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Quick Facts on Florence

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
FLOOR-ənts (English); flo-RAWNS (French)
Simple meaning:
Flourishing, blooming, blossoming

Characteristics of Florence

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Florence

Florence is an English and French female name derived from the Latin “florens” meaning “flourishing, blooming”. We know the masculine name Florentius dates back to ancient times, as it was borne by several early Christian saints in the first centuries of the Common Era. Both Florentius and Florentia were commonly used among Roman citizens especially after the Christianization of Europe (in honor of the early saints). Some people also consider Florence as a geographical place name, as in the Italian capital city of Florence in Tuscany. Florence, Italy was established in the first century B.C. as a residence for Roman army veterans and originally called “Fluentia” (“flowing”) because it was situation in a river valley. The name would later be corrupted to Florentia (blossoming) which, ironically, is apropos considering the fact that Florence was one of the most important European trade cities in the Middle Ages – “flourishing” with activity. Furthermore, the Florentine Latin dialect morphed into the standard Italian language, the Florin currency financed all sorts of activities throughout medieval Europe and, most importantly, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance (marking the period of time between the Middle Ages and the Modern Era). Many world travelers will attest to the fact that Florence is among their favorite places to visit. In fact, one of the most famous name bearers is Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), a British woman credited as the Mother of Modern Nursing due to her tireless work tending to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Nightingale was actually named after the place of her birth (Florence, Italy).

Popularity of the Name Florence

The fact that Florence hasn’t made a comeback in the 21st century is a bit perplexing. We think old Florence has just as much antique charm as, say, Emma, Ruby, Cora or Hazel. Back at the turn of the 20th century, Florence was extremely fashionable. In fact, in 1900, Florence was the 7th most popular baby girl’s name nationwide. She was a Top 10 until 1905, a Top 20 until 1925, a Top 50 until 1934 and a Top 100 until 1941. The name slowly fell off her perch as the decades wore on, and by the 1970s, Florence became ultra-passé. The last year we can find Florence on America’s Top 1000 list was in 1981 – basically off the American naming radar for over 30 years. Less than 100 baby girls born in 2012 were given the name Florence. Yet over in England, Florence is a Top 50 favorite right now. Largely neglected in the United States, Florence is finding a revival across the pond. We just haven’t gotten the memo yet. In fact, the English have a few female baby names on their Top 50 list that are rarely used in America (e.g., Evie, Freya, Imogen, Millie, Poppy, Maisie and Matilda are other examples besides Florence). Florence is a charming, delightfully old-fashioned name, and definitely one to consider. She’s just begging to “bloom” and “flourish” again. Flo, Flossie, Flor and Flora are all darling nicknames.
Popularity of the Girl Name Florence
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Florence

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Florence

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Florence

    Florence We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Florence.

  • Popular Songs on Florence

    Popular Songs on Florence

    The Floods of Florence - a song by Phil Ochs

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Florence

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Florence

    A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale (David A. Adler) - Traces the life of the nineteenth-century English woman who followed her calling to work in hospitals and improve the conditions under which the sick were treated. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Florence Nightingale: Lady with the Lamp (Trina Robbins) - In graphic novel format, tells the story of Florence Nightingale, the English nurse who reformed military hospitals during the Crimean War and became the founder of modern nursing. Recommended for ages 8-14.

    Florence the Friendship Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Friends everywhere will love this magical adventure. It's perfect for Valentine's Day -- or any day! Rachel and Kirsty know all about being a good friend. After all, they're best friends! But when Florence the Friendship Fairy's magic memory book, ribbon, and bracelets disappear, friendships everywhere are in big trouble. Now kids can't stop arguing, just like Jack Frost's silly goblins! Florence has to find her missing magic, but she can't do it without Rachel and Kirsty. Can they help their new fairy friend -- and teach icy Jack Frost a thing or two about friendship? Find the magic items in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save friendships everywhere! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Small Florence, Piggy Pop Star (Claire Alexander) - Small Florence has big dreams of becoming a piggy pop star. But when she tries to sing in front of her two older sisters, nothing comes out but a shy little squeak! When her sisters get the chance to sing in a contest on TV, Florence wishes she could join them. On the day of the competition, the judges get ready to pick a star. And then a truly amazing thing happens! Claire Alexander's sweet, funny story is an inspiring tale about believing in yourself. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Florence

    Famous People Named Florence

    Famous People Named Florence - Florence Nightingale (nurse); Florence Griffith Joyner (track/field athlete known as Flo-Jo); Florence Harding (former First Lady); Florence Henderson (actress); Florence Lawrence (silent film actress, aka "The First Movie Star"); Florence Welch (musician from Florence & the Machine); Florence Evelyn Nesbit (actress); Florence Chadwick (American swimmer); Florence Ballard (Motown singer, founding member of The Supremes)

  • Children of Famous People Named Florence

    Children of Famous People Named Florence

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Florence - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Florence.

  • Historic Figures

    Florence - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 Aug 1910) - Florence Nightingale is the famous British reformer who was essentially the founder of the nursing profession, and whose name is synonymous with one who brings great comfort to others. Born in Florence, Italy, (hence the name) to a wealthy British family, Florence was raised in England and essentially educated by her father. In addition to literature, philosophy, history and languages, he added mathematics to the mix – most unusual for a girl of her times and class. Early on, young Florence felt a religious calling to a life of service, specifically nursing, and was able to realize this ambition during the Crimean War of 1853 – 1856. She pioneered many innovative methods of nursing while there, taught and trained many other young women in the 1853-56. She wrote the definitive guidebook, Notes on Nursing, and singlehandedly ushered her profession into the modern age. Considering the restrictive Victorian atmosphere in which she operated, her accomplishments are amazing. No less a luminary than Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized her as “the lady with the lamp” in his 1857 poem, “St. Filomena”. Her legacy lives on today in a proud profession.

Personality of the Girl Name Florence

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Florence

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