The question I asked in the form sent by direct email, Facebook, and twitter:
“What should should we name the French pig?”
Here are your responses as of 10pm March 18, 2014. You can see Day One’s names here. Feel free to weigh in on these names by commenting below. But to get YOUR name on the nomination list you need to submit it through this form.
Here are 20 names submitted by you today
(plus some names I found on a baby name blog)
XABI — I liked the suggestion of Xavier, but like the Basque diminutive of XAVIER, Xabi, even better. It’s going to be a baby, after all….
Mork — Because someday, you will be eating pork from Mork (My apologies – I like moderately obscure references and bad puns.)
BAZ — Has a suggestion of ‘Basque’ and just seems to me a good name for a pig, though Pigs I have Known would not be a long list. Short for Basil of course, but he doesn’t need to know that – we don’t want to encourage effeteness . . .
Benny Boo Boo — Nephews nick name
Harry Batasuna — From “Herri Batasuna” (Unity of the People) a Basque nationalist political party outlawed in Spain in 2003, after a contested court ruling declared proven that the party was financing ETA with public money. As an association and not as a political party, Batasuna had a minor presence in the French Basque country, where it remained legal as “Batasuna” until its self-dissolution in January 2013. (wikipedia)
Honor — In great Girrrl tradition it’s fun, respectful and translates globally which helps strengthen the bond. BTW this is an amazing photo as it captures a piglet who still wearing it’s birthing membrane coming to Mom’s nose so she knows he’s here.
Ouinker — Because he’s a positive (oui), French (oui), pig (oinker).
Art Pig — (Short for Arthur Pig, but Art seems like a fitting nickname)
Smokey — or Efumé?
Tisket — because of the potential for basquet(te) in jingles
Bacona — The pig will bear in the name a full embrace of his future as food.
Ramon — Ramon, the Jambon de Bayonne. That is a name destined for greatness and endless possibilities.
Oinkadoodle — Its funny
Cerdito Basquito — Means piglet from Basque country (almost)
Hamlette — So many puns: little pig, the tragedy of Hamlet, a play on Lacan’s idea of the hommelette (the pre-oedipal non-subject) which is itself a play on omelette.
Polar Vortex — Because soon this idea – the polar vortex – will be lost to stories of santa ana’s and tropical disturbances.
Jon Hamm — Because he’s a handsome devil
Marcel Duchamp — Why not?
French Names From a Baby Name Blog
Here are some popular French boys names trending in Paris this past year (according to nameberry.com)
Baptiste – Stylish in Paris though may feel a bit old-school religious for many outside of France.
Bastien – Sebastian has been in the Top 100 in the U.S. for over a decade, but Bastien both simplifies it and makes it newer.
Corentin – Corentin is an ancient saint’s name very popular in France but virtually unknown beyond. Pronunciation is cor-en-TAN.
Jules – One of the simplest of the fashionable French names, Jules might be a newer way to say Julian.
Marius – Marius is one of those names that feels familiar and exotic at the same time. Much chicer than Italian cousin Mario.
Mathis — Very popular in France and pronounced mah-TEES like the painter, this name may update or honor Matthew.
Maxime and Maxence – Looking for a fresh route to Max? Consider one of these French long forms.
Thibault – Cool but pronunciation challenged: It’s tee-bo.
You can see yesterday’s names here.