How popular is the baby name Segolene 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 Segolene.
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Two weeks (and two million croissants) later, I’m back in the States…with photos!
I’ll be posting them in batches over the next few days. This first batch consists of names I spotted in various commercial settings. (Names for sale, if you will.)
These zipper charms (called “Les Zippers”) were in a shop close to Notre-Dame in Paris:
Traditional names like Jean and Marie were also represented, but I found the trendy names a bit more interesting. (Photos for Corentin, Noémie, Océane, Ophélie, Tiphaine and Yanis ended up being too fuzzy to post.)
These name “cards” (not sure exactly what their purpose is) were in a shop in Monaco:
If Ségolène looks familiar, it’s likely thanks to former French presidential contender Ségolène Royal.
Finally, I found some street signs featuring given names (e.g. Bruno Boulevard) at a rest stop in Italy, but didn’t have the camera or a pen with me at the time. The only name I can recall now is Tiziano.
We finished up our Hawaiian vacation with a stop on Maui, and — between the blowhole, the black sand and the banyan tree — I was able to scan (most of) the 201-page Maui phone book for unusual names. Here’s what I found:
Ségolène Royal is one of only two French presidential candidates left standing after Sunday’s initial round of voting.
On May 6th, she will go head-to-head against opposing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy in the final election.
The name Ségolène doesn’t have a definitive origin, but it could be a French version of the Germanic name Sieglinde, consisting of elements meaning “victory” and “shield” (via linden, used to make shields).
The name statistics I found for France indicate that Ségolène peaked in usage during the late 1980s and early 1990s. (A win for Royal, though, would certainly affect the name’s popularity somehow.)
Update: Turns out Ségolène will not be France’s next president. Sarkozy was elected on May 6th; he had 53% of the votes, while Royal only had 47%.