French female names

(111 Posts)
Rororowmeboat Wed 20-Mar-13 11:03:27

I like Madeleine and Cecile but not 100% happy with them - does anyone have any suggestions for similar?

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 20-Mar-13 18:40:25

The top 10 girls' names in Paris all begin with "A"!

CotherMuckingFunt Wed 20-Mar-13 18:43:15

My dd has a Chelsea in her (French school) class.

PORRIDGEANYONE Wed 20-Mar-13 18:44:47

Fabienne is a lovely name

Fleur is my personal favourite smile

pinkhousesarebest Wed 20-Mar-13 18:55:00

Why would you pick a dated French name though.....muses.
My (40 year old or so ) friends are called Fabienne, Stephanie, Valerie, Virginie, Magali, Isabelle, Delphine, Carine (millions of these).
In my dds class there is Lola, Hermence, Garance, Domitille, Camille (loads of), Margaux (ditto), Julie (!), Capucine, Anne Charlotte. And a Maelys, Lila, Clara and Luna.

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 18:58:53

Magaly is lovely. Magaly, Virginie, and Stephanie sound beautiful to me.

Maelys, Lilou, manon Hermence! shock .......... those don't appeal.

LillianGish Wed 20-Mar-13 19:01:35

I know a Fleur with sisters Clementine and Prune. I also know an Alistair - who is a girl.

TheRedQueen Wed 20-Mar-13 19:18:46

Nicole

girliefriend Wed 20-Mar-13 19:19:21

Josephine or Constance?

TrishkanOEUFak Wed 20-Mar-13 19:22:00

I love Lilou! Is it like the French equivalent of Doris or Edna or something?

Rororowmeboat Wed 20-Mar-13 19:27:24

Thanks for all the suggestions folks. I really don't mind if the names sound dated in France - these things often go in cycles. My DS name most people would say is very dated in the UK but I don't care because I like it and that is the most important thing.

Keep the suggestions coming - I have just shown this thread to DH and we particularly like
Delphine, Mirabelle and Agathe (but not sure how to pronounce Agathe).

laikalooo Wed 20-Mar-13 19:31:37

How about Adèle?

vitaminC Wed 20-Mar-13 19:45:32

Mirabelle is a fruit and not a particularly common name. a bit like naming your child "Damson" hmm

Agathe is pronounced ah-gatt

Some of my Dds' friends' names include:
Adèle
Garance
Chloé
Emma
Bérénice
Violette
Rosa
Théa
Elise
Marie
Camille
Estelle
Claire
Anaïs
Louise
Aurélie
Laure
Alix
Alice
Maëlys
Mélissandre
Anabelle
Eloïse
Ludivine
Lucie
Capucine
Juliette
Jeanne
Hélène
Valentine
Clementine
Clémence
Inès
Amélie

WormCanner Wed 20-Mar-13 20:46:47

Mirabelle is a fruit and not a particularly common name. a bit like naming your child "Damson"

Well, so is Clementine which you have listed!

Mirabelle (or Mirabel) is a known name in the UK, unusual but not unfamiliar, whereas the mirabelle plum is not very well known at all here.

vitaminC Wed 20-Mar-13 21:00:46

Hmm, Clémentine has been a pretty popular name here in France for the past 15-20 years and I know quite a few... I've never ever met a Mirabelle and it would sound pretty eccentric to me if I did !

BigSpork Wed 20-Mar-13 22:31:35

Mirabelle is an old Latin name rather than a French name. It's more popular in England (and more used in English speaking countries).

And I'm quite eccentric anyways, even without it being DD2's name grin.

jkklpu Wed 20-Mar-13 22:32:47

Odile
Margaux
Colette

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Wed 20-Mar-13 22:45:14

How is capucine pronounced?

These names are so pretty.

I love Laure < spiral addict!>.

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 22:45:56

like the monkey!?

caughtinagiggleloop Wed 20-Mar-13 22:53:52

Genevieve, Leah, Jocelyne, Aurelie, Chantal, Angelique, Marie, Nathalie, Celine, Martine, Stephanie, Sabine, Ombeline, Amandine, Claudine, Sophie.

Cremolafoam Wed 20-Mar-13 23:04:30

Isabelle
Marie-Luce
Cecile
Pascale
Denise
Francoise
Morgane
Manon
Noemi
Artemise

Cremolafoam Wed 20-Mar-13 23:04:58

Anouk

WormCanner Thu 21-Mar-13 00:25:02

Well I think it's a bit off to scoff at the name Mirabelle because it's a fruit, while fully accepting Clementine, which is also a fruit ....

As for Capucine, I could say it would be ridiculous to call a child Nasturtium which is what it means in English. But I won't. smile There was an actress called Capucine, wasn't there. She didn't use a surname, she was just known as Capucine.

Umlauf Thu 21-Mar-13 09:34:19

Oh I love Garance! Would love a Garance but we aren't at all Francophiles and it wouldn't suit us. But it's beautiful!

WormCanner Thu 21-Mar-13 11:37:39

I've never heard Garance before. Do they get called Gary for short?

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now