Borrowing from French Florence, from Latin Flōrentia (as a given name, a feminine form of Flōrentius), from flōrens (“flowering, flourishing”), from flōs (“flower”), connected with English bloom and blossom.
The female given name gained popularity from Florence Nightingale who was born in the Tuscan city.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈflɒɹəns/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈflɔɹəns/
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- Rhymes: -ɒɹəns, -ɔːɹəns
- A province of Tuscany, Italy.
- The capital city of the province Florence.
- The capital city of Caquetá, Colombia.
- A female given name.
1840, William Gilmore Simms, Border Beagles: A Tale of Mississippi, Donohue, Henneberry, published 1890, page 398:
- It is a sweet name, Florence, but not as sweet as herself. But you shall see her with you own eyes.
- A city in Kentucky.
- A town in Mississippi.
- A city in South Carolina.
Florence (plural Florences)
- (historical) An ancient gold coin of the time of Edward III, coined by Florentines and worth six shillings sterling.
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- (historical) A kind of cloth.
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- Florence (a province of Tuscany, Italy)
- Florence (the city)
- A female given name, equivalent to English Florence, feminine form of the saint's name Florent.