Alain
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My uncle is French but was from an Algerian colonist family. His name is Alain, and it seems to come from al'ain, "the eye". The Arabic influence is quite remarkable in the French language, more than the Celtic that is to say.
-- Anonymous User  2/26/2006
Famous bearer is Alain Delon, a French actor.
-- Anonymous User  3/25/2006
Famous bearer: Alain Prost. F1's champion in 1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993.
-- Citta_Nakaseiki  10/1/2006
Anglophones sometimes incorrectly pronounce this name as if it rhymes with the female name Elaine. This is wrong. It is said like ah-LAYN with a nasal y sound in the last syllable.
-- Scion  8/17/2008
I love this name. I know it because of Alain Delon. I'd use it as a first name, but I will probably use it as a middle name for any future children of mine. I'm from the U.S., so imagine what hell my kid would get. I have no problem with the pronunciation even without speaking French. Anyway, I think Alain is very masculine and strong.
-- Anonymous User  8/28/2008
Alain Weill is a non-fiction author. He has written books such as "Graphics: A Century of Poster and Advertising Design".
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2012
The name Alain is pretty dated in France. It was really only popular in the 50's and 60's.
-- bonjour_mon_joli  8/26/2013
I met a very kind man with this name when I was in France. I can honestly say that he was the nicest person I've ever met in my life, which is one of the reasons why I think I like this name so much. It's easy to pronounce and charming. From the statistics on this site, the name appears to have fallen off the charts in the most popular names used in France today. However, I found a lot of merchandise while in France for kids (like rulers, stickers, etc.) that had a handful (like maybe twenty or so) names on them, "Alain" being one of them...
-- Anonymous User  8/15/2014
The most famous bearer of this name was Alain Delon who was a French actor.
-- Anonymous User  5/12/2016
Alain Chamfort is a French singer of Breton origin. He was a promising pianist in his youth, and the piano became his instrument of choice. His first band, "The Dreamers" had minor success as a repertory jazz outfit, and was followed by a typically sixties rock music group "Murator". He met famed writer and producer, Jacques Dutronc, who proposed to help Chamfort with future works for television and film, and it is with Dutronc that Chamfort's career expanded. After being discovered by Dutronc, it was with Claude François and ultimately Serge Gainsbourg that he made a number of albums, including his first album recorded as Alain Chamfort: "Poses". A single from the album, "Manureva" remains one of the most famous songs to date by Chamfort. Alain Chamfort composed for the cinema; he worked with Jean-Pierre Mocky and with Arnaud Sélignac. As an actor, he appeared in the short Men/Toys/Girl in 2001. In 2004, he became a member of the board of directors of SACEM.
-- cutenose  2/4/2017

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