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Fighting for Breton Baby Names in France

Mireille and Jean-Jacques Manrot-le Goarnic of Brittany had a dozen children in the 1950s and early 1960s. They gave all of these children Breton (Celtic) names.

The names of the first six (Garlonn, Patrig, Katell, Gwenn, Yann and Morgann) were accepted by the French government.

The names of the last six (Adraboran, Maiwenn, Gwendal, Diwezha, Sklerijenn and Brann) were not.

These last six, therefore, did not officially exist under French law, as their births were never registered. Because they were nonpersons, they could not legally drive a car, vote, marry, enlist, or claim state health benefits.

Why weren’t their names accepted?

Because a law written in the early 19th century restricted French baby names to the names of Catholic saints and “persons known in ancient history.”

According to Jean-Jacques, though, the specific reason was “racism, pure and simple.”

These children have no rights. They are nonentities. They have been refused admission to schools. They have been bullied and ridiculed. It’s terrible. All we want is a human solution and no one in any official capacity seems to be interested.

The family’s plight was widely reported.

In 1966, TIME reported that “Papa Goarnic” had been fighting to register the names for years, but had “lost every round.”

[This was the year that the 1803 law was replaced by “a statute that in theory allows the French to call their children just about anything that doesn’t offend good taste. But the law was not retroactive,” unfortunately.]

In the mid-1970s, The New York Times mentioned that le Goarnic had attempted to take his case to the International Court of Justice at the Hague, on the grounds “that France [was] violating the 1532 treaty between Duchess Anne and Francis I.”

[Actually, it was an Edict, not a Treaty, and Anne had been dead nearly 20 years by 1532.]

The situation even inspired poetry–some humorous, some serious. “Open Letter to the Le Goarnics” (1963) by Charles Maitland Fair ran in The New Yorker; “Ma├žon Murant Merveille” (1966) was penned by Breton nationalist Alain Guel.

In 1976, France finally relented and gave full rights to the six Manrot-le Goarnic children.

By this time, the oldest was 19 and the youngest was 12.

[Reminds me of the families currently fighting to use Berber names in Morocco…]

Sources:

  • “6 Children Get Rights” Waycross Journal-Herald 14 Jan. 1976: P-24.
  • “French refuse legal status to Celtic name.” Leader-Post [Regina, SK] 13 Jan. 1975: 23.
  • Lewis, Flora. “France’s Bretons, in Quest for Nationalist Goals, Rediscover Their Heritage.” New York Times 14 Jun. 1975: 8.
  • “Norman Court Names Girl Mikelaig, Ruling Out Parents’ Choice.” New York Times 4 Dec. 1966: 168.
  • World: Qu’y a-t-il dans un nom?Time Magazine 7 Jan. 1966.

Most Popular Baby Names in Malta in 2009

The last time I wrote about popular baby names in Malta was twp years ago. It’s time for an update!

A total of 4,143 babies were born in Malta in 2009. (In 2006, the number was 3,885.) These were the most popular baby names last year:

Boy Names

  1. Luke/Luca (92 babies)
  2. Matthew/Matthias/Matteo (84)
  3. Jake (59)
  4. Aiden (53)
  5. Jaden/Jayden (51)
  6. John/Giovanni/Jean (48)
  7. Kaiden/Kayden (47)
  8. Michael/Miguel/Mikele (46)
  9. Nicholas/Nick (42)
  10. Isaac/Izaak (39)
  11. Nathan (38)
    • Liam/William (36)
    • Gabriel (36)
  12. Benjamin/Ben (35)
    • Alexander/Alessandro/Alejandro (34)
    • Zachary/Zak (34)
    • James (33)
    • Daniel (33)
  13. Denzel/Danzil (31)
  14. Keiran (29)
    • Andre/Andrew/Andrea (26)
    • Sven (26)
  15. Julian (25)
    • Kyle (24)
    • Joseph/Giuseppe/Beppe (24)

Girl Names

  1. Maria/Mariah/Marie (82 babies)
  2. Elena/Ylenia/Ella (79)
  3. Christina/Kristina/Krista (63)
  4. Eliza/Elizabeth/Lisa (52)
  5. Amy/Aimee (49)
  6. Julia/Gulia (45)
    • Maya/Maia (39)
    • Emma (39)
  7. Martina (33)
  8. Rihanna/Rhiana (32)
  9. Jasmine/Yasmine (31)
  10. Keira (29)
  11. Mikela/Michaela (28)
  12. Jade (27)
  13. Hannah/Anna/Ann (26)
    • Nicole (25)
    • Mireille (25)
    • Hailey/Hayley (25)
  14. Sarah/Sara (24)
    • Emilia (22)
    • Lea (22)
  15. Thea (20)
    • Shania (18)
    • Katrina/Kate (18)
    • Amber (18)
    • Kailey/Kayleigh (18)
    • Faith (17)
    • Laura (17)

You’ll notice that Malta still lumps variants together. (They even lump non-variants like Elena and Ella together.) I’m not a big fan of this method because when groupings change from year to year, comparisons become impossible.

Malta also seems to have some issues with spelling. Aidan and Kieran became Aiden and Keiran between 2006 and 2009, for instance. And I’m sure “Gulia” was meant to be Giulia. (Though I do like the fact that there’s a “Julia/Gulia” grouping. Very Wedding Singer-esque.)

But it’s interesting stuff nonetheless. I’m especially intrigued by all the -ayden names on the boys’ list. (Worldwide phenomenon, anyone?)

If you want to see more from Malta, the top baby names of 2008, 2007, 2004/2005, 2003 and 2002 are available for download.

Source: National Statistics Office – Malta

Most Popular Baby Names in Malta in 2006

The National Statistics Office of Malta, a tiny island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, compiles baby name rankings by lumping variant spellings of names (like Matthew, Matteo and Matthias) together into a single entry.

The most popular baby names in Malta last year were:

Boy Names

  1. Luke/Luca (79 babies)
  2. Matthew/Matteo/Matthias (78)
  3. Jake (67)
  4. Andre & Isaac & Michael/Michele (tie; 49 each)
  5. Nicholas (46)
  6. Aidan (42)
  7. Kieran (41)
  8. Daniel (40)
  9. Kyle (37)
  10. Nathan/Nathaniel (31)
  11. Gabriel (30)
  12. Christian & Julian & Liam (tie; 27 each)
  13. Alexander (26)
  14. Zachery (23)
  15. Thomas (22)
  16. James (21)
  17. Benjamin (18)
  18. Tristan (17)
  19. Jaydon & Kurt & Leon & Sven (tie; 16 each)
  20. Denzel & John Paul (tie; 15 each)

Girl Names

  1. Maria/Mariah (73 babies)
  2. Maya (53)
  3. Amy (43)
  4. Martina & Emma (tie; 40 each)
  5. Shania (36)
  6. Ylenia & Michela/Michaela & Sarah (tie; 35 each)
  7. Elisa/Eliza (33)
  8. Julia (32)
  9. Jasmin (30)
  10. Hailey (72)
  11. Nicole (26)
  12. Francesca (25)
  13. Catherine/Katarina/Kate (23)
  14. Amber & Hannah (tie; 19 each)
  15. Emily & Kelsey (tie; 18 each)
  16. Thea (16)
  17. Kaylie & Lara (tie; 15 each)
  18. Matthea (14)
  19. Mireille & Naomi (tie; 13 each)
  20. Aaliyah (12)

There were 2,039 boys and 1,846 girls born in Malta in 2006. (The country only has 402,000 inhabitants total.) Based on the numbers above, 46% of those boys and 41% of those girls were given a top-20 name.