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Rororowmeboat Wed 20-Mar-13 11:03:27

I like Madeleine and Cecile but not 100% happy with them - does anyone have any suggestions for similar?

Branleuse Wed 20-Mar-13 11:04:57

Mathilde, Anais, Elodie, Amelie, Isabelle, Juliette

Wildwaterfalls Wed 20-Mar-13 11:10:13


Wildwaterfalls Wed 20-Mar-13 11:10:40

Or Sabine

wannabeEostregoddess Wed 20-Mar-13 11:11:03


ThePavlovianCat Wed 20-Mar-13 11:30:24


deXavia Wed 20-Mar-13 11:35:10

Aude, Sabine, Vivienne, Isabelle, Constance, Odile, Agnes, Celine, Laetitia, Cecile .... I have a lot of French female friends wink

Rororowmeboat Wed 20-Mar-13 11:46:31

Thanks folks - keep them coming

I love Odette but I don't think it goes with my surname which ends in -nett as I think there are too many Ts going on.

i do like Cecile but worry it would get shortened to Cissy

Keep the suggestions coming

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 20-Mar-13 11:48:54


OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 20-Mar-13 11:49:27

Oh and Pascale. I know both a Simone and a Pascale.

NanoNinja Wed 20-Mar-13 11:51:08

DC1 was going to be Elodie, before being identified as DS1! Also liked Delphine and Dominique.

WormCanner Wed 20-Mar-13 13:30:49


AlisonClare Wed 20-Mar-13 13:33:17

I've always liked Marie Claire

Bonsoir Wed 20-Mar-13 13:39:15

The names on this thread are all incredibly dated - the equivalents of Maureen, Karen, Pauline, Susan...

Xiaoxiong Wed 20-Mar-13 13:40:04


(I know some people from Brittany. And like French films from the 60s!)

LillianGish Wed 20-Mar-13 13:47:06

Magalie, Eva, Elena, Fleur, Olivia, Sophie, Emilie, Giselle, Mathilde, Constance, Luna, Heloise, Maud - that's a random selection of girls in my dd's class over the years.

HazleNutt Wed 20-Mar-13 13:52:16

Have you checked french babyname sites?
top 100 names in France:

In 2011, the most popular names were

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 20-Mar-13 13:54:02

I like how Sarah is number 8 shock

WormCanner Wed 20-Mar-13 14:02:06

Bonsoir It's natural that our suggestions may be "dated", as in many cases we are thinking of people we know or have met. Unless OP lives in France, I can't see that it matters. I assumed that the OP is looking for a name she likes, and is not particularly concerned with being "on trend".

Viviennemary Wed 20-Mar-13 14:07:38

I like Cecile, Violette or even Vivienne.

monal Wed 20-Mar-13 14:10:28

I know a French Celeste who's one and a half, so there grin. Although then again I know two baby Hortenses so my social circle may be a poor frame of reference. Adèle? Anaïs? Manon is pretty as well.

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 20-Mar-13 14:12:47

According to that list HazleNutt linked, Sarah is very on trend, like I said grin

Bonsoir Wed 20-Mar-13 15:53:08

I beg to differ and think it does matter if you call a child a name from another country that is really dated and frumpy.

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 20-Mar-13 16:02:46

I don't think it matters unless the child is going to live in France. Similarly names like Milo and Kai are a joke in NZ. It doesn't matter unless you think you or your child will live in Oz or NZ. The chances of a Brit moving to down under is higher than to France isn't it? Yet I see Milo being fairly popular on mumsnet.

PS DH has English parents and was saddled with a very popular working class boys name in the UK. Unfortunately it is a girls name in NZ.

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 20-Mar-13 16:06:39

Oh and I bet no one here could guess my DH name as it is definitely a boy's name, not even gender neutral, in the UK. (Unless some smart kiwis are reading this and I just outed myself). grin

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