Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Women Crossing the Atlantic 1873

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Before Christmas I came across The Ships List and took from it a few names that were delightful. The names below are of women who crossed the Atlantic from France to Canada in 1873. 

Adeline
 
Alexandrine

Anastasie 

Berthe 

Désiré

Elisa

Ernestine

Euphémie 

Hermine 

Isidore 

Jeannette

Léontine

Marie Ange

Marie Eugénie
 
Octavie

Sidonie

Virginie

Such wondeful names. The French really know their stuff. I would use Alexandrina or Alexandrine in a heartbeat (I was actually very nearly named Alexandrina), especially with the easy peasy nickname of Aline or Alina. Sidonie is another pretty one with a lot of character. It is the French feminine form of Sidonius, which means 'of Sidon', an ancient Phoenician city. I find the city's current name, Saida, also a nice choice.

Image: 'Marchande De Fleurs, Avenue De L'Opera' by Louis Marie de Schryver.