On Friday, Max Fisher showed you the top boys' names across the world today. It's always interesting to add a little historical context with this kind of thing, and luckily, Le Monde's Alexandre Lechenet put together a fascinating pair of GIFs showing how naming has evolved for boys and girls in France. Interestingly, a lot of English-sounding names snuck in, like Kévin (popular in the late '80s and early '90s), which appear to have been adopted primarily by less advantaged French parents and, consequently, are associated with lower academic achievement now that Kévins are of age.
One thing I didn't expect to see was American TV character names influencing French naming patterns. "The role of American soaps on French TV appears to explain some of" the English names, the Times Higher Education reported in 1995, in particular Dylan and Brandon from Beverly Hills 90210. Elisabeth Vincentelli in the New York Times reports that an uptick in the name "Jennifer" in the mid-1980s is commonly attributed by name researchers to the character Jennifer Hart of Hart to Hart. That trend appears to have have dissipated over time, though.
Anyway, enough preamble. Here's how French naming has changed, from the end of World War II to the present: