Rollingdam will remain one word in New Brunswick's list of official place names, according to the provincial government.

Some citizens from the rural Charlotte County community were pushing to return the two-word name of Rolling Dam.

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The United Baptist Church says it is in Rollingdam. (CBC)

But following a survey of residents, the provincial government has decreed what's in a name — and it says there's not a space in the name of Rollingdam.

People say the one-word version began to appear on signs in the 1970s and evidence of the change can be seen throughout the community.

The road sign states Rollingdam, but the fire hall is for the Rolling Dam department. The United Church is in Rolling Dam. The United Baptist Church is in Rollingdam.

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The United Church says it is in Rolling Dam. (CBC)

And now the verdict is in. It's Rollingdam.

"I voted to leave it the way it is," said Wilma Corning.

"Because I think it should be Rollingdam because it's a community and the dam is long gone."

The dam across the Digdeguash River may be gone, but local historian Donald Nixon vows to use the two-word Rolling Dam "till my dying day, because everything I've got is in Rolling Dam."

'What they're doing is turning the younger generation against the older generation because the younger generation, they could really care less whether it was Rollingdam or Piskehagen.'—Donald Nixon, Rollingdam historian

Nixon believes the original name will eventually prevail. He says too many surveys were sent out and people who don't live in Rollingdam proper were included.

And he says the process opened up a rift.

"When they said they was gonna do a survey I said what they're doing is turning the younger generation against the older generation, because the younger generation, they could really care less whether it was Rollingdam or Piskehagen," said Nixon.

The government distributed 200 surveys.  Half of those were returned, with 60 per cent favouring Rollingdam as the community's name.