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You read Camus for fun and can quote Sartre by heart. You’re kind of a French lit fanatic. So why not name your forthcoming bundle of joy after one of your favorite auteurs or livres? Here, nine baby names that are as bookish as they are francais.

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Marcel

For a boy

This Proustian babe is in search of lost playtime. 

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Simone

For a girl 

You know, like the existentialist de Beauvoir? 

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Antoine

For a boy

Le Petit Prince, if you will.

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Lucien

For a boy

After Lucien Debray, from The Count of Monte Cristo.

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Cosette

For a girl

One of the few characters in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables to get a semi-happy ending.

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Raoul

For a boy

As in Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny from The Phantom of the Opera.

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Claude

For a boy

Claude Simon, the 1985 Nobel Laureate in Literature, was kind of like a French Faulkner.

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Belle

For a girl

Long before the Disney adaptation came the original Beauty and the Beast, a fairy-tale by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.

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Madeline

For a girl

We want our appendix out, too!

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