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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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