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Florence is a beautifully vintage name with a floral and natural feel. It is known in a vintage sense because of Florence Nightingale and in the modern era due to Florence Welch. It really is a pretty name with just as cute nicknames like Flo and even a city in Italy named after it.

Meaning of the name Florence:

Latin: flourishing, prosperous, flowering, in bloom

Origin of the name Florence:

The baby name Florence comes from the original Latin words Florentius, and the girl form, Florentia. Florentius was a common name in Europe among saints of the Christian church, especially throughout Medieval times. It became so popular that there was even a city in Italy that was called Florence. The name reached the peak of its popularity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and is slowly making a comeback in modern times.

Symbolism of the name Florence:

The baby name Florence comes from the Latin names Florentius and Florentia. These come from the word “florens.” This word had the original meaning of “prosperous” and “flourishing.”

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Style of the name Florence:

Traditional

Gender of the name Florence:

Florence is a name for girls that has a very floral and breezy feel.

Pronunciation of the name Florence:

FLAWR-ens

Number of syllables in the name Florence:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Florence:

The baby name Florence feels light, breezy, natural, and floral. It is an earthy baby name with a vintage edge.

Alternative spellings for the name Florence:

  • Florance

Nicknames for the name Florence:

  • Flo
  • Flossy
  • Flossie
  • Flozza
  • Florrie
  • Flory
  • Flora 
  • Flor

Popularity of the name Florence:

The baby name Florence was a top 10 name until 1904, and a top 20 name until 1924. It remained a top 50 name up to 1933, then a top 100 name until 1940. The name did drop off the top 1,000 list for girls after 1981, but it started to make a comeback in 2017. Florence ranks at number 762 as of 2020.

Related names for the name Florence:

Great middle names for Florence and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Florence:

Florences in popular culture:

  • Florence Johnston (character from “The Jeffersons”)
  • Florence Castleberry (charaacter from “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore”)
  • Florence (character from “The Magic Roundabout”)
  • FlorenceGrey (character from “The Children of the Red King” series)
  • Florence Hayes (character from “Imposters”)
  • Florence Cassell (character from “Death in Paradise”)