French Names Statistics

Ever wondered how many girls with the name Jeanne were born in the Vosges department of France in 1925, in which departments the name Chantal was popular in 1980, or perhaps you need the all-time most popular boys' names in the Dordogne department. Voilà.

While working on my novel, I realized that many of the names I'd chosen for my characters were horribly old-fashioned, rare, or outright non-existent for the time and place where they were born. While doing research to fix this, I realized there were large differences between departments of France, and simply knowing which names are popular in France as a whole is close to useless.

Working with the raw data quickly got tedious, so I developed this tool to help me sort through it for the answers I needed. I hope others will find it useful as well.

This tool is currently in early stages of development but should already be functional. Additional features and improvements will be added as I find the time.


NOTES

Data courtesy of INSEE



Top 100 names between 1900 and 2018
NameAverage Births per Year
1Marie18,925
2Jean16,233
3Pierre7,548
4Michel6,933
5André6,014
6Jeanne4,692
7Philippe4,535
8Louis4,373
9René4,362
10Alain4,273
11Jacques4,069
12Bernard3,958
13Marcel3,945
14Daniel3,660
15Roger3,576
16Robert3,535
17Paul3,518
18Claude3,467
19Christian3,410
20Georges3,409
21Henri3,408
22Nicolas3,404
23Françoise3,386
24Monique3,372
25François3,366
26Patrick3,330
27Catherine3,319
28Nathalie3,218
29Gérard3,195
30Isabelle3,171
31Christophe3,166
32Joseph3,154
33Jacqueline3,139
34Anne3,076
35Sylvie3,063
36Julien2,895
37Maurice2,841
38Laurent2,753
39Frédéric2,746
40Martine2,691
41Eric2,673
42David2,627
43Stéphane2,587
44Pascal2,580
45Madeleine2,555
46Sébastien2,555
47Alexandre2,517
48Nicole2,466
49Thierry2,438
50Suzanne2,421
51Hélène2,370
52Christine2,352
53Olivier2,338
54Thomas2,333
55Antoine2,322
56Raymond2,296
57Marguerite2,272
58Guy2,232
59Denise2,217
60Louise2,213
61Christiane2,182
62Yvonne2,165
63Valérie2,118
64Sophie2,053
65Sandrine2,026
66Dominique2,023
67Charles2,019
68Stéphanie2,000
69Marc1,990
70Céline1,988
71Didier1,987
72Véronique1,977
73Chantal1,951
74Vincent1,940
75Marcelle1,932
76Yves1,922
77Renée1,869
78Guillaume1,862
79Simone1,848
80Bruno1,842
81Jeannine1,839
82Serge1,835
83Maxime1,822
84Andrée1,814
85Lucien1,796
86Paulette1,795
87Julie1,792
88Jean-Pierre1,788
89Germaine1,776
90Annie1,758
91Patricia1,743
92Yvette1,709
93Albert1,708
94Lucie1,699
95Brigitte1,694
96Camille1,682
97Léa1,645
98Odette1,617
99Alice1,610
100Emilie1,606