To check out the latest trends in French baby names, we turn once again to our go-to expert St茅phanie Rapoport, creator of the popular site Meilleurs Pr茅noms. Each year, St茅phanie shares her predictions for the following year, based on her analysis of the current data provided by the French National Statistics Office. Scroll on to discover聽what creative baby names she sees ahead for 2016.


Most Popular聽French Baby Girl Names

It鈥檚 about time that Emma鈥榮 reign over baby names in聽France comes to an end and makes room for some new rising stars. Last year, we would have bet on Lola to take over Emma鈥檚 crown. Though Lola came close, she seems to have missed her opportunity. Instead, it鈥檚 Louise who has seized the throne. Louise can count on a new generation of retro names to support it, starting with Alice, which rises in the top 10 and seems unstoppable. There is also Juliette, which jumped to twelfth聽place, while Adele and Rose also made a splash in the top 20.聽The success of the retro names does not prevent the domination of the endings in 鈥渁鈥: Eight of them feature in the top 20. For its part, Chloe never ceases to amaze with its endurance. It remains third, while its co-stars of the 1990s (Clara, Ana茂s and聽Lucie) plunged in the top 40.

1. Louise

2. Emma

3. Chlo茅

4. Lola

5. In猫s/Ines

6. Manon

7. Jade

8. Alice

9. Lina

10. L茅a

11. Camille

12. Juliette

13. L茅na

14. Sarah

15. Lilou

16. 脡va

17. Zo茅

18. Anna

19. Ad猫le, Rose

20. Mila

Most Popular French Boy Baby Names

L茅o has taken off like a rocket to reach the forefront, achieving the first rank in 2014. I see it as closely followed by Gabriel and no longer threatened by Nathan, which is dropping rapidly. This slump could have affected the popularity of first names from the Old Testament, thwarting the rise of some of them, but that did not happen. In close range, Gabriel, Raphael and Adam can still reach their peak in the near future. One biblical name, Aaron, in the top 50, seems to be biding its time to shine.聽The popularity of Old Testament names weakens the dominance of retro names (Louis, Jules), which rose only modestly. Meanwhile, I see Theo suffering a setback, but the boys鈥 names endings in 鈥渆o鈥 are still vigorous via their figurehead, L茅o, along with Tim茅o. Ma毛l is also riding the wave of el-ending names, sharing twentieth聽place with Gabin, a newcomer to the elite.聽Note that Liam has risen 12 ranks in a year, enough to possibly galvanize the success of other Irish names.

1. L茅o

2. Gabriel

3. Adam

4. Tim茅o

5. Rapha毛l

6. Lucas

7. Louis

8. Arthur

9. Nathan

10. Hugo

11. Nolan

12. Enzo

13. Jules

14. Liam

15. Ethan

16. Noah

17. Sacha

18. Tom

19. Th茅o

20. Gabin, Ma毛l

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