Florence Name Meaning & Origin

Florence

Pronunciation: FLOH-rehns (key)

Origin of the name Florence:

Medieval English form of the Latin Florentia, which is derived from florens (blooming, flourishing, prosperous). The name was made popular by Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910), a nurse in the Crimean War who is regarded as the founder of modern nursing.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Flo, Florencia, Florrie, Flossie

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Nicknames for Florence

Flo, Flossie, Florrie, Flora, Ren, Floxy, Lennie, Lori

Meanings and history of the name Florence

From the Italian city, heart of the Renaissance. This name became popular due to the fame of Florence Nightingale, who was born in Florence and named for the city of her birth. (She had a sister named Parthenope, the ancient name for the city of Naples, where she was born.)

It is also from the latin for "blooming".

Famous real-life people named Florence

Florence Nightingale, English nurse and reformer
Florence Henderson, American actress and singer
Florence Ballard, American singer and member of the Supremes
Florence Kling Harding, First Lady and wife of Warren G. Harding
Florence King, American author
Florence Mills, American actress of the Harlem Renaissance period
Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence + The Machine
Florence Lawrence, American silent film actress and (arguably) America's first "movie star"
Florence Rose Endellion Cameron (b. 2010), daughter of British politician David Cameron

Florence in song, story & screen

Florence Johnson, maid from the TV series "The Jeffersons", played by Marla Gibbs
Florence + The Machine, British band

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