Apparently these are girls' names

(38 Posts)
AndHarry Sun 28-Jul-13 14:44:57

Soren (Norwegian boy?)
Kendal (mint cake)
Stevie (Wonder)
Darcy (shouldn't that be Darcey?)
Avanti (?)
Beau (masculine form of Belle)
Riley (boy)

Are my reactions weird or are these actual, accepted girls' names? They popped up as suggestions on a FB group, along with JezAbel shock

I have taught a female Darcy, Kendall and Stevie.

The Kendall was Australian and her sister was Bailey which could also be a boys name.

I also think of Darcy/Darcey Bussell.

AndHarry Tue 30-Jul-13 19:09:46

Hero immediately makes me think of one of the female protagonists in a Georgette Heyer book.

AndHarry Tue 30-Jul-13 19:08:26

Soren. Pronounced Serena.

grin

Link but it's a closed group so you'd have to join.

5madthings Tue 30-Jul-13 14:47:33

I know a soren, Stevie, Darcy and a beau all girls, this range in age from late twenties down to about eight.

ELNino Tue 30-Jul-13 14:43:57

In the movie Signs, wasn't the daughter called Beau?

I know a female rylee. Avanti is a brand of condoms I think. Link to the original Facebook thread?

crossparsley Mon 29-Jul-13 22:06:32

Hero is a girl's name too (Hero and Leander). And i think it's great, short and string and pretty. But I can see why you might not.

spanky2 Mon 29-Jul-13 19:43:48

Only met a boy Riley.

TidyDancer Mon 29-Jul-13 19:36:22

I watched a documentary about a murder case once, and the DD's of the lady who was killed were called Stevie and Daryl.

Kendal Jenner and Riley Keough are examples of the others.

FannyMcNally Mon 29-Jul-13 09:27:23

Unless it's pronounced Soreen and I've just got bad hearingblush

FannyMcNally Mon 29-Jul-13 09:25:32

I know a female Soren. Pronounced Serena.

orangepudding Mon 29-Jul-13 09:17:38

I knew a female Riley, seemed an odd choice for a girl.

I saw a picture of a female Beau on Fb a few days ago. I assumed the parents didn't realise Beau is the masculine form of Belle.

I'm trying not to look again AndHarry as you say....feels voyeristic...

SelectAUserName Mon 29-Jul-13 08:25:36

Soren - stupid autocorrect (although maybe Siren appears on that list too, just down from JezAbel..)

SelectAUserName Mon 29-Jul-13 08:24:29

I know a female toddler Beau. I was a bit hmm when her mother announced it because my first thought was "Beau is masculine, shouldn't it be Belle?" (didn't say it, just thought it) but it seems to be accepted as a girl's name.

Kendal is definitely female and American, Sarah Michelle Gellar played a character called Kendal in a US soap opera before she starred as Buffy. Darcy would make me think of Darcey Bussell regardless of spelling, so female.

I would still think of Riley as a male name and Stevie as unisex. No idea re Siren as I've never encountered one, and Avanti is the Italian for "come on" or "forward"! That's like calling your child "Keepup"!

MoreThanWords Mon 29-Jul-13 07:44:02

I've recently met a five year old girl called Beau. Only heard it as a boy's name before, so I was a bit surprised for all of 30 seconds, and now it's just who she is iyswim.

CockyFox Mon 29-Jul-13 07:33:26

I have never heard of a female Riley or Beau.
The others sound feminine though, in general there seems to be less distinction between boys and girls names than there used to be.

fluffyraggies Mon 29-Jul-13 07:27:48

Avanti means 'come forward', 'come in' or 'hurry up' in a couple of languages smile

Stevie Nicks is the only female Steve i've heard of, but it makes sense as a nn for Stephanie. Darcey is pretty well known surely? Darcey Bussell?

The other names are a bit ... 'out there', as they say.

mathanxiety Mon 29-Jul-13 01:48:44

Kendall/Kendal, Darcy/Darcey and Riley are definitely girls' names.

Kendall and Riley are very American and the former is almost uniquely a girls' name, while Riley is fast heading to all girl land.

Stevie Nicks is definitely a girl.

Names like Bobbie, Billie, Georgie, and Willie-May have a long history as girls' names in black America.

I have heard of Beau as a girl's name but I think it is mostly an unusual boys' name.

Avanti -- probably girl name, has characteristics that are not masculine.

Soren - boy name.
(Seren - girl name).

AndHarry Sun 28-Jul-13 20:53:13

I just went back for another read. It feels voyeuristic.

AndHarry Sun 28-Jul-13 20:35:29

grin FRIGG I know but I'm trying to channel my shock and confusion into the names that I had no idea anyone would give to a girl.

I've seen the FB thread you're talking about,and there are some far, far worse names on there than the ones you've listed here...

ClartyCarol Sun 28-Jul-13 15:23:22

Is there not a Stevie on Miranda? I don't watch it but have a vague idea that the little blonde woman is Stevie. That would possibly explain any increase in popularity.

LemonPeculiarJones Sun 28-Jul-13 15:18:42

JezAbel <snigger>

I know a little boy Riley.

I've heard of Riley, Stevie, Kendal and Darcy for girls. Isn't Avanti a condom brand?

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