Voltaire is the name he adopted in his maturity

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Voltaire is the name he adopted in his maturity; his real one was Francois Marie Arouet. He was born  on November 21, 1694, in Paris, the fifth child of his middle-class parents, who were natives of  Poitou. Voltaire's father was a rather prosperous lawyer and notary who became treasurer to the  Chambres des Comptes. A sickly child, Francois was not expected to live. And it must be admitted  that, like Alexander Pope, whom he was to meet and with whom he corresponded, his life could be  described as "one long disease." Yet he was to live that life energetically and to survive until May 30,  1778. The Abbé de Châteauneuf, Voltaire's godfather, took special interest in the boy. Among other things,  he introduced him to deism. The Abbé, noted for his skepticism and wit, also taught him to recite  lines from the satirical and shocking poem  Moïsade.
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