France’s taste in baby names has definitely changed over the last hundred years.
The obituaries included female names like Denise, Gilberte and Jacqueline and male names such as Emile, Pierre and Yves. Based on the ages listed, it seems that many of the deceased were born around the year 1915.
The birth announcements, on the other hand, included female names like Béatrix, Noémie, Quitterie and Tatiana and male names such as Amaury, Foucauld, Hipployte and Mathis. Interestingly, Polly notes that “In some cases it wasn’t clear whether the name was male or female.”
It’s anecdotal, of course…but the difference between the two groups is notable, and is likely indicative of a nationwide shift in baby name preferences.
I haven’t been able to track down a list of the top French baby names of 2006, but the most popular for 2004 were:
- Male Names (top 5): Enzo, Lucas, Théo, Thomas, Hugo
- Female Names (top 5): Léa, Emma, Manon, Clara, Chloé