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.
Names are case-sensitive and must be capitalized properly. Compound names like Jean-Pierre count as a single name with each part capitalized.
Pay attention to accent marks (´ and `) and other special characters (ï, ö, ü, â, ê, î, ô, û, and ç): the names Leia, Léia, Leïa, and Léïa are all different names, as are Eve and Ève, Francois and François, and Benoit and Benoît. Fun fact: the only names with the character ö are Ömer and Sören.
The data contains records from 1900 to 2018.
The data counts Corsica as a single department (Corse with the code 20) rather than dividing it into Corse-du-Sud (2A) and Haute Corse (2B); the Lyon Metropolis department (69M) is counted as part of the Rhône department (69); and there are currently no records from the Mayotte overseas department (976).
Data courtesy of INSEE