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Thread: French Names
January 17th, 2014 12:58 PM #6Senior Member
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Thank you! Open to more suggestions if anyone has any!
January 17th, 2014 01:35 PM #8Senior Member
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January 17th, 2014 01:38 PM #10
France, as far as I know. It's the word for 'sun'.~Boys~
★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★
★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
★ Iris ★ Lilah ★ Merit ★ Sylvia ★
Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.
January 17th, 2014 01:55 PM #12
January 17th, 2014 02:12 PM #14Senior Member
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I agree with Renrose : Soleil is not used as a name in France and Lilou is a very recent creation (and is beginning to be considered a bit trashy by French people, albeit popular).
Random suggestions (basically people in my family or my friends - I'm French ) - some are also widely used in English (sorry for the repeats!) :
Older ladies (my grandma's gang) : Renée ; Andrée ; Nelly ; Blanche (Blanche is becoming very popular in hipster circles now); Simone ; Odette ; Thérèse ; Marthe ; Louisette (Louise made a spectacular comeback in France recently ) ; Geneviève ; Edith ; Marguerite ; Madeleine ; Huguette (this one is NOT coming back) ; Marcelle ; Lucienne ; Félicie / Félicité ; Emilienne ; Lucette
My mother's generation (baby boomers) : Monique ; Nicole ; Françoise ; Catherine ; Chantal (really, really dated in France now, no one would call their daughter Chantal) ; Josiane (likewise) ; Danièle ; Michèle ; Francine ; Laurence ; Marielle ; Nathalie ; Véronique
My generation (b. late 1970s - early 1980s ) : Elise (me!) ; Sandrine (super common in my generation) ; Sabine ; Séverine ; Camille ; Agnès ; Hortense (very uncommon, obviously) ; Alix ; Clémence ; Victoire ; Anne ; Hélène ; Tiphaine ; Juliette; Amandine ; Marianne ; Florence ; Daphné ; Ariane ; Diane ; Emilie ; Elodie ; Justine ; Cécile
My friends' and family's kids : Alice ; Laure ; Adèle ; Madeleine ; Marguerite ; Jeanne ; Louise (the old ladies' names are coming back like nobody's business!) ; Léa ; Romane ; Manon ; Mathilde ; Joséphine ; Ninon ; Zoé
That's all I can think of at this point - but if you're interested in how specific names are perceived in France across social classes / generations , do ask and hopefully I can help ! That being said, if you don't live in France, it may be totally irrelevant and allow you to use any name you find pretty regardless of its social connotations in France!