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



Girls with the name Chantal in 1980 by department
CodeDepartmentTotal
02Aisne4
05Hautes-Alpes3
06Alpes-Maritimes4
12Aveyron3
13Bouches-du-Rhône9
20Corse4
22Côtes-d'Armor4
25Doubs3
29Finistère4
30Gard3
35Ille-et-Vilaine3
38Isère5
44Loire-Atlantique4
45Loiret5
50Manche3
56Morbihan3
57Moselle5
59Nord8
62Pas-de-Calais4
64Pyrénées-Atlantiques11
67Bas-Rhin11
69Rhône6
74Haute-Savoie3
75Paris6
77Seine-et-Marne3
92Hauts-de-Seine3
94Val-de-Marne4
971Guadeloupe10
972Martinique7
973Guyane5
974La Réunion3
153