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What does Florence mean?

Florence Pronunciation of Florence as a girls' name is pronounced FLOR-ens. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Florence is "flowering, in bloom". Medieval form of Florentius and Florentia, from "florens". In the Middle Ages, the name was used for men, as in the historian Florence of Worcester. Modern use is almost entirely inspired by the fame of Florence Nightingale, who was named for the Italian city where she was born (Latin Florentia, Italian Firenze). Athlete Florence "Flo Jo" Griffith Joyner; actress Florence Henderson.


ASSOCIATED WITH medieval, modern


VARIANTS Fiorentina, Fiorenza, Firenze, Flo, Floellen, Flor, Flora, Florance, Flore, Florenca, Florencia, Florencita, Florentia, Florentina, Florentyna, Florenza, Florenzia, Flori, Floria, Floriane, Floriana, Florie, Florina, Florincia, Florinda, Florine, Floris, Florrance, Florrie, Florry, Florynce, Floss, Flossey, Flossie, Flossy

SEE ALSO Florida, Venetia




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How popular is Florence?

Florence is a very prominent first name for females (#107 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#3652 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Florence reached its apex position of #7 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is at #971 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Florence name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Florence outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Florence (#971 IN 2018) appearing in the Top 2000 are Flora (#1052), Flo, Flor, Florance, Floria, Florida, Florie, Florina, Florinda, Florine, Floris, Florrie, Floss, Flossie and Venetia. These relations of Florence reached the apex of their popularity a century ago (ADOPTION OF 1.88%) and are now significantly less widespread (ADOPTION 0.03%, 98.4%), with versions like Flora becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Florence, Flo, Flor, Flora, Florance in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Floria, Florida, Florie, Florina, Florinda in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Florine, Floris, Florrie, Floss, Flossie, Venetia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Florence outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Aleece, Alleece, Berenice, Berenyce, Capreece, Cherece, Clarene, Clarice, Claryce, Cleamence, Clemence, Cleryce, Corene, Corenne, Dareece, Dorene, Dorice, Elegance, Essence, Fabienne, Fabrice, Fabrienne, Faleece, Faren, Ferne, Filomena, Filomene, Fione, Fiordenni, Fiorella, Fleurine, Floralia, Florella, Florelle, Floressa, Floretta, Florise, Florita, Flory, Flower, Fortnea (see Fortney), Fortnee (see Fortney), Fortney, Fortnie, Fortny (see Fortney), Fortune, France, Frances, Francey, Franci, Francie, Franie, Fredie, Glenice, Gloree, Jorene, Kadence, Klarice, Klaryce, Laurence, Lorene, Lourence, Maxence, Morene, Morgance, Norene, Patience, Patreece, Patreice, Provence, Prudence, Sherece, Shereece, Shirece and Silence. These names tend to be less commonly used than Florence.

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