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  1. #16
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    Love French names, but they can become hard when not pronounced properly (as is often the case in the US).

    Some of my favorites:
    Manon
    Louise
    Salomé
    Anouk
    Ilona
    Apolline
    Adèle
    Anaïs
    Lilou
    Margot
    Gabrielle
    Solène
    Christelle
    Fabienne
    Juline
    Annelise
    Chantal
    Josiane
    Violette
    Simone
    Annick
    Chloé
    Estelle
    Noelise
    Joselle
    Sofiane
    Anissa

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    Alouette is one of my favorite French name possibilities. I think it would be similar to naming a girl Sparrow or Lark here. Fleur would be somewhat like Flora. Here are a few more:

    Mirabelle
    Tulipe
    Etoile
    Miette
    Reverie
    Satine

  3. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by francelise View Post
    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!
    Interesting what you say about Chantal because it is still used in Germany (where we live), at least to some extent, although it has some trashy connotations. I try to ask my husband why but he can't explain it. Same goes for Jacqueline, which is a pity!

    What kind of associations do the names Sandrine and Nicolette have? I've always liked Sandrine (husband doesn't), he really, really likes Nicolette. I'm not sold on it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lerenard View Post
    Alouette is one of my favorite French name possibilities. I think it would be similar to naming a girl Sparrow or Lark here. Fleur would be somewhat like Flora. Here are a few more:

    Mirabelle
    Tulipe
    Etoile
    Miette
    Reverie
    Satine
    Naming your child Alouette would be cruel. There's a very popular kids' French song (popular in France and French-Canada) about Alouette (which is really a kind of bird, not a name I've ever heard of being given to a child) and they're bound to be teased a lot about it.

    Many of the popular and current French names have been mentioned, so I'll just name names of my relatives and friends (we are all French Canadian)

    My grandparents generation (b. 1910-1930)
    Jeanette
    Cécile
    Madeleine
    Pauline
    Estelle
    Thérèse
    Anette

    My parents generation (b.1950-1965)
    Denise
    Louise
    Suzanne
    Carole
    Pierrette
    Lucie
    Colette
    Linda
    Diane
    Lynne
    Lise

    My generation (b. 1985-1995)
    Marie-Eve
    Nathalie
    Marie-Andrée
    Pascale
    Renée
    Mélissa
    Émilie
    Michèle
    Alexandra
    Véronique
    Stéphanie
    Mélanie
    Carianne

    Next generation (b. 2000 +)
    Véronique
    Sophie
    Isabelle
    Mathilda
    Liliane
    Mariève
    Camille
    Lily-Rose
    Maélie
    Audrée
    Ella

    And that's all the people I know I can think of right now xD But I know pretty much all the french names so I could go on forever. Others I like :

    Sophie-Anne
    Amélie
    Ariane
    Isaline
    Aurélie
    Audrie
    Élia
    Éliane
    Élodie
    Geneviève
    Jeanne
    Juliette
    Marguerite
    Mireille
    Mylène / Mylaine
    Myriam
    Rosalie
    Mickie

    | Éloïse / Élise | Camille | Sophie-Anne / Laurianne |
    | Sébastien | Luca | Théo |



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