French Baby Names – Heloise, Lancelot, Quitterie, Victor

While cleaning out my bookmarks the other day, I rediscovered this post on French names from francophile blog Polly-Vous Francais. It contrasts the names found in the birth and death announcements of a French newspaper. Here’s a sampling:

Male Female
Births
Anselme
Edouard
Guillaume
Hipployte
Hugo
Lancelot
Louis
Timothée
Victor
Vladimir
Deaths
Albert
Emile
Gabriel
Jacques
Jean
Paul
Pierre
Roger
Vincent
Yves
Births
Anaïs
Béatrix
Héloïse
Hermine
Irène
Margaux
Mathilde
Noémie
Quitterie
Violaine
Deaths
Andrée
Denise
Gilberte
Gladys
Huguette
Jacqueline
Jeanne
Marguerite
Marie
Michèle

Which set do you like better — birth announcement names or death announcement names?

8 Responses to French Baby Names – Heloise, Lancelot, Quitterie, Victor

  1. the male death announcements; the female births. That would be interesting to do in different cities in the US, too…

  2. Interesting how there is virtually no duplication whatsoever between the lists… I suppose names aren’t at all timeless! I have to say I prefer the newer/birth announcement names.

  3. That would be cool to do U.S. cities, Bridgett. I’ll check online and see what I can find.

  4. I find the births names just a tad bit more exciting. The French are currently looking for more spunky and interesting yet legit names for their children. From the list, I especially liked these,

    Hipployte
    Hugo
    Vladimir

    Anaïs
    Béatrix
    Hermine
    Margaux
    Mathilde
    Quitterie
    Violaine

  5. On the male side, I’d say I generally prefer the death announcement names, but I do prefer these birth names to their death counterparts: Anselme to Albert, Louis to Pierre, and Victor to Vincent.

    For females, I generally like the birth names more, but out of the death names list, I do like these: Denise (biased, my aunt’s middle name), Jacqueline, Jeanne, Marguerite, Marie, Michèle, and Andrèe. The only name I dislike of the birth list is Hermine, what with me preferring Hermione and such. But I digress.

    Nice list! I found your site through Appellation Mountain’s Sunday Summery, in which this list made an appearance. I’m quite sure I’ll be reading much more of your blog!

  6. I’m intrigued by Quitterie. I wonder at it’s history and origins.

  7. @C in DC – According to Wikipedia, St. Quiteria was a 5th century saint. She is said to have been martyred in Aire-sur-l’Adour, which is in southwestern France. (The Église Sainte-Quitterie in Aire-sur-l’Adour is dedicated to her.)

    Wikipedia offers an etymology (‘the red one’), but this is hard to verify as the source no longer exists. (If anyone can tell me more about the origin of this name, please leave a comment!)

  8. From what I know the name quitterie comes from the Greek kuthera (Kythira island)

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