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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.

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What about Nicholas, same spelling only the pronounciation is different in French?

Thats all I can think of off the top of my head!

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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.

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I live in a bilingual area (Fr/Engl) and my son is Raul. (Or you can spell it Raoul)

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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!

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My son has the middle name of Andre. There is also Pascal, and I love that name!
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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.

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daniel
raphael
yannic (not exactly english, but its spelled phonetically)
charles
eric
gabriel
robert
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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.

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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)
Anthony
Arthur
Benjamin
Damien
Daniel
David
Geoffroy
Gregory
Jacob
Joseph
Max (could be a diminutive of Maximilien or Maxim)
Michael
Patrick
Quentin
Samuel
Simon
Theo
Vincent

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

Isn't the French spelling of Joshua - Joshue? We liked that too.
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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 ....
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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!

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My dh is Swiss and we wanted French/English names--we have a Charles and a Julien.

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Our short list (as I recall) was

Julien
Jules
Bernard
Claude
Lucien
Eric
Frederic
Antoine
Hubert
Hugo

Our designated "next-child-boy-name" is Lucien Jules.
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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!
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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:
Olivier
Daniel
Hugo
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.

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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:

Leo
Felix
Hugo
Otto
Ambrose

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How about Luke/Luc?
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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

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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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DH and I had the same dilemma when we were expecting our child, since he's from Ontario and I'm quebecoise.

We settled on Tristan specifically b/c it could be pronounced well in English and French (and neither of us had negative associations with that name).

It ended up not getting used since we had a girl
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*drags out family tree*

Laurent
Anatole (although that's not common nowdays)
Edouard
Camille
Maurice
Emile
Joseph
Octave
Celestine
Antoine
Louis
Pierre
Paul
Raoul
Sydney

Otto is really more Germanic, but if you like that variants would be Otello and Othello.

That's without getting into anything really obscure. Most people with obviously French names had an English version they used when the neighbourhood 'went American', so to speak. I'm told Uncle Laurent always said his name was Lawrence -- didn't know it was really Laurent until I got my hands on his birth record.

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We are French-Canadian and Swiss. We have the additional fun of having German as an added language to worry about...

My son's name is Erik Olivier

I love the name Olivier, but it was far too close to my own name. Too much confusion.
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I just met a lovely little boy named Mattias - a name which totally works in both languages, and is "normal" with a touch of uncommon. I'm a fan. Too bad DH is dead set against any name that starts with "Matt" (I also like Matteo).
Oh, and I looked up the meaning of Xavier. If you like the name, don't look up the meaning. I don't know who comes up with these meanings! Completely ridiculous. Definitely not using that name!

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Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Thank you for this thread! I'm also looking for names that'll work well in both languages. I've added a couple of names to my list from those mentioned above.

A couple of names that we're considering that I didn't see were Anton and Rhys. I think Rhys would get pronounced the same in either language anyway!

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I know a couple of guys who grew up and live in the US whose mother is French. Their names are Alex (Alexandre) and Georges.

I think if you love the name Alexander then go for it. er, re, what's the difference really?
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Oh, and I looked up the meaning of Xavier. If you like the name, don't look up the meaning. I don't know who comes up with these meanings! Completely ridiculous. Definitely not using that name!

Your comment inspired me to look that up again, so I did a little search. One of the meanings was "the new house" for Spanish or Basque (huh?!). But the Arabic meaning is "bright" or "splendid" which I think is kind of nice.

We liked the name Marius at one point, but it was the same thing - we looked up the meaning and dropped that name. I think it was "warlike" or something crazy. Other meanings I've seen for it have just been "male," which isn't so bad.
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I've never heard of Garion. What a great name!

My son's name is Xavier, which sounds a lot like Alexander, actually -- We say EX -ay-vee-er at home in English, and French family prounounce it Zah-vee-ay. Love it both ways.

ALso like Stephane, and Andre

ETA cross-posted with Rose-Roget. We used Xavier because we liked the meaning of "new house" which we took as starting a new lineage, breaking with tradition. Also liked the Arabic meaning. And the association with St. Francis Xavier. Never found any negative meanings for Xavier in any baby books we checked.
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My DH is Jacques. No English speakers can EVER get it. We have to use Jacque Cousteau as an example. So don't pick Jacques! the most common slaughter is Jack-kwis.

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