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 —


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


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


  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!

  2. also, very cool butterfly in the picture!

  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.

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


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