Usable French Names

A friend of mine is looking for a name for her fourth girl. The children all have French names that are somewhat popular in English-speaking countries. This got me thinking… What are your favorite French names (that you would actually use on a child).

[name]Rue[/name]
[name]Madeleine[/name]
[name]Amelie[/name]

[name]Odette[/name]
[name]Cosette[/name]
[name]Colette[/name]
[name]Clemence[/name]
[name]Love[/name] these.

[name]Charlotte[/name]
[name]Elodie[/name]
[name]Salome[/name]
[name]Oceane[/name]
[name]Marguerite[/name]

[name]Cecile[/name]
[name]Sylvie[/name]
[name]Sidonie[/name]
[name]Sabine[/name]
[name]Clothilde[/name]

[name]Elise[/name]
[name]Brigitte[/name]
[name]Lucie[/name]/[name]Lucienne[/name]
[name]Juliette[/name]
[name]Marcelle[/name]/Marcelline
[name]Colette[/name]
[name]Justine[/name]
[name]Coralie[/name]
[name]Gabrielle[/name]
[name]Adrienne[/name]
[name]Celine[/name]
[name]Josiane[/name]
[name]Lisette[/name]
[name]Oriane[/name]

[name]Adeline[/name] is my favourite French name as well as [name]Alouette[/name]/[name]Arlette[/name]!

I love:

[name]Charlotte[/name]
[name]Isabelle[/name]
[name]Arianne[/name]
[name]Aurelie[/name]
[name]Lydie[/name]
[name]Sylvie[/name]
[name]Aurelie[/name]
[name]Anne[/name]-[name]Sophie[/name]
[name]Odette[/name]
[name]Madeleine[/name]
[name]Clementine[/name] (although I prefer the American clem-en-tie-n over the French clay-mahn-teen)
[name]Caroline[/name]
[name]Anais[/name]

I’m sure there are others, but those are my favorites. Oh, I love the French [name]Alienor[/name], too, but I think [name]Eleanor[/name] is much more usable in [name]America[/name].

I’ve always liked [name]Dominique[/name].

[name]Mireille[/name] is gorgeous, I’d use it in a heartbeat if DH hadn’t adamantly vetoed.

[name]Colette[/name]
[name]Camille[/name]
[name]Margot[/name]
[name]Adele[/name]
[name]Eloise[/name]
[name]Elodie[/name]
[name]Juliette[/name]
[name]Cecile[/name]
[name]Celeste[/name]
[name]Louise[/name]

[name]Marguerite[/name]
[name]Delphine[/name]
[name]Marie[/name]
[name]Sabine[/name]
[name]Zephyrine[/name]
[name]Margaux[/name] (guilty pleasure, I like it more than [name]Margot[/name])

[name]Marie[/name] gets lost in MNs all the time but I like it as a first name.

My company’s CEO is a French woman named [name]Celine[/name], which I think is very usable.

[name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Fleur[/name], [name]Anne[/name]

sabine
celine
margaux
mazarine
[name]Geneva[/name]
lucille
tereze
[name]Flora[/name]
[name]Marie[/name]
[name]Sandrine[/name]

I like:

[name]Angeline[/name]
[name]Angelique[/name]
[name]Athalie[/name]
[name]Blanche[/name]
[name]Cecile[/name]
[name]Estelle[/name]
[name]Gabrielle[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name]
[name]Marguerite[/name]
[name]Mirabelle[/name]
[name]Odile[/name]
[name]Seraphine[/name]
[name]Vivienne[/name]
[name]Yolande[/name]
[name]Yvette[/name]
[name]Yvonne[/name]

Thanks, berries! You found some beautiful choices that hadn’t been considered. :slight_smile: