Top 20 first names in France


I’ve  always been fascinated by children’s names. As a teacher, learning – and remembering  – the names of your students is extremely important. I have always been interested in the fashion for first names and how this was reflected in my class register. I remember, one year, when I was teaching in London and had a class full of Kylies!

Of course, when it came to naming our two sons, there was another problem. Certain names immediately conjure up memories of naughty boys. I’m being very polite here! We also have a long and unusual surname. In the end, we went for very traditional, ancient names. They are both Biblical names but, to be honest with you, that is coincidental.

When I taught, in France, it was a similar story with certain English names being very popular. However, I was very surprised when Kevin topped the list of most popular boys names, in France. This is how you pronounce it in French!

This is the top 10 girls names in France, at the moment, according to my research in various French magazines and on several websites:

  1. Emma
  2. Louise
  3. Jade
  4. Alice
  5. Mila
  6. Chloé
  7. Inès
  8. Lina
  9. Léa
  10. Léna

And here are the boys:

  1. Gabriel
  2. Louis
  3. Raphaël
  4. Léo
  5. Adam
  6. Jules
  7. Lucas
  8. Maël
  9. Hugo
  10. Liam

I think there are some lovely names, some interesting names and some surprising ones. What do you think? Do you have a favourite first name? I’d love to know!



15 thoughts on “Top 20 first names in France

    • I was surprised by Emma, too. Our boys are Jonathan and Daniel but are known as Jonny and Dan which I love as well. Names can also be very generational. When I started learning French, at school, it was all about Pierre and Nicole!

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  1. Surprised to see Emma in the top spot. I love to read the births column in the local newspaper when I’m over in France. Some of the names are quite exotic to my ear and I’ve noticed a trend for boys Italian names.

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  2. I’m surprised at how English some of the names are, particularly the first four girls names. There’s a lot more acceptance of unusual names now that there used to be but some are quite ridiculous! I couldn’t say what my favourites are as there are so many I like. I think perhaps I’d choose Madeleine for a girl in the highly unlikely even that I was to be required to name a new baby. I do like Gabriel for a boy.

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    • Yes, the French do have a liking for English names. I think names from other languages are often perceived as being exotic. My sons are called Jonathan and Daniel but are known as Jonny and Dan! If we’d had a girl I may have chosen Olivia or Amelia. What’s in a name?!

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