Prune

Gender: Feminine
Origin: French
Meaning: “plum.”
(Pronunciation)

The name comes directly from the French word for plum. It has been in usage since the 18th-century when it appeared on the Revolutionary Calendar under the name-days of October 5 and June 8th, coinciding with the feast of St. Flora. The name fell out of usage after the Napoleonic era, but seems to be going through a vogue again. Its recent resurgence may have something to do with the 1970s French-Swiss Soap-Opera, Prune.

She appears in the French top 500, coming in as the 446th most popular female name in France, (2009).

Not only is Prune the name of the fruit in French, but it is also used to describe a colour and it is a slang in a few French dialects. The meanings are as follows:

  • “Prune” is a slang term in Quebecois for a bruise.
  • “Prune” is also a French slang for a criminal violation describing contravention.
  • In the Plural form, “les prunes”, is a slang for testicles.
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Mirabelle

Gender: Female
Origin: Latin
Meaning “wonderful.”
(MEER-uh-BEL)

The name was first coined in the Middle Ages, coming directly from the Latin mirabilis meaning “wonderful.”

It is also the name of a type of plum indigenous to France. Variations include Mirabella, and Mirabel.

Pomeline, Poméline

Gender: Feminine
Origin: French
Meaning: “apple”
Pronunciation (POM-eh-LEEN; po-MAY-leen)

September and October are apple season. Hence is why I decided to revisit this post.

An obscure French name that had made it to the limelight thanks to Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco. Charlotte was supposedly named after a distance ancestor from the Middle Ages, a minor Italian or Genovese princess by the name of Pomellina. The name is thought to be derived from the Italian word pomella which is derived from the Italian word poma meaning “apple.” The name was also borne by

 

  • Pomellina Adorno, the daughter of the duc of Genoa (1355-1410)
  • Pomellina Amandola ( circ. 15th-16th cent)
  • Pomellina Campo Fregoso (1387/88-1462/68), the wife of John I Grimaldi and mother of Catalan Grimaldi the ancestor of Princess Charlotte of Monaco.

The name was adapted into the French Pomelline and evolved into the more modern form of Poméline.

Another French form is Pommeline.

There is also the obscure French name of Pomme, which is also the French word for apple. Pomme was borne by an early French saint, originally spelled Pome.

This is a far less risky choice than the name Apple.

Nicknames include: Apple, Pomme (PUM), Plum and Poppy, Melli, or even Pomé (poe-MAY).