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- Octave comes from the Latin "octavius", the eighth.
- Octavian was the first name of Emperor Augustus, first Roman emperor and adopted son of Julius Caesar.
- In ancient times, it was the name of a great Roman lineage - the Octavia people - from which Emperor Augustus was born. The name of Octavius was given in Rome to the children occupying the 8th place in the siblings. Octavia was the name of the wife of the Roman Emperor Nero.
- His birthday: November 20th.
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- Feminine Charles, who comes from the Germanic Karl, "virile".
- Charlotte is a given name since the Middle Ages and was worn by many queens: Charlotte de Savoie, wife of Louis XI, Charlotte of Prussia, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strlitz, wife of George III, Charlotte de Lusignan and Charlotte de Bourbon who were queens of Cyprus ... and, of course, little Charlotte, the royal baby 2 of Kate Middleton and Prince Wiiliam!
- His birthday: July 17th.
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- Aliénor is the Occitan form of Eléonore whose etymology is uncertain: "elinor", God is light, or Greek "eleos", compassion?
- The most famous of queens to have borne this name is undoubtedly Aliénor of Aquitaine in the twelfth century. After being repudiated by the King of France Louis VII because of his fickle behavior, she remarried to Henry II Plantagenet and became Queen of England.
- His birthday: June 25
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- Aurélien comes from the Latin "aureus" or "aurum", golden, golden.
- This name refers to two great emperors: Aurelian (214-275), who restored the unity of Rome and Marcus Aurelius (121-180), emperor and philosopher.
- His birthday: June 16th.
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- Leon comes from the Latin "leo", lion.
- The name Leon was carried by 6 emperors of Constantinople and 13 popes. It is also the name of the iconic King of Bayonne, King Leo, who watches over the city during the holidays. It is actually Leon Dachary, inhabitant of Bayonne and famous singer of the 50s.
- His birthday: November 10th.
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- Mathilde comes from the Germanic "maht", the power, and "hild", the fight.
- Queen Mathilde, wife of William the Conqueror (1051), or Saint Mathilde who became Queen by marrying the King of Germany, Henry the Birder around 912 ... a royal name!
- His birthday: March 14th.
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- Antoine comes from the Greek antônios, which means brave
- Mark Antony, general became master of Rome after the assassination of Julius Caesar and lost by his passion for the beautiful Cleopatra, is a character of the Antiquity which does not escape any schoolboy!
- Antoine is above all the name of a considerable number of saints.
- His birthday: January 17 (St. Anthony of the Desert) or June 13 (St. Anthony of Padua).
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- Constance comes from the Latin "constantia", perseverance, constancy, stability.
- Under the Roman Empire, Constantia was the female equivalent of Constantine, first name of several Roman emperors. Among the women, we know Constance of Provence and Constance of Castile who were queens of France, in XI and XII E centuries.
- His birthday: April 8th.
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- From Hebrew "elischeba", God is my oath. Isabelle is a derivative of Elisabeth.
- A real name of queen, Isabelle! The Carolingian queens Isabelle de Hainaut (1170-1190) and Isabella of Aragon (1247-1271), Queen Isabella of France (1295-1358), wife of Edward II of England, known for her beauty but also his manipulative side ...
- His birthday: February 22nd.
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- Arthur comes from Celtic "artos", bear, or "art", stone.
- The best known is the Knight of the Round Table, King Arthur who lived in the fifth century and battled in the south of Scotland. It is one of the first names most often attributed to the Dukes of Brittany between the 12th and 15th centuries.
- His birthday: November 15th.
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- Blanche comes from the Germanic "blank", meaning bright white.
- In history, Blanche of Castile married Louis VIII in 1200 and was the mother of Saint-Louis.
- His birthday: October 18th.
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- Charles comes from the Germanic "karl," manly, masculine.
- There are countless saints, monarchs and warriors who have illustrated this name. Its origin goes back to Charlemagne, called Charles the Great.
- His birthday: November 4th.
- Bérangère comes from the Germanic "ber," the bear, and "gari", the spear.
- This name was very common throughout the Middle Ages. Bérangère of Navarre married in 1191 Richard Lionheart, King of England. At the beginning of the 13th century, another Berengere (with an "e") was regent, then queen of Castile.
- His birthday: May 26th.
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- Louis comes from the former German "lods", illustrious, and "wig", fighter, Hlodwig became Ludwig and in free Clovis, before turning into Louis.
- Eighteen kings of France took this name. The patron saint of the Louis, King Louis IX, better known as Saint Louis (1215-1270), was a model of charity and courage. He died on a crusade in Tunis in 1270.
- His birthday: August 25th.
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- Adal Germanic, which means "noble", this name in vogue in the nineteenth century returns with the singer of the same name!
- Adèle de Champagne (1140-1206) was queen of the Franks and the third wife of Louis VII.
- His birthday: December 24th.
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- Jules comes from the Roman "oulos", whole, in the natural state.
- The names of Julius and Julianus were very common in Rome. The Roman emperor Julius Caesar (101-144) left some traces of his occupation of Gaul, including his first name. Several saints bore this name, including a pope, Jules 1st, from 337 to 352, recognized as one of the greatest popes of the first centuries.
- His birthday: April 12th.
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- From the Greek philos, "friend", and hippos, "horse", he means one who loves horses. We do not know it often, but it was also a girl's name until the 18th century!
- This name probably owes its notoriety to Philip II, king of Macedonia. Father of Alexander the Great, he unified Greece.
- His birthday: May 13th.
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- From the Germanic adal, "noble", and heit, "rank, lineage".
- This name has long been reserved for the princesses of continental Europe. In France, there was Adelaide of Aquitaine and Adelaide of Savoy. Saint Adelaide was the wife of Otto the Great, founder of the Holy Roman Empire.
- His birthday: December 16th.
- This name comes from the Latin clementia, "goodness", "sweetness".
- Clemence of Hungary (1293-1328) was Queen of France after marrying Louis X of France. This is one of the main characters in the series The Damned Kings. His mother Clemency of Habsburg (1262-1295), was queen consort of Hungary.
- His birthday: March 21st.
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- Margot is a diminutive of Marguerite, from the Greek "margaritas", the pearl.
- Of course, we think of Queen Margot (Marguerite de Valois) who married Henry of Navarre (Henry IV) in 1572.
- His birthday: November 16 with Marguerite.
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- Cleo is the diminutive of Cleopatra, a very ancient Greek name which means the glory of the father.
- It was for a century and a half, the official name of the queens of Egypt. The last, Cleopatra VII, has remained famous in history. She combined the power of Rome by seducing Julius Caesar, then the Roman general Mark Antony.
- His birthday: May 1st.
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- From Latin "victor", which means victorious, conquering.
- Victor was one of the most common names in the first centuries of Christianity before sinking into oblivion to reappear in the mid-eighteenth century. First, in Italy then in France, where it was very popular in the nineteenth century. In Italy, it was carried in the composite form Victor-Amédée by Dukes of Savoy and Kings of Sicily in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and by Victor Emmanuel, kings of all Italy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- His birthday: July 21st.
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- François comes from the Germanic "franck" which means "courageous".
- Many king and saints have borne this name! The most famous ? François 1st, with whom the date of 1515 (Battle of Marignan) remains in the minds of all schoolchildren! There was also Francis II, married to Mary Stuart in 1558.
- His birthday: October 4th or January 24th.
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- Feminine of Jean, Jeanne comes from the Hebrew "yohanan", which means God forgives.
- It is a name worthy of the greatest princesses, even queens (Jeanne de Navarre, Jeanne de Bourbon). Not to mention the little shepherdess of a Lorraine village who received the divine order to "kick the English out of France" and rescue his king at the risk of his life. Joan of Arc of course!
- His birthday: May 30th.
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- John is a male given name of Hebrew origin. It is the derivative of Yehohanan which means "God has given grace".
- Jean without earth, does that tell you something? He was king of England, lord of Ireland and Aquitaine (1199-1216). It was he who inspired Shakespeare for his character of King John. Two kings of France bore this name, John I said "the posthumous", died after a few days of reign, John II said the Good.
- His birthday: December 27
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- This sweet name comes from the Hebrew "hannah", the grace.
- How many crowned heads (and sometimes decapitated!). Anne Boleyn who was Queen of England (16th century), Queen Anne of France 1477-514), Anne of Kiev, Anne of Austria who was Queen of France in the 17th century.
- His birthday: July 26th.
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- A name meant to be royal, because it comes from the Germanic Aina, "only one", and rik, "sovereign".
- A name intended to be raoyal, because it comes from the Germanic Aina, "one only", and rik, "sovereign". Worn by more than thirty kings of Nordic origin, it is the most glorious Scandinavian name. Mounted on the throne of Sweden in 1150, Eric IX favored the Christianization of this country.
- His birthday: May 18th.
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- Maxime comes from the Latin "maximus", the largest.
- Several emperors bore this name, such as the Emperor Maxime, who was master of Spain, or Petronius Maximus emperor of the West in the fifth century.
- His birthday: April 14th.
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- William comes from the Germanic "wil," will, and "helm", helmet.
- The name of the future King of England is the English version of French Guillaume. William the Conqueror becomes William the Conqueror when he landed on the English coast in the eleventh century.
- His birthday: January 10th.
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- Rainier comes from the Germanic words ragin, "council", and hari, "army".
- This name was very popular in the Middle Ages in the Germanic royal families. And that's the one, of course, of a certain prince in Monaco!
- His birthday: June 17th.