Baby Names: Names Starting with F


FLANNERY: From the Old French for "sheet of metal." A strong name for a boy or girl. Relatives: Flan, Flann. Namesakes: Flannery O'Connor, Flann O'Brien.

FLEMING: A native of Flanders. Relative: Flemming. Namesakes: Ian Fleming, Peggy Fleming.

FLETCHER: From the Old French for "seller of arrows." An ancient occupational name. Perfect for a little Sagittarian. Relative: Flemming

FLORENCE: Latin for "blooming flower" or "flourishing." An old-fashioned beauty that is just beginning to return to popularity. Relatives: Flora, Floria, Florida, Florie, Floris, Florrie, Fleur, Flower, Florenz, Florentia, Flory, Floryn, Flossie, Flo. Namesakes: Florence Eiseman, Florence Henderson, Flo Ziegfeld, Florence Joyner.

FLYNN: Irish for "son of the red-haired man." Relatives: Flinn, Flin, Flyn. Namesake: Errol Flynn

FORD: Old English for "river crossing." Better than Toyota. Namesakes: Henry Ford, Harrison Ford.

FORREST: Old French for "out of the woods." A good choice if you're having trouble deciding between Birch and Ash. Relatives: Forest, Forestt, Forrestt, Forrester, Forster. Namesakes: Forrest Tucker, E.M. Forster, De Forest Kelly.

FOSTER: From the Old French for "forest keeper." This also means "to cherish or sustain," as in "foster child." Namesakes: Foster Grant, John Foster Dulles, Jodie Foster.

FRANCES: From the Old French for "free." An androgynous name, though "Frances" is usually used for a girl and "Francis" for a boy. Relatives: Francis, Fanchon, Francesca, Fran, Franny, Fanny, Frannie, Frank, Frankie, Francine, Franz, Franco. Namesakes: Frances Farmer, Fran Tarkenton, Sir Francis Drake, Francine du Plessix Gray, Franco Harris, Franz Kafka

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