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The French & Their Beautiful Baby Names The romantic allure and rolling of the r’s across your tongue are defining characteristics of names originating from France. To understand and truly appreciate French names, one must first become familiar with the France’s cultural and linguistic transformation which significantly influenced their etymology. Romantic languages such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian, are derived from Vulgar Latin. Classic Latin, a dead language which is no longer spoken, was the dominant language at the height of the Roman Empire from 100 BC to 200 AD. Today, Latin origins are fundamental to understanding English medical terminology, as well as a continued presence in the naming customs traditional to the French. Old French Derived from Latin and the precursory language to modern French, Old French, a Germanic language, was spoken in No. France from the 9th-13th centuries. In 51 BC, Julius Caesar conquered the French militarily and linguistically, making Latin the language of France. The Franks ruling the northern areas during the 4th century spoke Frankish, Germanic language, but Vulgar Latin prevailed as the dominant language of the French. France’s Latin continuance in the language at this point in history divided in half producing the Old French, the langue d’oil (of the north), and Provencal, the langue d’oc (of the south). Naming Custom In French, the term nom means name. Le nom (A name) consists of at least 1 given name (more than 2 are not atypical) and the family name which follows. The French have traditionally utilized the names of saints for naming their children, and continue to do so today. The designation for saints, in Christianity, is reserved for holy persons. Created after Christ’s death, the Latin sanctus (holy, sacred) was applied to Apostles, martyrs, confessors, and Evangelists. The bestowing right of the title, saint, has been solely by the papacy since the 12th century. It can only be bestowed 5 years posthumoruously following the successive bestowing of the titles venerable, beatified, blessed and finally saint. At least 2 verifiable miracles during the canonization of a saint must be attributed to the process for official declaration. The church, especially in Catholic countries, encourages naming children after saints. Some of the most popular saintly given names today include Matthew, Luke, Paul, John, Mark, Mary, Stephen and Peter, which are from the New Testament. However, the names of later saints from legends and history such as Barbara, Anthony, Patrick, George, and Katherine have common usage, as well.  After the Protestant Reformation which diminished the Catholic church’s supremacy regarding baby names, the French expanded their biblical name use to characters and Hebrew origins. Modern French babies are still commonly named in this manner with French flair like Zoé, Eva, Tom, and Maëlle. French parents aren’t free to name their children anything they wish. France is one of three countries having laws which govern the naming of children. The other 2 countries are Germany and Poland. Two proposed reasons behind this name restriction could be the preservation of traditional names and the prevention of offensive, embarrassing, or inappropriate names. The top ranked girl names in France include Emma, Chloé, Manon, Inès, Lola, Jade, and Camille. The second most popular French name for females, Léa, a form of Hebrew Leah (weary) which came into use in France following the Great Reformation. The name, Leah, is also popular in the U.S. (#25) &  Ireland (#15). Inès is the French form for the Spanish Agnes, another martyred saint. French boy names topping the most usage list are Nathan, Lucas (form of Luke), Enzo (unknown origin), Léo, Louis, Hugo, Gabriel, Ethan, Mathis, and Jules (form of Julius).

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Name Origin Meaning M/F Celebrity Baby? Celebrity? Shortlist
Desta French - Boy Shortlist
Chantoya French Singer, Song.
Girl Shortlist
Bonner French Gentle.
Boy Shortlist
Shantell French Singer, Song.
Girl Shortlist
NOEL French Born on Christmas or Christ's birth
Boy Yes Shortlist
Bette French God is my oath; a familiar form of Elizabeth
Boy Yes Shortlist
CACHE French Storage Place
Girl Shortlist
CREOLA French Native to the Land, Creole
Boy Shortlist
DENVER French Variant of the surname Danvers meaning from Anvers; Capital of the state of Colorado.
surname Danvers meaning 'from Anvers.' Capital city of the state of Colorado in the USA.
Boy Shortlist
DEON French Abbreviation of Dionysius.
Boy Shortlist
HOLLAND French Place name as another name for the Netherlands; surname
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Jeana French Variant of John
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Lacey French Noble. The Hebrew form of Elizabeth, Holy and sacred to God.
Derived from a French nobleman's surname brought to the British Isles after the Norman conquest
Boy Yes Shortlist
Landis French - Boy Shortlist
Lynelle French Variant of Eluned: Idol. This form emerged in Tennyson's story of Sir Gareth and Lynette, in one of his 'Idylls of the King'(1859).
Boy Shortlist
VERLEE French Truthful
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Darelle French Little darling from the oak tree grave, Gift. The feminine form of Darryl.
Girl Shortlist
Meghan French - Boy Shortlist
Orva French Brave friend.
Brave friend,
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Odel French Wealthy, Little.|One who lives in the valley.
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Aimon French - Boy Shortlist
Dierdra French Wild, frenzied, Follower of Dionysus, the god of wine and celebration. A feminine form of Dennis.
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Merlin French From the hill over the sea, From the sea fort|Hawk
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Nan French prayer.
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PAGE French Page, attendant,
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RAINE French Queen.
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ASTIN French Starlike
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AURE French Soft Air, Breeze
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AURORETTE French - Shortlist
Aveline French Nut, hazelnut, akin to Hazel
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Advent French Born during Advent
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Sid French Variant of Sidney from Saint Denis
Variant of Sidney from Saint Denis,
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AVIAN French Bird-like
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ABSOLON French French form of ABSALOM
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Babette French - Boy Shortlist
Aceline French - Boy Shortlist
Bayard French Auburn-haired; Bayard was a sixteenth-century French knight and national hero renowned for valor and purity of heart.
Boy Shortlist
Afrodille French - Shortlist
BEAUCHAMP French - Boy Shortlist
AGLA?ƒ?’?¢â‚¬?° French - Shortlist
Beauregard French Handsome guard.
Boy Shortlist
Aimee French - Boy Shortlist
Benard French Brave bear.
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AMARIE French Gracious Under Adversity
Girl Shortlist
Benoit French - Boy Shortlist
Andie French A man's woman; familiar form of Andrea
Boy Yes Shortlist
Annette French Little Ann
Boy Yes Shortlist
ARMELLE French Princess
Girl Shortlist
ARTOIS French - Shortlist
Capucine French Cape, hood
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