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  1. #1
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    Naming rich family in French Revolution

    Hi berries! I've really been struggling with naming this family for my story so I figured you would be the best people to help!
    I have named my main character Alexandra "sasha" Persephone (insert second middle name) and I would like all the characters names to be traditional first, the children to have Greek mythology second, traditional third. I am also really struggling with surname so if you have any ideas that would be great!

    Mother (very traditional and quite cold) -
    Father (very traditional and quite cold) - Nicholas maybe?
    Daughter (about 19, full of herself, pretty) - first name same as mothers
    Daughter (about 18, full of herself, very clever, pretty) -
    Alexandra Persephone (about 16, naive, full of herself, beautiful)
    Son (about 12, spoilt) - first name same as fathers
    Daughter (about 10, sweet, beautiful) -

    Sorry it's long and complicated but any help would be wonderful!
    Last edited by jelly; June 1st, 2013 at 06:15 PM.

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    Can you specify the family's nationality? Without that information, it's impossible to contribute realistic names. It would be very unlikely for a French family at the time to have foreign names like Nicholas and Alexandra (rather than Nicolas or Alexandrine). Similarly, an English or German family would not have French names.
    Arabella, Thibault, Sophia, Alfred, Eleanor, Rémi, Charlotte, Achille, Olivia, Clement, Elizabeth, Frederick, Maud, Benedict, Adèle.

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    The family would be French and nicolas and alexandrine are fine and fitting, thank you!

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    That makes it easier

    These are names used by actual French people of the period. Apparently it was quite fashionable to have a double- or triple-barrelled given name:

    Henri
    Charles
    Jean
    Louis
    François
    Xavier
    Joseph
    Nicolas
    Jacques
    Bernard
    Pierre
    Étienne
    Auguste
    André
    Alexandre
    Augustin
    Julien
    Antoine
    Claude
    Armand
    Stanislas
    Honoré
    César
    Joseph
    Ange
    Maximilien
    Michel
    Alexis
    Emmanuel
    Xavier

    Thérèse
    Jeanne
    Louise
    Henriette
    Sophie
    Clotilde
    Félicité
    Charlotte
    Alexandrine
    Geneviève
    Adélaïde
    Françoise
    Madeleine
    Éléonore
    Élisabeth
    Victoire
    Marguerite
    Béatrice
    Marie

    Mythological / Classical (some of these were used; others, I'm not sure)
    Achille
    Apollon
    Camille (also a femine name)
    Hector
    Hercule
    Hyacinthe (also a femine name)
    Lucrèce (also a feminine name)
    Narcisse
    Orphée
    Phoebus

    Aglaé
    Arthémise
    Athénaïs
    Aurore
    Diane
    Calliopé
    Euphrosyne
    Flore
    Hélène
    Hippolyte (also a male name)
    Laure
    Olympe
    Sibylle
    Polyxène
    Uranie
    Zéphyrine

    Wikipedia and geneall are good sources!
    Arabella, Thibault, Sophia, Alfred, Eleanor, Rémi, Charlotte, Achille, Olivia, Clement, Elizabeth, Frederick, Maud, Benedict, Adèle.

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    Well, I don't think I can add much to that! I like Sibylle for the mother, though, and Nicolas for the father. Camille fits the sweet ten year old, too. No opinion on the others.
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