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Willow for a boy?

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Almondinha Mon 26-Dec-16 11:20:39

Hi! We just found out recently that we are having a little boy - our first baby. So if course we have been busy talking about names.
The other day while we were out on a walk, I came up with the name Willow which we both love and were really excited about.
I don't know anyone named Willow and to me it sounded like a perfect boys name and seemed perfectly suitable. However when we got home and looked up the name online, we found out that it is a girls name! We were quite disappointed.
I know that nowadays children can be called anything. However I don't want to give my child a higher likelihood of being bullied etc just because of his name.
Should we think about something else or does Willow work fine for a boy too?
Thank you for your opinions.

Gollygeewhizztits Mon 26-Dec-16 11:22:37

I'm not keen on the name but I wouldn't think it strange on a boy. I do have a niece called Willow but think it sounds quite unisex.

SillySongsWithLarry Mon 26-Dec-16 11:22:47

DD is called Willow. It is very much a girls name.

Blue2014 Mon 26-Dec-16 11:25:31

Oh no, girls name - sorry

ChocoChou Mon 26-Dec-16 11:29:02

I only know one Willow and she is lovely.
Sorry OP

1horatio Mon 26-Dec-16 11:29:10

I think it depends on where you live...?

But I really like it. smile

What about Rowan or Salix?

RortyCrankle Mon 26-Dec-16 11:30:16

Not for a boy - it's a girl's name.

TheMortificadosDragon Mon 26-Dec-16 11:30:32

The only male Willow I've ever heard of was the eponymous hero of the film. Lovely character but probably not helpful.

Got any other ideas?

Congratulations though! smile

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 26-Dec-16 11:31:44

Girls name

Oysterbabe Mon 26-Dec-16 11:54:43

Yep I agree with everyone else, it's a girl's name and it would be cruel to burden a boy with it.

Isadora2007 Mon 26-Dec-16 11:57:16

Another vote for it's a girl name... sorry!

Also as much as I love it I always think of "pussy willow" which is a little unfortunate.

IWantATardis Mon 26-Dec-16 12:02:44

I've only heard it used for girls.

IAmNotTheOneWhoKnocks Mon 26-Dec-16 12:08:48

It's a pretty well known girl's name.

Of course, some people will tell you can use it for a boy too, which is true insofar as you COULD also call your son Hannah or Emily, if you wanted.

calzone Mon 26-Dec-16 12:10:11

Absolutely no for a boy.

It's ridiculous.

smellyboot Mon 26-Dec-16 12:11:12

gilrs name

NavyandWhite Mon 26-Dec-16 12:15:21

No confused
Will?

Solo Mon 26-Dec-16 12:21:58

I also have a girl Willow. Definitely not for a boy unless he grows up to be a black belt in Judo by the time he's 6 because he'd need to be.

icantgetnosleep5 Mon 26-Dec-16 12:36:47

Definitely not, sorry, kids are merciless - there's a William in my sons class who is constantly crying due to the other children calling him Willy

I'm nt sure willow wud stand a chance !

MadeForThis Mon 26-Dec-16 12:59:26

Girls name

kmini Mon 26-Dec-16 13:00:52

Willoughby? Bit of a rogue in sense and sensibility but great name apart from that.

TheMortificadosDragon Mon 26-Dec-16 13:01:23

It's not ridiculous - it's a purely arbitrary convention which genderises some names but not others - eg another tree, Rowan, is 'allowed' to be used by either. But unfortunately, while such conventions exist, you probably don't really want your DS to be 'the boy named Sue'.

Solo Mon 26-Dec-16 13:22:44

Rowan is fairly non gendered though whereas Willow is imho a pretty pretty name ifswim?

MrsUnderwood Mon 26-Dec-16 13:26:24

The film Willow's titular character is male. I say go for it, it's a nice sounding name and he can be Will for short.

SorenaJ Mon 26-Dec-16 15:13:05

It's not ridiculous. There is nothing inherently gendered about names. Willow is perfectly fine for a boy. It's a lovely name.

Sophronia Mon 26-Dec-16 17:28:24

I think it's fine for a boy, it's a nature name so not sure why it could only be female.

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