Marley for a boy??

(27 Posts)
proudmummy10 Tue 23-Apr-13 21:00:43

If we have a boy my partner really wants to name him Marley, he's wanted the name ever since i was pregnant with my first but we went for Dylan instead. This time round he still really wants it, im not overly keen on the name as i think it seems more of a girls name. What do you think??

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Tue 23-Apr-13 21:04:53

The only Marleys I have ever come across are girls. However, there are so many unisex names these days, especially for modern surnamey type names, so I probably wouldn't bat an eyelid at a boy Marley.

Bluestocking Tue 23-Apr-13 21:06:44

I know two Marleys, both boys. Don't particularly like it but not because it sounds girly - just not a fan of surnamey first names.

VerySmallSqueak Tue 23-Apr-13 21:07:18

I would be more likely to call a boy Marley than a girl.
I love it.

LeChatRouge Tue 23-Apr-13 21:07:44

I really like it. I know of a boy called Marley, after Bob.

usualsuspect Tue 23-Apr-13 21:12:08

I know 2 boys called Marley.

noddyholder Tue 23-Apr-13 21:15:02

It goes well with dylan.

Ham69 Tue 23-Apr-13 21:40:09

Well I guess both your siblings would both have the 'Bob' link! Not sure that would be great though.

Ham69 Tue 23-Apr-13 21:41:12

Both of your DSs rather, not your siblings.

proudmummy10 Tue 23-Apr-13 21:43:32

That was another thing that was getting me, i feel people would get the impression we were naming our children after all the famous Bob's!

MrsFrederickWentworth Tue 23-Apr-13 21:44:37

Or the Labrador.

Ham69 Tue 23-Apr-13 21:51:02

Sorry, that was the first thing that sprang to my mind. As long as you don't go on to have a Monkhouse!

parisfernandez Tue 23-Apr-13 21:52:16

It's a lovely name. I know a boy called Marley (his brother is called bob - yes really) and he is lovely.

It's a possible name choice for my baby but im having a girl and see it more as a boys name in the UK. In America there are a lot of girls called Marley

whattimestea Tue 23-Apr-13 21:52:32

I know 2 Marley 's - both boys. One is a teenager, one just under 1 years old. I think its a lovely name! Tho ive never thought of it in relation to Bob Marley-I always think of Jacob Marley from A Christmas Carol, but that's prob just me! Anyway, thumbs up from me regardless!

barnet Tue 23-Apr-13 21:55:41

Marley is a good name! But not with Dylan, sounds like the start of a list of 70s musicians...

Viviennemary Tue 23-Apr-13 21:57:02

I must admit I've never heard of the name and don't like it very much. I also immediately thought of Bob Marley.

Kellywestie Tue 23-Apr-13 22:02:23

Cool name, definitely think of it as a boys name. We have just come back from hols in Florida and our DS (11) made friends with a boy in the hotel called Marley and our DS thinks it's a really cool name.

williaminajetfighter Tue 23-Apr-13 22:03:21

I don't mind it but prefer the more traditional Marlon. I know a Marlin too.

However Marley reminds me of that horrible drippy American movie about a dog, Marley and Me.

Gugglebum Wed 24-Apr-13 04:09:04

I would more likely assume it was a girl.

mathanxiety Wed 24-Apr-13 04:13:35

I like it and the two I know are boys. I think it goes really well with Dylan.

VBisme Wed 24-Apr-13 07:07:47

I agree with the 70s musician theme.

thermalsinapril Wed 24-Apr-13 10:14:10

I'd assume it was a boy.

TBH I've heard of it mainly as a surname (Bob Marley) or a dog's name.

Otherwise how about Harley?

proudmummy10 Wed 24-Apr-13 11:01:43

I did suggest Harley but dp doesn't like it. We find out today if we are having a boy or girl.. If its a girl it will make name choosing a whole lot easier as we seem to agree more on girl names. Thank you all for your opinions.

ABirdInTheBush Wed 24-Apr-13 11:26:55

My neighbour has a son called Marley - cute while DS is still small, but I don't think it's a name that carries well into adulthood.
Love the name Dylan - would have it for my own DS, but that's the name of the neighbour's cat!

BinarySolo Wed 24-Apr-13 12:59:26

How about Hope for a girl to continue the Bob theme.


CambridgeBlue Wed 24-Apr-13 13:01:38

Not just you whattimestea - I know a Marley and I always thought of Marley's ghost as the inspiration for his name until someone pointed out it was after Bob!

Bonsoir Wed 24-Apr-13 13:05:11

The only Marley I have come across was a girl...

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