French Canadian Names?

My mom is from Montreal and didn’t learn to speak English until she was 13–her Canadian roots are very important to her and she often mentions how special it would be if I chose [name_m]French[/name_m] names for my kids. There are several that I like:

[name_m]Felix[/name_m]
[name_f]Camille[/name_f]
[name_f]Coralie[/name_f] (Nameberry says this is popular in [name_m]Quebec[/name_m])
[name_f]Delphine[/name_f]
[name_f]Elodie[/name_f]
[name_f]Heloise[/name_f]

Any other ideas? Can any Canadian Berries tell me about [name_m]French[/name_m] Canadian names?

Thanks!

[name_m]How[/name_m] [name_m]French[/name_m] are you willing to go, origin or just usage?
[name_m]Felix[/name_m], for example, is used in [name_f]France[/name_f] (and I suppose [name_m]Quebec[/name_m]) but it isn’t a [name_m]French[/name_m] name while [name_f]Elodie[/name_f] is a [name_m]French[/name_m] name.

Here are several [name_m]French[/name_m] names and names used in the [name_m]French[/name_m] language:
Éléonore (if you don’t live in a [name_m]French[/name_m] speaking place, I’d drop the accents, they just add confusion)
[name_f]Marie[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosalie[/name_f]
[name_f]Mathilde[/name_f]
[name_f]Juliette[/name_f]
[name_f]Marguerite[/name_f]
[name_f]Amelie[/name_f]
[name_f]Louise[/name_f]
[name_f]Alice[/name_f]
[name_f]Vivienne[/name_f]
Élisabeth
[name_f]Adele[/name_f]
[name_f]Pauline[/name_f]
[name_f]Madeleine[/name_f] (mad-len in [name_m]French[/name_m])
[name_f]Margot[/name_f]
[name_f]Isabelle[/name_f]
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f]
[name_f]Violette[/name_f]
Esmée
[name_f]Odette[/name_f]
[name_f]Anais[/name_f] (a-na-ees)
[name_f]Annabelle[/name_f]
[name_f]Apolline[/name_f]
[name_f]Arianne[/name_f]
[name_f]Ophelie[/name_f]
[name_f]Claire[/name_f]/[name_f]Clara[/name_f]
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]
[name_f]Elise[/name_f]
[name_u]Eloise[/name_u] (still [name_m]French[/name_m] and you’d be avoiding the mispronunciation Hello-ees of [name_f]Heloise[/name_f])
[name_f]Eulalie[/name_f]
[name_f]Henriette[/name_f]

[name_m]Anatole[/name_m]
[name_m]Constantin[/name_m]
[name_m]Edouard[/name_m]
[name_m]Edmond[/name_m]
[name_m]Bastien[/name_m]
[name_u]Antoine[/name_u]
[name_u]Adrien[/name_u]
[name_m]Augustin[/name_m]
[name_u]Auguste[/name_u]
[name_m]Aurelien[/name_m]
[name_m]Nicolas[/name_m]
[name_m]Frederic[/name_m]
[name_m]Gaspard[/name_m]
[name_m]Gustave[/name_m]
[name_m]Henri[/name_m]
Emeric
[name_m]Emile[/name_m]
[name_m]Emilien[/name_m]
[name_m]Lucien[/name_m]
[name_m]Basile[/name_m]
[name_m]Pierre[/name_m]
[name_m]Felicien[/name_m]
[name_m]Louis[/name_m]

In addition to just using a lot of [name_m]French[/name_m] names, it’s quite common in [name_m]Quebec[/name_m] to hyphenate names, especially girls’ names. You see names like [name_f]Marie[/name_f]-[name_f]Eve[/name_f] and [name_f]Anne[/name_f]-[name_f]Sophie[/name_f] a lot. [name_m]Just[/name_m] anecdotally I can think of a teenage [name_f]Marguerite[/name_f] I know from [name_m]Quebec[/name_m], which has always kind of stood out to me.

Also anecdotally (I lived in Montreal for a few years not long ago), but I’ve heard of a lot of Quebecois boys being named [name_u]Alexis[/name_u], which is pronounced “ah-lek-SEE”.

A Quebecois name that I’ve always liked a lot is [name_m]Pascal[/name_m] for boys and [name_u]Pascale[/name_u] for girls - both pronounced pas-CAHL.

This is a [name_m]Quebec[/name_m]-specific list of the most popular names from 2015, like the American SSA list: Retraite Québec - List of Baby Names

I’m Canadian, with ties to [name_m]Quebec[/name_m], so hopefully my two-cents will help too. I second what @oregano7 said - hyphenated names, [name_u]Alexis[/name_u] on boys and [name_m]Pascal[/name_m]/[name_u]Pascale[/name_u] are commonplace it seems.

I know that these names have historical significance to [name_m]Quebec[/name_m] and [name_m]French[/name_m]-Canadian culture, so hopefully these help too.

[name_f]Madeleine[/name_f]
[name_f]Eugenie[/name_f]
[name_f]Genevieve[/name_f]
[name_f]Marguerite[/name_f]
[name_f]Jeanne[/name_f]
[name_f]Celine[/name_f]
[name_f]Aurelie[/name_f]

[name_m]Samuel[/name_m]
[name_m]Pierre[/name_m]
[name_m]Alexandre[/name_m]
[name_m]Louis[/name_m]
[name_u]Jean[/name_u]
[name_m]George[/name_m]
[name_m]Wilfrid[/name_m]
[name_m]Etienne[/name_m]
[name_u]Rene[/name_u]
[name_m]Jacques[/name_m]

I imagine [name_f]Eugenie[/name_f] is gaining popularity in [name_m]Quebec[/name_m] now because of [name_f]Eugenie[/name_f] Bouchard. I also work in a distribution warehouse, and we often receive a lot of product from [name_m]Quebec[/name_m], and I’ve seen the following names of employees from [name_m]Quebec[/name_m] locations:

[name_f]Madelaine[/name_f]
[name_f]Patience[/name_f]
[name_f]Persephone[/name_f]
[name_f]Evangeline[/name_f]
[name_f]Anne[/name_f]-[name_f]Claire[/name_f]
[name_f]Marie[/name_f]-[name_f]Claire[/name_f]

[name_m]Guy[/name_m]
[name_m]Henri[/name_m]
[name_m]Philippe[/name_m]
[name_m]Gerrard[/name_m]

Some friends of mine from [name_m]Quebec[/name_m]!

[name_m]Martin[/name_m]
[name_m]Luc[/name_m]-[name_u]Andre[/name_u]
[name_m]Alexandre[/name_m]
[name_m]Philippe[/name_m]
[name_u]Beau[/name_u]
[name_m]Frederic[/name_m]
[name_m]Dominic[/name_m]
[name_u]Maxime[/name_u]
Sébastien
[name_m]Eric[/name_m]
[name_m]Damien[/name_m]

[name_f]Johanna[/name_f]
[name_f]Nathalie[/name_f]
[name_f]Marie[/name_f]-[name_u]Claude[/name_u]
[name_f]Lucie[/name_f]
[name_f]Helene[/name_f]
[name_f]Marie[/name_f]-[name_u]Michele[/name_u]
[name_u]Val[/name_u]érie
Élisa
Desirée
[name_f]Louise[/name_f]-[name_f]Anne[/name_f]
Sylviane
[name_u]Jo[/name_u]ëlle

This might help as well: Most Popular Names: Quebec 2009 | Nameberry

Good luck!

[name_m]French[/name_m] Canadians I know (a few have been mentioned)…

[name_f]Genevieve[/name_f]
[name_f]Emilie[/name_f]
[name_f]Celine[/name_f]
[name_f]Marie[/name_f]-[name_f]Terese[/name_f]

[name_m]Pierre[/name_m]
[name_u]Michel[/name_u]

[name_u]Maxime[/name_u], sascha (male), gerald , blair, [name_m]Jeffrey[/name_m]

[name_f]Eline[/name_f], lea, [name_f]Geraldine[/name_f] , kara , mlee