  152. Sivan – meaning “youth”; variation of “Sylvain”.
  153. Terris – meaning “tender”; variation of “Thierry”.
  154. Tibaud – meaning “courageous people”; variation of “Thibaud”.
  155. Tinou – meaning “the fifth”; diminutive of “Quentin”.
  156. Tòni – meaning “inestimable”; diminutive of “Antoine”.
  157. Toumas – meaning “twin”; variation of “Thomas”.
  158. Ugoun – meaning “family”; diminutive of “Hugues”.
  159. Ugue – meaning “spirit” and “intelligence”; variation of “Hugues”.
  160. Vincèns – meaning “who triumphs”; variation of “Vincent”.
  161. Vitour – meaning “victorious one”; variation of “Victor”.
  162. Zacarìo – meaning “God”; variation of “Zaccharie” or “Zachery”.

If you enjoyed this article, you may like to read more about boys’ names in France. A bientôt!

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