Can any French-English MNers help me name DD3?

(107 Posts)
Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:36:07

We are a French/English family currently living in Germany, and have just found out I'm expecting a 3rd DD! We are having trouble finding another girl's name which "works" in both French and English, and is at least pronouncable for Germans.
DDs 1 and 2 are Esther and Madeleine, and we would like to continue with these sort of classic/traditional/not-massively-overused names.

We both really like Constance, but there is a dilemma re. our surname. It sounds like "No". Just that, one syllable. If you say "Constance No" out loud, does it sound silly in English? I think it's fine in French, and we are unlikely to go and live in England, but still... Would be interested to know what people think!

Also, I love Josephine, but French DH thinks it's a bit to "cutesy" with the -ine ending. Any other suggestions would be very welcome.
Thanks for any help!

MaybeIAmJustLikeMyMother Tue 19-Nov-13 19:38:09

Elena?
Sophie?

blueberrycupcake Tue 19-Nov-13 19:41:51

Elodie?

Caip Tue 19-Nov-13 19:42:06

I like Fabienne

tumbletumble Tue 19-Nov-13 19:44:09

Elizabeth

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:44:17

Thanks for the suggestions.

Sophie is perhaps a bit dated in France? The Sophies I know are all in their 30s.
We have friends with an Eléonore, and DH isn't keen on Elena, as isn't French enough ;) However, have put Aliénor on the list!

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Tue 19-Nov-13 19:45:08

Oh I just came on to suggest Fabienne! Beaten to it

BearPear Tue 19-Nov-13 19:45:18

My French buddy is called Laure. She's nuts, but don't let that put you off!

OlyRoller Tue 19-Nov-13 19:45:32

Anouk
Anais
Henriette
Helene

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:45:47

Elizabeth is lovely but is one of DD2's middle names!
Not so keen on Elodie or Fabienne, but always grateful for ideas!

I know a French/English family with a Camille. Nn Cammy.

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:48:02

Yes, quite like these, OlyRoller. Funnily enough Henriette is one of DD1's middle names... See, we've used all the good ones already!

Aethelfleda Tue 19-Nov-13 19:48:35

Otilie? Amelie? Bridgitte? Juliette? Alicia?

BikeRunSki Tue 19-Nov-13 19:48:37

Stella
Alice
Rose
Anna
Anya
Louise/a
Juliette

Josephine is one of my favourite names

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:49:06

Yes, had thought of Camille, but it's so popular at the moment! DD1 knows at least 3

MaybeIAmJustLikeMyMother Tue 19-Nov-13 19:50:37

I love the short surname, but as 'no' has an English meaning it would make good sense to not-so-popular name so she will mainly be known by her first name.
How about Florence, Clementine? Constance is good too.

AbiRoad Tue 19-Nov-13 19:50:41

Juliette
Sylvie
Delphine

ProfondoRosso Tue 19-Nov-13 19:50:43

I'm a big fan of Lucienne/Lucie smile

The French girls I know are named: Marion, Clemence, Emeline, Zoe, Margaux, Chloe, Lise, Jennifer, Josee and Fanny (maybe scrap that last one grin) and they're all in their 20s. Sorry for missing accents, cannot figure them out on this phone.

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:50:47

More good suggestions, can't keep up! Louise and Juliette are possibilities. Hope Louise not too dated in th UK though.

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Tue 19-Nov-13 19:52:43

Emmanuelle

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:53:04

Thanks for all this help. Will go through them all later with DH too. Can anyone hear the "Constance No" problem though? I'm worried it sounds like "Contant snow"...

Xmasbaby11 Tue 19-Nov-13 19:54:26

Amelie

Amelia v popular in the UK.

UriGeller Tue 19-Nov-13 19:55:03

Marcelle?

Xmasbaby11 Tue 19-Nov-13 19:55:18

Agree about Constance - avoid with your surname!

mathanxiety Tue 19-Nov-13 19:55:32

Some French names that are currently in the top 25 in Germany (approximately as I don't think there is an official publication on this as there is in some other countries):
Leonie
Marie
Lea
Charlotte
Amelie
Emilie
Sophie

Names that are popular in Germany (top 100) and probably wouldn't flummox a French or English person:
Mia
Pia
Zoe
Emma
Frida
Isabelle
Eva
Romy
Annabelle/ Annabel

These would all work well in English too.

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