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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


Namestorm 3 – Baby Names for Photography Lovers

This week’s namestorm isn’t about something you eat or something you wear, but something you do.

Joseph
French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce created the first permanent photograph in 1826. The plate is currently located in Austin, Texas.

Louis
French painter and chemist Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype process, took the first photograph of a human in early 1839. (The anonymous man in the photo was busy getting his shoes shined.)

Hippolyte
French photographer Hippolyte Bayard presented the world’s first public exhibition of photographs in June of 1839.

Robert
American photographer Robert Cornelius was the first to produce a photographic portrait of a human when he created a daguerreotype of himself in late 1839.

Henry
English photographer William Henry Fox Talbot (who went by Henry) announced his discovery of the calotype process in 1841.

Anna and John
English botanist and photographer Anna Atkins was the first to publish a book illustrated with photographic images in 1843. The images she created using the cyanotype process, invented by English scientist John Herschel in 1842.

Thomas
American daguerreotypist Thomas Martin Easterly was the first person to take a picture of lightning, in 1847.

Felix
French photographer and balloonist Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (known as Félix Nadar) took the first aerial photograph (in a tethered balloon, over Paris) in 1858.

James
Scottish physicist James Maxwell created the first color photo in 1861.

Edward and Sallie
English photographer Eadweard Muybridge (born Edward Muggeridge) used multiple cameras to take a photographs of a galloping horse in June of 1878. The horse’s name was Sallie Gardner. (The jockey was Domm.)

Wilson
Vermont farmer Wilson Bentley was the first person to photograph a snowflake, in 1885.

Albert
American army officer Albert Stevens took the first photograph showing the curve of the Earth in 1930.

Edwin
American scientist Edwin Land invented the first commercial instant camera in 1947. (He had founded the Polaroid Corporation ten years earlier.)

Sources: History of Photography, Wikipedia

Names from France – Baptistin, Edme, Nazareth, Vasilica

We only walked through a small part of Paris’s famed Père Lachaise Cemetery, but it was enough to spot Edme and Vasilica:

Edme in Pere Lachaise cemetery

Vasilica in Pere Lachaise cemetery

Also buried in Père Lachaise is Fulgence Bienvenüe (1852-1936), the civil engineer who helped create the Paris Métro.

In a much smaller cemetery in the town of Mougins, I found the names Adelme, Ottorino, and Nazareth:

Adelme grave

Ottorino grave

Nazareth grave

On a monument aux morts located in the town of Grasse, I saw the names Baptistin, Hippolyte and Jeannin:

Monument aux Morts in Grasse

Baptistin

Hippolyte

Jeannin

And on a similar monument in Cannes, I noticed the name Maillan (3rd name down):

Monument aux Morts in Cannes

Maillan

Names from France series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Baby Names in France – Then and Now

France’s taste in baby names has definitely changed over the last hundred years.

Polly of Polly-Vous Francais recently picked up a copy of French newspaper Le Figaro and compared the names in the birth announcement section with those in the obituary section.

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