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Claire or similar... French names for girls

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shubiedoo Fri 19-Sep-08 17:29:19

I like the name Claire but am wondering if it's too popular. Any other ideas?

Szyslak Fri 19-Sep-08 17:33:45


Claire not popular anymore, was popular in 70's, you'd be very retro to use Claire.

cthea Fri 19-Sep-08 17:42:17


treacletart Fri 19-Sep-08 17:42:56

My French niece is Clara

pippibluestocking Fri 19-Sep-08 17:43:39


MrsMattie Fri 19-Sep-08 17:46:26


pramspotter Fri 19-Sep-08 17:50:02


TheNaughtiestGirlKeepsaSecret Fri 19-Sep-08 17:52:03

I don't know a Claire under thirty, so not sure what you mean by popular.

Bumblelion Fri 19-Sep-08 17:55:58

I love Elodie, my son was going to be that if he was a girl. Although I went on to have another girl, I could not use Elodie because that was his 'female' name, the same way that I could not use my DD1's 'male' name for my first born son.

frazzledoldbag34 Fri 19-Sep-08 18:05:31

I adore Pascale.
It's on my list but we're not french so not sure if we'd get away with it.
Also Claudie / Claudine perhaps.
However, I do love Claire. I know a new baby called Claire actually and thought that was quite unusual as I don't know of any at school / nursery at the moment.

pramspotter Fri 19-Sep-08 18:13:29


shubiedoo Fri 19-Sep-08 18:29:34

Amelie is very pretty, love that one. I only know one Claire here, at ds2's library group. Maybe I just think it's popular because I'm tired of having it as my choice for a girl... if I'd had girls the first two times one of them would have been Claire!
I love Colette, but that's dh's cousin whom no one likes...

dobbins Fri 19-Sep-08 19:57:43

Elodie, Amelie, Elise (variant of Elisabeth), Camille, Delphine?

Anna8888 Fri 19-Sep-08 19:59:53


brimfull Fri 19-Sep-08 20:01:41


notnowbernard Fri 19-Sep-08 20:01:45

I have always thought Claudine a lovely name

Don't know how popular it is in France, though

brimfull Fri 19-Sep-08 20:02:46

I love the name Claire

isn't popular for little girls at the moment is it?

Anna8888 Fri 19-Sep-08 20:03:25

Claudine, Yvette, Sylvie, Mireille, Simone, Dominique, Pascale, Colette are all unacceptably deeply retro - think children born in 1930s/40s.

NoblesseOblige Fri 19-Sep-08 20:03:49

i like Camille

my sister is Clare and she is 21. i know one other Clare younger than her (so not an "old" name) and really like it.

were my sis not named it I would call a dd Clare smile

CoolYourJets Fri 19-Sep-08 20:04:07


NoblesseOblige Fri 19-Sep-08 20:04:40

my cousin is French and is called Lucie - is prounounced ever so slightly differently than in English and i think it is lovely too smile

Anna8888 Fri 19-Sep-08 20:05:39

My niece (4) is called Lucie. It's sweet and very popular right now.

notnowbernard Fri 19-Sep-08 20:07:04

LOVE LOVE LOVE Sylvie - is gorgeous!

Went to school with a Pascale - think that is very sweet too

Colette - wasn't she a well-known French writer? A bit risque?

expatinscotland Fri 19-Sep-08 20:07:20

My mother's mother was French.

My mama is called Martine and her sister is Lucie.

notnowbernard Fri 19-Sep-08 20:08:04

I like Martine as well

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