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  1. #1
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    French Names for Girls

    Here are my faves. Which do you like? Any more suggestions?

    Novalie
    Eulalie
    Léontine
    Apolline
    Rosette
    Ophélie
    Bijou
    Miette
    Inès

    Wow, Nameberry doesn't have a lot of these listed!

  2. #3
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    I like French names quite a bit. These are my favorites:

    Eulalie
    Faustine
    Apolline
    Delphine
    Anaïs
    Augustine
    Euphemie
    Francoise - I adore this and would use it in an instant if I were French.
    Garance
    Olivie
    Clemence
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    Adelaide (Adélaïde)
    Aimee (Aimée)
    Alienor (Aliénor)
    Alvery
    Amelie (Amélie)
    Anais (Anaïs)
    Antoinette
    Athenais (Athénaïs)
    Beatrice (Béatrice)
    Benedicte (Bénédicte)
    Caroline
    Charlotte
    Cosette
    Desiree (Désirée)
    Edith (Édith)
    Eleonore (Eléonore)
    Elisabeth (Élisabeth)
    Emmanuelle
    Euphemie (Euphémie)
    Euphrasie
    Fabienne
    Felicite (Félicité)
    Francoise (Françoise)
    Frederique (Frédérique)
    Gaelle (Gaëlle)
    Giselle
    Heloise (Héloïse)
    Henriette
    Isabelle
    Josephe (Josèphe)
    Josephine (Joséphine)
    Julienne
    Leonois (Léonois)
    Leopoldine (Léopoldine)
    Magali/Magalie
    Manon
    Marie
    Margaux
    Marguerite
    Mathilde/Matilde
    Maximilienne
    Napoleone (Napoléone)
    Odette
    Odile
    Olivie
    Pauline
    Pierrette
    Rosemonde
    Tatienne
    Theodelinde (Théodelinde)
    Therese (Thérèse)
    Victoire
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    I thought bijou was just a word meaning 'small but elegant'.

    http://www.youcantcallitit.com/2010/...ch-baby-names/ < This is a list of the top 100 names in France from 2006. Thought it might be of interest.

    Also, Cosette isn't used as a name in France. Quotes from Behind the Name comments:

    "Although its a good idea not to name your kid Cosette if she'll ever go to France - it's the equivalent of saying with sarcasm "poor little rich girl!"

    "Josette is a lovely alternative to Cosette, as the French I know tend to react to "Cosette" as Americans might react to the name "Baby" if born by an adult woman."
    Last edited by renrose; April 24th, 2013 at 03:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renrose View Post
    Also, Cosette isn't used as a name in France. Quotes from Behind the Name Comments:

    "Although its a good idea not to name your kid Cosette if she'll ever go to France - it's the equivalent of saying with sarcasm "poor little rich girl!"

    "Josette is a lovely alternative to Cosette, as the French I know tend to react to "Cosette" as Americans might react to the name "Baby" if born by an adult woman."
    Opinions definitely are divided on the name. I've only met one (French) Cosette (who was in her fifties), but it's not completely unseen. I don't think it's as much the "poor little nobody" image that makes it unattractive (or unpopular), as it is the fact that it's not a name that ages very well (it's too little girly-girly). IIRC it means "petite chose" or "little thing". Personally I would never use it because of the heavy association to Les Misérables, but it's a name that clings well
    Zelia/Elja • Twenty • Film, history and royalty connoisseur • I have a blog and a royalty blog.
    Exporting beautiful old Danish names, exotic Greenlandic names and Greenlandic sibling names.
    Henry Ásgeirr Edmund • Amaury Charles Fyodor "Theo" • Alexander Adelin Lórien "Sasha" • Asa Elessar/Valdemar Ivik
    Cosima Ingrid Zenobia "Mimi" • Matilda Ivalo Galadriel "Tilda" • Gaia Margaret Undómiel • Juno Catherine Françoise "Shazza"

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