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Robyn (female)/ Robin (male) ?

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Heatherbell1978 Sun 31-Jul-16 14:29:46

I've posted a couple of times on here as really struggling with names! Don't know the sex yet and I have a DS, Charlie. Current thinking is Robyn/Robin for either a girl or boy although more likely we'd use if it was a girl.

Never been a fan of spellings where i's are replaced by y's but in this case, Robyn is definitely female version I think.

Normandy144 Sun 31-Jul-16 14:34:52

I really like Robyn for a girl, and yes I would agree with you that the y in this instance is legitimate.

Oddly I don't really like it for a boy. Not sure why though.

KP86 Sun 31-Jul-16 14:42:13

I like Robin for a girl. More modern IMO.

Heatherbell1978 Sun 31-Jul-16 14:43:01

KP86 that's the male spelling looks nicer but everyone would assume she was a boy

Thefitfatty Sun 31-Jul-16 14:44:17

I'm a Robin and I have a vagina.

Floggingmolly Sun 31-Jul-16 14:44:45

Robin is the boy's spelling. Ridiculous to commander it for a girl because it's more "modern" it isn't confused

WasDat Sun 31-Jul-16 14:44:45

I really like it. Boy or girl.

Both girl Robyn's I've know we're spelt with a Y. To me, spelling it with an I is the boy way.

AmysTiara Sun 31-Jul-16 14:52:04

I'd agree with you op. Robin for a boy, Robyn for a girl.

KP86 Sun 31-Jul-16 14:53:53

I'm not saying it's not traditionally the male version of the name. But since when is that a reason not to use it?

What about people who have named their girls James or Dylan? Are they not allowed because they are "boy" names?

MiaowTheCat Sun 31-Jul-16 14:55:05

I have a girl Robyn (nickname Bobbi) - just liked how the name looked better with the y spelling.

Plus we're in Nottingham and with the i spelling you're running into loads of Robin Hood connotations.

Most people tend to assume it's spelt with a y when they're asking her name.

KP86 Sun 31-Jul-16 14:55:35

Besides, I'm not the one naming the baby. It's not my decision in the end. Just saying what I personally like.

Thefitfatty Sun 31-Jul-16 14:57:02

I think Robyn is actually quite modern. Every robin I know born before 1990 is robin boy or girl

Heatherbell1978 Sun 31-Jul-16 15:03:10

KP86 again I'd assume James and Dylan were boys. Definitely each to their own but not sure I'd like my daughter to be confused for a boy on paper her whole life!

KP86 Sun 31-Jul-16 15:17:59

Actually, lots of research shows that she would be at an advantage on paper if people thought she was a boy.

Job applications etc.

Sad but true.

NeedACleverNN Sun 31-Jul-16 15:19:42

I think it doesn't matter how you spell it boy or girl

Spell it how you like

iwillbemrsminty Sun 31-Jul-16 15:20:51

I've got a little girl cousin called Robyn. And her brother is Rowan smile

Elbekind Sun 31-Jul-16 15:30:31

I've only ever known girls spell it 'Robyn'.
However, I've known both boys and girls called 'Robin'
So I'm not much help really grin

eachtigertires Sun 31-Jul-16 15:38:52

I know a female Robin, a male Robin and a female Robyn.

CakeRattleandRoll Sun 31-Jul-16 16:19:21

I think if you spell it Robyn it would avoid boy/girl confusion - I've never heard of a boy Robyn. Plus I prefer the 'y' spelling for a girl.

Dachshund Sun 31-Jul-16 17:19:26

My name is Robyn - growing up in the 80s/90s I HATED it - always confused with a boy's name, always spelt wrong ie with an 'I' and I had the Batman themesong sung at me constantly at school.

Nowadays it's really different and I think it's coming into its own as a cool name. Certainly I like it much more than I did and others seem to as well.

BadToTheBone Sun 31-Jul-16 17:43:44

I have a Robyn friend who will be 50 later this year, so although modern it isn't completely new.

I only know Robyn, female and Robin, male.

YourNewspaperIsShit Sun 31-Jul-16 22:13:19

Dachshund My experience was identical to yours. Also Robin Hood, Robin Red Breast, Rocking Robin, "where's Batman", etc.

Also spelt with a Y and believe me it doesn't stop the boy/girl confusion in the slightest. You may have never met a male Robyn (neither have i) but people still get it mixed up either way.

However now in my 20's I like it and think there'd be less bullying about it now as Batman isn't as popular (not the one with Robin in anyway) and no-one mentions Robin Hood much (was a popular Disney film when I was younger)

manicinsomniac Mon 01-Aug-16 10:23:54

I really like it for both a boy and a girl but definitely spelt with a y for a girl and an i for a boy. I've never come across any that don't follow that convention. Yes, of course conventions can be broken but why bother? It makes more sense to use the 'correct' spelling.

plimsolls Mon 01-Aug-16 21:22:16

I love the name Robin. So much. I have two ex boyfriends called Rob though so it's pretty much off my list unfortunately.

I've seen it as both Robin and Robyn for a girl (and not just recently).

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