Help, is it a boys or girls name?

(38 Posts)
weeza13 Tue 01-Apr-14 19:10:23

I have worked with children for the last 20 years so I am finding choosing a boys name hard as nearly every name links to a child I know. I found the name Leighton on a boys name list, never heard it before and I like it but when I googled it I keep finding female Leightons. There is no way my DH will allow the name if he thinks its a girls name. Can anyone help?

Thinkofanumber Tue 01-Apr-14 19:15:08

I know a Leighton, he is most definitely a man. I have never come across it as a girl's name.

HyvaPaiva Tue 01-Apr-14 19:15:43

It's a boy's name. Leighton Denny, the beauty expert, is a guy.

I'd say boys too

GimmeDaBoobehz Tue 01-Apr-14 19:17:45

It's a boys name.

It's pretty Americany sounding when you say it, I think.

Clargo55 Tue 01-Apr-14 19:18:49

I know a little girl called Leighton. I think it suits a boy more though.

imnottoofussed Tue 01-Apr-14 19:19:43

I would say girls name as I've only heard of actress Leighton meester with that name, she's from gossip girl

Nocturne123 Tue 01-Apr-14 19:20:11

The only time I've come across it is the actress from gossip girl , Leighton meester so to me it's a girls name .

StrawberryCheese Tue 01-Apr-14 19:21:05

I only know it as a surname but I'd say it sounds more masculine than feminine.

Fromhappytosad123 Tue 01-Apr-14 19:22:18

My friend has a boy called Layton (spelt this way)

It was a boy's name, but with Leighton Meester being the current Most Prominent Leighton I'd be wary of using it for a boy at the moment.

ComtesseDeSpair Tue 01-Apr-14 19:29:47

Traditionally, it's a boys' name, but I think it's picked up popularity as a girls' name more recently, particularly in the US: I read a couple of US blogs written by women who have daughters called Leighton, possibly Gossip Girl inspired.

I can't imagine it'll really take off over here, but you can never tell.

Floralnomad Tue 01-Apr-14 19:35:07

Is it welsh , years ago there was a darts player called Leighton Rees .

NewtRipley Tue 01-Apr-14 19:43:37

It is one of those American style surname name names that should be for a boy but is used for girls.

NewtRipley Tue 01-Apr-14 19:44:51

What about Leytonstone, that is more feminine?

HandragsNGladbags Tue 01-Apr-14 19:45:06

Boy, I know a male Leighton

JonathanGirl Tue 01-Apr-14 19:51:47

Hope your surname isn't Buzzard!

IMO, if a name is unisex/ever used for girls, it will probably get more and more female dominated over time, it doesn't seem to go the other way, especially with a more unusual name.

Seminyak Tue 01-Apr-14 19:57:20

I know a baby Layton, boy, really like it. There is a male tennis player called Leighton something too.

Never heard it for a girl but quite like it!!

The one I know of is Lleyton Hewitt, a male Aussie tennis player.

Confuseddd Tue 01-Apr-14 20:26:29

grin Newt Ripley

Yes, if you love the name I'd go for Lleyton which I think is going to stay in the "boy" camp.

mrsbug Tue 01-Apr-14 20:28:51

Is it pronounced lay-ton or lee-ton?

If the former then definitely a boy's name, if the latter I'm not so sure

squoosh Tue 01-Apr-14 20:29:34

I was going to mention the tennis guy too. I'd assume it was a boy's name.

ChazzerChaser Tue 01-Apr-14 20:30:56

Boy, Leighton Hewitt

I know one, male, he's a shite bag.

I still reckon it's in line to be the first text name - L8on.

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