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Toby as a girls name

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thecatisdead1 Wed 27-Jul-11 23:12:14

Yeah okay I know. But it was used (a lot) as a girls name inthe 1920s-40s. And on it's own it is both a girls and boys name.

But will they then spend their life getting odd looks or will people just think it's a family nn that gets used by everyone?

But DP and I really like it.

So opinions?????

LadyWithAnErmine Wed 27-Jul-11 23:13:21

no, sorry.


fanjolamps Wed 27-Jul-11 23:16:34

No! Just no. Not good at all imho

Littlefish Wed 27-Jul-11 23:18:16


I don't particularly like it as a boy's name, and I definitely don't like it as a girl's name.

I think they will spend their life getting odd looks, and being asked what on earth their parents were thinking of. smile

GrimmaTheNome Wed 27-Jul-11 23:23:10

Was it really used as a girls' name prewar? Never come across it except as a boys name (or dog, jug or carvery)

Iamkenny Wed 27-Jul-11 23:24:43

What as in Toby Wing?????


MelinaM Wed 27-Jul-11 23:37:57

No, just no!

Lonnie Thu 28-Jul-11 01:01:13

No I have a Unisex name that is more commonly used as a boys name and wow I Loathe getting letters addressed to MR

pilates Thu 28-Jul-11 08:25:17

No don't do it

Hevian Thu 28-Jul-11 08:26:52


EightiesChick Thu 28-Jul-11 08:32:58

No. Not aware of it being used prewar as girl's name but even if it was, don't think you should use it now.

InstantAtom Thu 28-Jul-11 08:35:52

No, don't do it. How about Tori (Victoria)?

iphonedrone Thu 28-Jul-11 08:36:34


razzlebathbone Thu 28-Jul-11 13:13:30

No, it's an awful name either way.

TobyLerone Thu 28-Jul-11 13:19:56

Great idea grin

ilovesprouts Thu 28-Jul-11 16:22:15

no toby is boys name

mskatemc Thu 28-Jul-11 23:42:10

If you both love it, why not?

yousankmybattleship Thu 28-Jul-11 23:43:29

No. Just no. Awful for a boy or girl.

wehavenochairs Thu 28-Jul-11 23:57:34

I can see it as a bizarre nn for a girl - one of the ones that isn't connected to actual first name, mainly because I can't think of a girls name it could be short for. But actually Toby on Birth cert? somehow - no. Sorry.

Unless as middle name, then a definate girls name as the first name. So for offical things they have a 'girls' name but everyone could call them their middle name - toby.

Valpollicella Thu 28-Jul-11 23:59:06

Awful either way, Razzle?

How so?

Pancakeflipper Fri 29-Jul-11 00:03:30


franke Fri 29-Jul-11 00:03:45

Don't be silly!

lalabaloo Fri 29-Jul-11 16:14:47

It's brilliant! I went to school with a Toby who was a girl and she was one of the coolest people there, nobody ever batted an eyelid about her name. In fact, it was only as I got older I realised it was a boys name as well.

ragged Fri 29-Jul-11 16:15:48


Quenelle Fri 29-Jul-11 16:18:44

There was a woman called Denis on Help My House is Falling Down last night.

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