A French First Name Would Have Been Nice

@Corbin5 (116145)
United States
July 19, 2016 2:20pm CST
My mother's side of the family is French, surname GÉRÉEC. My cousins have beautiful French names, but not me. Jeanine Marie, Nanette, and Sheree are the names of my three female cousins. My grandmother's name was Marie. My great grandmother's name was Louise. I wish Mom had given me a French name rather than the name Deborah. In my opinion, the French names for girls have a bit more flair to them. I would have been pleased to have been named any of the following: Alexis Ariele Cecile Marguerite Amelie Chloé Maybe if I stick an accent mark over the letter "a" in Deborah that will give it a bit of French flair. Morguefile free photo.
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
19 Jul 16
I used to dislike my name, spelled with 2 n's. I thought my parents misspelled my name, so I went through school spelling it with one "n" until a roommate in college spelled hers with two. She was French. I immediately went back to how it was spelled on my birth certificate. Bless my parents! C'est la vie!
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Jul 16
@DianneN, your name is great.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
We all do fiddle with our names a bit. Originally, my name was spelled Debby, but that seemed to babyish to me so I changed that to Debbie. Yes, I prefer the 2 n's in your name.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Jul 16
And I always thought Dianne was supposed to have two 'n's!
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@KristenH (24942)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
19 Jul 16
Aww, I could picture you as a Marguerite. I think you meant Chloe and Chole.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
I really do love Marguerite. Thanks for the tip on Chloe! Changed it and even added the accent mark.
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@KristenH (24942)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
20 Jul 16
@Corbin5 My pleasure. I used to work with someone named Marguerite years ago for my work-study job.
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@miniam (9233)
• Bern, Switzerland
19 Jul 16
Im Roseline and very happy with my name as it is .................not common
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@sol_cee (17389)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
20 Jul 16
Dan Brown's book mentioned about the Rose Line.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
You have a beautiful name. So unique!
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@miniam (9233)
• Bern, Switzerland
20 Jul 16
@Corbin5 thanks,im happy with my name
@beenice2 (2389)
• Canada
19 Jul 16
I'm French speaking and I have a French name too most of my family are in Québec.
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• Canada
19 Jul 16
And what kind of a French name to you give your daughter? Hmmm....
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@beenice2 We visited Quebec on vacation when I was little. Such a lovely place! Such pride goes in having a name that is related to one's ancestry.
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@beenice2 (2389)
• Canada
20 Jul 16
@Corbin5 I am happy for you dear.
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@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
19 Jul 16
My father named me after the queen of France, and i don't have a single drop of french blood in me.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Well, you do have a lovely name! My brother has an Irish name and not a drop of Irish in him either.
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@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
21 Jul 16
@Corbin5 Most people in my country likes to to copy the names of movie stars or famous persons.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jul 16
My mother's name was Marguerite. She was half French half Irish. My middle name is French for John.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
What a lovely name your mother had! Your mom did the French thing just right for your name.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Jul 16
@Corbin5 I don't know if my mom had a hand in my name. I know it was my dad who gave me my first name.
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@JohnRoberts (63081)
• Los Angeles, California
19 Jul 16
There's also Dominique, Francoise, Clothilde, Anny, Nathalie.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
I like Dominique. I could rock that name. My cousin Sheree's daughter is Nathalie. Such pretty names.
@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
I think Deborah is a pretty name but I can see how French names do have some 'flair' about them.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Well, some days I could use a little flair so I can pretend and pick one of the French names on the list and use it just for fun.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
@Corbin5 Deborah is hard to say with a French accent too. Maybe you need an alternate name for when you want to feel a bit 'French'.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
21 Jul 16
@JudyEv I like Alexis, Lexi for short. Yep, I will get my French on with Alexis! My grandmother, Marie, came to the USA with her parents when she was age 8. She was scolded in school for speaking French and cried every day, but that was the way it was back in the day. Mom said she remembers her grandfather reading the newspaper, swearing in French while swatting flies.
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@OreoBrownie (3648)
• Elberton, Georgia
19 Jul 16
French names are very romantic names too.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Yes, they are. If we ever have a granddaughter, perhaps I can convince our son and his wife to go for a French name. Worth a suggestion.
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
I like the name Amelie and Chole. My Dad's side of the family was French Canadian so I'm not sure if it is the same.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
I love Amelie and Chloe too. I have to do a bit of research on French Canadians. Will be an interesting task for sure.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
@Corbin5 It probably would be interesting. I wonder if they were French people who migrated to Canada and that's why they were called French Canadian?
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• United States
20 Jul 16
kinda funny how that works, eh? i'm the only'n my family who's not the 'traditional' southern name - whereas the first 'n middle're used together constant. when i 'twas growin', i admit to feelin' a bit left out. yepperz, i reckon ya could try that lil mark thingy, though such'll still not change the wonderful woman that'cha 're :)
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Thank you for your kind words about this Deborah. Yes, using the first and middle together does seem to be a common practice for southern names. Our parents use our first and middle names when they were upset with us, to up the serious factor I suppose. A wonderful woman you are too my friend!!!
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• United States
20 Jul 16
@Corbin5 yer welcome :) gigglin' o'er the folks bein' 'pset 'n usin' both'f yers. 'twas a shocker to me the first time i heard somebody tell their young'un "don't make me use yer middle name!" 's i thought such 'twas common practice 'n i'd jest been left out.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
I always disliked my name Marilyn & since I was born on Christmas I thought I should have had a holiday name like Holly or Merry or even Chris. However I do like your name Deborah
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
I suppose many of us wish our parents had given us different names. My brother has an Irish name, Barry. And my sister has a French/English name, Wendy (Gwendolyn). I bet you were one cute Christmas baby!!!
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Jul 16
Your name might be your mom's favorite name.Your name is unique for your friends may call you in different ways like: Debz, Dedat, Debzkie, Debbie, cute nicknames friend.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Well, when I was little, I spelled it Debby, then to make it sound more grown up, I changed it to Debbie. I will work on liking my name a bit more, I suppose.
@TRBRocks420 (82700)
• Banks, Oregon
20 Jul 16
My Grandma's name was Mary to but with a y and, you have a good name.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Well, I have had it for so long, I need to find ways to like it much more.
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@sol_cee (17389)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
20 Jul 16
If you stick an accent mark over the letter a, will it change the pronunciation?
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
I suppose it would. Worth a try.
• Austin, Texas
20 Jul 16
When it comes to being unusual and not easy to remember my first and middle name don't roll off a person's tongue. Took me years to learn to appreciate my own name. I always thought my late sister had a beautiful first and middle name, even though it isn't French. Her name was Arena Elizabeth.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Your sister's name was beautiful. Yes, some names do take some time to appreciate. I am working on appreciating mine.
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@sofssu (14447)
20 Jul 16
I like your name. I like mine too.. More because I like the meaning behind my name. It's Sophie.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Your name is a darling name. I love the name Sophie!
@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
20 Jul 16
My mama is Eugenie, my Grandmother is Elisa, my great grandmothers bless their hearts are Mary and Sara (two French men married two Irish sisters) and I am Isabelle. So I did get a French name but my daughter is Kasey oops we slipped back to the Irish. My brothers are Alain and Francois. but our last name is Donahue. lol The French version of your name is Debora
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
You have a wealth of French and Irish names in your family! Such variety. I like the name Kasey due to its uniqueness. Yes, Debora is what I was called by some, but I did not like the way that sounded, so will stick with the Hebrew name Deborah for this Christian lady.
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@lilnana1111 (2337)
• United States
21 Jul 16
You can have your name legally changed.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
21 Jul 16
Well, since I am retired now, I will stick with that name I have had for so long. However, if my son and his wife have a girl child, maybe I can convince them to give her a French name.
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• United States
21 Jul 16
@Corbin5 There you go, that's a cute idea.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
20 Jul 16
But Deborah is also a beautiful name and biblical too.
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Yes, Deborah was a very strong and brave woman in the Bible. I take pride in that knowledge.
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