American journalist/editor Garance Franke-Ruta was born in the summer of 1972 in southeastern France, then “raised by artistic parents in Mexico and New Mexico.”
Here’s how Garance (pronounced gah-RAHNSS) explained the origin of her unusual first name (links added by me):
The river Durance runs through the Vaucluse, and I was named Garance in honor of that sound and the main character in Marcel Carne’s Les Enfants du Paradis, one of the classics of French cinema. The character, played by Arletty, uses Garance as a stage name, though her real name in the movie is Claire Reine.
The French word garance refers to several things: the madder plant, the dye made from the root of the madder plant, and the “deep reddish purple” color of that dye.
What are your thoughts on the name Garance?
- What Kind of Name is That? – TheGarance.com
- France, David. “The Men and Women Who Started ACT UP.” New York Magazine 23 Mar. 2012.
- Garance Franke-Ruta – Wikipedia
- Garance – Wiktionary
P.S. Garance was also the name of one of the days (Brumaire 23/November 13) of the French republican calendar, which was used during the French Revolution.