How popular is the baby name France in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name France.
The people below were born aboard — and named after! — ships with F-names…
Falkland: Falkland James Macfarlane, born in 1859
Famenoth: Famenoth Bradley, born in 1876
Far East: Horace Far East Guest, born in 1866
Fernglen: James Fernglen Power, born in 1876 Minnie Fernglen Morrell, born in 1878
Feronia: Ada Feronia Hutchinson, born in 1863
Fitzroy: William Fitzroy Beck, born in 1882
Florence: Florence Harding Campbell, born in 1884
Fontabelle: Minnie Fontabelle Nixon, born in 1866
Forfarshire: Mary Forfarshire Khrupp, born in 1872 Joseph Forfarshire Hughes, born in 1872 Hannah Forfarshire Hill, born in 1873
France: France Atlantic Amsen, born in 1871
Furnessia: Margaret Furnessia Breen, born in 1884 Sarah Furnessia Johnstone, born in1888
Do you think any of the ship names above work particularly well as human names?
According to Paris Data, the most popular baby names in Paris, France, in 2019 were
Louise and Gabriel.
Here are the city’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Louise, 223 baby girls Jeanne, 195 Emma, 180 (tie) Alice, 180 (tie) Chloé, 177 Alma, 152 Anna, 142 Charlotte, 140 Joséphine, 133 (tie) Adèle, 133 (tie)
Gabriel, 371 baby boys Adam, 292 Arthur, 282 Raphaël, 272 Louis, 271 Mohamed, 213 Victor, 187 Léon, 181 Paul, 180 Isaac, 174 (tie) Joseph, 174 (tie)
In the girls’ top 10, Alma, Joséphine and Adèle replace Rose, Léa, and Inès. (Notably, Joséphine jumped from 30th place — 97 baby girls — all the way into the top 10.)
In the boys’ top 10, Léon and Isaac/Joseph replace Alexandre and Gaspard.
Finally, here’s a selection of names from elsewhere in the 2019 Paris data (which, like the SSA data, includes all names given to at least five babies per year).
Parisian Girl Names Parisian Boy Names Apolline (80 girls), Garance (60), Aminata (55), Isaure (40), Castille (37), Ysée (29), Sixtine (17), Athénaïs (15), Prune (14), France (6), Ombeline (6) Octave (79 boys), Balthazar (37), Djibril (30), Aurélien (22), Hippolyte (21), Corentin (10), Matisse (9), Zéphyr (7), Tancrède (7), Enguerrand (6), Kaïss (5)
Liste des prénoms – Paris Data
A German baby boy born in
the Saar on January 13, 1935, the day of the Saar plebiscite, was named Saarfried “out of sheer patriotic joy.”
The official registrar “raised no objection” to the baby’s made-up name, a combination of the name of the territory and the name-element
fried, meaning “peace.” This element is also found in traditional German names like Siegfried and Gottfried.
The outcome of the plebiscite? Over 90% of those who voted were in favor of the Saar returning to Hitler’s Germany. (Not too peaceful for those who then had to flee, including the
mother of France.)
Source: “New Name Coined by Saar Plebiscite.”
Los Angeles Times 10 Mar. 1935: 7.
In January of 1935, residents of
the Saar, which had been governed by France and Britain since 1920, voted to reunify with Hitler’s Germany.
Those who feared the coming Nazi regime were forced to flee the territory.
Weeks later, Saar refugee Anna Serf gave birth to the first refugee baby in
Toulouse, France. The baby girl was named France Marie Louise.
Source: “Saar Refugee Baby Named After France.”
Pittsburgh Press 26 Feb 1935: 18.