Fantine
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If the name is, in fact, derived from the word enfant then it would mean "child" in general, not just "infant"!
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-- Anonymous User  12/4/2006
I really dislike the nickname, Fannie.
-- leananshae  12/17/2007
Also sounds like a soft drink to me.
-- leananshae  12/18/2007
I think that Fantine is a most beautiful name. And a way around the potential nickname of Fannie: you could also get Tina out of this name.
-- Pippin  7/5/2008
I think the form Fantina is prettier, but Fantine is also quite beautiful.
-- bananarama  11/11/2009
The look and sound of this name don't quite fit my style despite my love for Les Misérables.

I would, however, delight in meeting a little [or big!] Fantine.
-- vomiting  2/10/2010
I love Fantine from Les Miserables! She was my favorite character in the movie! I might consider this as one of the middle names for my daughter(s). Because of the character Fantine in Les Miserables.
-- Anonymous User  1/1/2011
I think it's a pretty name, but given Fantine's fate in the novel (i.e. she had to support her child by selling herself, both figuratively and literally, then died before she even got a chance to see her child again) I'm not sure about using it for your child.
-- nemui_10pm  6/12/2011
"Fantine" is pretty as a name, but given the character's life of misfortune (abandoned as a little girl; used and then abandoned by a boyfriend at age 18, resulting in her daughter, Cosette; forced to leave the toddler Cosette under the care of the cruel, deceptive Thenardier family while she works to pay for Cosette's care; fired from her job when she is revealed as an unmarried mother; hounded by the Thenardiers for money; forced to sell anything that she can to pay to support Cosette, ending up as a prostitute and sick from the strain of life on the street; dying of consumption before she has a chance to see her daughter again, after five years apart), giving the name Fantine to your offspring just seems like you're begging for misfortune.
I envision the name as a term for any single mother of young children who has fallen on hard times and is willing to do almost anything to give her children a chance at a better life.
-- gaelruadh19  7/27/2012
It's a beautiful name. I plan on giving it to my best friend's daughter's child. Don't ambush the name just because it sounds like a hair brand. The hair brand came in 1947, this name came out in 1862.
-- BTV_Skylar16  6/25/2013

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