Cosette (given name)

Cosette is a feminine given name, is pronounced koh-ZETT.[1] It is of French origin, is best known as the heroine of "Les Misérables" (1862) by Victor Hugo, Cosette was the nickname given to the girl named Euphrasie by her mother.

Nowadays Cosette is derived essentially from the name Euphrasie the heroine of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
Word/nameOld French, English
Other names
Related namesCosetta and Cozette


Cosette in modern name dictionaries give the meaning as "victorious," but it doesn't appear to have been in use as a first name until after Hugo published Les Miserables, although "Cozette" sometimes appeared as a surname. Victor Hugo said he created Cosette from "chosette", meaning "little thing"[2] in French.

Literary: in Victor Hugo's novel "Les Misérables", Cosette is the female romantic lead and Jean Valjean's beloved adopted daughter.[3]


The name Cosette is of French origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries,[4] as the novel of "Misérables" the name also got international position in other countries and languages of the world.

Despite the popularity of Les Misérables the musical, the name was given to only seventy-five girls in 2011.[5]


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