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Any name ideas for a english baby living in France.....?

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mozhe Fri 18-May-07 00:31:04

Ok it's not ' needed ' until october but the debate has already started....we know it's a boy, we want a name that will sound good in french and english...and we're fresh out of ' favourites ' as we already have 3 DSs and they each have x3 names each...We have a short,( english ), surname and our other children all have fairly traditional if slightly old fashioned names...Can't bear the baby name books as just too much choice !

1dilemma Fri 18-May-07 01:19:24

Any other clues alphabet letters names you so and don't like etc.
Henry(i in French?)
Cn you find one of those calenders with the list of 'approved' namse they were all supposed to use and see if it helps?

CristinaTheAstonishing Fri 18-May-07 01:21:32


1dilemma Fri 18-May-07 01:34:58

Nearly forgot the obvious
can be stuck in front of all the others!

PizPizPiz Fri 18-May-07 08:18:09

Gabriel, Lucas, Hugo, Leo, all popular in France now.

pinballwizard Fri 18-May-07 08:19:19


corblimeymadam Fri 18-May-07 08:20:10

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pinballwizard Fri 18-May-07 08:21:23

or laurent

lummox Fri 18-May-07 08:37:06

We are English living in France and have two boys.

We knocked out the names that were spelt differently (Henry, Edward and so on).

Then we knocked out the ones that only sound nice in one language (Bernard springs to mind!).

The Old Testament ones - Daniel, David, Jonathan, Benjamin, Samuel - were top of our list. All are fine here, although some are unusual.

AuldAlliance Fri 18-May-07 16:35:07

I know quite a few people in this situation who went for Alexander/Alexandre, usually shortened to Alex.
Or there's Paul, Mark
I know a Jonathan, too, but the difference in pronunciation is quite marked, and I wanted to avoid that personally.
I found a good name for DS that works in both languages, but am feeling secretive...

belgo Fri 18-May-07 16:37:11


cupcakes Fri 18-May-07 16:37:32

my cousin lives in France and her first ds is called Arthur which sounds lovely with a French accent: Art-er.

Othersideofthechannel Fri 18-May-07 16:38:48

There's been a thread about this before here

Othersideofthechannel Fri 18-May-07 16:39:37

so you might find what you were looking for.

Sorry that sounded a bit terse but I was eager to see if I could make the link work.

belgo Fri 18-May-07 16:45:57


MrsBadger Fri 18-May-07 16:56:20

Eng mates living in Fr-speaking Switzerland named their daughters Hannah and Lucie,
Fr mates living in Eng - Marianne & Matthew
Poncey Eng mates with Fr heritage - Isabella & Achilles

(not many boys in that selection though)

belgo Fri 18-May-07 17:01:51


LynetteScavo Fri 18-May-07 17:06:28

Vincent - I think this is such a cool name.


Luc / Luke

I like pizpizpiz's ideas.

LynetteScavo Fri 18-May-07 17:07:49

Not Nicholas, as I don't like the way the French say it!

belgo Fri 18-May-07 17:09:24

I adore Valentin and Ettiene, but don't know how well these would work in England.

Twinkie1 Fri 18-May-07 17:11:08

Nephew is called Noam - as his mother French Algerian and they live in Paris - it was a sort or arabic Noah apparently whcih was one of their top choices!!

I like that - Noah and Louis too

LIZS Fri 18-May-07 17:19:33

Louis, George, Joseph, Frank, Alexander, Charles, Phillip

noddyholder Fri 18-May-07 17:21:10

henri georges

LynetteScavo Fri 18-May-07 19:54:04

Can you tell us what your DS's are called, then we can think of something that fits in.

mozhe Sat 19-May-07 00:04:55

Oooo Lynette don't want to spill the beans to that extent....but some great ideas on here ! Thanks.

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