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ReadySaltedandOJ Sat 09-Apr-16 10:40:33

What are your thoughts on Alouette? It's a French name and means 'lark', which I think is lovely. Every time I say it out loud however, the song 'alouette, gentille alouette' pops into my head!
I'd love some opinions!
Also, what do you think the best nn would be?

CheeseAndOnionWalkers Sat 09-Apr-16 10:45:45

I think of the song too.

Somebody posted a translation of the lyrics and it's not pleasant so I'd steer clear personally.

cheapandcheerful Sat 09-Apr-16 10:47:09

If it's pronounced the way I think it is, I would think that it sounded like a word for a small toilet.

GissASquizz Sat 09-Apr-16 10:48:38

I thought this was the shit sausage.

NHKX2 Sat 09-Apr-16 10:49:51

Not keen. The word is pretty but it's not good as a name. Are you French? If not, it's even more of a stretch and comes across as pretentious.

Ememem84 Sat 09-Apr-16 11:01:37

I thought it was french for dove...?

But I do like it as a name. It's pretty.

However I either get the allouette gentile allouette song in my head (it's actually a horrible song about plucking the poor bird..) or the Cheryl Cole/Fernandez whatsit song "promise this" I think in my head.

ReadySaltedandOJ Sat 09-Apr-16 11:07:22

Hmm I know the song isn't actually the nicest but I wouldn't be choosing it because of that song, it's just unfortunate that it's the first thing that comes to mind!

Are there any other pretty French names that you know of? My nan is French so I think it would be a nice link!

Itinerary Sat 09-Apr-16 12:23:44

I thought of the song straight away.

GlowWine Sat 09-Apr-16 12:29:08

Song here too. Our local ice cream van used to play it grin I don't think it's used as a girl's name in France.

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Branleuse Sat 09-Apr-16 12:45:01

everyone will be trying to pluck her in the beak, then in the head, then in the neck. It could be pretty uncomfortable

wallywobbles Sat 09-Apr-16 14:00:12

20 years in France as a teacher. Never had an Alouette.

SignoraStronza Sat 09-Apr-16 14:04:12

My first thought was that it sounds rather like it could be a brand of contraceptive pill.
Sorry op.blush

Ouriana Sat 09-Apr-16 14:05:58

I absolutely love that name! Plus the song is likely to be less well known in your daughters age group than ours.

ShowOfHands Sat 09-Apr-16 14:06:10

I can't say it. I can only sing it. It's Pavlovian.


That song has a lot to answer for.

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GerundTheBehemoth Sat 09-Apr-16 14:11:29

If you like the bird theme, Fauvette is (one of) the French word(s) for a warbler.

ReadySaltedandOJ Sat 09-Apr-16 14:43:36

Haha some of the comments are making me laugh!
I wonder if it could work as a middle name instead so it's not so 'out there'?

DramaAlpaca Sat 09-Apr-16 15:12:21

I started to sing the song in my head as soon as I saw the thread title.

It would probably work better as a middle name, tbh.

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 09-Apr-16 15:24:05

The song is all about plucking the poor bird apart ready to put it in a pie. It's a shame, it's a pretty name, but the song does spoil it for me.

What's the shit sausage called GissaSquizz ? I can't remember and I'm scared to google.

xalyssx Sat 09-Apr-16 15:26:07

Andouillette is the intestinal sausage I think

tellmemore1982 Sat 09-Apr-16 15:30:37

It's not my cup of tea at all, especially as the relationship to French connection will be quite distant as great grandmother. What was your Nan's name and could you use that as it is at least a real link?

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sat 09-Apr-16 17:20:48

Sounds like a toilet cleaner to me, sorry

AutumnRose1988 Sat 09-Apr-16 17:51:20

Is that how it would be pronounced.

I'm saying it out loud but the Yorkshire accent isn't doing it any favours :-'(

Branleuse Sat 09-Apr-16 17:55:19

it wouldnt have a tay at the end?

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