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Jane Austen! I would use this name to honour her.
-- Anonymous User  12/11/2006
My wife and I love the name! To honor Jane Austen, we will be using it for our daughter's middle name.
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2008
Austen is also a Low German form of Augustus. The ending "en" is quite common in names of that origin: Carsten, Jürgen, Steffen.
-- Swiff  4/19/2010
In my opinion, this rarer spelling looks nicer than "Austin", but is still a painfully modern-sounding name reminiscent of little boys born sometime after 2000.
-- IYV  7/30/2010
This is an ugly name. The E makes me want to pronounce it differently. And it sounds bad enough on a boy, but imagine this on a girl: it's because of so many women's Jane Austen obsessions that would make them want to use it on a girl. After all, Bronte has been used on girls. What's next - Alcott? Dickinson?
-- Buneary  11/12/2012
This spelling makes me think of the well-known Austen Riggs psychiatric hospital in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where I once did some temp work. Other than that regional association, I don't like this spelling of an already overly popular name.
-- Anyechka  4/6/2013
Austen is not a modern invention- quite the opposite. Austen has been used as a first name for boys for hundreds of years! I had a German relative in the early 1800's whose name was Augusten, and he went exclusively by Austen. My husband and I will be naming our first born son Austen. We prefer the spelling and pronunciation over Austin.
-- Anonymous User  5/15/2014
Like Frances and Francis they thought the E made it feminine so they named my cousin Austen. The E is rather feminine, so it's okay for girls.
-- Eileen1209864  4/18/2016
The name Austen was given to 119 boys born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/18/2016

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