Is there a story behind your name? I was named after a woman who had a dance exercise show in the 50s. My Mother liked to dance.
French husband has a very typical name from Bretagne. Until recently, in France, first names were by region. Acceptable names of the region were listed at the City Hall. That is why the French have French names, they were controlled. Pierre, Stephan, Jean, Michelle, Francoise, or Nicole...
It is highly unusual to know a French person older than twenty named something like: Cherry, or Paris, or Corey, or Zane...
With our first child, French husband let me pick out the name. Chelsea is a very hard name to say in French, and French husband had to go to the city hall and request permission to name our daughter Chelsea. When I was pregnant with our second child I asked French husband if he had a boy's name that he liked. He did. He opened his wallet and took out a small piece of paper which had six names written on it.
The French names:
1) Albert, after his great-Grandfather. I balked...and said, "Honey, even though your family's silver and linens have "A" for Albert on them, I don't think I could call my baby Albert."
2) Alfred. A poet of something. I cringed.
3) Morgan. I liked that one. But in France it is consider taboo to name a baby with a name that is already in the family. I had a cousin named Morgan. So French husband scratched the name off the list.
4) Quentin. I tried to say it, and instead said a bad bad word. Worse than merde. French husband accused me of saying it badly on purpose. But I couldn't get it right. "Q" and "U" are hard sounds to say in French. Finally, after a great debate French husband realized that our child would probably grow up with a complex, because his American family would be saying a swear word for his child's name.
5) Arthur. Which is pronounced like the Star War character, "R2 D2." Honestly, it sounds just like that. R2 D2.
6) The last name on his list was Felix
"Like the cat?" I screamed! French husband said he was certain that nobody thought of a cat when they heard the name Felix, and that I was exaggerating. I exaggerate it is true, but everyone thinks of Felix as a cat.
Chelsea named our son Sacha, and that is another story for another day.
What is the story of your name?
photo: A 1920s music program, "Felix le Chat." The banner reads in French: "l'immense succes Amercain." or "One of America's Favorite."