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Popular French Baby Names of 2016

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By Stephanie Rapoport, meilleursprenoms

To check out the latest trends in French baby names, we turn once again to our go-to expert Stéphanie Rapoport, creator of the popular site Meilleurs Prénoms. Each year, Stéphanie shares her predictions for the following year, based on her analysis of the current data provided by the French National Statistics Office. Here’s what she sees ahead for 2016.

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Chic French Baby Names

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By Nirit Sumeruk

When it comes to writing about Paris’s fashion scene and the names of people who have both in the past and in-the-now inspire, create, and make us want to wear – it’s tough deciding where to start! This is after all the capital of fashion and the perfect place forcing one to always want to look, simply fabulous!

To make it ‘easier’ I’ve selected a choice of names that have become synonymous with fashion….and people whose fashion style I enjoy following…

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French Baby Names: The best from Brittany

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By Clarice Bourgeois

Even though Brittany is a region with a strong identity, up until the 1980s, regional differences in baby names were not really apparent in France. Local name trends followed those of the rest of the country, with a large proportion of girls being called Marie, Sylvie, Nathalie and Stéphanie and boys named Jean, Philippe, Thomas or Julien. This is still largely the case today : Emma and Lola and Nathan and Enzo top Brittany’s name charts.

However, since the 90s, there’s been a strong regional identity upswing: local languages are taught at school, forgotten traditions are being revived. People now want to learn about their roots and keep them alive in any way possible, including naming their children.

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international names

Names travel among cultures further and faster now than ever before.

In the US, rising stars include the Irish Maeve and Declan, the Spanish Mateo and the Arabic Imani.

The British like such French names as Sophie and Chloe, while in France there’s a craze for British names such as Emma and Tom.  And then there are those names used throughout Europe that are gaining some attention in the US: Cosima, Leonie, Roman.

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French baby names

By Clarice Bourgeois

Can you name the current most popular baby names in France? Are you thinking Jean? Jules? Margot or, perhaps, Louise? You would be wrong. For the past few years, Nathan, Enzo, Noah, Matteo and Timéo have been topping the boys’ names’ charts, while many little girls were named Inès, Clara and Emma.

Technically, these names are not ‘entirely’ or only French. But they’ve become so common that they’re now part of the French names landscape.

There are several reasons that might explain the current French open-mindedness when it comes to naming their children.

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