What’s in a name?

Look! Here is a post of mine from more than three years ago. It could have been written to fulfil this weeks’s WordPress photo challenge: Names

From Pyrenees to Pennines

When I was at school, my French text books were peopled by characters such as Jean-Claude, Jean-Charles, Jean-Paul, Jacques and Georges.  There were Marie, Marie-France, Marianne, Jeanne and Jeanette.
My own classmates answered to names such as Valerie, Jean, Judith, Janet and Mary while the boys’ school along the road had types like Alan, Norman, Brian, Keith, and inevitably, John.
These names identify us firmly as children of the 1940’s and ’50’s.
So over the last week, on our journey through France, I’ve had fun looking for evidence of the latest trends in French first names, via Coca-cola’s latest marketing scheme of personalising drinks bottles with the current most popular given-names.

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Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

3 thoughts on “What’s in a name?”

  1. Now, well I never. Sadly, not always thinking laterally, I remember telling my daughter several years ago she would never find her name on a coke bottle, but I see I would be wrong. She just needs to look round a French supermarket on her next visit as I know . . . Blaise . . . is a popular boy’s name in France!

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    1. Ah, Agnes, you’ve left it three years too late. A coke bottle is a coke bottle is a coke bottle these days. Personalised ones are so …. yesterday.


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