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Can any French-English MNers help me name DD3?

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Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:36:07

We are a French/English family currently living in Germany, and have just found out I'm expecting a 3rd DD! We are having trouble finding another girl's name which "works" in both French and English, and is at least pronouncable for Germans.
DDs 1 and 2 are Esther and Madeleine, and we would like to continue with these sort of classic/traditional/not-massively-overused names.

We both really like Constance, but there is a dilemma re. our surname. It sounds like "No". Just that, one syllable. If you say "Constance No" out loud, does it sound silly in English? I think it's fine in French, and we are unlikely to go and live in England, but still... Would be interested to know what people think!

Also, I love Josephine, but French DH thinks it's a bit to "cutesy" with the -ine ending. Any other suggestions would be very welcome.
Thanks for any help!

ProfondoRosso Thu 21-Nov-13 15:23:06

I can't believe you've not mentioned Zazie, Zazie! grin That's a great name!

Zaziedanslemetro Thu 21-Nov-13 15:28:12

True! Nice literary references all round for us then : Esther (Racine), Madeleine (Proust -and Jacques Brel!) and Zazie (Raymond Queneau)...

Just doesn't quite fit the English/German/Classic criteria grin

Bonsoir Thu 21-Nov-13 15:53:42


Yika Thu 21-Nov-13 18:10:29

I love Berenice! I didn't mention it because I thought it was too 'out there' but I'm obviously on the same wavelength as figaro readers (oh dear).

What about Lisa, lise, elisabeth?

Bonsoir Thu 21-Nov-13 18:14:04


Felix90 Thu 21-Nov-13 18:18:59

Me and OH are the least French people ever (although he does like to think he looks like a French man) but the only girl names we could agree on were French. We are now calling our baby girl Sylvie Beatrix. Some lovely names on this thread that are almost making me change my mind!

Bonsoir Thu 21-Nov-13 18:23:37


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