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Subject: Re: Valmay, etc
Author: Lumia   (Authenticated as Lumia)
Date: June 13, 2008 at 6:51:49 AM
Reply to: Re: Valmay, etc by Cleveland Kent Evans
It seems that Valmy (masculin in French, not feminin) was really used after the battle in 1792, when revolutionary names were usual (if some one is interested in a general review about some aspects of the revolutionary onomastics, I can look for the reference and put it here). The battle of Valmy was very present in people's minds:

"(25) Un certain nombre de batailles peuvent justifier ce prénom : Valmy, 22 septembre 1792 ; (...)"

I don't know exactly when (if in 1792 immediately after the battle, in 1793 or later) and where (Paris, Reims...) the trend was started, but I found that Valmy Féaux (former Belgian minister) wrote a book about the subject: Valmy, bataille et prénom. The bond between the battle and the use of the name seems clear.

Perhaps someone in Belgium could check the book in a library.


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