(Closed) French-inspired baby names!

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 4
2496 posts
Buzzing bee

@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
1583 posts
Bumble bee

@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
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@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
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
105 posts
Blushing bee

Miette- cutest name out there 🙂

Post # 11
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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.

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