Prénoms français

French parents are not completely free to choose their child's first name - learn about some surprising restrictions in this bilingual audio article. After listening, click any phrase for the English translation and related grammar lessons.

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MarkA2Kwiziq community member

Mercedes refusée!

Mercedes est refusée!! Est-ce que ce n’était pas le prénom de la petite amie d’Edmond Dante avant qu’il soit emprisonné sur l’Ile de Montecristo?

Asked 4 days ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Mark,

This is a strange one because the forename ‘Mercedes’ is very much in use in Spain and Portugal and I don’t see why it is banned in France but probably because of the association with the car maker! 

It actually comes from the latin meaning grace apparently.

CélineKwiziq team member

Bonjour Mark!

A l'époque de l'auteur du Comte de Monte-Cristo (A. Dumas), Mercedes et ses voitures n'existaient pas encore. 

Bonne journée!

Mercedes refusée!

Mercedes est refusée!! Est-ce que ce n’était pas le prénom de la petite amie d’Edmond Dante avant qu’il soit emprisonné sur l’Ile de Montecristo?

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DraganaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Deux erreurs

Je pense qu’il y a deux erreurs. 

“...du 11 germinal de l’an XI..”

“..unique à l’aide..”

Asked 1 year ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Dragana !

Thanks you very much for letting us know! Indeed, the first one was a typo, now fixed.

As for the second one, the audio was at fault there, which has now been rectified as well :)

Merci encore et bonne journée !

Deux erreurs

Je pense qu’il y a deux erreurs. 

“...du 11 germinal de l’an XI..”

“..unique à l’aide..”

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