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I’ve got secondhand baby fever — my sister and her husband recently started TTC and they’re super excited. My FI is also really happy for them and has started casually mentioning kids, looking at schools when we talk about buying a house, baby names, etc. It’s really sweet and makes me really happy to know he’s excited about having kids when the time comes 🙂
My sister and I have always talked about baby names, and having early discussions about what names she and her husband could agree on made me realize that it might be tricky finding a name that both parents can agree on. That got ME started thinking about baby names!
We have one boy’s name picked out (William Alexandre, after both our grandfathers). If FI and I had a daughter tomorrow, we’d probably name her Elisabeth — that much we’ve talked about, since it was one of a a small amount of names we both like. His last name (and our future DDs/DSs last name) is Jacques, so we’re looking for French names.
I absolutely LOVE the nickname Lisette (Lee-zette) for Elisabeth, because I don’t like the usual ones (Liz, Beth, Lizzie, Betsy) and because “lis” in French means lily, so “lisette” is the diminutive form of lily (meaning “little lily” or “petite lily”). Lily was always one of my favorite names, and FI loved it too, but it’s gotten so popular that we’re avoiding it. Plus I think Lisette is unusual but still pretty and classic.
Does Lisette strike you as a cute nickname for Elisabeth? Too pretentious or foreign sounding? We also like Gabrielle, Madeleine, Emmanuelle, Charlotte, Caroline, and Amelie. What are some of your favorite French-inspired baby names?
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PS Sorry about the formatting — it won’t let me add paragraph breaks/returns after each paragraph!
Post # 4
@isabellej18: I love the names Anaïs and Élodie for a girl, as well as all of the girl names you’ve mentioned above. Lisette sounds very pretty to me!
Post # 5
@isabellej18: I have 4 french roomates with names we also have forms of in english and NOBODY ever pronounced their names right. If you go french go with something that isnt close to an english name so that people are forced to pronounce it correctly!
Post # 6
There’s a student at my school named Lisette — I think it’s a great name…not “just” a nickname but a real name. It’s unique and won’t get spelled incorrectly everywhere she goes, like Elisabeth would be.
I love Caroline and Amelie. Emmanuelle would be pronounced like a boy’s name too often.
Other French names I like are Etienne (but it’s a boy’s name, so) and Manon.
I just looked up the most popular baby names in France from 2009, and number 9 for girls is Oceane. That’s kind of awesome.
Post # 7
I think Juliette is cute, love Amelie but it would always make me think of the film (although Juliette doesn’t! I’m weird). Madeleine is nice shortened to Maddie.
Lisette I’ve not come across before, though it is nice and a bit different. An alternative shortening could be Ellie?
Post # 8
@isabellej18: The name Elisabeth is beautiful and i would probably shorten it to Ella or Ellie or Eliza.
I usually don’t think it’s a good ideato give a foreign name to your children.
Here in Italy there are quite a few (trashy) people who name their children with english names that they can barely pronounce (yes I know a few people who named their little boys Michael spelt Maicol because that’s how it sounds to them, or Joel for a girl instead of Joelle because they don’t know french so don’t know how to convert names to feminine or masculine). Generally the child will end up witha name no one can pronounce correctly. I honestly cringe everytime in the states I meet italo-americans who have italian names that have been distorted so much because they can’t actually pronounce it or have absurd spellings.
Also, maybe because I lived in a few different countries and have friends from all over the world, I usually think it’s nice that your name represents your nationality.
So i don’t think I’d go with Lisette mainly because unless you live in a francophone country no one will ever pronounce it properly.
Having said that it’s a very pretty name and you have excellent taste, but if you wanted to keep the french theme I’d go with something that is both french and english, for example:
Alexandra Annabelle Anne Camilla Carole Cecile Celeste
Allison Charlotte Claire Clementine Clodia Cassandra Darcy
Amelie Diana Elaine Elenore Elinor Elise Emerald
Amy Evelyn Fay Felicity Gabrielle Harriet Giselle Helene
Angela Jaqueline Joanne Julienne Lauren Lacey Louise Lucy
Marianne Angelina Mathilda Maura Michelle Natalie Olympia Renee
Suzanne Violet Vivienne ….
So the name would go well with your surname but would not sound too weird or not be mis pronounced in english.
Post # 9
I think it’s hard to pre-plan nicknames. They usually evolve and once the kid gets to school, all bets are off.
why not name a little girl Lisette? It’s beautiful and unique on its own.
Post # 10
Miette- cutest name out there 🙂
Post # 11
My daughter’s middle name is Amelie, and OHHHH how I wish I used it in the front, it’s sooooo gorgeous and stunning and rare here.