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Up until 1964, Alphonse was quite a popular name in the United States, but the French moniker has fallen out of favor. While it has a strong meaning, it sounds more like a “grandpa name” these days, and it also has a bit of international sound to it. It is possible to make it a little more modern by pairing it with a trendy middle name like Jordan, River, Tyler, or Parker.

Meaning of the name Alphonse:

French: Ready for battle

Origin of the name Alphonse:

Alphonse is a French derivation of the Old German name Hildefuns.

Symbolism of the name Alphonse:

Because it means “ready for battle,” new parents may see it as a symbol that their baby boy is strong and brave and prepared to face the world.

Style of the name Alphonse:

Traditional, international

Gender of the name Alphonse:

Alphonse is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Alphonse:


Number of syllables in the name Alphonse:


Emotion evoked from the name Alphonse:

The baby name Alphonse evokes images of someone who is sweet, kind, and has good morals.

Alternative spellings for the name Alphonse:

  • Alfonse
  • Alfons
  • Alphons

Nicknames for the name Alphonse:

  • Al
  • Fonz
  • Phons
  • Alf
  • Alfie
  • Alphie

Popularity of the name Alphonse:

According to the Social Security Administration, Alphonse was a top 1,000 baby name for boys up until 1964 when it last ranked at number 922. It was most popular in 1913 when it ranked at number 277.

Related names for the name Alphonse:

Great middle names for Alphonse and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Alphonse:

  • Alphonse Areola (French soccer player)
  • Alphonse Daudet (author)
  • Alphone Royer (author, dramatist, and theater manager)
  • Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin (musician)
  • Alphonse Mouzon (musician)

Alphonses in popular culture:

  • Alphonse (character in the comic strip “Alphonse and Gaston”)
  • Alphonse Elric (character in the manga/anime series “Fullmetal Alchemist”)
  • Alphonse “Big Boy” Caprice (character in the “Dick Tracy” franchise)
  • Alphonse Huggins (character in the “Titanic” book series)
  • Alphonse (character in the video game “Owlboy”)