Female, Nature, Proto-Indo-European


Hortense is the French form of Hortensia, the feminine form of Hortensius, an Ancient Roman gens (a clan name shared by individuals who are all descended from the same ancestor; it is located in the middle part of the name) of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Latin hortus meaning “garden”. It could be possible it may have originated because the originator of the name was a gardener or loved gardening.

Origin: uncertain, possibly Latin via a PIE source

Meaning: uncertain, possibly “garden”

Usage: French, English



  • Hortensia (Ancient Roman, Spanish, English)


Male forms:

  • Hortensius (Ancient Roman)


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