Old feminine names from Quebec

A few days ago I stumbled upon this wonderful website, which chronicles a whooping 22000 old names from Quebec, Canada. Starting in 1978, Jean-Claude Huiraux began collecting names from hundreds of cemeteries in Quebec, dating mostly from the mid-19th to the early 20th century.

After weeding out the female names, I still ended up with a massive 860 names of the formerly 14123.

You can read my list of favourites behind the cut and find the complete list, male and female right here.

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Saints

I’m not religious, but looking through a chronological list of Catholic saints recently, these female names caught my eye:

Agrippina
Ammonaria
Anatolia
Anthia
Anysia
Apphia
Aquila
Aquilina
Ascelina
Asteria
Athanasia
Aurea
Basilissa
Belina
Casilda
Chelidonia
Consortia
Crispina
Emerita
Epiphania
Febronia
Florentina
Glyceria
Hyacintha
Imana
Leocadia
Leocritia
Lioba
Menodora
Metrodora
Mithilda
Nymphodora
Odilia
Perpetua
Pomposa
Potamiaena
Potamiana
Quinta
Rosalia
Sabina
Sallustia
Sarmata
Savina
Senorina
Seraphia
Simforosa
Sinforosa
Solangia
Sperandea
Symphorosa
Theodota
Vitalina

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New additions

Some new girl name finds, added to the master lists:

Acibella
Adala
Adelasia
Adosinda
Aetheria
Aliénor
Amalasontha
Amalasuentha
Amalaswintha
Amalswinthe
Amatilda
Anonsuara
Antonietta
Apollodora
Apollodota
Arégonde
Argentea
Athenadora
Bartolomea
Benevolentia
Casiodora
Cistella
Contessina
Dianora
Diodora
Dionysia
Elisenda
Epaphra
Epaphrodita
Escarleth
Eunomia
Euthemia
Frédégonde
Frédérune
Hélie
Helisota
Helisotta
Ioveta
Ippolita
Isalina
Laudomia
Mabelia
Marcova
Marlena
Marlina
Marozia
Mathesuentha
Méroflède
Milonia
Moraphia
Morphia
Muniadona
Oriana
Sephora
Solemnia
Solène
Soline
Sophina
Theodelinda
Théodérade
Theodosia
Theodota
Théodrate
Thyra
Valentiniana
Zéphyrine

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Interesting female character names from Italian operas

Compiled – like the French names earlier – from the over 500 Wikipedia articles on Italian opera.

Adonella
Agilea
Almira
Altichiara
Amaltea
Amarilli
Amastre
Amenaide
Antonina
Aramanta
Argelia
Aristea
Armida
Arminda
Armira
Arsamene
Artemia
Aspasia
Asteria
Atamira
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Unusual (last update: Oct. 04 ’12)

Acibella
Adabel
Adala
Adalene
Adalia
Adalisa
Adamina
Adara
Adarna
Adelaida
Adelais
Adelaisa
Adelasia
Adeleisa
Adelida
Adelisa
Adelisia
Adella
Adelpha
Adelysia
Adeodata
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Usable (last update: Sept. 8 ’11)

Seeing how my interest in names has
A) gravitated almost exclusively to feminine names (sorry, boys) and
B) away from usable, towards more unusual ones, from different countries or ages (medieval, ancient world),
I figured it might be a good idea to split my list into USABLE and UNUSUAL. I do think that historic names are beautiful, but I would likely only use them for middle names.

So, first up are the Usable girls (which to my surprise I have fewer of at this point than their Unusual counterparts).

Abelina
Abilene
Ada
Adela
Adéla
Adélaïde
Adelaide
Adele
Adèle
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Some interesting feminine names from French language operas

I will probably do more of these posts from now on. Italian opera, maybe? Ballet character names?

But for now, happy scrolling:

Almaviva
Amazily
Amélite
Arthémise
Asphodèle
Astrée
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