France has given travelers so much: Paris in the spring, wine and cheese in every season, and names like Amelie and Paul. Fittingly, this country of proud traditions and modern flair counts conventional and contemporary names among its most popular.
For girls, Louise is in first place. The name, which translates to “renowned fighter,” references the many kings of France named Louis. The ever-trendy Emma is in second, followed, surprisingly, by Jade.
For boys, Gabriel, the name of an archangel in the Christian Bible that means "God is my strength," tops the list. Raphaël (another angel) and Jules follow. While relatively speaking, France isn't all that religious, it is still about two-thirds Christian, perhaps accounting for the popularity of theistic names.