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In the past few weeks, youâ€™ve seen our predictions for the rising names in the US, and Eleanor Nickersonâ€™s forecast of what will be 2013â€™s most popular in the UK; today we look to Franceâ€™s upcoming stars.
To check out the latest trends inÂ French baby names, we turn once again to our go-to expert,Â StĂ©phanie Rapoport, creator of the popular siteÂ meilleursprĂ©noms.comÂ and author of Lâ€™Officiel des PrĂ©noms .Â For anyone conversant in French, the site is filled with interesting lists, charts and analysis onÂ French baby names. But for those whose high school French is asÂ shaky as mine, we asked StĂ©phanie to give us a recap en anglais.
When it comes to trends, one outstanding factor is that French baby names have never been shorter in length than they are today.Â In 2013, I see few names having more than five letters and a profusion of names containing only three, such as LĂ©a and LĂ©o, ZoĂ© and Tom.
Sounds are another major component of French naming style. Girlâ€™s names ending in â€śa,â€ť not surprisingly, dominate the scene, with nine of them holding the top twenty ranks. More interestingly, the â€śĂ©oâ€ť sound is bouncing back for boys, thanks to LĂ©o and the newcomer TimĂ©o.
Make no mistake, 2012 was a great year for baby names, but 2013 should be even more exciting.Â Thereâ€™s the royal baby, and now an American dynasty is expecting a new addition.Â Jenna Bush Hager, daughter and granddaughter of two US presidents, is due next year, and given her familyâ€™s habit of passing down relativesâ€™ names, it should make for a great birth announcement.