Have you got a unisex name? Does it cause issues?

(35 Posts)
birdofthenorth Tue 02-Oct-12 09:54:47

If bump is a DD I'm thinking of Jude, with Judith on the bc after MIL, but definitely Jude day to day, until/unless she chooses otherwise.

Just worried in case people assume she's male all the time. If you have a unisex name does this happen and does it bother you? Thanks.

freyamalaya Wed 03-Oct-12 20:21:47

Jude is a boys name. Judith is a girls name that gets shortened to Judy/Jude as a nn grin

cerealqueen Wed 03-Oct-12 22:42:27

It is a boy's name. Hey jude, Jude the Obscure. Jude whathisname the actor.

schplappo Thu 04-Oct-12 17:31:38

I know two Judes who are women and they don't have any issues with the name.

I have a unisex middle name (at least it is in France but not in the UK) and it has caused me endless embarrassment and having to explain it through my life as my family is not French. I think a British unisex name is fine as long as it's commonly used in a unisex way but definitely steer clear of anything from a country you're not from!

DidYouSmashHerShireHorses Thu 04-Oct-12 19:35:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

It's not my cup of tea for a girl, love it for a boy, though. However, I'm sure not everyone would like my children's names. DS has a unisex nickname, and DD's probable name is unisex, leaning more toward male. As long as its not ridiculous, I don't see the issue.

LiviaAugusta Fri 05-Oct-12 23:20:52

Love the name Jude and think it works equally well for girl or boy. I have a unisex name, although with a slightly different spelling, and like it. I didn't like being told I 'couldn't possibly be called that as it's a boys name' as a child, which happened all the time; I went through a phase of wanting to change my name to Lucy as it was the girliest name I could think of! If you have the name Judith on the bc though your DD can always choose to be called a different variation as a nn if they want.

Brodicea Sun 07-Oct-12 16:34:39

I have a unisex name and it has caused a little bit of confusion - 'oh I thought you would be male' before meeting someone at work, but tbh I quite enjoy that grin)

NellyBluth Sun 07-Oct-12 16:45:22

DD's name is abbreviated to a completely unisex name. We call her by the short version of her name and no one has commented, but then IMO its one of the few very few unisex names which is commonly used for girls and boys and has been very a long time. I have to admit, though, that as I don't dress her in an immediately 'girly' way, I often introduce her by her extremely feminine full name, just to make it clear - after a few times of people looking lost when she was a baby dressed in white and I could see they'd been hoping the name would help clear up the confusion!

My old mw was called Jude. I actually think of it as a girl's name more than a boys.

amillionyears Sun 07-Oct-12 16:55:30

I know a family where all 3 kids were unisex names.
Only problem I can see is that people who dont know the family too well,can never remember how many were boys,and how many were girls.

Mintberry Tue 09-Oct-12 14:14:27

Hmm, perhaps this is just me but I've always thought unisex names such as Alex, Sam, Lee etc sound quite good on girls and thought they could get away with it fine.
I'm not sure if it's such a good idea for boys, however. A bit of boyishness is considered fine for girls - even empowering, but anything making a boy sound feminine tends to get picked up on and laughed at in the playground! Unfortunate, but definitely confirmed in my experience.

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