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What Would You Name the Two Frenchmen?

The image below, of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris, was captured in early 1838 by Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype.

It may be the earliest surviving photograph of a person. Two people, actually. Both are in the lower left:

Daguerreotype: Boulevard du Temple

Here’s a close-up:

Boulevard du Temple, detail

The standing man is getting his shoe shined, and the other man (partially obscured) is doing the shoe-shining.

Of all the people on the sidewalk that day, these were the only two to stay still long enough (about 10 minutes) to be captured in the image.

Now for the fun part!

What would you name these two Frenchmen?

Let’s pretend you’re writing a book set in Paris in the 1830s, and these are two of your characters. What names would you give them?

Here’s a long list of traditional French male names, to get you started:

Abel
Absolon
Achille
Adam
Adolphe
Adrien
Aimé
Alain
Alban
Albert
Alexandre
Alfred
Alphonse
Amaury
Amroise
Amédée
Anatole
André
Anselme
Antoine
Antonin
Apollinaire
Ariel
Aristide
Armand
Arnaud
Arsène
Arthur
Aubert
Aubin
Auguste
Augustin
Aurèle
Aurélien
Baptiste
Barnabé
Barthélémy
Basile
Bastien
Benjamin
Benoit
Bernard
Bertrand
Blaise
Boniface
Bruno
Calixte
Camille
Céleste
Célestin
Césaire
César
Charles
Christian
Christophe
Clair
Claude
Clément
Clovis
Constant
Constantin
Corentin
Corin
Corneille
Cosme
Cyril
Damien
Daniel
David
Denis
Déodat
Désiré
Didier
Dieudonné
Dimitri
Diodore
Dominique
Donat
Donatien
Edgar
Edgard
Edmé
Edmond
Édouard
Élie
Eloi
Émeric
Émile
Émilien
Emmanuel
Enzo
Éric
Ermenegilde
Ernest
Ethan
Étienne
Eugène
Eustache
Évariste
Évrard
Fabien
Fabrice
Félicien
Félix
Ferdinand
Fernand
Fiacre
Firmin
Florence
Florent
Florentin
Florian
Francis
François
Frédéric
Gabriel
Gaël
Gaëtan
Gaspard
Gaston
Gaubert
Geoffroy
Georges
Gérard
Géraud
Germain
Gervais
Ghislain
Gilbert
Gilles
Gratien
Grégoire
Guatier
Guillaume
Gustave
Guy
Hector
Henri
Herbert
Hercule
Hervé
Hilaire
Hippolyte
Honoré
Horace
Hubert
Hugues
Humbert
Hyacinthe
Ignace
Irénée
Isidore
Jacques
Jason
Jean
Jérémie
Jérôme
Joachim
Jocelyn
Joël
Jonathan
Joseph
Josse
Josué
Jourdain
Jules
Julien
Juste
Justin
Laurent
Laurentin
Lazare
Léandre
Léo
Léon
Léonard
Léonce
Léonide
Léopold
Lionel
Loïc
Lothaire
Louis
Loup
Luc
Lucas
Lucien
Lucrèce
Ludovic
Maël
Marc
Marcel
Marcellin
Marin
Marius
Martin
Mathieu
Mathis
Matthias
Maurice
Maxence
Maxime
Maximilien
Michaël
Michel
Modeste
Narcisse
Nathan
Nathanaël
Nazaire
Nicéphore
Nicodème
Nicolas
Noé
Noël
Norbert
Odilon
Olivier
Onésime
Pascal
Patrice
Paul
Philippe
Pierre
Placide
Pons
Prosper
Quentin
Rainier
Raoul
Raphaël
Raymond
Régis
Rémy
René
Reynaud
Richard
Robert
Roch
Rodolphe
Rodrigue
Roger
Roland
Romain
Rosaire
Ruben
Salomon
Samuel
Sébastien
Séraphin
Serge
Sévère
Séverin
Simon
Sylvain
Sylvestre
Télesphore
Théodore
Théophile
Thibault
Thierry
Thomas
Timothée
Toussaint
Urbain
Valentin
Valère
Valéry
Vespasien
Victor
Vincent
Vivien
Xavier
Yves
Zacharie

For some real-life inspiration, here are lists of famous 19th century and 20th century French people, courtesy of Wikipedia. Notice that many of the Frenchman have double-barreled, triple-barreled, even quadruple-barreled given names. (Daguerre himself was named Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre.)

Source: The First Photograph of a Human


Baby Name Buffet – Alfredo, Oscar, Reuben, Xavier

Here’s the second half of the Baby Name Buffet — today we’ve got the male names (whereas yesterday I focused on the females).

Name Dish Namesake (if known)
Adolphe Pâté de filets d’oie Adolphe Hardy Adolphe-Marie Hardy (1868-1954), poet
Albert Prince Albert Fillet of Beef Albert, Prince Consort (1819-1861)
Alfredo Fettuccine Alfredo Alfredo di Lelio (d. 1959), chef
André Omelette André Theuriet André Theuriet (1833-1907), writer
Arnold Escalops of veal à la Arnold
Benedict Eggs Benedict Possibly Lemuel Benedict (d. 1943), stockbroker
Clarence Chicken cutlets à la Clarence
Edouard Poularde Edouard VII Edward VII (1841-1910)
George Chicken sauté George Sand George Sand (1804-1876), pseudonym used by female writer Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin
Germain St. Germain Soup Saint Germain (496-576)
Honoré Gâteau Saint-Honoré Saint Honoré (d. circa 600)
Hubert Omelette à la Saint-Hubert Saint Hubert (657-727, approximately)
Jack Jack’s Oyster Ragout
Jacques Coquilles St. Jacques au Gratin
James St. James Pudding
Jerome Scrambled eggs à la Jérôme
Joe Sloppy Joe
Jules Flounder Jules Janin Jules Janin (1804-1874), writer
Leopold Consommé Leopold
Lorenzo Canapés Lorenzo
Louis Crab Louis
Martin Halibut à la Martin
Oliver Bath Oliver Biscuits William Oliver (1695–1764), physician
Oscar Veal Oscar King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway (1829-1907)
Paul Lobster Paul Bert Paul Bert (1833-1886), politician
Raphael Chicken Raphael Weill Raphael Weill (1837-1920), businessman
Reuben Reuben sandwich Possibly Reuben Kulakofsky (1873-1960), grocer, or Arnold Reuben (1883-1970), restaurant owner
Robert Robert E. Lee Cake Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)
Ronald Ronald Reagan’s Hamburger Soup Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), former President
Stanley Eggs Stanley Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), explorer
Victor Celery Victor Victor Hirtzler (1875-1935), chef
Walter Wild Duckling à la Walter Scott Walter Scott (1771-1832), writer
Xavier Potage à la Xavier Possibly Louis XVIII of France (1755-1824), born Louis-Stanislas-Xavier

Edit, Nov. 2009: Just found out about a post on named foods at CakeSpy.com. Here’s the link: Sweet Celebrities: A List of Pastries and Desserts Named After People.