Girls being named boys names

Merry - posted on 01/21/2011 ( 174 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, I'm new here so idk if this has been debated before, but I'm really getting some pent up anger at all the beautiful baby girls I'm seeing and then hearing they are named something like

Ryan

Blake

Mason

Dylan

Kyler

Jayden

Hunter

Devon

Dakota

Micah

Phoenix

Parker

Quinn

Logan





Edit: I removed names that I realized were used at least 2,000 times more for girls then for boys in 2009 in USA.





How do you all feel about these boys names for girls?

It's hard to hold my tongue and say nothing when I hear these choices, I mean it's not my business, but it shocks me that anyone would do this!

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Charlie - posted on 01/21/2011

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That only really matters if your into meanings of names though a lot of people don't really think meaning has any holding over a name , a name is what you make it , it isn't what makes you .

" a rose by any other name would smell as sweet "

LaCi - posted on 01/24/2011

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Mercedes isn't just a car either, a character in the count of monte cristo was named mercedes, before the car company existed. It's been a popular spanish name for a long time. I wouldn't judge someone who names their kid that as naming their kid after a car, because the car stole the name.



Bentley was the founders' last name, and we love taking last names and making them firsts. So I don't really judge that. Maybe its a car, maybe its not.



Sienna is a color, a clay. I can't imagine anyone wanting to name their kid after a minivan.

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I don't see what the big deal is. I've known boys named Carol and Shannon and my ex-husband's niece is named Michal (pronounced the same as Michael). In fact, if you look up the historical meaning of names, some of your more "typically boy" or "typically girl" names used to be flip flopped. Some people name their kids after grandparents or great-grandparents or even great-GREAT-grandparents. Is it really that big a deal? Not really, in the grand scheme of things. It's not your kid, so it does you no good to stress over it or have any "pent up anger" over it. There are other more important things to stress over, if you ask me.



I have to add that I'm sorry that came accross so bitchy. It wasn't intended. It's been a very long, stressful week for me.

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The girl who cuts my hair named her son Ashley. Shrug.

I think a harp player is a harpist :P

Sherri - posted on 07/19/2011

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That may be where you live Crystal. Just saying here it is a 100% girls name only.

Here is something interesting I have found. In the U.S.
Population Statistics for Morgan
Morgan is primarily a girls' name, but it is used for boys 17.57 percent of the time.
Total* Population in Top 1000: 207722 (17.57% male, 82.43% female)

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Toni - posted on 07/17/2012

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So glad that you were speechless at my child's name. Glad to know you're the name police and go around talking shit about people's children and name choices, Laura.

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2011

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opps I did not see the post where you where talking about how a boy named that behaved Sorry! LOL but it does mean friendly

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2011

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@ Teresa... In the Lakota language Dakota means FRIENDLY not male bully LOL. My niece is Dakota Rain Friendly rain in the translation and fits her very well even at almost 16, I named my oldes Cherokee Song, translats to "the peoples song" or "the peoples voice" Cherokee meaning The People or The First People depending on wich trible dialect you are going off of. Then with my youngest we went with Winter Fox not baised off any of the meaning but bc both my hubby and I dreamed of artic foxes and redtail foxes in snow for the hole ninemoths :).

Candi - posted on 07/19/2011

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My youngest daughter has my maiden name as her middle name. It fits her well and its feminine, but so is her first name. No doubt what sex my children are. By the way, my daughter's middle name is Laney.

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Laura bloke is another way of saying man yes - I don't know if they use it in Aus I'm in the UK, it's fairly common here :-)

Merry - posted on 07/19/2011

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Reeves. -- boy, cute strong, girl no way

Davis for a boy -- great! Sounds like David but a bit different

McLin for a girl --eh not bad, sort of like Lynn

Parker (girl), --ug, totally not beautiful IMO, sounds like porker. Reminds me of a valet driver. I don't even like it for a boy but at least it's more masculine.

Kennedi (girl),-- not my fav, Kenneth is male so it sounds male, but I can see how it could be cute for a girl. But John f Kennedy is pretty well known 'kennedy' so to me it's best as a boys name

Newman (girl),-- heck no. New MAN lol not a girls name

Foxworth (boy),-- cute, I like it!

Whittington (boy),-- nice, sort of sounds old fashioned but in a good way

Jackson (boy).-- Very nice, love this name, hate the new spelling of 'jaxon' :/

Merry - posted on 07/19/2011

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Sara, I do like using last names as first names, but usually just for boys. There seems to be a pattern of names first being last names, then used for boys and then for girls.
My maiden name was Reilly, I thought about naming a son Reilly but now it's used so much for girls I hate it.
Morgan is a girls name mostly here but I know a man named Morgan. And I'd never use Morgan as a name because I want everyone to know my child's sex based on their name.

Crystal - posted on 07/19/2011

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If you look at where Morgan as a name came from it is a boys name. And in her school there at 8 boys with her name she is the only girl. Every year we go though a thing with her teachers because they think she is lieing when she raises her hand at roll call.
This name is the crux of much confusion, and it will surpise many people to learn that the common given name Morgan is entirely unrelated to the Arthurian Morgain.

The Welsh given name Morgan derives from a hypothetical Common Celtic *Moricantos, with the first element probably meaning "sea" but the second element uncertain. It appears in Old Welsh as Morcant (pronounced "mo:r-GANT"), in Early Medieval Welsh as Morgant (pronounced "MO:R-gan" -- the "t" is most likely silent by this time), and in later Medieval Welsh as Morgan, the same form it has in Modern Welsh. [Bartrum, Bromwich]

In pre-modern records, the name Morgan is always masculine. It had a modest popularity in medieval Wales, neither one of the favorite names nor particularly rare. In the 20th century, the name is commonly used in the USA by women as well as men. I don't know whether this is also true in Britain. Modern Welsh name books still consider the name exclusively masculine.

Sherri - posted on 07/19/2011

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Actually Crystal here Morgan is a 100% girls name, you would never name a boy Morgan and Jordan can be either gender. I actually know more Jordans that are girls then are boys.

Crystal - posted on 07/19/2011

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I am one of those moms every one has a fit about. I named my daughter Morgan. And I picked it because it is a boys name and had I had another girl she would of been Jordan. Why you ask, because when she has to send her resume in it will read Morgan M. ________. And they will not know if she is a girl or boy and will have to look at what she can do not what sex she is.

It has been proven that if you have a name like Amber, Mindy, Or any other really girly name you will be passed up for raises. Is this right no but it is done. Or so says CEO's, and Collage Admins. So why not give them a leg up?

With this being said I did give her a girly middle name that she could choose to use if she wanted to. But at the age of 9 she is mad because I did not go with Morggana instead.

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Laura, how do you feel about last names as first names? That's a popular thing to do around here. Kids will be named the mother's maiden name or another family name. I have a cousin named Reeves. I considered the names Davis for a boy or McLin for a girl. I know a Parker (girl), Kennedi (girl), Newman (girl), Foxworth (boy), Whittington (boy), Jackson (boy)...perhaps a topic of conversation for another thread?

Merry - posted on 07/18/2011

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Lol, bloke, :)
I assume that means man but I've never heard that used before!
Hmm, sounds Aussie ?

Merry - posted on 07/18/2011

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Ya I think Ainsley is a girls name, quite cute too I might add :)
Why not Jackie instead of jack?

Sherri - posted on 07/18/2011

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Ainsley I only though was a girls name have never known an Ainsley that was male. However, I know several girls that are Ainsley.

Teresa - posted on 07/18/2011

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Man I love boys names on little girls. My sister named her little girl Ainsley Jack. Jack was our dad's name. My husband named his daughter Tommie and I love that.

Merry - posted on 07/17/2011

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Jaidyn does look feminine.....but still sounds masculine to me.
I'll admit Quinn sounds cute either way, although for a girl I like Quinna :)

Sherri - posted on 07/16/2011

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Kyler - boys
Quinn - Definitely girl actually know a girl named Quinn and my nieces middle name is Quinn.
Micah - Boys
Logan- Boys
Dakota- Either
Brooklyn- Girls
Jaidyn - Girls (my niece)
Jayden - either

Julia - posted on 07/16/2011

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ok I'm with Laura, on this one...

Kyler yup same thinking
Quinn is my nephew's middle name
Micah is my ex husband's name
Logan almost as male as Robert or Charles
Dakota IS a dog's name
so is Brooklyn

Merry - posted on 07/16/2011

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To me kyler is just a form of Tyler which is male.
Quinn is a last name so it sounds more masculine
Jayden is the boy version, jayda is the girl version
Micah is a biblical male name.
But obviously I'm in the minority :)
Logan sounds about as masculine as it gets.
Dakota, to me, is a dogs name ;)

Sharmaine - posted on 07/16/2011

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I think Quinn, Jayden, Micah and Kyler all sound more like girl names. Dylan, Dakota, Phoenix and Logan I feel can be used for both. Just my opinion. I also have a cousin female named Phoenix :)

Merry - posted on 07/12/2011

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I LOVE the name Finley, but for a boy! Oh well.
Harper just sounds like a word, not a name at all.

Johnny - posted on 07/11/2011

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I always think of Harper as a last name.

For me, as long as a name is not easily setting a person up for humiliation anything goes. I find obsessing over traditional gender assignments for names really quite silly.

Sherri - posted on 07/11/2011

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Harper is only a girls name in my opinion have never heard it used for a male.

Candi - posted on 07/11/2011

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My cousin's baby is due any day now. The name they chose, Finley Morgan. I had to call my cousin and ask if it was a boy or girl. Its a girl. She'll be known as the girl with 3 last names!

Madie - posted on 07/11/2011

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I have a son named Oakley and a daughter named Kacie. When I named them both I thought they were both just a boy name and just a girl name, but since then I've met a boy named Kacey and a girl named Oakley. lol. Oh well at least I haven't met a boy named Katelynn (my 2nd daughters name!!) LOL:) I really hate names like Ryan,Blake,Michael etc for girls. They are such masculine names!! I also LOVE the name MaKenzie for a girl. I think it's really weird for a boy. But that's just my opinion;)

Madie - posted on 07/11/2011

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I have a son named Oakley and a daughter named Kacie. When I named them both I thought they were both just a boy name and just a girl name, but since then I've met a boy named Kacey and a girl named Oakley. lol. Oh well at least I haven't met a boy named Katelynn (my 2nd daughters name!!) LOL:) I really hate names like Ryan,Blake,Michael etc for girls. They are such masculine names!! I also LOVE the name MaKenzie for a girl. I think it's really weird for a boy. But that's just my opinion;)

Candi - posted on 06/16/2011

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Today I met a girl named Paxton. She is 11 years old. Until today I had only met one person named Paxton and HE is a 6 y/o boy!

Julia - posted on 06/13/2011

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My grandfather's name was Isabel. My oldest DAUGHTER is named after him.

Merry - posted on 06/13/2011

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So would it be ok for me to name my son Isabella?
Or is it only ok for females to take over all the male names.
Seems sort of extreme feminism to me, women wanting to have it all, including the boys names.

Constance - posted on 06/12/2011

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I doesn't bother me at all. I don't see anything wrong with it. It doesn't confuse them. I know lots of people that have names that can be used forr either gender. I think it is nice that people look past gender for names.

Lacye - posted on 06/09/2011

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I can't remember if I posted in here but my grandmother's name was Clyde. Apparently my great grandfather wanted a boy so bad he named his daughter a man's name. :D It got one of my cousins in trouble. He had called to talk to my grandmother and he though she was a he. He had never known Clyde was a woman. My sister was living with her at the time and our cousin kept asking if Uncle Clyde was there. My sister finally yelled, "Clyde isn't a man. She's a fucking woman!" and she hung up on him. LOL

Bevely - posted on 06/09/2011

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Eh I don't care. I was kind of shocked when my cousin named her daughter Spencer, I thought that was weird. Then I met a woman named Spencer at work who is like 50, so I guess it wasn't unheard of for a girl. But there are some names that should be just for girls or just for boys. Like I know a girl whose first name is Michael, after her dad. But she goes by her middle name Britney.

Merry - posted on 05/26/2011

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I just found out that Ralph laurens daughter is names Dylan....maybe that's where it started with that name going for girls.....never much cared for the name Dylan, reminds me too much of dill pickles! :)

Alecia - posted on 05/26/2011

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my daughter's name is Riley which means "valient" and can be used for either a boy or girl. most boy names i dnt agree with using for girls...especially like michael, parker, ryan.... but some boy names sound effeminate to me and almost sound better for a girl, like dakota. and i really think its odd when a boy is named something like ashley but really its not my business so i try not to put much though into others' kids names

Serene - posted on 05/16/2011

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The only name that i heard a girl has been named was Blake and she is in her 20's so her name must of been around for a long time for a girl/boy. I named my daughter London and I didn't know that it was a boys name or a unisex name but I heard 5 boys named that in the past year....LOL I thought that it was a girls name.

Sherri - posted on 05/16/2011

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That might be Callie but those name haven't been Masculine at least from where I am from in all my life and I have never heard them so probably in my parents generation either. So we are talking they have now been feminine for 70 yrs at least.

Callie - posted on 05/15/2011

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Jenn the names Ashley and Kelly are actually male names that have been used to death by parents for little girls. So those boys aren't being given female, names the girl Ashley and Kelly's are being given masculine names. Same thing with Shannon, Jocelyn (or what ever sp variation); they were originally male names that have now become feminine.

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