Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.
Today’s name is a Middle French feminine name from the 16th C. It occurs once (in the data we’ve transcribed so far) in the baptismal registers of the Protestant church at Caen.
We have discussed the names found in these registers here on the blog in the past in the context of general discussion of Protestant names, from which we’ve seen a number of interesting trends arising, including the rise of virtue names, and the increasing influence of the Old Testament and the New Testament on the naming pools.
It’s not clear that any of these trends will get us very far with the current name, however. Advoye doesn’t appear to be the name of a virtue (and virtue names seem to be much rarer in the French Protestant data than the English and Dutch); neither is it a Biblical name that we are familiar with. There is, of course, the possibility that it is a traditional French name with no Protestant influence; if this is the case, we would love to see more examples of it! If you are familiar with any, or have any thoughts on the origin of the name, please share in the comments.