Some handy links for Québecois names

Posted by SOTTO Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When I make up character names, I often check the Social Security site to make sure the names I'm picking reflect the age of the character. "Lisa" is going to sound like she's in her forties. "Chelsea" and "Madison" are probably in their late twenties.

Right now I'm writing a cop comedy set in Québec, so most of the characters are French Canadian. (Someone else will adapt it in French.) Québecois names, too, have changed over the years. Marcel is probably an older guy. Marie-France is probably younger. But to be much more precise, check out this fantastic collection of links sent me by my friend Martine, of Ni Vu Ni Connu:

First Names

Popularity of first names in Québec (with graphs)

Most popular first names by year (1890 to 2012)

Les 1,000 premiers noms de famille selon le rang

Liste des noms de famille les plus courants au Québec (probably extracted from the previous sources)

Frequency of family names by area

More statistical details on last names

How names were historically given in Québec


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