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French boys names decision needed - 3 days to go

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Melonmoonmum Sat 06-Oct-12 11:22:16

Help! C- section planned for Tuesday, got a shortlist but can't make the final decision! We have 2 x ds already, Luc & Jacques. Expecting ds3. Shortlist is Pascal, Mathis (Matisse), Joel, Didier. Or something else?... Help please

Mintberry Tue 09-Oct-12 13:56:07

For Luc and Jaques you seem to have gone for names which can fit in in both France and England, (i.e. similar to Luke and Jack) and I think this is a good idea if they'll be spending time in both countries (Didier or Pascal, however, might sound a bit extravagant to his English peers, especially when he's a teenager). I'd go for Joel, as it is nice and will fit in well in both countries.

Edma Mon 08-Oct-12 14:30:19

Agree with the others, Mathis is too popular in France and Didier is just plain awful to French ears.
How about Erwan, Arthur, Pierre, Alexis...

happierhigherstrongerwheezing Mon 08-Oct-12 13:25:24

I love Henri, reminds me of Henri Leconte, who I had a major crush on when I was a teenager.

My ds1 incidentently shares his bd. July 4th. Didn't call him henri though.

Always thought Benoit was an unusual name.

Pasiphae Mon 08-Oct-12 13:19:56

Matthis is the best from the list, but very popular in France. Didier, Pascal and Joel are so old and faded.

How about Jules, Marcel or Emile? Or Lucien, Arthur, Theodore, Gaspard, Baltazar, Joachim?

tigrou Mon 08-Oct-12 12:43:14

Agree Mathis is very popular. Another option is Mattéo.
Or how about Charles, Rémi, Nathan..

notMarlene Mon 08-Oct-12 12:10:25


Treblesallround Mon 08-Oct-12 11:57:35

Our two year old GS is Mattis (French mum, English dad, live in UK) It's a lovely name.

GreyElephant Mon 08-Oct-12 11:54:07

DD's (6 months) little playgroup boyfriends are Nicolas, Jules, Henri and Thomas. All are a similar age to her.

Melonmoonmum Sun 07-Oct-12 12:43:25

Amandine is a beautiful name, Loic is really nice but too similar to our ds1 who is Luc. Thank you and good luck!

MarshmallowFarm Sat 06-Oct-12 21:19:59

I like Mathis best from your list. Sorry only ever known female pascales and it does seem a v. feminine name somehow.

Agree with others about Antoine,Xavier and Loic being great names.

What about something like Sebastien that is sort of English too depending on how you say it?

Pierre is my all time fave French boys' name. Also like Aurelien, Fabien and Laurent.

jkklpu Sat 06-Oct-12 21:18:25

Joel then Pascal
prefer Matthieu to Mathis

olliesmum234 Sat 06-Oct-12 21:14:27

I like Pascal, Antoine, or how about Quentin? Agree that Didier is quite a middle aged name in France.

baskingseals Sat 06-Oct-12 21:14:02

my sister called her fourth son her second son's middle name. hasn't caused any problems. Louis is a lovely name.

ImpYCelyn Sat 06-Oct-12 21:13:13

Loic is a fab name - we couldn't use it as DH has a cousin called Loic.

I love Amandine as well!

thegoldenfool Sat 06-Oct-12 20:28:40

i like Loic, other half is French, but I don´t know how this fits in France (too old etc)

in the process of TTC a sibling for DD Amandine and trying to find a comparable boys or girls name

ImpYCelyn Sat 06-Oct-12 13:34:09

DH did say he knows more Pascales and Joëlles than Pascals and Joëls, but I don't think that's a problem.

Never tell RL people your choices in advance! They'll always give you their worst opinion.

Melonmoonmum Sat 06-Oct-12 13:27:29

Thank you for your help everyone, I know it should be our choice and I really like Pascal but negativity of family hard to ignore. Still if we decide on that they will get used to it pretty quick I suppose! Most friends seem to like Pascal. Although French friends a little indifferent, but in France English names seem to be in fashion.

SuperB0F Sat 06-Oct-12 13:09:10

I like Pascal. Didier will make you sound like a football fan.

Disenchanted4 Sat 06-Oct-12 13:09:01

I absolutly adore Pascal.

I wanted DS2 to be Pascal but DH said no sad

I think its gorgeous.

vamosbebe Sat 06-Oct-12 13:07:37

I like Didier - so many names 'from 40 years ago' are coming back, why the hell not choose a nice one? Was the film about the dog a horrible/tragic/yucky film? Obviously it has no connotations for you.

Didac is nice, it's Catalan... but Catalan is a mix of Spanish and Provençal French, so...

I find Joel a bit flat, to be honest. I'd go for Didier or Pascal.

Henri, anyone? I had a friend create a limerick using my name and an 'Henri' from Paris smile

Melonmoonmum Sat 06-Oct-12 13:04:36

Our first choice would have been Louie but that's Jacques' middle name. Pascal is looking most likely but all of our English side of family either at best deflect it or laugh and say keep looking at the lists! This is not helpful! That's why it's easier to get people's opinions that you don't know. The family seem to be so opinionated with their own ideas, it's doing my head in! We dont want a william or tom, it won't go with our 1st two. Dh and me are just going to declare it on the day and not talk to them about it any more now I think. But it's really great to hear opinions on hear.
Some of French side of family know more girls who are Pascal (e), but we live in England and I don't think it's the case here?... What do you reckon. Could be shortened to Cal or Pasc when older, I think this sounds quite cool.

sayanything Sat 06-Oct-12 12:57:53

I gather Mathias is not as common as Mathis.

ImpYCelyn Sat 06-Oct-12 12:52:28

Mathis is everywhere. I know one who was just ahead of the curve and his mother really regrets it now.

Absolutely not Didier, it's very middle aged. (Also, ran it past DH and he said "no, there's a film about a dog called Didier").

Joel and then Pascal for preference, but I think Pascal might go better with your other two DCs.

Marineblue Sat 06-Oct-12 12:48:28

And congrats, of course! smile

Marineblue Sat 06-Oct-12 12:43:23

Xavier also my favourite in fact; and what about Vianney?

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