Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Remy

Rémy is a French masculine name developed from an obscure Latin personal name (Remigius) meaning “oarsman”, derived from the Latin “remigis” meaning “oar”. The popularity and subsequent spread of the name Rémy among the French can be traced back to a 5th century saint best remembered for baptizing Clovis I, King of the Franks, on Christmas Eve 496 A.D. Clovis’s baptism led to the conversion of all Frankish people to Christianity (basically a game-changing event in European history). Due to the seminal importance of Saint Rémy in French history it’s no surprise he’s one of the named patron saints of all of France (along with Saints Denis, Joan of Arc, Louis IX, Martin of Tours and Thérèse de Lisieux). Rémy’s Feast Day is January 13. Rémy is still a name bestowed on French bébés garçons with moderate frequency. Americans use the name occasionally on boys but Australians like it better for baby girls. Given the name’s etymology (i.e., “oarsman”) it might also be a great choice for people who like to row crew, paddleboard, kayak or canoe.

All About the Baby Name – Remy

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME REMY

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME REMY

Strange but true: Remy has only been on the American male naming charts since 2009. Although the name dates back to Antiquity in France, it’s more of a 21st century creation in the United States. We are also assuming most American parents are opting out of using the accent mark over the “e”. In fact, we’re not even quite sure how people in the states even pronounce this name (REHM-ee?). Lastly we should mention that Remy is in danger of switching teams here in the U.S. In other words, American parents are threatening to turn this old French charmer into a girl’s name (although it has yet to land a spot on the female Top 1000 list which means it remains quite rare for XX chromosomes). Still, the writers of the TV series “House” used the name Dr. Remy Hadley, M.D. for one of their female characters (better known by her nickname “Thirteen” and played by Olivia Wilde). Since Remy has been considered a masculine name for well over 1,500 years it may take more than just a couple years to feminize it. Just ask the cute little aspiring French chef (and anthropomorphic rat) from the animated film “Ratatouille" (2007). His name was Remy.

Quick Facts

ON REMY

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

French

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

753

PRONUNCIATION:

re-ME

SIMPLE MEANING:

Oarsman

Characteristics

OF REMY

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Remy

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME REMY

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Remy

Popular Songs

ON REMY

Remy Red
a song by Angie Stone

Famous People

NAMED REMY

Remy Ma (female rapper)
Remy Bonjasky (kickboxer)
Rémy Girard (Canadian actor)
Rémy Di Gregorio (French cyclist)
Rémy Belvaux (film director)
Rémy De Gourmont (French poet)
Remy Hermoso (baseball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED REMY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Remy

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME REMY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Remy