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it has Germanic origins :

Sèg = Sieg = victory
lène = lind (len in Swedish) = sweet

So it means Sweet Victory...

The most known French Ségolène in history (before Mme Royal) was Saint Ségolène from the Languedoc, an abbotess who "healed" lepracy.

This first name was very uncommon in France until the 90ies. About 5200 persons have been "christened" Ségolène in France since 1900...

 http://www.tous-les-prenoms.com/prenoms/filles/segolene.html

notice the sharp decline after 1992

by oldfrog on Thu Nov 16th, 2006 at 09:30:26 PM EST
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If that site is correct, she is one of only 6 persons which received this name in 1953. Anyway, she is actually  Marie Ségolène Royal.
by Deni on Fri Nov 17th, 2006 at 07:17:49 AM EST
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She comes from a family background which I would expect to use rare names: a traditionalist one, father in the military, many kids.
Gossip: she grew up not far away from my hometown, and a friend of my mother knew them, and told us the father view of a family was not of a fun loving place. His not being married, albeit her very long relationship, may be a small private rebellion...


La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.
by lacordaire on Fri Nov 17th, 2006 at 07:51:16 AM EST
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