Masculine sounding girls names wwyd

(35 Posts)
Harrysmummysarah1 Mon 21-Jan-13 17:53:57

Wwyd if you knew you were having a girl but loved the name Eric for a boy and wanted to call a future son that but you also like Erica do you use Erica ? Even though you like Eric better but you may never have a son then not be able to use either if you don't use Erica?

Harrysmummysarah1 Mon 21-Jan-13 17:55:04

Hope that makes sense also suggestions instead of Erica ? This is for my dear cousin. She was talking about it the other day

Harrysmummysarah1 Mon 21-Jan-13 17:56:35

She doesn't like names like Penelope verity daisy etc etc... Nothing to frilly and girly sounding

juneau Mon 21-Jan-13 17:57:56

As there is never a guarantee that you'll have another baby of any gender, I say go with Erica, if that's a name she likes.

Girl versions of boy names:
Roberta ...

Shall I go on?

HappyJustToBe Mon 21-Jan-13 17:58:10

I prefer Erin to Erica.

IncognitoIsMyFavouriteWord Mon 21-Jan-13 17:58:20

Use Erica. You like the name just use it.

omri Mon 21-Jan-13 18:02:55

I like Erica. Other potential names:
Carla/carlie (or with a K)
Charlotte but forever only known as Charlie
Georgina but forever known only as George
Francesca known only as Frankie
I also like Petra which is derived from Peter
Hope that helpsgrin

I had the reverse. I didn't call DS2 Kit even though it was my absolute top favourite boy name, because Kitty for a hypothetical DC3/DD1 was even more of a favourite.

Is this definitely her last child?

FWIW I hate Eric but quite like Erica. Odd grin !

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 21-Jan-13 18:18:25


Harrysmummysarah1 Mon 21-Jan-13 19:13:38

Can't have an Erin and a Eric though but Erin is a nice name.
They will proberly try for another baby after this but if she never has a son she has lost her chance to use erica or Eric if she doesn't call her daughter erica. There's no other girls name she likes than boys eric and Luca/lucas but my sister has a lucas are the only two she really loves that her and her dh agree on.
Erica and Luca/lucas is that too similar?

Harrysmummysarah1 Mon 21-Jan-13 19:14:30

I mean theres no other boys names she likes other than

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 21-Jan-13 19:17:56

I think Erica and Lucas would be fine, but by DC2 they might have thought of a whole new set of parameters, smile

TheDarkSideOfTheSpoon Mon 21-Jan-13 19:20:31

We did this, well DH did as DD1s name was his choice. He chose the female version of a boys name because he loves the shortened version (which is the same for boy or girl). I was pleased because I love DDs name but really don't like the male form, and now it means if we have a boy he can't use it smile

TheDarkSideOfTheSpoon Mon 21-Jan-13 19:21:10

Oh, and I think Eric's is a lovely name that I don't hear very often.

TheDarkSideOfTheSpoon Mon 21-Jan-13 19:21:59

Erica that should have read. Afraid I don't really like Eric much...

SneezySnatcher Mon 21-Jan-13 19:22:20

I'm in exactly this position. We're having a DS. DH wants to call him George. I like that but if we have DC3 and it's a girl I'd want to use Georgina. Obviously there's no guarantee of having DC3 and it being a girl so I feel silly vetoing the name for that reason.

MadBusLady Mon 21-Jan-13 19:44:29

There's a whole thread going at the moment about non-frilly girls' names if any of those appeal to her? I'm just thinking if she found something she liked even better than Erica, she'd still have Eric in reserve.

But I think I would use Erica.

HotPanda Mon 21-Jan-13 20:32:58

I might be being dumb, but if she doesn't use Eric/Erica for this one and has another why has she missed her chance?
Surely she could just use for the 2nd child which you say she is planning.

I had a similar dilemma over Oliva and Oliver but since I was only ever having 1 child it actually made things easier.

mumzy Mon 21-Jan-13 21:42:29


Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 00:23:08


Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 00:24:08

Can't she name the girl erica but call her eric?

eachtigertires Tue 22-Jan-13 23:38:00

Probably unhelpful but I do know a brother and sister Daniel and Daniella!

Devora Tue 22-Jan-13 23:56:08


BourbonsandTea Wed 23-Jan-13 12:28:06

^ what hotpanda said. Use Eric or Erica for last planned child unless a boy comes along sooner

DonderandBlitzen Wed 23-Jan-13 14:10:21


seeker Wed 23-Jan-13 14:14:55



I prefer Erica to Eric myself.

What about Georgia, closer to George than Georgina in my opinion.

DonderandBlitzen Wed 23-Jan-13 14:36:27


DonderandBlitzen Wed 23-Jan-13 14:36:47


seeker Wed 23-Jan-13 16:42:30

As in Lady Colin Campbell?

And Nursey, obviously!

AmandaPayne Wed 23-Jan-13 17:25:45

Yes, she's only lost the chance to use either version if unexpectedly this is her last child. If she plans another child, I would save the name and use it for the last planned child whatever the gender.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 23-Jan-13 17:48:27

Nursey! grin had forgotten her!

DonderandBlitzen Thu 24-Jan-13 20:34:08
Harrysmummysarah1 Sat 26-Jan-13 17:29:30

She had decided not to use Erica this time and as they are planning for at least one more will wait till then.
She quite likes alexis but is not sure it will go with Eric or Erica and is to matchy sounding.
Also likes a few more girlies names:

I think Stella/Erica
And Stella/Eric
Goes well

Clary Sat 26-Jan-13 17:42:31

I don't like boys' names as girls' names myself (Nigella, Erica, Daniella, etc) .

I also don't like unisex names (I have one, hah! it's in this thread!) tho that's a different issue.

You really couldn't have Eric and Erica IMO, tho of course you may never have a son.

Some "stronger" sounding names I would bracket with Eric:

Agnes, Maud, Sarah, Edith

LOL @ seeker

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