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MAPS & GLOSSARIES / Have children really been named Clitorine?
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 12/11/2018
Original: Est-ce que des enfants ont été réellement nommés Clitorine ?

Have children really been named Clitorine?

Cédric Mathiot

Translated by  Eve Harguindey


There is no evidence of this. But the urban legend is tenacious, largely fuelled by... the media and Kev Adams.


Question asked by Killian on 31/05/2018

This is a question (so essential) that has been plaguing the Internet for more than ten years. Are there really children named Clitorine? The subject is bitterly disputed, between the supporters of the urban legend, and those who, at each discussion on the most ridiculous first names, assert that they once crossed paths with a Clitorine's aunt, or that their neighbour knows a teacher from Le Mans who had a Clitorine in her class. Etc.

Journalists do not read the books they write about

It must be said that the media contribute well to feeding the turbine of the urban legend. Thus, the noon dispatch, in 2013, in an article entitled "Palmarès: découvrez le meilleur et le pire des prénomoms pour 2014", writes: "Thus, some parents have opted for surprising first names such as Vagina, Clitorine, Cyanure, Titeuf, Jihad". The local daily refers to a book, "L'Officiel des Prénoms", whose 2014 vintage had just been published.

Except that Stéphanie Rapoport, the author of this book, asserts that she has never written anything like this in her book. "And for good reason, I never had proof that this name existed."

More recent articles, and just as affirmative, refer to another book, L'anti-guide des prénoms, ou comment mettre du piment dans la vie de son enfant, published in November 2016.

Thus, Midi libre, Le Progrès, la Voix du Nord or BFM, all rely on this book to write that parents have given their children this delicate name.

"Clitorine believer"

This is proof that journalists do not always read the books they write about. Certainly, we can read on the cover Clitorine, accompanying Alkapone and Merdive.

But here it is, you only have to turn a few pages (five, exactly) to see that the authors reduce the urban legend to pieces.

Thus, in the glossary, the authors ironicize the Clitorine believer, that is, the "Little name given to those who know someone who knows someone who knows a Clitorine and who, especially, believe in it."

Several pages later, a paragraph is devoted to Clitorine, but to express enormous doubts about the fact that anyone could ever have been called that. There is as much evidence of the existence of Citorine, we read, as there is of the existence of the "yeti".

And it's not for lack of research. Because the authors, two journalists, are experienced hunters of crazy first names, which they only record in exchange for evidence (in particular civil status certificates). "I am a journalist in the local press, and I have always had fun with the birth notices en newspapers," says Antoine, one of the authors. “In 2012, I created a Tumblr with the most original names". Today, his tumblr has become a website and a participatory blog: the League of Civil Registry Officers (LOEC). "There are 4 of us working, but we have a community of 30,000 people. And many are very active auxiliaries. We made little "monsters" who rummage around everywhere. And Clitorine is a bit like our Grail. I can tell you that every time one of the members comes across a discussion where someone claims to know a Clitorina, they try to get evidence."

However, this network of civil registrars has never collected any evidence.

INSEE does not list the first name Clitorine

Nor will they be found in the INSEE (French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Research) first names file. This database is based on the birth certificates of persons born in France. The information contained in the first names file is based on the registry records sent to INSEE by the civil registrars of the municipalities.

This absence does not necessarily mean that there is no Clitorina. Indeed, a first name appears in the file only under the following conditions:

It must have been awarded at least 20 times between 1900 and 1945 or since 1946. Or that it has been awarded at least three times for a year of birth. The file does not allow to be totally conclusive.

Would that be possible?

Could we just call a child that? In theory, yes. Even if things are not obvious. As INSEE points out, there is no list of authorised first names. Since 1993, the civil registrar can no longer refuse the first name chosen by the parents. However, he or she may inform the public prosecutor if he or she considers that the first name is detrimental to the child's interest (example: ridiculous or coarse first name). The prosecutor may then refer the matter to the family court, which may request that the first name be deleted from the civil registry.

Fictitious Clitorines... and Kev Adams'

As a result, the only Clitorines that do exist are fictional characters:  

-I heard that memory gaps are holes in the brain.
-In the what?

In Le Grand Cactus, a RTBF (Belgian television) program, a duo of recurring characters is composed of Clitorine and her colleague Jessica (called poufs).

There is also a comic strip called Masturbin and Clitorine.

Finally, it is impossible not to mention humourist Kev Adams' Clitorine. During a show in Marseille, the comedian performed his sketch called "atypical names". Asking the audience to come forward if they were in this case, he saw a young girl raise her arm and declare herself Clitorine. The sequence, having been youtubed, greatly contributed to persuading young people that there were indeed Clitorines: Kev Adams met one of them.



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