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salmanadersamantha Wed 15-May-13 14:25:14


I'm new to mumsnet so sorry if I get anything wrong! I was wondering what people thought about the name 'Claire' for a boy? I'm due in a couple of weeks and I quite like the idea but my husband's not sure. I know it's slightly unorthodox!

harleyd Wed 15-May-13 14:26:16

its ridiculous

pooka Wed 15-May-13 14:26:34

No no no!

Oscar for a girl.

Claire for a boy.

WTF is going on today?

pooka Wed 15-May-13 14:27:56

Why would you do this? It's not as if there aren't a gazillion other names, including unisex ones, that you could choose.

pooka Wed 15-May-13 14:28:43

Oscar for a girl? Wtf.

badchat Wed 15-May-13 14:29:15

I would find that very strange. Have never heard of a boy Claire, not even a Clair.




YoniYoniNameLeft Wed 15-May-13 14:29:19

Gorgeous! Go for it. If I had a boy would definitely call him Claire.

Playerpleeease Wed 15-May-13 14:29:41

Was thinking the same wannabe, maybe the same person? looking for a reaction hmm slightly pointless but ho hum grin

noddyholder Wed 15-May-13 14:30:02

Clair is the male spelling i think.It was always a traditionally boys name. My ds has a name that some people on here consider female (it isn't) and apparently I was cruel to invite bullying into his life deliberately grin

tigrou Wed 15-May-13 14:30:40

I thought the boy's name was Clair, without the final e.
Still sound's like a girl's name though.

YoniYoniNameLeft Wed 15-May-13 14:30:51

What about Susan or even Julie.

Julie has such a masculine sound to it, don't you think?

AuntieStella Wed 15-May-13 14:32:22

I sat on my hands instead to stop myself posting on the Oscar thread!

The polite version of what I would say is that I really do not like names that swop sex, especially when novel. I'm not wild about names that are only part way through transition, either.

Claire is wrong on a boy. If you want the "transferred surname " approach (which I think has been used for boys) then spell it Clare. But I think that would also be difficult to live with (to put it mildly),

Oi Yoni.

Julie is very feminine ACTSHERLEY. smile

Theres another thread about calling a girl Oscar.

Do these people not realise that these children have to live with these names?

amothersplaceisinthewrong Wed 15-May-13 14:33:34

Utterly ridiculous. You are setting your child up for bullying in five years time.

AntsMarching Wed 15-May-13 14:34:56

I read a book once with a male character called Clare. It was short for Claredge (I think it was the mother's surname).

DomesticCEO Wed 15-May-13 14:35:46

Boy named Sue? wink

Don't be daft, Claire/Clare/Clair are girls' names - I should know, it's my name! grin

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 15-May-13 14:39:54

I'm sure this is a joke thread. Especially since the OP hasn't posted on MN before.

How about Tracey or Sharon?

piprabbit Wed 15-May-13 14:42:18

I think Clair is a very old-fashioned boys name and has long fallen out of use. You wouldn't be doing a boy any favours by trying to resurrect it as a boy's name.

Or you could go all Hardyesque and try Angel Clare.

CashmereHoodlum Wed 15-May-13 14:45:04

I know a male Clair. He is in his 70s. I think it is not an uncommon name where he lives.

YoniYoniNameLeft Wed 15-May-13 14:51:39


MadBusLady Wed 15-May-13 14:52:10

Why does anyone do this? Genuine question. I'm hardly a bluff old traditionalist where gender stuff is concerned, I just can't imagine deciding it was a great idea to randomly use an opposite-sex name (as distinct from a unisex name), any more than I'd randomly decide to call a child <looks wildly around> Desk or Lamp or Cup of Tea.

So why do it? Other than to make a very cutesy point about structuralism and semiology, in which case you are plainly a bit of a knob.

Greensleeves Wed 15-May-13 14:54:55

There are lots of names like Claire that used to be unisex - Kerry, Anne, Hilary, Christy, Jocelyn. Anne de Montmorency was a famously vicious French general.

It all depends on whether you want to put up with the "ooh, really?" responses or not, and whether you think your child will appreciate your choice (I think unusual names are more acceptable in some areas/spheres than others. Fine if you live in Totnes!)

Fuckwittery Wed 15-May-13 14:55:06

clair is a very traditional boys name but it is waaaaaaaay out of use now and not many people will know that, sorry but your child will be ridiculed at school

GibberTheMonkey Wed 15-May-13 14:55:12

If you go for Clair I think you have to send them to prep and public school too

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