Originally when I was drafting up a list of names to feature this week, I included a long-time personal favourite – Crimson – on the list. Somehow, over the many, many revisions Week C went through, we’ve switched to instead look at Cramesy.

Cramesy is an old term for Crimson which dropped off the radar in the early 19th century. Crimson has been around since the 15th century, and has seen various spellings over the centuries before settling on the one we know today, used to describe a shade of red.

The word comes from the Medieval Latin word cremesinus, which refers to the dye produced from the Kermes scale insects (the original source of the colour), itself coming from the Arabic word qermez, meaning red.

I’m interested to see what happens with Crimson, in terms of popularity, as in 2013 she recorded her first ranking in England&Wales of #5742 with 3 girls given the name.

One of the reasons that I chose to cover Cramesy instead is for the undefined gender usage, and following on from that, the similarity Cramesy has with longtime favourite James, a name that has been inside the Top 10 for the last two decades. Interestingly, he’s been hovering around the #10 mark recently, so in a year or two could potentially drop out of the Top 10. I think James is an example of a name overcoming a less than stellar meaning – he means supplanter – to be an extremely popular name. That said, most are probably unaware of said meaning.

To conclude, Cramesy is a word once forgotten that could see a revival as people look for something ‘like James, but not James‘.

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