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nsalat Mon 09-Sep-19 07:48:18

(Marge: "You don't have a cousin Frank!" Homer: "He became Francine back in '76" -- The Simpsons, "Lisa's First Word")

It's a very American woman born in the 1960s name, I will admit, but has it got any staying power?

NoSauce Mon 09-Sep-19 07:53:45

I quite like it.

elQuintoConyo Mon 09-Sep-19 07:55:21

Isnt she in American Dad?
-ine names seem a little dated, imvho, quite 70s: Jacqueline, fir example.

Having said that, I love France, so a 'little France' Francine would be cool!

I'm torn!

ShallICompareTheeToASummersDay Mon 09-Sep-19 07:57:55

Oooh I like it! Just make sure you’re on board with Fran/Frannie/Frank/Frankie.

RushianDisney Mon 09-Sep-19 07:59:43

I also like it, Francine was the best character in Arthur grin

user1493494961 Mon 09-Sep-19 08:19:54

It's different without being ridiculous, although I don't watch American TV so have no idea how 'American' it is. It's a pretty name.

elliex1 Mon 09-Sep-19 08:41:47

At first I was like NO but now im not opposed to it... wouldn’t use it but different. Love the Frankie nn too.

PaulHollywoodsSexGut Mon 09-Sep-19 08:44:29

Ooh yeah. And IIRC there is a respected journalist called Francine Stock.

As a Scot who lived in England I’ve been a bit absurdly obsessed with “French” names and wanted to call DD1 “Marie- France” but I’d have been sectioned.

NameChange84 Mon 09-Sep-19 08:47:39

I think it’s a nice, refreshing change. As a pp said it’s different without being out there. It’s nowhere near as dated as some of the current old lady names that are in fashion are (Olive, Edith, Ivy etc).

AverageMummy Mon 09-Sep-19 08:48:36

Prefer Frances

HeadlessGummyBears Mon 09-Sep-19 09:07:16

@RushianDisney Ooh I was thinking of the same character. And I can hear Muffy saying it in her annoying voice lol.

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 09-Sep-19 09:09:03

I like it, for the same reason as @RushianDisney

Antonin Mon 09-Sep-19 13:36:42

I’ve no strong feelings but it’s a nice name that I think would be acceptable and not dated. Not really ever been used enough to become ordinary and stale

AnneWeber Tue 10-Sep-19 13:35:05

I like it. Apparently "ine" names are considered classy in France. I like Justine too. I'm not keen on the "een" ending. Maureen, Doreen etc

Pemba Tue 10-Sep-19 14:50:42

Does still seem dated I think. I much prefer Frances or Francesca.

Outnumberedmumof4 Tue 10-Sep-19 15:18:05

I like ‘ine’ names but I really don’t like Francine. Reminds me of Arthur too

Atlasta Tue 10-Sep-19 15:19:38

No. Anything that can be nn Fran is awful.

PaulHollywoodsSexGut Tue 10-Sep-19 18:12:33

Oh cheers @Atlasta

Hobbesmanc Wed 11-Sep-19 16:22:38

Hmm- those ine or een endings seem dated- Francine, Maureen, Maxine, Janine, Doreen, Valene

daisypond Wed 11-Sep-19 16:55:41

I like it. It was on my name list 20 years ago for my DD, but it was vetoed by DH.

daisypond Wed 11-Sep-19 17:09:53

Meant to add, ended up as Frances as a middle name.

MikeUniformMike Thu 12-Sep-19 13:52:11

It's quite nice. I like Claudine too.

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