Its source is Florentia, a Latin name meaning "Flourishing."
This girl's name is used in Polish.
The most famous bearer of this name was the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale (1810-1890). This Englishwoman received her name from the city of her birth, Florence, Italy.
Known as ''the lady with the lamp,'' she led the first team of nurses to the battlefields of the Crimea in 1854. She survived a bout of fever and continued her work until the war's end. Her reputation established, she was consulted by governments all over the world, and showered with honors and accolades.