Name: Fantine

Origin and Meaning of the Name Fantine

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    (fahn TEEN)
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    French speaking countries
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    Feminine form of Fantin; derived from the Latin 'infans' meaning "child". The name was always rare, although its popularity has been increasing since 1995. The name is strongly associated with Victor Hugo's novel "Les Misérables". A working-class girl who leaves her hometown of Montreuil-sur-mer to seek her fortune in Paris. Fantine’s innocent affair with a dapper student named Tholomyès leaves her pregnant and abandoned. Although she is frail, she makes a Herculean effort to feed herself and her daughter, Cosette. Even as she descends into prostitution, she never stops caring for Cosette. She represents the destruction that nineteenth-century French society cruelly wreaks on the less fortunate.

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