More masculine girls names...

(79 Posts)
MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 14:02:57

We have two girls both with short, feminine but strong names- think Thea, Edie etc. If we have another girl I would like to choose something a bit less girly. IYSWIM

I've been thinking...
Frankie- any other long names for this nn other than Frances?
Cameron- nn Cami
Eliette (wild card- pronounced Elliot)
Cleo?! (Cleona)
Charlie (DP does not like Charlotte- I love it, any other long names?)

Not a fan of the Ellie-Mae, Gracie-Lou kind of names (sorry). Do not like Sam, Max or Robyn for a girl


sonlypuppyfat Tue 06-Aug-13 14:06:29

I had a friend call her girl Toni and she regretted it. She said she'd wished she'd givern her a 'full' name and used that as a NN

thegreylady Tue 06-Aug-13 14:07:06

Joss-Josephine or Jocelyn
Cleo [lovely]
Michal [nn Mickie]

Branleuse Tue 06-Aug-13 14:07:44

Frankie - Francesca (although i do love frances)


Rakoshi Tue 06-Aug-13 14:08:11


runningonwillpower Tue 06-Aug-13 14:09:00

Billie - I love it for a girl.

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 14:09:17

I would like to use a long name too, I think when you have names like Will or Dot it's nice to have a longer, proper name too.
I know someone who's just named their baby boy Bob, just Bob!

BikeRunSki Tue 06-Aug-13 14:10:19

I thought Elliot was unisex anyway ?

devonsmummy Tue 06-Aug-13 14:11:20


Branleuse Tue 06-Aug-13 14:12:11

why do we never have lindsays and leslies anymore?







MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 14:14:22

LOVE Billie- Hadn't thought of it - Thank you! Has it got a long name Wilhemina (Sp) I suppose.
George is lovely too, would depend on the girl but it's nice to have Georgia, which is very feminine.
Francesca- I knew there was another apart from Frances!

Does anyone think Cleo is a pet name? DP said it's a name for a pet not a baby

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 14:16:28

Oh Ashley- gone with the wind!
Unfortunately, Eastenders has ruined Ronnie for me, like Romy (pronounced Roamy)

runningonwillpower Tue 06-Aug-13 14:19:52

Not sure about a longer version for Billie.

I've just googled Billie Whitelaw and she seems to be just 'Billie'.

Happy name hunting!

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 14:20:51

Thankyou running!

Whogivesashit Tue 06-Aug-13 14:24:53

Rae for a girl is nice also.

Charleymouse Tue 06-Aug-13 14:26:38

Harry short for Harriet
I have a Bob short for Annabel, dont ask sigh.

Had a cat called Cleo.

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 14:33:47

Harry or Hal are nice nn for Harriet and if she turns out to be girly whirly then she could be Hattie, Hetty... Hmmmm....
<runs off to re-write list of potential names>

Boys are sorted by the way as DP has a family name that runs down the boys, a little normal, Daniel Jack Smith sort of thing but I'll call him Junior anyway...

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 14:34:44

read a book with a character Hedda which I kind of liked but football connotations too much for me...


are all names I have heard used for both boys and girls


LazyMonkeyButler Tue 06-Aug-13 14:39:16

There are lots of lovely suggestions already here, my only word of caution would be - if you have 2 DDs with feminine names & then give DD3 a masculine name, will people be forever asking her if her parents wanted a boy?

It crossed my mind as it happened with a friend of mine (she's called Jordan & is older than "the" Jordan BTW).

OrangeLily Tue 06-Aug-13 14:47:42

I love Petra after one of the girls in the book Ballet Shoes but DH doesn't!

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 14:49:52

You're right Lazy, I would hate for people to think that DD was unwanted (if she even is dd).
I'd like to have a feminine longer name that can shorten to something less girly for that reason. For all I know she could be the pinkest, fluffiest, floaty thing going which is why I wouldn't choose a name like Scout.

Liking Billie a lot now it's been mentioned and although quite boyish has a cute girly feel too, Frankie's still up there...

I didn't focus on a name for DD1 as I was so scarred that the pregnancy wasn't real or wouldn't last (had a friend who tragically lost newborn on day of birth) DSD was already named when I came along! DD1 was nameless for 2 weeks...
I'm really enjoying looking at names this time round and discussing them on here with people, I never did any of this last time around....

chattychattyboomba Tue 06-Aug-13 15:01:04

My little sister's name is Billie-Jade. After my dad (William)... Totally just outed myself!
I like the name Billie but I think the Jade part was indicative of the 80's... I wouldn't do the hyphenated thing now days.

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 15:21:45

I can imagine DP's face when I tell him that I'm considering Billie for a girl "No daughter of mine's going to be named Billy..."

He's more in the girly names for girls camp- he wanted to call DD1 Petal (sorry, but no way) I think it was a skunk from Bambi with that name....
Googling now..

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 15:23:24

It was Flower BTW

dufflefluffle Tue 06-Aug-13 15:25:09

Jocelyn to Joss is lovely.

MrsDeVere Tue 06-Aug-13 15:29:26

My DD's name is Billie.
I named her after Billie Holiday.

I didn't use the long version. It is Billie on her birth certificate.

Amiee Tue 06-Aug-13 15:30:05

I like
George / Georgie

I know a Hedda - she's Icelandic.


pipsqueakz Tue 06-Aug-13 15:34:23

Do like Courtney and Bethany/Beth.
Amber is a nice name I think.

formicadinosaur Tue 06-Aug-13 16:21:38

Look no further frankie is lovely!!

formicadinosaur Tue 06-Aug-13 16:21:53


emdottyjackson Tue 06-Aug-13 16:24:03

Love Jude and Charlie

HorrorCow Tue 06-Aug-13 16:31:34

Frankie could also be short for Francine and Willow could be shortened to Billie.

MortifiedAdams Tue 06-Aug-13 16:35:15

Georgina / Georgia - George
Stephanie - Stevie
Alexis / Alexandra - Alex
Roberta - Bobbie

whyno Tue 06-Aug-13 17:15:31

I had a masculine girls name and, as quite a girly little girl, I hated it. Maybe something to consider? Might be worth having something that can be adapted to suit her if she's more girly?

whyno Tue 06-Aug-13 17:23:10

Ah just read your pp and you've already thought of that, sorry!

insanityscratching Tue 06-Aug-13 17:25:52

Phillipa nn Pip
Roberta nn Bob
Samantha nn Sam
Michaela nn Mickey

My friend's dd's have masculine names (some of those above), they are late teens early twenties now and they hate them and always have especially in their early teens when they were teased about their sexuality because of them. Funnily enough her boys have girly names hmm or rather names that you assume are for girls first.

Matilda - Matty
Nicola- Niky
Natalia- Nat
Martine- Marty
Andrea - Andi

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 19:08:08

Ooooooooooh, Loving the idea of Willow- nn Billie! Good shout!
That's the problem horror I'd hate my child to be teased because of her name, or hate it herself. I want something socially acceptable, classless and not too difficult to write. If I had my own way I'd use Olive but I think she'd get teased.
So bloody hard!

Francesca/ Francine-Frankie
Willow- Billie
Jocelyn (although a bit of a faff to spell)- Joss
These are my big 3, I think!

PipkinsPal Tue 06-Aug-13 19:10:40

Ursula, Una, not masculine names but not girly names. My cousin has a girl called Cameron.

thegreylady Tue 06-Aug-13 19:11:23

I love all of those MadB

MadBannersAndCopPorn Tue 06-Aug-13 19:23:12

Una- Lovely name- reminds me of Bridget Jones "Just stir it Una..."
It's too similar to dd's name to use though

Oubliette0292 Tue 06-Aug-13 19:37:16

How about Erica? You can use Ricky as a nn (and if she turns out to be a really girly girl, then Erica is the latin for Heather).

ellesabe Tue 06-Aug-13 19:52:14

I have a Cleo so obviously love it.

The only other name we toyed with was Astrid...

LindaMcCartneySausage Tue 06-Aug-13 19:57:29

I know ladies called Morgan. I always liked it.

The Billie I know was Christened "Elizabeth". Not sure how that came about, but Billie is a nice name.

Charlie, short for Charlotte?

Layl77 Tue 06-Aug-13 20:35:30

Matilda nn mattie

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 07-Aug-13 04:30:29

I like Billie, but would use Belinda rather than Willow for the long name, as I think it's really pretty and under used!

ThisIsYourSong Wed 07-Aug-13 06:21:04

I love Rohan / Rowan

Billie is great for a girl!

Inertia Wed 07-Aug-13 06:33:34

I've heard of Ellis being used for boys and girls.
Sometimes ambiguous names like that can lead to the child being called Girl Ellis and Boy Ellis if there are two of them .

bodiddly Wed 07-Aug-13 07:03:40

Clem for Clementine, GiGi for Georgia.

ThursdayLast Wed 07-Aug-13 07:13:57

Bit old fashioned, but not even remotely girly... Hester?

Layl77 Wed 07-Aug-13 07:25:42

Robyn or rowan

pebblepots Wed 07-Aug-13 07:43:53

Agree with Bluestars, Belinda is nice for Billie. Getting Billie from Willow seems a bit random.

Onyabike Wed 07-Aug-13 07:48:19

Erin? Predominantly used as a feminine forename, but can be used for both sexes.

WeleaseWodger Wed 07-Aug-13 07:50:42


(Unisex but at the same time I knew a very girlie Leslie so it feels feminine to me)

itsonlysubterfuge Wed 07-Aug-13 07:54:34

There was a show called Sisters were the father wanted boys, but got all the girls. These are the names and nicknames of the girls.

Alexandra - Alex
Theodora - Teddy
Georgiana - Georgie
Francesca - Frankie

Rhubarbgarden Wed 07-Aug-13 07:59:14

I love Roberta nn Bobbi

EggInABap Wed 07-Aug-13 08:02:21


I know a male and female Piper

Rakoshi Wed 07-Aug-13 08:47:51

I have a Carly that got shortened to Billy and now answers to Bill.

Beer0Clock Wed 07-Aug-13 08:49:38


curlew Wed 07-Aug-13 08:54:41

Why would you give a girl a boy's name?

EstelleGetty Wed 07-Aug-13 10:33:36

I love Lou for a girl (not as a suffix like Mary-Lou etc). It sounds quite strong. It could be shortened from Louise or I did know a French baby girl called Louison (traditionally a male name, but very nice).

I don't have any DCs yet, but if we had a girl we'd call her Lucienne and shorten that to Lou.

badtime Wed 07-Aug-13 13:11:52

Frankie could also be Francisca (the Spanish/Portuguese version).

For Charlie, I think you could probably used the other names derived from Charles, such as Caroline/Carolyn? It's a bit of a stretch, though.

ScrambledSmegs Wed 07-Aug-13 13:46:49

Jo - from Josephine.
Clem - from Clemency

Don't know if it helps but DD2 has Beatrice as a middle name. She's known as Bear grin

Coconutty Wed 07-Aug-13 13:49:38


NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Wed 07-Aug-13 13:54:23


Anjou Wed 07-Aug-13 14:14:43

Here's some strong names and some masculine nn from girly names for you!

Alex (Alexa)
Cal (Caledonia)
Danika (nn Dani or Nikki variations)
Delph (Delphine)
Evan (Evangeline)
Jac (Jacqueline/Jacinta)
Kit (short for all sorts!)
Kir (Kira)
Pip (Pippa/Phillipa)
Reese (Raissa)
Sid (Sidney/Sydney/Sidonie)
Sim (Simone)
Tom (Thomasina)
Tig (short for all sorts)

Good luck! smile

MadBannersAndCopPorn Wed 07-Aug-13 20:38:21

Wow Anjou- you've got them all!! Thanks- Reese is lovely and so is Eden -but i don't know if i'd have the balls to use it

racingheart Wed 07-Aug-13 20:43:29

I know two girls called Sydnee - really suits them both, and one called Bryan (really, with that spelling too, not even Bryanne)

Stevie from Stephanie
Mickie - Michaela
Ronnie - Veronica
Vic - Victoria
Claude (love this name)

moas Thu 08-Aug-13 14:18:00

Maxine - Max !

Caip Thu 08-Aug-13 14:38:39

2 of my favourite at the moment are Henrietta and Claudia - I think Claude for a girl is really cute and there are a few different options with Henrietta
I also love Peta (pron. Peter), met one at a wedding and I'm sure she gets fed up of having to repeat it but I like it

Caip Thu 08-Aug-13 14:39:07

forgot to add Adrienne

BigTravellingClown Thu 08-Aug-13 18:00:21

I opened this thread thinking I wouldn't like the suggestions but some are lovely! Stevie is great, works for all ages. I also love Ellis and Rowan.

MadBannersAndCopPorn Mon 12-Aug-13 21:01:46

Sorry to reserect an old thread but I found out that I was having a little girl todaysmilesmile!!!!!!
Dp and I were against finding out the sex until the sonogropher asked if we wanted to know and we said yes!
We went and bought a few girly bits today which was weird! Obviously we know it's not 100% but it seems more real now we know baby is fine and dandy and we've passed 20 weeks!

Just wanted to share as no one in rl knows!!!

Ohhelpohnoitsa Mon 12-Aug-13 23:01:54


LauraChant Mon 12-Aug-13 23:07:03

Congratulations! Have you decided on a name?

Just throwing Darrell into the mix!

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