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City names on accident

We named our DS Camden and I had no clue it was a city until after he was named. We are pretty far away from NJ so it didn't bug me. We are having another boy and my husband told me he wants to use the name Branson. I like it, but just realized its a city too. Honestly, would any of you personally think anything of it? They aren't super common city names...
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  • Yes I would think city because I have been to Branson, Missouri.
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  • nope..I've never heard of either as a city, so I'd be clueless! lol















  • I'm far from both of them, neither been to either, but I know they're both city names. I'd like to think most people in the US would be aware that they're cities!
       
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    I'm far from both of them, neither been to either, but I know they're both city names. I'd like to think most people in the US would be aware that they're cities!
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    I'm far from both of them, neither been to either, but I know they're both city names. I'd like to think most people in the US would be aware that they're cities!

    This. Never been to either but I know they're both cities.  

  • Many names are also names of cities. don't stress. 


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    Many names are also names of cities. don't stress.nbsp;


    Yea, this. There's probably a city for every name out there. I wouldn't worry about it at all!
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    Since I've never heard of Branson for a name I would definitely think city first. Camden on the other hand, I have seen before do I onto immediately think city. Probably depends on where you live though. [I live in the Midwest.]

    For a sibset, I don't think I like that they both end in the same sound.
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  • Camden is a hippy place in London, England!
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    I've never heard of Branson as a name, only as a city. I'm from New England.
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  • Seriously?

    The Queen Mother of Camdens is the poster child for what is wrong with American cities and on every "Worst Ten" list for quality of life in the U.S.

    But even if you never availed yourself of the mainstream media, Camden is a pretty popular place name. There are Camdens in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan,Mississippi, Missouri, NJ, New York, NC, SC, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and WV.  

     

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    I associate both names with city names, but if I loved the name, it wouldn't stop me from using it.
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  • image coopsbaby:
    I'm far from both of them, neither been to either, but I know they're both city names. I'd like to think most people in the US would be aware that they're cities!

    yeah, this. Sorry 

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  • image mmb248:
    I associate both names with city names, but if I loved the name, it wouldn't stop me from using it.


    This. However, I don't think Branson is a name at all.
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    image mmb248:
    I associate both names with city names, but if I loved the name, it wouldn't stop me from using it.
    This. However, I don't think Branson is a name at all.

     

    Most sources say it is English, but at least one source I found connects it to Germanic roots. 

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  • Branson isn't a city around here so I wouldn't get the reference.

    Camden is a lot of other things besides a city in NJ!  It's also a gorgeous coastal and resort town in Maine!!  And, it's a section of London as well as part of the name of Camden Yards where the Orioles play.

     

    EDIT: Branson, MO?  I'm so sorry, midwesterners.  I've never heard of this city.  Embarrassed  I feel kinda ashamed.

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    I associate both names with city names, but if I loved the name, it wouldn't stop me from using it.
    This. However, I don't think Branson is a name at all.

     

    Most sources say it is English, but at least one source I found connects it to Germanic roots. 

    It is if you watch Downton Abbey! Although it is actually a last name.  I'm surprise no one mentioned that as that's what it makes me think of.

     

    OP, I agree the combo is too much - both cities and both last names.

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  • I wouldn't know Branson. I live in Philly so I definitely know Camden though, lol. 
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    Branson isn't a city around here so I wouldn't get the reference.Camden is a lot of other things besides a city in NJ!nbsp; It's also a gorgeous coastal and resort town in Maine!!nbsp; And, it's a section of London as well as part of the name of Camden Yards where the Orioles play.nbsp;EDIT: Branson, MO?nbsp; I'm so sorry, midwesterners.nbsp; I've never heard of this city. nbsp;[:]nbsp; I feel kinda ashamed.

    Camden Yards is the only Camden near me too! I don't know of any Branson's near us. The names don't seem that alarming to me.
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  • I have heard of those cities but honestly would not have made the connection because they are not unusual names, it would be weird if you did Boston or New York ; )

    I think pretty much any name is going to have a connotation for someone for something, do what you want!

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  • I live in Missouri, so everyone here knows about Branson, so I wouldn't name my child that. However, if you do not live anywhere near the city with the same name as your child I wouldn't worry about it. 

    I agree with pp that there are a large number of names that are also cities too. 

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    Seriously?

    The Queen Mother of Camdens is the poster child for what is wrong with American cities and on every "Worst Ten" list for quality of life in the U.S.

    But even if you never availed yourself of the mainstream media, Camden is a pretty popular place name. There are Camdens in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan,Mississippi, Missouri, NJ, New York, NC, SC, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and WV.  

    This.  It has one of the highest homicide rates, especially for a city of its side. And I live in the Midwest.

    I would immediately think of them being two cities.  Branson MO is known for its music attractions.

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  • I would pick up on it, but that's about it.  I wouldn't "think" much about it.

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  • One city name, probably just a coincidence. But two? That seems like you're doing it on purpose, and if you're not, then don't do it, IMO.
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  • I don't immediately think of "city" when I hear Camden, probably because I know some little boys named Camden. However, I am also from Missouri so I am very familiar with Branson. I don't like it as a name for a person.

    What about Bronson? http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Bronson 

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  • I'm ok with using cities as names, but I just don't like Branson as a name. 
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  • I would avoid it.

    I don't like Camden because I went to college in Philly and have a very negative associations with that name.  It just feels negative and violent to me.

    Branson isn't a bad city, but it is a tacky place.  I had never been there until a few months ago (we are living in Kansas for 12 months and met some family for a few days there).  It is just a tourist trap, tacky, folksy, strange place in the Ozarks.

    Both of those city names have some strong associations. 

     

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  • I think you like "last names as first names" and that is going to overlap with cities.

    Branson is named after Robert S. Branson. My guess is Camden was probably a last name at some point too.

    That being said - The names do go together, I don't think I would think twice about little brothers Camden and Branson.  

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  • I had forgotten Camden is a city but yes I think city when you say Branson. Actually going there on vacation this summer.

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