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Latest update : 2010-02-19

The list of original French names

Le Parisien reports on the increasing trend in France to give your child an “original” name. How about Z? Or Syrius? Dova perhaps? FRIDAY, 19th FEBRUARY, 2010

It is increasing popular to give your child an original first name, according to this morning’s Le Parisien. Often first names are inspired by the ethnic origins of the parents or simply by a desire for your child to be different and to have a distinct identity.

The paper says that 50% of first names for newborn babies are original, in other words this name is registered for less than 3,000 people.
 
Particularly popular for girls are names that end in “a” such as Sandra (although clearly that’s not original enough at all…). For boys, the vogue is for names ending in “éo” such as Théo (again, way too common!)
 
Names on the list include Z, Oregan (of Breton origin), Syrius (inspired by Syria, obviously) and Dova (supposedly English??)
 
Other stories in today’s French papers:
 
Le Figaro: “The extraordinary mission of the Mossad commandos in Dubai”
 
Le Parisien: More speed cameras on French roads
 
France Soir: Speed cameras
 
Le Figaro: Online betting site shows that the far-right and far-left parties are set to do better than expected in upcoming regional elections

 

 

By James CREEDON

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