Um, I don't think the cognate is "fût" (it's actually a verb form ending in tre)... but I do believe you've got it...I did find the word "fût" in my dictionary and one definition given was "shaft", so I think I can figure that one out. :lol:
The reason they changed my niece's name was because she was taking a lot of abuse from the kids at school. Some kids you would just like to strangle. This brings up another topic. In the US, we have lots of expressions for "kicking the bucket". Got anything like that in France? :noidea:
My favorite expression in French for kicking the bucket is "bouffer les pissenlits" followed closely by "casser sa pipe". Or there's always "perdre le goût du pain" and "remercier son boulanger" which is somehow related....