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Unisex Name for girls

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MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 04:20

We're looking for a name for a baby girl and I like names that are unisex or can be shortened to a unisex name. I would like for them to be able to sign an email with no one knowing their gender. I do like classic names but not too pretentious or rare.

There are two catches. One is, we live in Germany and I would like to have a baby name that can be pronounced in German and in English.

Secondly, I don't like it when nicknames are the given name. E.g. I wouldn't ever christen my child Lilibet because it's a nickname for Elizabeth, so she should be christened Elizabeth, and then can be called Lilibet anyway.

We have thought of

  • Charlotte (Charlie) (a bit pretentious but front runner)
  • Alexis (Sasha) (exists in close family ATM though)
  • Robin (a bit modern)
  • Jamie (I really like this name but it does not really work in German)
  • Samantha (Sam) (reminds me of SATC)
  • Josephine (Joe) (super old fashioned)
  • Jacqueline (Jack) (a relative we dislike has this name)


Any other ideas?
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cherryassam · 30/09/2023 04:41

Leona / Leonie / Leonore / Leonora / Eleonora - Leo

Maxine / Maxima - Max

Alexandra - Alex

Stephanie / Stefania - Stevie

Francesca / Frances - Frankie

Frederica / Winnifred - Freddie / Fred

Thomasina / Thomasin - Tom / Tommy

Alice / Alison / Alicia - Ali

Antonia - Toni

Theodora - Teddy / Theo

Philippa - Pip / Phil

Edwina / Edith / Edina - Eddie

Juliet / Julia / Julianna / Julianne - Jules / Jude

Andrea / Cassandra - Andy

Dominica / Dominique - Dom

Willa / Willow - Will

Christina / Christiana / Christine - Chris

Aurora - Rory

Georgia / Georgina - George / Georgie

Katherine - Kit

OlizraWiteomQua · 30/09/2023 04:47

I have colleagues and business contacts who are female and have never told me their gender (they may not have one, for all I know) and sign off their emails:

Alex
Frankie
Nic
Eddie
Stevie
Harri
... to name but a few.

user1492757084 · 30/09/2023 04:47

Robin, Alex and Sam are sweet.
The others are female names to me.

Lindsey
Jordan
Dale
Cecil
Christian
Morgan
Riley
Avery
Bailey
Casey
Quinn
Wren
Olympia - Olly
Maxima - Maxi
Vivienne - Viv
Richelle - Rich
Leonor - Leo
Francesca - Frankie
Philippa - Pip
Edwina - Eddie
Augustina - Gus

AdaColeman · 30/09/2023 06:46

Evelyn
Beverley
Hilary
Claude
Sydney

PurBal · 30/09/2023 06:56

Persephone - Percy.

I like the way it sounds but not a fan of Quinn. Looks and sounds too much like quim. Ick.

peaceinourtime · 30/09/2023 09:12

Kit maybe short for Katherine and Christoper, making it a true unisex name.

peaceinourtime · 30/09/2023 09:14

Fun fact: with Quinn I’ve known/known of more Girls with that name then boys.

looking4pup · 30/09/2023 09:16

A lot of those names are predominantly male though.

Andy, Dom, Will, Phil.

So if you're hoping people assume your dd is male until they meet her / speak on the phone then that's fine.

But why would you want too?

Just chose the name you like the sound of?

MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 09:21

PurBal · 30/09/2023 06:56

Persephone - Percy.

I like the way it sounds but not a fan of Quinn. Looks and sounds too much like quim. Ick.

That's funny because we briefly considered Percy for our dog but decided it sounded too much like p*y 😂

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MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 09:22

looking4pup · 30/09/2023 09:16

A lot of those names are predominantly male though.

Andy, Dom, Will, Phil.

So if you're hoping people assume your dd is male until they meet her / speak on the phone then that's fine.

But why would you want too?

Just chose the name you like the sound of?

I would like to but thank you for your opinion

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useitorlose · 30/09/2023 09:22

Filomena

KirstenBlest · 30/09/2023 10:45

Shortening Alexis to Sasha seems a bit of a stretch.
Why do you not want her to have a girl's name; she could sign off emails with K. Blest or whatever.

MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 11:47

KirstenBlest · 30/09/2023 10:45

Shortening Alexis to Sasha seems a bit of a stretch.
Why do you not want her to have a girl's name; she could sign off emails with K. Blest or whatever.

Actually Sasha is the Russian nickname for Alexander, that's where it comes from. It's not a real name, it's a nickname version of Alexander.

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MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 11:49

useitorlose · 30/09/2023 09:22

Filomena

That would be quite far on the old fashioned side at least around here ... I think the last Philomena I knew of was a farm worker who died in 1999.

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MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 11:52

KirstenBlest · 30/09/2023 10:45

Shortening Alexis to Sasha seems a bit of a stretch.
Why do you not want her to have a girl's name; she could sign off emails with K. Blest or whatever.

I would like to add that I would like a unisex name and I would like to choose my child's name so I'm not sure why you feel like this opinion is worth giving on this page. Please refrain from further commenting if you don't have any suggestions.

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KirstenBlest · 30/09/2023 12:11

@MmeSimone , Alexis is a form of Alexander, but I thought that Sasha/Sascha came from the Xander part, which isn't present in Alexis.

Some of us find the giving boy's names to girls a bit sexist, and I'm not sure that it is an advantage to have a name that seems to be a man's name.
It is only an opinion, and you are welcome to ignore my opinion, but I suspect I am not the only person who thinks this.

theduchessofspork · 30/09/2023 12:23

I like Robin - if you give her Roberta as a full name it’s very traditional

Alexis and Charlotte are nice too - why on earth is Charlotte pretentious?!

Jamie is a boys name, unless you are in the US. Jack is a boys name anywhere. Joe is spelt Jo for women. Your daughter isn’t likely to want to use an actual male name.

Arran
Rowan
Jocelyn
Frances / Francesca - Frankie, Fran
Joanna - Jo
Stephanie -Stevie
Maxine/Maxima - Max
Alexandra - Alexis, Alix, Alecky, Sandie, Sacha, Ally (If you use the full Alexandra she gets more options, and Sacha makes more sense)
Artemis / Artemisia - Artie
Archana -Archie (it’s very much a Hindu name, so you probably won’t want to - but Archie is sweet)
Theodora - Theo
Leonora / Leonie - Leo
Roberta - Robin, Bobbie
Davinia - Davey, Vinnie (I don’t see why not!) - or Lavinia for Vinnie
Antonia - Toni
Laura / Lauren - Laurie
Georgina, Georgia -George, Georgie
Domenica, Nicole - Nico
Thomasina - Tommy
Benedicta - Ben
Philippa, Phyllida - Pip
Harriet / Henrietta - Harrie, Hen

RiaOverTheRainbow · 30/09/2023 12:23

Teresa - Terry
Louise, Lucy - Lou
Joanna - Jo
Julia, Juliette - Jules
Erica - Rick
Claudia - Claude
Harriet - Harry
Matilda - Matt

MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 12:24

KirstenBlest · 30/09/2023 12:11

@MmeSimone , Alexis is a form of Alexander, but I thought that Sasha/Sascha came from the Xander part, which isn't present in Alexis.

Some of us find the giving boy's names to girls a bit sexist, and I'm not sure that it is an advantage to have a name that seems to be a man's name.
It is only an opinion, and you are welcome to ignore my opinion, but I suspect I am not the only person who thinks this.

I really don't care for your opinion and I didn't ask for it. Also I'm looking for unisex names not for boy's names.

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theduchessofspork · 30/09/2023 12:25

Also…

Ariadne - Ari
Antonia - Andie, Toni

theduchessofspork · 30/09/2023 12:27

MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 12:24

I really don't care for your opinion and I didn't ask for it. Also I'm looking for unisex names not for boy's names.

It’s a forum

If you ask for input you’ll get it - some will be a direct answer to your question, and some won’t, some you’ll like and some you won’t.

That’s just how it works - if you don’t want opinions just use google

MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 12:36

theduchessofspork · 30/09/2023 12:27

It’s a forum

If you ask for input you’ll get it - some will be a direct answer to your question, and some won’t, some you’ll like and some you won’t.

That’s just how it works - if you don’t want opinions just use google

I find it a bit strange when you state your preference and ask a simple question and people start questioning why this is your preference. They could say "I don't like unisex names" or "I like girly names for girls" or "this name sounds naf" and that's fine but who are you, random stranger on the internet, to tell me how my child will feel like and that I should change my preference?

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Lucy377 · 30/09/2023 12:42

If it's a boy you really want people to half think he might be female?




OR

If it's a girl you really want people to think she might be a male?

Whichever feeling is stronger might help you decide.

MmeSimone · 30/09/2023 12:53

Lucy377 · 30/09/2023 12:42

If it's a boy you really want people to half think he might be female?




OR

If it's a girl you really want people to think she might be a male?

Whichever feeling is stronger might help you decide.

I honestly don't have a problem to decide. I want a unisex name. I'm not sure why this is so hard to understand.

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KirstenBlest · 30/09/2023 12:57

@MmeSimone , @theduchessofspork wasn't telling you to change your preference.

The reason I'm saying it is because I know people with names like Nick, Chris and Alex who are women and they say things like they turn up for an interview and that it's obvious that the interviewers were expecting a man, and that had they applied as Nicola, Christina or Alexandra they wouldn't have been invited.

Names like Jamie, Jack and Joe aren't unisex, they are boys' names.

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