The first name Manon is a French variant of Mary, and is celebrated on August 15, like the mother of Jesus. If in the past this first name was associated with happy girls and popularized by the famous novel Manon Lescaut, it is now very popular, mainly in modest circles.
Origin and etymology of the first name Manon
It was Abbé Prévost who put the first name in the spotlight, thanks to his novel Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, published in 1731. It was very successful and was adapted several times for the stage of the opera - from Manon by Massenet, in 1884, to Manon Lescaut by Puccini, in 1893 -, and in the cinema with a modern adaptation by Henri-Georges Clouzot (Manon, 1949). The first name also appears in a text by Saint-Exupéry, Manon danseuse (1925).
Use and popularity of the first name Manon
Manon was well distributed from the 18th century. and has been around ever since. However, the first name only really began to spread at the end of the 1980s, in the wake of Marion and after the release of Claude Berri's film (1986, Manon des sources), based on Marcel's novel. Pagnol. Manon was initially successful in southern France; it quickly gained the whole of the territory and it is one of the first female first names in use since 1995. In Quebec, the craze for the first name started earlier than in France and it was very used since 1960. Manon Roland, more often known as Madame Roland, played an important role during the French Revolution. Manon Cormier, pseudonym of Madeleine Cormier (1896-1945), was one of the figures of the French resistance.