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LBB: Polling the flist for a name

Lucius has deerhounds, or maybe wolfhounds; we all know that, right?

And he's French -- he's got that certain je ne sai quoi, right? So I need a good name for a big French dog or two. And yes, I know, neither deerhounds nor wolfhounds are French, they're Scottish or Irish or something, but don't pester me with details. I looked at this list but it's giving me issues. The names that je comprends are dumb (Floffy? Floppi? Lucius would DIE of mortification) and I refuse to use a person's name (pas de Belle, pas de Sebastian) and I don't want to use a name je ne comprends pas (Fripouille? Guimauve? WTF?).

So somebody who knows French, or is French, or has French friends, help me out here: if you were French (or proud of your French heritage) and had a big deerhound (or wolfhound) or two, what would you call them?


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Aug. 30th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Ok, I've got two messages out to fb friends. One is living in Paris, the other translates for a living. We'll see what they say...
Aug. 30th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks :)
Aug. 30th, 2012 09:56 am (UTC)
OMG...look at all that CHEEEEEEEESE!!!!!

Aug. 30th, 2012 05:42 am (UTC)
Have you tried looking at some French dog breeds? Like the Grande Bleu De Gascoyne (I can see Lucius with these rather than the deerhounds like Champion Kilbourne Macleod who played Sirius, and his brothers Macbeth and Macdeva were on-set, so presumably Lucius' dogs in the pic.)

French dog names - try French literature - Dartagnan (on the pedigree I linked to) or what about the characters from Les Laisons Dangereuse? Valmont, Danceny, Merteuil, Tourvel.
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good suggestions -- snarky French folk, an excellent fit :)
Aug. 30th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Probably completely unhelpful, but it's a fitting anecdote anyway. When I was very little, I remember going to tea with my parents' friends and they had two Afghan hounds called Foil and Épée. So maybe consider object names that just....sound better in French? :)

Edited at 2012-08-30 02:09 pm (UTC)
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
LOL! Excellent :) Perhaps Jeté and Fouetté ?
Aug. 30th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of giving the dogs historical first names, and if we think the Malfoys went back to the Norman conquest, some French Norman names include:

Lovell/Lovella (means "wolf")

Or if Lucius has a literary bent, you could name the dogs Crapaud and Grenouille, the two characters who discuss Quidditch in Malecrit's play, "Hélas, Je me suis Transfiguré Les Pieds" (Alas, I've Transfigured My Feet), as referenced in Quidditch Throughout the Ages.
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oooh, a literary reference. But I'm pretty sure "crapaud" is "toad" and I'm not sure how Lucius would feel about that LOL! I like Beaufort and Reynaud. At this rate I may have to give him six of them just to use all the names I want...
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Ha!! Spouse just pointed out that "crapaud and grenouille" is in fact "frog and toad." ::giggles:: Maybe Neville's dogs...
Aug. 30th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Robespierre and Danton!

(I don't think Lucius would name his dogs that, but I would.)
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
À bas les aristos!!! Yeah, I'm pretty sure Lucius wouldn't do that :D But I would too.
Aug. 30th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)

Roland strikes me as an excellent name.

Or Gouges or Corday?


If it were me, I'd name them Souffle and Omelet :-)

Ooooo Cassoulet! Mousse? Foie Gras? (This would be especially hilarious if le puppy likes to chase ducks). Confit? Baguette? Fondue?
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
*snerk* "Here, Omelette! Here, boy!" But no: real men don't have dogs named Quiche... Corday I know, that's Charlotte Corday, yes? But what is Gouges?
Aug. 30th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
(from the link)

Olympe du Gouges

Olympe du Gouges was a political activist and playwright in late 18th century France. She challenged the status quo on women's place in society and as political tensions escalated she even published the "Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen". She was especially outspoken against slavery and other social injustices. She was imprisoned and, through the help of friends, continued to publish political pamphlets. She opposed capital punishment, but ironically, she was guillotined after three months in prison.
Aug. 31st, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Impressive resume! Alas, somehow I can't see Lucius choosing a name associated with social equality and the freeing of slaves (for slaves read house-elves). She and Hermione sound like they'd have a lot in common, though. SPEW, anyone?

"Pate au Choux! Sit!"
Aug. 31st, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
Though not French, last year I named them Antonia and Drusus - a suitably classic pair, I thought. (Yes, I'd just been re-watching "I Claudius".

I'm assuming you're not after cutsey names like Nounou and Poupee. How about Margot and La Môle? (French queen and her lover)
Aug. 31st, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
I wsa thinking of Latin names too - given that he called his son Draco (or was that one of the dogs? Dis Narcissa get confused?)
Sep. 3rd, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Heh heh heh. I had a friend in college with a very unusual, but lovely, name. Turns out she was named after a friend's dog :) Latin, yes -- Voldemicanus, perhaps? Or maybe Vorator Mortis?
Sep. 3rd, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Right, no cutesy names :) I hadn't thought of Latin, but yes, that could work ::ponders::
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