Help me rename a French character

[name_f]Kia[/name_f] ora berries,

I have a character in my fantasy novel I need to rename. She’s one of my MC’s and is currently named [name_f]Maelys[/name_f], but this is too similar in both spelling and pronunciation to another character she interacts with, and one of my beta readers said he had trouble telling them apart :grimacing:

So [name_f]Maelys[/name_f] is getting a new name! She’s from a [name_u]French[/name_u] inspired country - think flowers, [name_f]Spring[/name_f] and cottagecore. Her parents are [name_m]Marceau[/name_m] and [name_f]Canace[/name_f], her siblings are [name_f]Brielle[/name_f], Gervaine and [name_f]Eulalie[/name_f].

Hit me with your fave unique [name_u]French[/name_u] girls names please!

how do you feel about accent marks? I ask because in [name_u]French[/name_u], [name_f]Maelys[/name_f] would be spelled [name_f]Maëlys[/name_f], but since this is a French-inspired country, im not sure if you’re forgoing accents for ease.

I included accents, just in case. not all of these are unique in [name_u]France[/name_u] but I feel like they fit your vibe. for example, [name_f]Brielle[/name_f] is pronounceable in [name_u]French[/name_u], but it’s not a [name_u]French[/name_u] name.

Éloïse / [name_f]Héloïse[/name_f]
[name_f]Adèle[/name_f] / Adélie
[name_f]Zélie[/name_f] / [name_f]Azélie[/name_f]

Thank you, some great options. Yes I would be using the symbols, just too hard to type on my phone when I posted… It was like 5am my timezone :joy:

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