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Lynn for our son's middle name?

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Reddies2012 Tue 31-Jan-17 20:56:24

What do you think? We will only be having one child. It was my mum's name. It's unisex, but obviously known as a female name. First name will be Tobias (Toby).

Tobias Lynn?

Will it be okay?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 31-Jan-17 21:01:18

Reddies, whilst I think the sentiment is very lovely, I just think of Lynn as wholly, a feminine name.
Might I suggest Glynn.

Fruitcocktail6 Tue 31-Jan-17 21:02:13

Please don't

Dolwar Tue 31-Jan-17 21:03:30

I don't think it is unisex sorry. Never met a bloke called Lynn. It's a nice sentiment but do you really need to give your son a girls' name in order to remember her?

I like Tobias though.

DirtyDancing Tue 31-Jan-17 21:06:47

Oh no don't give you son a female middle name

caffelatte100 Tue 31-Jan-17 21:07:42

Don't like it for a boy, sorry. Never heard of it for a boy before either.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 31-Jan-17 21:08:04

No.

Suttina Tue 31-Jan-17 21:10:12

Lindsay is a Scottish boys name, Lynn written like that looks very feminine, I would go with Lin?

GeorgeTheHamster Tue 31-Jan-17 21:11:31

I don't think it's unisex

Greenfingeredfun Tue 31-Jan-17 21:11:42

I agree with PP. Tobias Glynn is a fantastic name xx

Greenfingeredfun Tue 31-Jan-17 21:12:02

Or Tobias Flynn

BendingSpoons Tue 31-Jan-17 21:12:17

You could use Lyndon (or spelling variants) if you were worried?

CouchSwede Tue 31-Jan-17 21:14:37

What about her maiden name as a middle name? Might that be an option? (Now you're going to say it's Jane or Piper or something, aren't you!)

Lynn is a surname too, so in theory it should be fine, but people are funny about giving boys traditionally female names.

Reddies2012 Tue 31-Jan-17 21:15:12

Oh, I fully admit that it has become a female name, but it was once unisex smile

littledinaco Tue 31-Jan-17 21:15:51

I've never heard of it as unisex. It sounds very feminine, I wouldn't use it for a boy, sorry.
Could you find a first name you like that's starts with L? Did your mum have any middle names that you could use the male version of? Your mum's maiden name/surname as middle name?

Reddies2012 Tue 31-Jan-17 21:16:40

Traditionally it's male, before the 20th century, it was mainly used for boys. I'm not saying it should be treated as a unisex name, but it isn't just a female name.

I guess it's a no though, thank you.

strawberrypenguin Tue 31-Jan-17 21:17:24

Sounds very feminine to me I've never heard of it as a boys name. I like PP's suggestions on Flynn or Glynn instead

FourToTheFloor Tue 31-Jan-17 21:17:48

Lin is the male version.I'd probably go lindsay or her maiden name? Or did she have a favourite boy's name? My dm loved Glynn actually!

Danglybits Tue 31-Jan-17 21:19:27

I knew a male Lyn (just one N). Think it's Welsh. IIRC he got stick for it as a child.

Gwenhwyfar Tue 31-Jan-17 21:19:33

"I don't think it is unisex sorry. Never met a bloke called Lynn."

It's a man's name in south Wales. I don't think it's as common to use is as a boy's name elsewhere in the UK.

CouchSwede Tue 31-Jan-17 21:19:44

I agree with you Reddies, sorry, my wording was wrong. It was a boys' name. But now it's very much for girls and people are funny about giving girls' names to boys. See also: Vivian, Kelly, Shirley... even Aubrey has headed in that direction in the US.

Sorry sad It's a lovely name, for a boy too, but as a middle name I would think it would most probably embarrass him as a child and he'd not want to tell anyone.

I'd find another connection to her name that you could use, if you can come up with something.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 31-Jan-17 21:19:54

Glynn would be nice. Or Flynn which seems more modern. As pp suggest!

mainlywingingit Tue 31-Jan-17 21:20:07

Lynn originates from the work Lake - is there a link to your mother with a lake at all. Else your mums maiden name/ middle name. Really lovely sentiment though

Gwenhwyfar Tue 31-Jan-17 21:20:53

"Lin is the male version."

Lin sounds like a Chinese female to me.

Greenfingeredfun Tue 31-Jan-17 21:21:18

Lynn really is a very feminine name. The last thing you want is him to hate his/your mums name. I wouldn't chance it.

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