Emeric?

I found this name while browsing medieval names on Behindthename. It's apparently a French spelling of the German name Emmerich. I think Emeric is more visually appealling and intuitively pronounced for an English speaker though. What do you think? 

I'm wondering how others would say it, if you foresee any pronunciation or spelling or teasing problems, and if it's so uncommon as to be unusable. I'm kind of crushing on the name, but I don't want to get too attached if there's a problem with it that I'm just not seeing.

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February 11, 2015 6:52 AM

When I first saw the name Emeric, the things that came to my mind were how it rhymes with limerick, and sans E, spells like the end of turmeric. Or is Eric, with an Em on the front with this spelling. I know that is pretty weird and random but I'm sleep deprived!

I preferred the original Germanic spelling, Emmerich, it looks more meaty, but I agree that it would need spelling out either way, mainly because it is uncommon, I've not come across it til now. The issue would be people wanting to pronounce it Emmerich like Rich, not Emmerick. But Emmerick doesn't look as pleasing to my eyes as Emmerich. Emmarick... oh no, the Emma is too feminine, possibility of minor teasing there. Emmerick possibly, but I love the original spelling of Emmerich more. My brother is a Richard so I love the Rick/Rich bit, and its like Emmett and Richard/Ricardo together. Also, it's similar to Ulrich, which is pronounced Ulrick, so people are already aware that the 'Rich', does have another way of pronunciation.

A wonderful and unusual name, sounding quite classic and almost poetic, yet it's not too 'out there'. Thumbs up from me! :-)

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February 11, 2015 10:21 AM

I hate to say it, but my first thought is "emetic." It's only one letter different. For that reason I like Emmerich a lot better.

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February 11, 2015 12:28 PM

I agree. This was also my first thought--it's actually what I first read when I saw the thread title.

I would pronounce it like Emerson, but with -rick in place of -son. When said fast, it might come out more like EM-rick.

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February 11, 2015 4:01 PM

I thought of emetic as well, but I doubt very much that kids would tease him based on that. I can't imagine anyone under the age of 20 knowing what emetic means.

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February 11, 2015 4:26 PM

I agree, not a huge teasing risk. My objection is actually more how the name reads to adults. It's not an association that's going to go away, like a dated pop-culture reference; his classmates are going to grow up and learn what it means. Even if they don't consciously notice the connection, I think I wouldn't want a name on a resume that some readers vaguely, maybe unconsciously, would associate with nausea and vomiting.

Since there's an easy fix--go with the traditional spelling--I'd choose that option.

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February 11, 2015 10:46 AM

I think both spellings are fine.  I didn't immediately come up with any references when I looked at the French spelling.  I do like the "meatier" spelling of Emmerich and immediately know how to prounounce it, but I do think that you would often run in to "rich" instead of "rick" proununciations.

I don't really think kids are teased about their names very often any more.  A plethora of other things, yes.  But our naming culture has become so diverse that kids accept even the most "out-there" names (not that this is one) without batting an eye.

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February 11, 2015 4:41 PM

This was one of the boy names under discussion when I was pregnant. (We have a daughter, so no decision was ever reached on boy's names.) My husband's family has a couple of generations of Imre as the firstborn son, but the most recent one (husband's uncle) never married. We tested Imre on random people, and only the school librarian got it anywhere close, so we knew this Hungarian form was middle name only. (Our surname is hard enough, I wanted something immediately recognizable for the given name.) Of the various "Englishings" of the name, I like Emeric best, because it's simple and streamlined, and pretty easy to interpret despite its general unfamiliarity. (The visual similarity to "emetic" actually helps in this regard.) I think for our family, we would likely have ended up with a more familiar first (Peter, Gabriel, Daniel) with Imre in the middle, but I keep suggesting Emeric to random people, because I do like it a lot.

If the similarity to "emetic" bothers you, you could go with a double-m spelling like Emmerich, or drop the middle vowel: Emric, or deal with nail-care associations instead and use Emery. All in all, I don't think "emetic" is likely to be a problem: kids who are mature enough to have learned the word are also likely to have outgrown name-teasing, and for adults it just serves as a memory aid for the name's spelling.

I'm glad to learn I'm not the only one who likes Emeric!

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February 11, 2015 5:40 PM

I'm not at all worried about "emetic" being a source of teasing. Most people learn others names by introduction I think, and to me they sound nothing alike. I say eh-MET-ick and EM-er-ick, and I wouldn't mind it sounding like EM-rick either. I'm not so much a fan of Emery/Emory or the other variants I've found, but for some reason this one (Emeric) really appeals to me.

I'm also glad I'm not the only one who likes it! Hubs gave it a thoughtful "maybe" when I brought it up, so it's definitely on the table.

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February 11, 2015 5:52 PM

In decreasing order of use for boys last year, the Em[m][e]r* names are:

Emerson and variants: Emmerson, Emersen,  Emersyn,

Emory variants: Emery, Emry, Emre, Emrah, Emrey, Emeri,Emri.

Emrys

Emerick, Emeric, Emrick, Emmerich, Emric, Emerik,  Emryk, Emryck.

Emran and Emraan,

Emerald,

Emeris.

Do any of those other spelling appeal? Emerick and Emrick take the additional step further away from emetic, visually -- and I think sound-wise, they're really not very similar at all, so I really wouldn't worry about the name having unpleasant associations. I think Emmerich is going to have some mispronunciation, and any of the names are going to have to have things spelled out because there isn't a clear obvious standard spelling. 

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February 11, 2015 7:55 PM

Thanks for the roundup! I'd like a spelling that is fairly phonetic, so that if you're looking at it it's easy to say correctly, but my kids are already saddled with names that require spelling out so I don't mind that.

I'd really your opinion, because I know you're an adventurous namer. What do you think of Emeric (or one of the variant spellings)?

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February 12, 2015 12:52 AM

I am totally in favor of it! I think Emmerich is awesome, but also is going to either get pronounched "rich" at the end or it's going to be someone doing or attempting the the German "ch" sound (like Ch in Chanukah) instead of the k sound you want. Going with a variant spelling is probably going to simplify things tremendously.

Aesthetically, I think I like the Emerick spelling best - it takes it further away from emetic, which is not a major overriding issue but the sort of thing that can be hard to unsee, and it's also got a the longest history of use in this country. I also sort of want to put an accent over the first E to frenchify Emeric, and the k at the end takes away that impulse. 

All in all, I really love the name and I think it's an excellent choice. What with Alaric and Emmett seeing such big rises in recent years, I think this has a name that is really going to be very well-received while still being very distinctive. Thumbs up!

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February 12, 2015 1:50 AM

Aw thanks! Between you and HNG I feel like I can go ahead and fall in love with this name now. :) I don't know if I can do Emerick, just because the -ick part bugs me far more than the emetic thing. Maybe Emerik though? I'll have to ponder it.

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February 12, 2015 2:44 AM

I like the sleekness of Emerik, too. I think I'd prefer it over Emeric - looks more finished, somehow. (I may be biased because Frederik is used in my immediate family.)

 

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February 12, 2015 2:16 PM

For what its worth I paired the name Emeric with a twin named Alaric, as background characters.  It seemed a good pairing but that could be because my real life twins are an Ethan and Aiden set. I seem to pair E and A names together alot. 

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February 14, 2015 8:49 PM

I really like it and I can't envision any spelling/pronunciation/teasing issues.  Emetic isn't even remotely the first thing I thought of when I read Emeric.  Honestly I think you could go Emmerich or Emerick without much trouble either but I like Emeric best.  I just don't think the extra letters are necessary.

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February 15, 2015 1:09 AM

Thanks! That's how I feel too. :)