French Names Sound Better

Jan 13, 2010 | The Joys of Pregnancy | 13 comments

‘Scuse me, Can I ask you something? It’s Luke isn’t it?
No not Louk, Luc.
You want to ask me something or non?
No, forget it.
I forget it already.
(Found at 5:45 below)
What IS in a name anyway?
Sometimes, not much without a lovely accent.
And I can’t help it, I am drawn to all things French including French names…there are so many lame English names that sound so cool au français…
Take “Matilda” for example
– yes, cool I suppose if you are some Hollywood baby decked out in the trendiest, poshest of clothing tout le temps…but consider the French form — “Mathilde” – sounds like “Mat-ild” only really pretty. I love it, I love to hear it in movies, and in French it is not just suitable to a little darling girl like it’s English counterpart.
Or a boys name like George.
And pardon me if this is hubby’s or son’s name but what do most of us conjure up when we hear the stark “George” ?
But to hear it in French…”Georges” – no the “s” is not pronounced but it’s that soft, subtle “g” sound that about puts me over the edge and the almost “ah” sound at the end…”Gshorgsha” – don’t laugh at my phonetic attempts.
How about Yves and Pascal – there aren’t even English equivalents for these wonderful names!
A few more …
Some girl names there are not equivalents for –
Anaïs – pronounced “ann-i-eece” – a lovely name.
…and if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you know how much I love the name Mireille (as in French Women don’t get Fat). Pronounced “Mer-ray” only with that beautiful French accent. C’est parfait!

Oh, and don’t forget “Annick” – “pronounced “Ann-eeek”, throw in that accent and you have another beautiful name that you aren’t gonna find in Parents Magazine. (Not that I would ever read Parent’s Magazine)
Françoise VS Frances
Laetita … as in Costa, pronounced something like “La-tee-see-ah” – I am sure Joel has forgotten about this name, I don’t dare remind him because he might want to change our plans…
Veronique VS Veronica
I’ve probably made my point. I am sorry, but our language has such a hard, dreadful sound to it, if I could pop a pill for a British accent I would and if I could hear and speak French all day, I would probably melt into a pile of goo I love it so much.
Here is what you really have been waiting for though – The third round of clues…
First: Billy Crudup
Middle: Gadgets
First: Baz Lurman
Middle: “I’m not living with you! We occupy the same cage, that’s all.

Taunt your opponents with a comment (like Life in the Burbs is doing, she says she KNOWS the boys name but won’t even tell me what it is) and email me your guess at:

Be sure to check previous posts for the other clues, rules and prizes. You can guess as many times as you want – hurry, hurry, saw the midwife today and things are already on their way if you catch my drift.


Pray for Haiti.


  1. Mrs. B.

    Ah! I just don’t know! And I don’t have the brain power to make guesses (pregnant, remember?) but I absolutely agree w/ you on the difference and superior beauty of French names vs. English names.
    I adore everything France.

  2. Aunt Julee

    C’mon now this is just too hard.

    What if the first part of this post is to throw us off the trail…and it really isn’t French at all???

    In my mind I’m still going up and down the grocery aisles. Libby? 🙂

    Then I start worrying about him/her feeling left out if it isn’t an “A” name.

    Was talking to Meliss about it and she called dibs on Thelma!

    OK, let’s do this.

  3. cityfarmer

    scouring the aisles at Woodmans … didn’t see the likes of Pascal or Yves …. should I be practicing the pronounciation … will I have to give tutorials to the rest of the familia

    … prounounced fah-mil-yah

    neverthe-less … getting really excited for the bundle

  4. Parisienne Farmgirl

    Didn’t we conclude over the last wine bash that names were a first come first serve basis within the family? But never fear Melis, I got Lloyd, I’ll leave Thelma. Spread the love ya know?

    And Juls, I am shocked you are saying this is too hard…you gotta line up all the clues and see what they all might have in common…COME ON!

    Libby? Too funny. Ya, cause THAT sounds French.

  5. Parisienne Farmgirl

    I don’t think you will have to give tutorials this time and I’ll just remind everyone who still say’s




    But, I will let you correct the Midwife, can’t bring myself to do it…she keeps calling her “Anneliese”.

    Which, ironically is a lovely name and the name of Sverre and Christine’s daughter up at the Thorp House. We’ve always liked it. But I fear for Aidan snapping at her,

    “Her NAME is AMÉlE!!!”

  6. Homemaker Ang

    my good friends beautiful daughter is named Matilda and I love it just as it is… Even in english it sounds so unique and beautiful

  7. Parisienne Farmgirl

    I think it just conjures up a little girl for me – I think there was a movie about a little girl named Matilda and I can’t ever imagine it for an adult.

  8. cityfarmer

    I know, I know … June/Junior …well you said they were the counterpart of each other …

    pronounced ghunoir
    …………… ghune ( the e is silent)

  9. Jenny

    Yes! That is sooooo true. I remember staying at a French family’s house for a weekend (this was delightful) and meeting there delightfully named children: Vincent (so dreamy in French), Remi (so cute), and then their sweet daughter, pronounced E-deet, when I asked her to spell it, Edith (english version, yick). I love Etienne (Steven), Laure (Laura), and Clotilde–all so beautiful on the tongue. And me guess, now, I am so thrown off.

  10. Bonjour Madame

    I’d like to buy a vowel please….:)

    This is hard. I get some of the references but can’t place a name to it. However, it is fun trying to figure it out.

    My great grandmother’s name was Anaise pronounced just like that. I always thought it was such a beautiful name.

  11. Bonjour Madame

    Forgot to add that I have a friend who is originally from France and her daughter’s name is Jacqueline but she pronounces it Jac-leen and it sounds so pretty. Another friend Simone pronounces her name See mon, not see-moan and I love saying her name!

  12. OhSoVintage

    I can’t guess at all but another girl’s name which sounds better in French is Agnes (English) or Ann-i-ess (French pronunciation).

  13. Jen Chandler

    I could not agree with you more! There are so many names that sound blah and yet with a French or British accent they are fabulous! I had a connector flight in Paris last year and the gentleman I sat next to asked my name (Jennifer) and it was pronounced so lovely in French!

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m off to catch up with your other posts.



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