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  1. #6
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    Thank you! Open to more suggestions if anyone has any!

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    Soleil pronounced sole AY rhymes with stay

  3. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashleyjuliette View Post
    Soleil pronounced sole AY rhymes with stay
    Not used as a name in France, as far as I know. It's the word for 'sun'.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

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    Zéphyrine
    Corisande
    Esmée
    Geneviève
    Clémentine
    Fleur
    Véronique
    Léonie/Léontine
    Oriane
    Simone
    Virginie
    Sylvie
    Mathilde
    Noémie
    Sidonie
    Ghislaine
    Eugénie
    Eliane
    Céleste/Célestine
    Emmeline
    Camille
    Perrine
    Estelle
    Inès
    Mélusine/Mélisande
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  5. #14
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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!

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