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If you have searched for 'French baby name's' then "Congratulations" must be in order. Whether you are the mother or father of a new baby, a member of the family or a close friend you are sharing in a major life event and taking a serious interest in choosing a special baby name from one of the many that are available.
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French baby names - Info requested by our visitors
In their search for a name for a newborn baby people become interested in researching their own surname or family and First Name. We have therefore included this information to meet the requests of our visitors.
French First Names
The Importance of French First Names!
We respond to our name throughout our lives. People associate us with our first name, it forms part of our identity. They help to distinguish us from one to another. Other people gain immediate and sometimes totally subconscious views of people, just from hearing a name they can therefore give us a distinct advantage in life, or conversely, a disadvantage! The choice of a French Baby name is, therefore, incredibly important. And those of us who choose a baby's name are taking on a responsible task!
The Origins of French baby names
The origins of this these include place names, those related to mythology and history, origins from colours, plants and other types of nature, Fictional origins, historical origins, characteristic and religious origins. We then move on to the genre which can be classed as Descriptive, Place, Speciality and finally unique (or created name's).
Hyphenated French baby names
One of the most distinguishing features of the French baby name is the use of Hyphens. Examples of male hyphenated are Jean-Jaques or Paul-Henri. Examples of female hyphenated are Anne-Marie or Marie-Elise. The French also mix genders within hyphenated name's so that a name will consist of one male name and one boy name. The correct gender is indicated by the first part of the name such as Jean-Marie for a boy and Anne-Louis for a girl.
Masculine and Feminine versions of French baby names
Many French names have masculine and feminine versions of the same name. The female name is often indicated by an acute accent over the letter 'e' which looks like this: é. An example of this is with the male name Jean changed to a feminine version of Jeaneé. Another illustration of masculine and feminine versions of the same name is the use of the suffix 'ette'. An example of this is with the male name Henri changed to a feminine version of Henriette.
Questions about French baby names!
At one time or another most of us have posed some the following questions about our own names...
- Why did my parents choose the name?
- Are there any strong family connections to my name?
- Where did my name originate?
- Why was I given such a popular name?
- Why was I given such an unusual name?
What French baby name shall I give to my baby?
Will the traditional French baby name suit my baby? Will it be appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults - parents - middle age - retirement and ending with old age. Will it suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will the schoolchild be teased mercilessly about a name? What will your baby think of your choice?
Origins of French Surnames
The origins of this these include place names, those related to mythology and history, origins from colours, plants and other types of nature, Fictional origins, historical origins, characteristic and religious origins. We then move on to the genre which can be classed as Descriptive, Place, Speciality and finally unique (or created name's). Many French surnames are prefixed by the letter 'de' meaning of such as Degaulle or 'le' meaning 'the' in names such as Lebrun. Occupations and Trades such as Lecuyer meaning a cook or Boulanger meaning a baker. Descriptive names would often reflect a physical attribute such as white (Leblanc ).
French Baby Names
Detailed below is a selection of some of our favourite French baby names for both boys and girls. The range of French names available allows for an unusually large source of male and female names. For a full list of nearly 2000 French baby name's please click French baby boy or French baby girl