Thoughts on this name with our last name?

Hi there! My husband and I both really like the name Olen if this baby is a boy. It's a take on his grandfather's name (Ole) my only problem is I'm not sure if it works with our last name Nygren. Am I over thinking this? We could also do the spelling as Olan to avoid the double en I was thinking? 


November 11, 2019 9:10 PM

I think it is okay, I wouldn't worry re the endings either

November 12, 2019 10:48 PM

It's maybe not ideal, but it's definitely not terrible, either. If you really love the name them go for it!

As far as spelling goes, I don't know whether it makes much difference. The spelling I'm most familiar with is Olin, fwiw. There was a wealthy family by that name that created two foundations in the twentieth century, so there are a variety of buildings and such scattered around with the name Olin attached. (But I just discovered that the Olin Health Center at my alma mater isn't one of them--apparently it was named for a Prof. Dr. Olin, who taught at the school and helped get the first health center built.)

I'd probably either stick with Olen to be as close as possible to Ole (and with the easy explanation of "like Owen, but with an L instead of W"), or use Olin as the version most likely to be spelled correctly.


November 13, 2019 12:53 PM

Thank you both for your help! I think we will likely go with the Olen spelling. The more I think about it I realize it isn't as bad with our last name as I originally thought. :)