Thursday, 27 October 2011

French Medieval Names for Women

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The following names have been taken from the 1292 census of Paris. I can by no means take credit for the fantastic list below; it belongs to  Dr. Sara L. Uckelman. For the complete work, check out her paper here.

Adelie

Alixandre

Asceline

Climence

Crestienne

Edelinne

Helissent

Joie

Luce

Mariel

Parise

Tiece

Ysabel

I adore French names. They sound soft, very feminine, but they have a sense of sophistication unmatched by any other. The names above are not your typical Mary and Alice but they are recognisable, mainly because they sound like some of the names that are popular at the moment. For the parent who wants to stay away from popularity, Luce could easily replace Lucy and Adelie could be used instead of Adele or Adela.

Image: Lady of Shallot by John William Waterhouse.