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1 Genevieve October 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm


I love your website. I’m asking your advice on a “made up” name, a surname unrelated to my family, which is actually a street name in Brooklyn. How acceptable do you think it would be to name my baby Remsen? It’s the “n” trend, so I think it sounds like a name…it’s my husband’s idea, and he’s sticking to it. Nickname Rem or Remy (I actually love Rem and how it plays with my husband’s last name).

2 months to go before baby arrives, and the husband is doubling down. I want Charlie, but I want your opinion…will Charlie be the new Jack? A cool old man name resuscitated to the point of ubiquity? My name is Genevieve, a name I love more than any other. Hence, I love unusual and have no problem with pretentious.

But are those “-n” names headed downmarket?

Thank you, and my abstract internet love to you for the great work you do on this blog.

(If you live in Brooklyn, too, which I think you might, I’ve been joking that I will name my kids “Cadman” and “Tillary.”)




2 You Can't Call It "It"! October 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Hi Genevieve! I actually like the idea of Remsen nn Rem or Remy. Very clever, if it has meaning to you. If I were naming a son today I personally would steer clear of names that end in “N” just because they are so common, especially the two syllable ones. SO again, if it has meaning to you, then go for it. Charlie is always a classic, no matter how popular it gets. Charles is the name of the future king of England, after all. It’s a name whose popularity ebbs and flows with history, but always commands respect. I love how friendly and jovial it is. The use of Charles is actually declining slightly, while Charlie itself, still ranked in the 200s, is climbing at a very quick clip. Maybe Charles Remsen ____, and then you can decide whether to call him Charlie, Rem, or Remy after he’s born? Then he also gets a nice historical name for the resume, but a fun story to his name. Yep, that’s my vote. Charles Remsen. :-)


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