Dear Jennifer,

My grandmother’s first name was Gloriette, pronounced glory-et. I’ve tried looking up this name before with no luck. Does the name come from somewhere? People used the nickname Glo for her a lot. That side of the family also has a strong French Canadian background. Thank you for any information you might be able to give!

Sincerely, Alexandra

Hi Alexandra,

Yes, the suffix -ette is a diminutive used to mean “young” or “little” in the French language. Gloriette, then, would mean “Little Gloria,” most often used for a daughter–or relative–of someone named Glory or Gloria.

It would have the same meaning, then, as the name Gloria: “Glory (to God).”

Sincerely,
Jennifer

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