boy/girl names

Ashley - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




I am having a hard time trying to decide if it would be ok to honour my father (using his name as a middle name) Even if it is for a little girl? My dad's name is Douglas and I would call her Kenzie. She would also get my middle name as well. Is it a good idea to use a mans name?


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I don't think your daughter would have gender role issues if you use Douglas.

My son went to see a oesteopath who had a very old fashioned man's name as her first name, Wayne, the name ran in her family.

She goes by her middle name.

I don't mean to offended but one thing I have noticed is alot of American girls are named Ryan, to me thats a boys name (ive never heard a girl in nz beign called ryan).

My son has a boys name Dante, apparently girls are now being called Dante.

I would give her another middle name to go along side Douglas so that it doesn't look like a last name IMO.

My middle name is unisex, Ellen.

Shauna - posted on 08/29/2009




Personally, I wouldn't do it. It would just cause more problems for the child, especially if they feel they were named after a guy. She may have gender role issues if she felt that she had a boy's name as part of her own name. Unless that's what you're going for, you may simply wait until you have a boy to honor your father. Does your mom have a name you'd like to honor instead?

Lindsay - posted on 08/29/2009




My daughter was named after my grandfather and since she had such a feminine first name, I didn't change the spelling of her middle name(her middle name is the same as his). Her name is Madeline Lee. Douglas is a hard one, though. Could your father's middle or last name be a little more unisex? Or you could even find a similar female form of Douglas.

Erica - posted on 08/29/2009




To me with the name douglas if u have it after your middle name it will sound like 2 last nights. Depends on what you are going for. Personally I would wait and see if I have a son and honor him that way or find a female version of his name.

Casey - posted on 08/29/2009




my sisters called kenzie... as for douglas maybe try a more feminine version? what was your dads middle name or last name?

Tawni - posted on 08/28/2009




I think if you included your middle name that would make it better for her. My brother's middle name is Winslow which is a VERY long running family name for us. He was made fun of about ti for awhile but now he embraces it and is proud of it. I think if you explain the special meaning to her when she's old enough to understand she will also be able to embrace it and be proud.

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