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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?

Shewhojuggles Mon 25-Mar-13 14:23:54

I think Noémie (sp?) is beautiful, or Noelle is lovely too. Good luck with your DD x

CruCru Mon 25-Mar-13 12:06:08

Thing about choosing a French name is you need to be absolutely sure of how it is pronounced - which I am not for quite a few of these. It would be awful to name your kid something and then find out it's pronounced quite differently.

chaya5738 Sun 24-Mar-13 11:48:21

I am nuts about Sabine and Simone. I like Ines too.

fussychica Sat 23-Mar-13 16:31:39


sleepy78 Sat 23-Mar-13 12:14:25

At DD1's creche there are:

Azalice (I don't know how it's spelt but it sounds like that)

I like Aurelie and Amelie and Faustine. But when we names our DD1 we looked for a name which sounded more or less exactly the same in England and France - I didn't want her to have to spell and pronounce her name for the rest of her life! So we chose Marianne..

WormCanner Sat 23-Mar-13 11:56:53

But Mirabel(le) doesn't sound eccentric, because it has been used as an English forename for many years. The examples you have given have not.

cuillereasoupe Sat 23-Mar-13 08:48:33

I know a Prunelle... double hmm...

vitaminC Sat 23-Mar-13 08:35:49

Heh. I know a hamster called Myrtille.
And I actually know someone who named her daughter Prune! hmm

Worm 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 ....

By that reasoning, you could say "well, Poppy, Lily, Daisy etc are flowers which are commonly used as names, so why shouldn't I call my daughter Rhododendron or Crocus?"

I really wasn't scoffing - just pointing out it would sound rather eccentric...

cuillereasoupe Sat 23-Mar-13 07:49:23

If you think Mirabelle is bad, I know a Myrtille grin. Most of the little girls around where I live are called Fadhila and Fatoumata... though there is a Beyonce at nursery smile

EldritchCleavage Sat 23-Mar-13 00:49:28


ElegantSufficiency Fri 22-Mar-13 23:51:53

I'm not bothered, as one of my children has a name that is dated. Although I think it works today.

One woman I know told her Nanny Fanny to introduce herself as Annie grin as Fanny is just not workable here. Good advice imo. Now if a name was that unusuable in a close or neighbouring country I'd probably rule it out. But the fact that it's dated, in another country.... so what really (just my opinion)

MidnightMasquerader Fri 22-Mar-13 04:24:54

Some people really aren't bothered about whether a name is dated - some even go for such names.

I was given a dated name in the 70s and now you can't move for babies being named it. I now have an on-trend ( :-/ for want of a better phrase) name in my 30s.

DS has a dated name.

Dated names can be a very refreshing change.

MidnightMasquerader Fri 22-Mar-13 04:20:07

OneLittletoddleTerror - Peter?!

raisah Fri 22-Mar-13 02:20:33

Valerie - fab song by The Zutons before being spoilt by Amy Winehouse

georgettemagritte Fri 22-Mar-13 00:32:19


LOVE Aurelie and Albertine - was nearly brave enough to give one if these to DD. If only she was French! (Sorry, my accents not working on phone ATM)

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:50:44

Agnes (Onyez)

FossilMum Thu 21-Mar-13 22:20:28


twinklestar2 Thu 21-Mar-13 22:17:28


SizzleSazz Thu 21-Mar-13 21:56:44

Emmeline, Elise, Beatrice, Lucie, Aurelia

hemel07 Thu 21-Mar-13 21:50:29

DD1, sorry!

hemel07 Thu 21-Mar-13 21:34:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FossilMum Thu 21-Mar-13 20:25:10


TheRedQueen Thu 21-Mar-13 17:00:44

How about Marguerite?

INeverSaidThat Thu 21-Mar-13 14:17:23

The Capucine I knew was a French Canadian if that makes any difference to the pronounciation.

Laquila Thu 21-Mar-13 14:15:49

I would have pronounced Capucine as Capoosheen, but also it makes me think of the Capuchin monks in Rome who decorated their crypts with the bones of their dead....sorry!

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