Monday, May 20

Old Québec Names: F

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Here are some French-Canadian choices found on old gravestones in Québec. In looking through the "F" names, I realized just how awkward F is, as a letter. It's strange-looking and not very popular as a name-beginner. But I think F is a versatile sound, just look at how it works in these names —

Girls

Fleur-de-Mai — translated, it means "flower of May," and I can see it making a totally kickass double-hyphenate middle name

Fleurie — I like the idea of this one, maybe more as a nickname for Fleur than on its own, since it might get confused for the word "flurry" in English-speaking places

Florange — we've seen Solange, a name from the Latin word sollemnis, meaning "religious," incorporating the French words for "sun" and "angel," but this creation switches the Sol- for Flor-,  creating a whole new meaning

Florémie  — this one reminded me of "do-re-mi," like at the beginning of musical scales 

Florémonde  — I was drawn to the names that started with "Fl-" because I liked that the "L" sound toned down the harshness of the "F" at the beginning.  Here, the "-monde" ending balances out the frill factor for a more sophisticated look

Fortille  — I should do a post on names that end with "-ille," because most of the time I really like them and hardly ever see them in use. There's Bertille, Pernille ... Lucille might be the most popular (and my least favorite). Must get a list together

Boys

Faldorat — though I'm generally drawn to more subdued boy names, I also have a great appreciation for more dramatic choices. These Québec lists have been a great source of that type of name. I like Faldorat, it sounds like the villain in a Victor Hugo or Charles Dickens novel

Faramond  — this one is a form of Faramund, an ancient Germanic name created from elements meaning "journey" and "protection." It was used on a legendary early king of the Franks, so it has a rather long history of use

Fédéas  — love that this one has strong, familiar sounds but an unusual look. To make it more approachable, I think it could be understood without the accents quite easily

Fédorel  — so fun, dignified yet fresh, so very Dostoevsky-an 


Fénon  — I could totally see a modern parent choosing this, it's short and familiar, masculine and cool. I have seen it used as a surname but not as a first

Ferno  — you know I'm a sucker for a new "ends in 'O'" boy name. This one's kind of crazy, I mean it's two letters off from "inferno," but I think it's interesting as a concept

4 comments:

  1. Definitely do the 'ends in -ille' name post!

    Although I like Faramond on the boy's side and could possibly be convinced on a few of the others, in general I did not respond as positively to the boy names as the girl names. I thought Fleurie was great. It does sound like flurry but that doesn't seem so bad to me. It's a rather lyrical word anyhow. Fleuremie was the other favorite for me. I also thought Fleur-de-mai very sweet. And Floremonde is just so much fun to say!

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  2. also, very cool butterfly in the picture!

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  3. Ugh, why is there so much spam in the comments all of a sudden?

    Anyway, I'm loving these old Quebec names! Rosamund has always been a favorite of mine, so I'm really interested by Florémonde, and Florémie has such a pretty, lyrical sound. I think they would both go nicely as middle names with something shorter and more familiar.

    I've always loved Faramond, and I'm intrigued by Ferno. Trying to decide exactly what I think of it.

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  4. Floremie is so pretty. I hope you will do the 'ille' post also!

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