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Bilingual French-English names for a boy

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
DH is French. I'm and English speaker. We think we are expecting a boy (at least that's what it looked like on the 12-week ultrasound ). Anyone have good suggestions for a bilingual boy's name that is spelt the same in both languages?

I love the name Alexander but as it is Alexandre in French, that won't work. DH likes the name Joshua because Josh Lymann was his favourite character on The West Wing, so for now that is our back-up if we can't think of something we like more.

I suggested Etienne but DH hates that name. Then I suggested Elliot, but DH says that the names makes him think of E.T. I also like the name Justin but DH doesn't like that one either. He seems stuck on Joshua.

Other suggestions?
post #2 of 41
What about Nicholas, same spelling only the pronounciation is different in French?

Thats all I can think of off the top of my head!
post #3 of 41
I know Pierre is not exactly what you asked for, (not the same spelling), but i do know someone in England who named her son Pierre and everyone could pronounce it. Here are some more:

Paul, Tierry, (you can say Terry); Jack/que.
post #4 of 41
I live in a bilingual area (Fr/Engl) and my son is Raul. (Or you can spell it Raoul)
post #5 of 41
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, I already have a nephew named Nicholas, so that one is taken.

I think that Pierre is perceived as too, er, shall we say effeminate, in English-speaking North America. In the event that we end up back in Canada or the States for a few years, I don't want him to be teased in the playground.

Thierry and Terry are not the same name (and I don't like either one, really )

Paul is perfect but doesn't really do anything for me.

Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming!
post #6 of 41
My son has the middle name of Andre. There is also Pascal, and I love that name!
post #7 of 41
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Panthira View Post
My son has the middle name of Andre. There is also Pascal, and I love that name!
Hmmm, I LOVE the name Pascal. Then again, DH had a serious girlfriend by the name of Pascale. Maybe not...... I'll have to think about that one.
post #8 of 41
yannic (not exactly english, but its spelled phonetically)
post #9 of 41
We were in the exact same situation as you...only we had to factor in English, German and French!

So I vote Alexander/re even though you've ruled it out ...as it is classic and gorgeous, and as it's inevitably shortened to Alex when speaking, there are no spelling or even really pronunciation issues. And it works *everywhere* in the world!

Along the same lines is Thomas or Lucas, if you like. Also, Jonathan, Louis, Noah...

Perhaps on the more romantic side would be Tristan, Yann...perhaps Christian (Chris works the same in both languages), but that one is likely to be more from your dh's generation, so not particularly *modern* in Europe.

The name Evan is also being seen more and more among French speakers. Also Nolan.
post #10 of 41
Same situation here and starting to go through the process again for #2! We didn't find out the sex and I found choosing a bilingual boy's name especially difficult - much more so than a girl name! Ds is Nathan.

Others we looked at (I tried not to repeat any that have already been mentioned):

Adrien/Adrian (I've seen both)
Max (could be a diminutive of Maximilien or Maxim)

I gave English lessons to a little William as well...

Isn't the French spelling of Joshua - Joshue? We liked that too.
post #11 of 41

name ....

hi, I'm French my husband British; what we did is that we both choose a french and an English name for each or our children, and we could both vetoe the other's choice, so we had to agree on the 4 names we picked out of our lists (a hillarious read is "la côte des prénoms" in French, it not only gives you a very large list with frequency for the year it's published but also a view in when each name was popular over the last 100 years and amongst which social class .... by the way, Kevin is quite popular in France now, but not so much in higher social classes ....) and then we only had to negociate about which name will be first in the list, since that's the one that will be mainly used in everyday life .... although, choosing a total of 4 gives two options per language for the child who fancies a change later on in life, depending where he/she will live ....
hope this helps ....
post #12 of 41
Hey there,
I'm Chinese-Canadian and my DH is Quebecois. So our children have names that go well in english and french. For boy names, I have a Felix and an Xavier :.

Good luck!
post #13 of 41
My dh is Swiss and we wanted French/English names--we have a Charles and a Julien.
post #14 of 41
Our short list (as I recall) was


Our designated "next-child-boy-name" is Lucien Jules.
post #15 of 41
We really stuggled with that, too. Finally decided on Julien. Next choice for us is Adrien. Charles was on the list, as was Oliver (or Olivier, I hadn't decided) and Sebastien. Hugo is very cute, too. Oh yeah, and Benjamin (dh didn't like it). Good luck!
post #16 of 41
We're in the same boat with the names. I love Xavier, but as the french speaker, didn't realize that the english form of this name really emphasizes the 'X'. I had thought it was pronounced more along the lines of Zavier in english. It's still up in the air. One name we have agreed on is Luka. It's not traditionally french, especially with the k, but will be properly pronounced in both languages and is close to the traditional Luke/Luc from english and french. We also really like Eamon, which I think would be pronounced "hemon" (no accents on this computer!) in french. I still have to pass it by my grandparents, to see if they have any difficulty saying it, and then if they pronounce it in a way that I like.

I also like:
Pierre (and I've never lived in a place in Canada where this was an effiminate name - Maritimes, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Northwest Territories)
Sebastien (this one is off my list because of a former boyfriend of my sister's - bad connotations!)

One thing I would do in the event of a slight spelling deviation, is to go with the french spelling. English people seem much, much more accepting of slight spelling differences in names than do the french. People very rarely question the validity of my frenchness, but my sister often finds her frenchness being questioned because she is "Laura" instead of "Laure". We're siblings - same Quebecois ancestry, same growing years in the (mostly french areas) Maritimes, we've both studied at french universities... The different opinions of our "Frenchness" are just a bit odd, and I really do think that the french make snap judgements based on names. No research past personal experience to back this up though.
post #17 of 41
Originally Posted by selkat View Post
We also really like Eamon, which I think would be pronounced "hemon" (no accents on this computer!) in french. I still have to pass it by my grandparents, to see if they have any difficulty saying it, and then if they pronounce it in a way that I like.
Eamon is on our list too. My dad says it in a way that I can live with, and it's similar to Simon, so it shouldn't get mangled too too much. My son's name is Ezra, which isn't hard to say in French at all, but I still have great-aunts who insist on making life more complicated for themselves by calling him Azaria. Oh well.

Other names on our list, should this one be a boy, are:

post #18 of 41
How about Luke/Luc?
post #19 of 41
My husband is French and I'm American. We have a Nathan and an Adrian. Our next baby will either be Teo Alexandre or Tristan Alexandre.

Some other names that would work would be

Roman, Killian, Julian, Andre, Alex, Quinten, Gabriel, Isaac, Axel, Michael

Good luck. It's not easy!
post #20 of 41
I've always loved the name Garion. In French it means guardian, in German it means warrior, in Gaelic it means gelding. A good name in any language, LOL.
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