Unisex names / "boys" names for girls

(71 Posts)
Afreshstartplease Sat 30-Apr-16 17:55:24

What are people's thoughts on giving girls what are usually "boys" names e.g. Dylan, Elliot etc ?

Or unisex names?

Have you given your dd a name like this and regretted it!

Sophronia Sat 30-Apr-16 18:05:41

I don't like most of them, but I do like a few, e.g. Devon, Rowan, Morgan, Darrell, Aubrey...

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 30-Apr-16 18:07:08

I dont think you should give a girl a boys name.

Or call a boy Sue.,

Ilovewillow Sat 30-Apr-16 18:09:26

I think they can really work and would be only too happy to use a "boys" name for a girl or vice versa.

DesertOrDessert Sat 30-Apr-16 18:12:01

Robyn, Kim, Lindsay all spring to mind, ontop of those in the original and Sophronia message.
Jo, Sam, Charlie, Alex are all unisex abbreviations, all be it from different Christian names.
Don't have an issue with any, but a girl called Kevin would be a step too far for me.

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Sat 30-Apr-16 18:14:36

Met s little girl called Rory the other day. I thought it really suited her. Very cool name.
I like Robyn a lot too.

OneMagnumisneverenough Sat 30-Apr-16 20:21:24

Since there are millions of girls names already why not use one of those and leave some names for boys?

ArmfulOfRoses Sat 30-Apr-16 20:22:24

I once knew a girl called Jamie.
Really suited her.

Winterbiscuit Sat 30-Apr-16 21:01:01

I don't like the way it seems to work only one way round. If it's supposedly cool for a girl to be more like a boy, by having a boys' name, why does the reverse not seem to apply?

Luciferbox Sat 30-Apr-16 21:04:46

I've known a Robyn, Reese, Jamie, Sydney and a Frankie.

TheDowagerCuntess Sat 30-Apr-16 21:06:17

Exactly Winterbiscuit.

squoosh Sun 01-May-16 00:55:08

It makes me wonder why 'unisex' only works one way, girls being given boys names. I can't picture a thread where someone asks if they should call their son Lily.

squoosh Sun 01-May-16 00:56:08

Or as Winter said hours ago smile

Lucked Sun 01-May-16 01:02:25

Beverly 😀 Scout
Andy/Toni but would have to be MN got Antonia.
There is ace ale character on the good wife called Luca.
Bailey and Peyton are very American but unisex.

MarthaCliffYouCunt Sun 01-May-16 01:04:58

and leave some names for boys?

The names dont run out. Boys can use them too.

Lucked Sun 01-May-16 01:06:05

Ainsley -character on the West Wing
Darcy

FarelyKnuts Sun 01-May-16 01:08:02

Among my female friends I have a Peta, Blaise, Robin, Toni, Cory and a James.
But also two male friends called Josie and Neesha.
So it's not always one way.

TheDowagerCuntess Sun 01-May-16 03:06:15

An American friend recently called her DD Bryce.

DS goes to school with a Harper - probably more of a boyish name when he would've been given it in 2009, but now definitely seems like a girl's name...

mrsschu Sun 01-May-16 08:01:49

I'm not a fan of unisex names generally and exactly for the reasons mentioned here - nobody ever thinks it's a good idea to give their boy a girl's name but it's somehow cool and "different" to give a girl a boy's name. When boys start being called Amelia and Jessica with the same reaction as girls being called Elliott and Flynn, then I'll feel fine with it.

OneMagnumisneverenough Sun 01-May-16 08:06:24

"Names don't run out"

Well actually they do. There is already a lesser variety of boys names and maybe parents of boys dont want to use what is now considered a girls name for their son so it limits their choice even further.

LadyAntonella Sun 01-May-16 14:13:01

I think it can go both ways. I've met men called:

- Casey
- Jodie
- Kelly
- Kerry
- Lindsay
- Hilary
- Kim
- Liv (short for Olivier) and other French names like Michel (pronounced Michelle) and Nicholas (pronounced Nicola)

I like it. I also like Beau for a girl, though I don't think that's a popular one on MN (and yes I speak French and yes I know it isn't grammatically correct)! grin

JingsAndCrivens Sun 01-May-16 14:16:37

Lindsay and Hilary both started out as boys' names.

JingsAndCrivens Sun 01-May-16 14:17:38

They're good examples of names that are now perceived as belonging to girls.

LadyAntonella Sun 01-May-16 14:20:15

"Lindsay and Hilary both started out as boys' names."

That's so interesting - I would have always said they were "girls'" names. Though the Lindsay I know of is in his 60s at least. The Hilary is in his 30s but everyone calls him Hill. It suits him. He's quite cool.

LadyAntonella Sun 01-May-16 14:21:11

Sorry I meant to say the Lindsay I know is in his 60s at least so it makes sense that his name is traditionally 'male'.

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