Camille & Francine

(36 Posts)
DessieLou Sat 30-Mar-13 19:41:18

Any thoughts? I like Francesca and Josephine so thought Francine was a nice combination of the two. I like Camille & Camilla (but not sure i can get past the Parker Bowles connection). I also can't decide if I like Camelia? Thanks!

SummerInSicilia Sat 30-Mar-13 19:56:01

Camille is lovely, I don't think anyone would really make the Parker Bowles connection. I think Camelia would too easily be heard as Amelia, although that's lovely too. Not so sure about Francine. Why not Francesca or Josephine? they are better imo.

CocoNutter Sat 30-Mar-13 19:57:57

I like Camille - very pretty. Francine sounds to me like a whiny teenager in an American film....! I think it'd be nice pronounced the French way (FrOncine) but not the English. Jut my opinion though - it's your baby!

delilah88 Sat 30-Mar-13 19:58:00

Hello! wildcard here but I reckon you should go for CANDICE! An amazing, underused name.

I also think Fran and Josephine better than the other two.

showtunesgirl Sat 30-Mar-13 19:58:41

I like both! I just looked up the meaning of Francine and it means: free. smile

Caitycat Sat 30-Mar-13 19:59:42

Both nice but I actually thought Camille was a boy's name, is it unisex?

AThingInYourLife Sat 30-Mar-13 19:59:46

Francine is terrible.

Frances is so much nicer.


It's one of those names that sounds a bit shit when pronounced by an English speaker.

delilah88 Sat 30-Mar-13 20:01:01

If you really want this kind of name what about Colette? Not my taste but I know a grown woman who pulls it off with flair (in English speaking countries).

LaCucina Sat 30-Mar-13 20:03:22

I know a Camille and people oftern say "Cammy" or "Cameeel" - looks prettier than it sounds.

Really don't like Francine.

I really like Josephine and Francesca - why not these?

Welovegrapes Sat 30-Mar-13 20:06:36

Prefer Cecile

jinxdragon Sat 30-Mar-13 20:10:10

Not keen on Francine, sounds middle aged, frumpy. Sorry. And although Camille looks beautiful written down, I agree it doesn't sound great with a British accent. Francesca and Josephine are both gorgeous!

delilah88 Sat 30-Mar-13 20:26:47

How about Georgina?

squishee Sat 30-Mar-13 20:33:18

I live in France, where Francine was a popular name maybe 70 years ago. It is also a well-known flour brand, and has all those homely / traditional French connotations.
I can understand why it might work better in the UK or elsewhere.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Sun 31-Mar-13 00:23:00

Camille is lovely

Christelle2207 Sun 31-Mar-13 08:32:00

i also like camelia. saw an air stewardess with that on her badge (years ago) and has been on my list since.

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 31-Mar-13 08:40:35

I love the name Camille so pretty and unusual smile

ZolaBuddleia Sun 31-Mar-13 19:27:26

Would you pronounce it Ca-meel or Ca-mee?

lottiegarbanzo Sun 31-Mar-13 19:31:12

I really like Camille, much better than Camilla.

Not keen on Francine, Frances or Francesca are much nicer. Josephine v nice too.

Is Celeste any good?

ZolaBuddleia Sun 31-Mar-13 19:35:59

Ooh, Celeste is beautiful.

williaminajetfighter Sun 31-Mar-13 20:30:18

Had a lovely friend named Camille. Went by Cami and Milly.

DessieLou Sun 31-Mar-13 22:28:57

I was thinking I'd pronounce it Cam-eel wit Cammy as a nn. I'm going off Francine, it was more of a passing thought really! Francesca & Josephine are still contenders though.
summerinsicilia I agree that camelia would be confused with Amelia so think that's a no no now.
Thanks so much for your thoughts and suggestions. Keep 'em coming! smile

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 31-Mar-13 23:10:41

My DNiece is Camille, always receives lots of compliments on her name.

forgetmenots Sun 31-Mar-13 23:16:04

Milla is also a lovely nn - like Camille best smile

DessieLou Mon 01-Apr-13 01:04:49

kendoddsdadsdog - so lovely to hear bow it's received in real life, thank you. How is your niece's name pronounced? Cam-eel or cam-me?

ZolaBuddleia Mon 01-Apr-13 07:46:03

Josephine is lovely as well.

Another thumbs up for Camille.

baskingseals Mon 01-Apr-13 09:05:51

what about Gisele?

i love this name. also Fabienne. i think Camille is pretty, but not sure how well it works in English.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 01-Apr-13 09:21:06

It's Cam-eel

cuillereasoupe Mon 01-Apr-13 14:56:37

I think a name that begins with the word Camel is asking for trouble really.

ZolaBuddleia Mon 01-Apr-13 16:13:48

Wonder the same about the start of Giselle... grin

ZoeZoolander Mon 01-Apr-13 18:15:41

I love Camellia like the flower. Josephine is a disgusting old nuns name (Posy is nice though). Francine reminds me of that dancer that Ronan Keating had an affair with. Can't think of any others even though it's not that weird. Francine. Just has a frumpy vibe. Camille looks nice written down but pronounciation too problematic and it is just too like Camel. Camilla ok but again, it's a cliche posh name like Lucinda and Sebastian. Don't mind posh names though. Camelia / Camellia is the best name on your list.

ZoeZoolander Mon 01-Apr-13 18:16:43

Fabienne is lovely!

DessieLou Mon 01-Apr-13 19:52:25

Hmm, a mixed bag. Giselle is nice but can't use.
zoezoolander I rather like Lucinda! May have to put that on the list! smile

baskingseals Mon 01-Apr-13 20:12:46

also thought of Daphne and Sylvie.

squishee Sat 06-Apr-13 23:45:15


Or, more French suggestions here:

DessieLou Sun 07-Apr-13 03:43:42

Fantastic site squishee, thank you! I like Oriane amongst others. I'll see if I can get the link to work....

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