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Is this a boy or girls name?

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cheesychips Sun 17-Aug-08 21:00:15

Someone on MN mentioned having a daughter called Arden, I love it! She said it means passionate (as in ardent). We had decided to call our dd Arden. HOWEVER a well meaning friend hs told me that it's a boys name!

Please tell me what you think.

youcannotbeserious Sun 17-Aug-08 21:03:44

Just thinking of the name, Arden... to me says DD, not DS.

I haven't ever heard the name before, so no previous connections, and just my opinion...

singyswife Sun 17-Aug-08 21:04:10

Sounds girly to me. I love it by the way.

dizzydixies Sun 17-Aug-08 21:05:37

have heard it as a suggestion for both boy and girl along with

Arben and Auden which are also lovely

does it really matter though, we've just given dd3 a name more commonly thought of as a boys name and she's already made it her own


LynetteScavo Sun 17-Aug-08 21:06:54

Girls name (English) meaning valley of the eagle.

missbloom Sun 17-Aug-08 21:06:56

Great name i reckon,id say it was girls name.

SilkCutMama Sun 17-Aug-08 21:07:59

Elizabeth Arden - sounds girlish to me

missbloom Sun 17-Aug-08 21:08:11

Sounds feminine so wouldnt give it to boy anyway!

cheesychips Sun 17-Aug-08 21:08:19

Thank you thank you. Whilst I did want genuine and honest opinions I love it so much and really want to use it.

LynetteScavo Sun 17-Aug-08 21:08:21

Boys name (Latin) meaning ardent;fiery.

Take you pick.

thisisyesterday Sun 17-Aug-08 21:09:41

a quick google throws up (so far) 2 sites saying it's unisex and one saying it's girl

thisisyesterday Sun 17-Aug-08 21:11:41

hmm now found 2 saying it's a boys name
anither saying it's unisex
and another saying it's a girls name

think yoiu're safe

spottyshoes Sun 17-Aug-08 21:12:51

Definately girl to me. Nice smile

thisisyesterday Sun 17-Aug-08 21:13:25

ok giving up now but found 3 more saying it's unisex

isnt the one from father ted called arden o'hanlon or is he ardon?

LongLiveCuckoo Sun 17-Aug-08 21:26:07

He is Ardal, which is much more masculine imo.

Arden sounds kind of unisexy but I would never give a boy a unisex name which is terribly sexist of me, so, I would hope it is for a girl? Is that right?

Ardel thats it, thanks

SoupDragon Sun 17-Aug-08 21:34:40

Sounds like Hard on.

naturalblonde Sun 17-Aug-08 21:35:47

It's a boys' name in a Virginia Andrews book - my sweet audrina i think

bamboostalks Sun 17-Aug-08 21:37:00

There used to be an Arden in Dallas, she was a small character.Do you remember JR's secretary was called Sly? How weird!!

Mung Sun 17-Aug-08 21:39:39

I loved it and it was top of our list for boys names. My big concern about it was that it sounds like hard on (as Soupdragon says). I think now that DD was lucky to be a girl and not a boy.

cheesychips Mon 18-Aug-08 01:22:25

General consensus seems to be 'sounds better on a girl' and I STILL love it, so Arden it is. I agree with cuckoo that unisex sits better with a girl, (Obviously I'm sexist too - when it works in my favour.)

Thanks for your opinions everyone, and for all your research 'Yesterday'

nappyaddict Mon 18-Aug-08 01:31:46

either to me

mrswoolf Mon 18-Aug-08 01:55:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

waspish Mon 18-Aug-08 12:30:43


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