British names with a French(ish) feel! Help!

(74 Posts)
UsedToBeASize10 Wed 04-Jun-14 22:59:32

Hi there. I need some advice on baby names so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some great ideas! My naming style is somewhere between very old English/twee and French. Yes, it sounds bizarre. But to give you an example, names like Lucie/Alice/Esme are perfect examples. Sadly, I cannot use the name Esme (which is utterly depressing as it's my absolute favourite) but I am looking for an alternative with a similar sound/feel to it without it being too 'out there' IYKWIM. Lucie is also off the table. So far, I have (reluctantly) drawn up a short list:

Girls: Elsa (ruined by Frozen?), Alice, Eliza....think that's about it...
Boys: Theo, Alexander....um....

I would love to hear your suggestions! thanks

BananaramaLlama Wed 04-Jun-14 23:01:47

Sophie? V popular but think it has the vibe you are after.
Emilie, maybe?

LauraChant Wed 04-Jun-14 23:04:11

Charlotte, Louise, Aimee, Amelie

Boys are harder! Laurence/ Laurie?

baskingseals Wed 04-Jun-14 23:04:17

Elise

Fabienne

Delphine

lifesavingnoodles Wed 04-Jun-14 23:06:04

Mirelle said properly its lovely... but she used to call herself Mee-ray

KatieKaye Wed 04-Jun-14 23:10:34

My French female relatives are
Polette
Georgette (said with the same sound as "je" in French, not as in George!)
Ninette
Martine
Marie-Louise
Martine
Severine (love this!)

I don't think the male names would work as well
(Pierre, Alain, Jacques)
David looks the same, but is pronounced differently, as is Vincent and Matthieu is pretty similar to the English
Jerome is rather nice but just different enough?

FranKatzenjammer Wed 04-Jun-14 23:12:12

Elodie and Louis.

BethanFaye Wed 04-Jun-14 23:14:26

How about:

Genevieve
Faye
Flora
Fleur
Violet
Pearl
Maeve
Evelina 'ever-leena'
Sofia
Nina
Nora

LadyWithLapdog Wed 04-Jun-14 23:17:04

Sylvie
Dominique
Louis
Eloise
Catherine

Donki Wed 04-Jun-14 23:17:18

Jean/John
André
Paul
Gerard(e)

BethanFaye Wed 04-Jun-14 23:18:11

Boys : Luca, Henry, Fabien, Raffael, Reuben, Dominic, Nathaniel?

BiscuitMillionaire Wed 04-Jun-14 23:20:10

Beatrice

MrsEricBana Wed 04-Jun-14 23:23:17

My all time favourite, Celeste?
Also Sylvie, Beatrice, Amelie, Delphine.

showtunesgirl Wed 04-Jun-14 23:25:13

Colette.

MrsEricBana Wed 04-Jun-14 23:25:30

Claudette, Colette, Helene, Helena

MrsEricBana Wed 04-Jun-14 23:26:02

grin

aoife24 Wed 04-Jun-14 23:27:41

Genevieve, Simone, Pascale?

LatinForTelly Wed 04-Jun-14 23:30:03

Gaston.

Love Celeste too, but it is/was a name of a contraceptive wasn't it? <sadface>

minmooch Wed 04-Jun-14 23:38:22

Anais
Agnes (pronounced Ann-yay)
Liberte
Fifi
Brigitte
Clementine

Jean
Philippe
Louis
Andre

dontevenblink Wed 04-Jun-14 23:46:06

Arianne?

Viatrix Thu 05-Jun-14 00:34:49

Leonie
Elise
Adele
Clementine
Emilie
Madeleine
Eve
Caroline
Margot/Margo
Emmeline
Eugenie
Suzanne/Suzie
Gwendoline/Gwen
Julia
Sylvie
Louisa
Aurelie

Max
Leo
Jules
Raphael
Hugo
Gabriel
Lucas
Nicolas
Fabien
Elias
Lucien
Vincent
Anton
Gregory
Remy
Xavier

SizzlesSit Thu 05-Jun-14 03:22:30

Celia
Celine
Clemence
Sandrine

CorusKate Thu 05-Jun-14 03:35:59

Adelie

Guin1 Thu 05-Jun-14 05:19:26

Odette
Yvonne
Charles
Victor

GreatAuntDinah Thu 05-Jun-14 06:31:37

Depends if your kid is ever going to go to France, in which case 85% of the names listed will sound ridiculous, like calling a British baby Brenda or Gary.

Agnes is pronounced ann-yes not ann-yay and Liberté is not a name.

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