Is it me, or would French surnames make for some unexpected first names? I was thinking about this the other day, whilst watching yet another French film, this time the cutesy documentary about some primary school kids – Avoir et être.
Let’s start with a classic example, the famous French thinker Francois-Marie Arouet – better known as Voltaire – and Arouet feels to me like a fresh take on Erin/Aaron. Then we have another thinker, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, from what I can tell the French can’t get enough of naming roads after this guy. Rousseau could be an alternative to Russell.
And the list goes on:
–Alesi. Technically he should be disqualified, since the French F1 driver was of Italian origins, but Alesi sounds great in a French accent.
–Ayache. The surname of the lead singer of French band, Superbus.
–Camus. A French writer, known for penning L’Étranger.
–Cassel. The surname of a French actor.
–Lacourt. A French swimmer. The t is silent.
–Marchet. Anothe French singer.
–Marthe. The surname of French pop singer, Shy’m.
–Matisse. The French artist inspired by the Fauvism movement.
–Mazières. The name of a French friend of mine, and a town in the Loire Valley.
–Molière. A famous French writer.
–Papillon. A French surname, and the word for butterfly.
–Rabelais. The French equivalent of Shakespeare.
–Renou. Another name of a French friend.
–Tambay. A former French F1 driver.
–Toulalan. A French footballer who played for France in the 2010 World Cup.
I’ve tried to include some modern examples alongside the historical ones, feel free to shout out other ideas, though.