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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:17 PM
DH and I thought we had decided on names for our (gender unknown) baby due in May. They are Sebastian Lewis for a boy and Remi/Remy Anneke for a girl. However, further research has uncovered that while Remi/Remy is an acceptable girls name in Australia, USA etc. it is ONLY a boys name in France, its country of origin. DH's job means that we will be living in Germany, 15 kms from the French border, for 4 months in every 24.
So my questions are:
1) Is it mean to give a girl a name that is "only a boys name" when we will be spending time near France?
2) If not, which is your preferred spelling? I or Y?
3) If yes, can you please suggest some similar, European style girls names?
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:33 PM
I will leave aside the first question since I firstly have never travelled to Europe and secondly am a lot more liberal in my taste in boys-names-for-girls than most around these boards.
But to answer your other questions:
I prefer Remy to Remi, but not really a fan of either.
How about Romy as an alternative?
Otherwise I would strongly advocate using Anneke as the first name - I love it as well as similar names Annika, Lenneke and Inneke.
For more suggestions, maybe
Claudia (although the pronunciation differs in Australia to the German), Greta, Gretchen, Saskia, Liana, Eliska, Brigitta, Denise, Inge
Edited by Dabri, 14 March 2012 - 04:37 PM.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:12 PM
I know a man called Remy. To me it is a boy's name so I personally wouldn't use it for a girl.
But I would spell it Remy not Remi.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:33 AM
Renée seems the easiest feminine equivalent to spring to mind, that is still easily usable in Australia without much explanations needed. Or Rina, or Irina/Iréne, or...?
Anneke is cute. Anneke as a FN seems quite workable?
Remy for a girl in France is a bit like Kevin for a girl here. You can do it, I am sure people HAVE done it, and most people won't say outright "ew, how weird!" because most people aren't that dumb. But I wouldn't do it and I don't see much appeal in it.
Are you thinking of saying it REMM-ee or ray-MEE?
Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:55 AM
I probably wouldn't use Remy for a girl considering you'll be spending time in/near France. Romy is a good alternative. If you do use it I would only spell it Remy, I don't like it with an 'i'.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:09 AM
I wouldn't name a girl Remy.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:15 AM
I've only known one Remi, being a little girl. I didn't know it was a blokes name? I think if you love it, go with it. After all you're not going to spending ALL her life in Europe (I assume?).
Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:29 PM
Heidi, Greta, Anika, Chantelle, Delphine, Delma, Vienne, Vivian, Adele, Astrid, Liesel, Marin, Matilda, Sophia, Bianca, Eloise, Danica, Saskia, Nicola, serena, Renee
Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:21 PM
I've only ever heard of the name once, spelled Remy, and it was a girl. I like the name. I guess if your happy to keep explaining to people in Europe that Remy is a girls name in aus, then go for it.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:28 PM
If you are going to Germany don't do "Heidi" - it is a nn there and looked down on as a name suggestion (according to German SIL's shock when my brother mentioned it as an idea for their daughter).
Heidi is NN for Adelhide (even in the story "Heidi" her name is really Adelhide)
I also would not do Remi/Remy as I associate it as a Male French name.
Edited by lsolaBella, 17 March 2012 - 04:13 PM.
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