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masculine names for girls

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Missyb15 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:06:42

i really like names that are quite masculine and are either unisex or seen as more male

for example the names for girls that i like are james, andi, frances, bobbie, Robyn, Jaime, charley and billie.

What are you opinions on using unisex/more masculine names for a girl

sonlypuppyfat Mon 23-Jan-17 19:08:15

My friend called her DD toni but I she told me she regretted such a masculine name

WarwickDavisAsPlates Mon 23-Jan-17 19:14:50

I was actually talking with my best friend about this the other day. We both like more masculine sounding girls names and both have more traditionally male names.

The only problems we have ever encountered is that in work or situations we're someone sees your name without knowing who you are it's assumed you're a man. It doesn't bother us.

ExitPursuedBySpartacus Mon 23-Jan-17 19:17:25


Aquamarine1029 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:18:33

When I was pregnant with my 2nd, we didn't know the sex. We settled on Camden for a boy but never settled on a girl's name. I truly believed we were having another boy so I didn't worry. On the way to the hospital, I said to my husband that if it's a girl, we can name her Camdyn like my middle name which is Robyn. He loved it but we laughed because we were SO SURE we were having a boy. Anyway, Camdyn Grace was born an hour later. She's 17 now and she gets compliments on her name ALL the time.

MysticTwat Mon 23-Jan-17 19:23:18



FriendofBill Mon 23-Jan-17 19:23:21

Darryl (Hannah)
Roberta - I love!!!

Both mine & my sisters name have been mentioned already.

FriendofBill Mon 23-Jan-17 19:24:38


Such cool names!

kittybiscuits Mon 23-Jan-17 19:25:41


ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:27:02


MysticTwat Mon 23-Jan-17 19:27:15

Oh you asked for an opinion too.

I don't have one, I grew with lots of girls with unisex names, it's wasn't trail blazing or anything just as normal to have girls with names that boys had too.

Pluto30 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:28:03

I went to school with a Billie. I didn't know until we graduated that her name was actually Wilhelmina as she had never been called it. Super cool name.

I like Harley. It reminds me of Harley Quinn.

I like Wren, Quinn, Roberta (Robbie or Bobbie for short).

Also, I'm always reminded of Thoroughly Modern Millie where Millie is adamant that she be called John. Who would've thought Julie Andrews could make John work? grin

Pluto30 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:30:29

Didn't add my opinion on unisex names: I don't mind most of them. I looked at a couple of names that were unisex or had masculine shortenings for my DDs, but decided against them because with our two DS' names, it would've sounded like we had all boys. If I'd just had a girl, I probably would've considered a masculine name more strongly.

Pluto30 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:31:37

Oh, I also went to school with a Jasper. Her name was very ahead of the trend, I think. She was super cool too. Really suited her name.

LiefieLiefie Mon 23-Jan-17 19:34:04

I like Elliot, Peta and Quinn. I have a distant cousin who has always been known as Fin - her full name is Fionnuala.

I went to school with a girl called Stevie and always loved her name, it really suited her.

OddJobsHat Mon 23-Jan-17 19:34:12


MysticTwat Mon 23-Jan-17 19:34:14

Daniel or Danielle


BobbieDog Mon 23-Jan-17 19:36:50

I agree with a previous post about being mistaken for male if they havent seen you.

My dd gets that alot. The masculine names i ve come across are..


Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 23-Jan-17 19:40:17

Harriet (Harri)

BertrandRussell Mon 23-Jan-17 19:41:50

Would you call a boy Susannah?

Lucked Mon 23-Jan-17 19:43:02

I knew an Antonia who went by Toni and it was cool. Also know Alex, Jo, Geri and Erica. Erica has really grown on me

I saw Blake lively called one of her daughters Ines which is a beautiful and in Scotland Innes is a boys names

BertrandRussell Mon 23-Jan-17 19:44:26

There's no such thing as a unisex names-except possibly Frances/is ---there are boys names which girls have too. And they very quickly become girls names. Because people don't want their boys mistaken for girls.

NameChange30 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:49:37

Personally I think it's sad that there seems to be a double standard - while it's often socially acceptable for a girl to have a masculine name, it's rarely socially acceptable for a boy to have a feminine name. For that reason I would always give a girl a name that is strong but very firmly in the "girl's name" category, because I think girls' names should be valued just as highly as boys'.

That's just my two cents though, and I wouldn't judge anyone for giving their daughter a more masculine name. If it means she will sometimes get mistaken for a man (when a recruiter or employer reads her CV, for example) it's more likely to give her an advantage than a disadvantage!

There are very few names that are truly unisex, but that could be a good compromise. Alex or Sam for example.

NameChange30 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:56:17

Cross post Bertrand grin

stabbybitch Mon 23-Jan-17 20:05:11

I like masculine sounding girls names, Billie probably being my favourite.

I also have a male name with ie on the end. My version is pretty uncommon for a man or woman though but generally people think I'm male if they haven't seen me or think it's a misprint of the male name. Doesn't bother me anymore though.

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