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Ideas for French names

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Ninunina Thu 27-Feb-14 05:05:21

I'm 34 weeks pregnant and DH and I seem to have two names that have consistently remained as favourites during the past 8 months: Francesca and Martina. Although we have an Italian surname, DH is French and I can't help think that there is a beautiful French girls name that we're missing. DD is called Amélie. Any ideas?

Ninunina Thu 27-Feb-14 05:06:28

DD is Amelie... mn doesn't like accents it seems!

Lovelybitofsquirrel Thu 27-Feb-14 06:31:00

Anais, Elodie, Laure, Lucie, Madeleine? (sorry no accents here either!)

Rosieliveson Thu 27-Feb-14 06:40:47

Camille is a nice, french name IMO grin

saintmerryweather Thu 27-Feb-14 06:47:01

Avaline? Might be too close to amelie

vvviola Thu 27-Feb-14 06:47:29

We have a Celine (and a big sister with a name similar to your DD2). We were living in Belgium at the time so wanted a francophone name. I know it's a bit of an old fashioned name in the French speaking world, but it seems to get lots of compliments in English speaking communities, and there isn't much difficulty pronouncing it in either place.

rodgette Thu 27-Feb-14 06:51:40

Lucille - means ray of light, quite rare too smile

baskingseals Thu 27-Feb-14 06:52:42


AmandinePoulain Thu 27-Feb-14 06:55:19

I've got an Amelie and a French dh too grin

I've also got an Elodie. My other favourite was Eleanor but dh didn't concur, and he liked Isabelle.

MsJupiter Thu 27-Feb-14 08:12:07

What about Martine or Francine as these are close to your preferred names (although I know one letter can make all the difference)?

I know a French Elinor which is pretty.

Kikithecat Thu 27-Feb-14 08:26:21

Coco (Corinne or Colette)

MyNameIsKenAdams Thu 27-Feb-14 08:27:35


tethersend Thu 27-Feb-14 08:27:51


Felix90 Thu 27-Feb-14 08:31:03

We have a Sylvie Beatrix. Both names we liked just happened to be French and neither of us are remotely French!

florascotia Thu 27-Feb-14 08:32:22

can't do accents, sorry, but what about:

Amandine, Alienor, Camille, Carine, Clarisse, Corinne, Edmee, Estelle, Florence, Juliette, Manon, Raphaelle, Sylvie, Violette, Viviane

maytherebe Thu 27-Feb-14 08:32:55

I love Aurelie, though I hear it's quite commonplace in France...

ElviraPink Thu 27-Feb-14 08:45:56




ZingSweetMango Thu 27-Feb-14 08:50:12

I love Genevieve (sp?) and Josephine.
also Marco (French?) and Bastienne

ZingSweetMango Thu 27-Feb-14 08:51:09

crap, I overlooked the bit about only girl's names are needed.blush

oldbutnotpastit Thu 27-Feb-14 11:04:50


oldbutnotpastit Thu 27-Feb-14 11:06:55

hope this link works lots of ideas here

Nataleejah Thu 27-Feb-14 11:30:16

Leonie ?

eurochick Thu 27-Feb-14 11:31:56

I love Manon. Elodie is lovely too.

Ninunina Thu 27-Feb-14 15:48:46

There are some lovely names that have been mentioned, but every single one has either been vetoed by DH or is already used by close friends and family. I'm really fond of Charlotte and Chloe but DH doesn't like them. Martine is MIL's name. Isabelle is my aunt's name, not fond of Francine and Elodie reminds me too much of Melody (there was a girl at school with that name and she wasn't very nice). I don't think I'll find the name! DH is just too fussy!

florascotia Thu 27-Feb-14 18:34:57

There's a thread close to this one on the Mumsnet webpage - all about Clementine. How about that (the same 'ine' ending as Martine)? Or Clemence?

There must be dozens of other 'ine' name endings - Albertine, Valentine, Zephyrine, Claudine, Micheline, Georgine, Sabine etc etc.

Francesca is a lovely. If you both like that, then your baby will have a nice name, anyway.

Or there's Franseza (Breton), Francisca/Franciska (many European languages)...

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