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Popularity of the Baby Name Segolene

Number of Babies Named Segolene

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Segolene

List of Interesting Names

The profiles of famous people at Biography.com are sorted into groups like “Barnard College Alumni,” “Epileptics,” “Olympic Opening Ceremony Performers,” “Sagittarians,” and “U.S. Vice Presidents.”

So I was very curious when I noticed a group simply called “Names We Like.”

Here are the 23 people on that list:

  • Bella Abzug (b. 1920) activist, lawyer
  • Tycho Brahe (b. 1546) astronomer
  • Archibald Butt (b. 1865) military leader
  • Hoagy Carmichael (b. 1899) songwriter
  • Hawley Crippen (b. 1862) murderer, doctor
  • Mullah Dadullah (b. 1966) military leader
  • Nigel Dempster (b. 1941) journalist
  • Eadweard Muybridge (b. 1830) photographer, filmmaker
  • Jubal A. Early (b. 1816) general, journalist
  • Henry Ossian Flipper (b. 1856) military leader
  • Googoosh (b. 1950) film actress, singer
  • Merle Haggard (b. 1937) singer, songwriter
  • Simmie Knox (b. 1935) painter
  • Bonar Law (b. 1858) prime minister
  • El Lissitzky (b. 1890) artist
  • Mungo Park (b. 1771) explorer
  • Pepin III (b. 714) general, king
  • Pinckney Pinchback (b. 1837) activist, governor
  • Ottorino Respighi (b. 1879) songwriter
  • Ving Rhames (b. 1959) film actor
  • Ségolène Royal (b. 1953) political leader
  • Picabo Street (b. 1971) athlete
  • Megawati Sukarnoputri (b. 1947) world leader

Which of the above do you like best?

(Want to see more lists of interesting names? Check out Long List of Unusual Real Names and Names that Make Me Smile.)

Source: Names We Like


Names from France – Capucine, Ludivine, Rémi, Tanguy

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:

Capucine zipper charmGaëlle zipper charm

Maëlle and Maëlys zipper charm

Nolwenn zipper charmTanguy zipper charm

Rayan and Rémi zipper charm

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:

Ludivine name card

Joris name card

Ségolène and Séverine name cards

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.

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

Name in the News – Ségolène

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%.