Recently, I saw an interesting article on Nameberry by Stéphanie Rapoport that included the top 20 most popular names in France so far in 2013. What struck me was the prevalence of names also common in North America (without French accent marks) on the list.
Among the top 20 girls’ names were: Emma,* Lola, Chloe,* Ines, Lea, Jade, Louise, Zoe, Sarah,* Camille, Eva, Clara and Alice (13 of the 20 names would be quite at home in North America; asterisked names also rank in the U.S. top 20.)
Among the top 20 boys’ names were: Nathan,* Lucas,* Leo, Louis, Gabriel,* Arthur, Ethan,* Tom, Noah,* Theo, Nolan and Adam (12 of the 20 names would be quite at home in North America; asterisked names also rank in the U.S. top 20.)
What these lists tell me is that many North American/English names are likely to work well for people who live in Quebec or who have dual citizenship in North America and French-speaking countries.
I’d also like to mention a few names popular in France that North Americans might want to consider—if they’re looking for names with a Gallic (or European) twist.
For Girls: Manon, Lilou, Lena, Lina, and Romane
For Boys: Enzo, Raphael, Mathis and Clement
© 2013 Bruce Lansky
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