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A primer on Provençal names

Provençal is a dialect of Occitan, spoken in southern France. Almost all of its speakers are in the Provence region. This dialect in turn has several sub-dialects, one of which, Rodanenc (Rhodanien), branched out into Judeo–Provençal, also called Shuadit, Chouhadite, Chouhadit, Chouadite, Chouadit, and Shuhadit. Sadly, its last known speaker, writer Armand Lunel, passed away in…
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Aulaire, Chantaloun, Bondion, Ramir, and more.

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Weird Name Journey: Isabella

Two major things alter names: time and translation. More than any other type of name, it seems, Biblical names have been subject to both. Today's WNJ is a prime example of that: Isabella.
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60 Franse meisjesnamen waar je mee voor de dag kunt komen: van Aélys tot Zélie = 60 French girls' names you may not know about

60 Franse meisjesnamen waar je mee voor de dag kunt komen: van Aélys tot Zélie = 60 French girls' names you may not know about | Name News | Scoop.it
Denk je bij Franse meisjesnamen nog steeds aan Yvonne of Jacqueline? Lees dan verder en zie dat Frankrijk veel meer te bieden heeft. Alix, Océane, Héloïse, Oulivié: daar kun je tegenwoordig mee voo...
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If you think French girls are still called Yvonne and Jacqueline, think again:* here's a list of girls' names that are being used in France today (with thanks to Meilleurs Prenoms).


*Well, there might still be some called Yvonne and Jacqueline, and very fine names they are too.


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A primer on Gascon names

Happy Orthodox Christmas to those who celebrate! Gascon is a dialect of Occitan, and primarily spoken in Gascony and Béarn in southwestern France, and Catalonia's Aran Valley. The Gascon spoken in Catalonia has recently diverged quite a bit from the Gascon spoken in France, due to the influences from Spanish and Catalan. This dialect within…
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Jolie fratrie : Baudouin, Maguelone et Dauphine - Jolis Prénoms

Jolie fratrie : Baudouin, Maguelone et Dauphine - Jolis Prénoms | Name News | Scoop.it
Aujourd’hui, c’est Maÿlis qui vient nous parler des prénoms de ses trois enfants, Baudouin, Maguelone et Dauphine. Un premier prénom choisi de longue date, un second qui s’est imposé comme une évidence et un dernier qui a lentement conquis le cœur du papa… Des prénoms anciens et rares pour un trio unique et chic. Et en prime trois bouilles à croquer ! « L’idée de présenter des …
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What a beautiful sibset. I'm especially enchanted with Maguelone - a Provençal form of Madeleine - which is new to me.

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Occitan and Provençal names = Douceline, Andéol, Roman... jolis prénoms occitans et provençaux - JolisPrénoms.fr

Occitan and Provençal names = Douceline, Andéol, Roman... jolis prénoms occitans et provençaux - JolisPrénoms.fr | Name News | Scoop.it
On constate aujourd’hui un engouement sans précédent pour les prénoms régionaux, sans doute lié à l’essor de la généalogie et au déracinement de nombreuses familles.
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Well hello, Languedoc!

 

According to this post, regional names are more popular than ever in France at the moment, perhaps because parents want to use a name to connect to their family's heritage.  The language guerilla in me says this can only be a good thing for awareness of minority languages and dialects.

 

Anyway, these romance beauties are worth a look: we have Aliénor, Guilhemine, Estéban, Pascau, and more.

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