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 boys' names in the Dordogne department between 1900 and 2018
NameAverage Births per Year
1Jean165
2Pierre70
3André61
4René54
5Michel52
6Henri39
7Marcel38
8Louis35
9Jacques34
10Alain34
11Roger33
12Paul32
13Christian31
14Robert30
15Georges29
16Bernard28
17Guy27
18Daniel25
19Philippe25
20Claude24
21Jean-Pierre24
22Raymond23
23Patrick23
24Maurice22
25Gérard21
26François21
27Jean-Claude20
28Albert19
29Francis19
30Serge18
31Gabriel18
32Laurent17
33Thierry17
34Yves17
35Christophe16
36Julien16
37Eric16
38Frédéric16
39Nicolas16
40Pascal15
41Gilbert15
42Fernand15
43Didier15
44Marc14
45Lucien14
46Stéphane14
47Sébastien13
48Joseph13
49David13
50Adrien13
51Alexandre11
52Emile11
53Thomas11
54Dominique11
55Olivier11
56Jean-Louis10
57Maxime10
58Antoine10
59Charles10
60Vincent10
61Jean-Paul10
62Léon10
63Jerome10
64Jean-Marie9
65Bruno9
66Guillaume9
67Jean-Luc9
68Gaston9
69Camille8
70Jean-François8
71Elie8
72Lucas8
73Clément8
74Jean-Jacques8
75Patrice8
76Romain8
77Denis8
78Léo7
79Jean-Michel7
80Damien7
81Roland7
82Gilles7
83Joël7
84Franck7
85Mathieu7
86Anthony6
87Quentin6
88Benjamin6
89Cedric6
90Sylvain6
91Benoît6
92Fabrice6
93Raoul6
94Hugo6
95Jules6
96Théo6
97Kevin6
98Enzo6
99Arthur5
100Jean-Marc5