(Closed) Androgynous baby names – Yay or Nay?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Androgynous baby names are:

    great, I would name my child or I have given my child a unisex name

    not for me, I would not give my child a unisex name

  • Post # 77
    9815 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Yes, I really wanted to name our daughter Elliot but DH said no way.

    Post # 78
    7605 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    It’s not for me.

    Post # 79
    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I responded (stupidly) without reading others responses, and you all bring up great points! I am definitely rethinking my opinion, especially when a PP said that girls with boy names feminize previously masculine names.

    Post # 80
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yay! I’ve loved the idea that if I were to have a transgendered child they wouldn’t need to find a new name and also what PP’s have said, they would be treated to blind gender neutrality. 

    Post # 81
    2 posts

    Would it go so far as to put anyone off dating someone wiith the same name, or cause problems with your other family members do you think?

    Post # 82
    1189 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    like em!

    I have friends , two brothers named Ashley and Whitney.


    And I know a woman with an adorable little girl named James.

    Post # 83
    78 posts
    Worker bee

    My first name is Tristan and I’m female! I love my name, though I had some minor isues with it growing up. 🙂 It’s not a common name either way, but it is traditionally used for boys. I’d definitely give my future child an androgynous name.

    Post # 84
    448 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    It depends. For girls I tend to like more gender-ambiguous names, but I don’t for boys. I think it’s the feminist in me, lol. I’m already thinking about my children’s names and what they’ll look like on resumes, haha!

    Post # 85
    802 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    My best friend growing up had a step-father named Stacey, it gave me the creeps. I say nay!

    Post # 86
    3216 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

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    @KatyElle:  My mom wanted to name a son Elliott but my dad said it was too girly!  I still don’t know why I didn’t end up being an Elliott– I have a definitely-girl-name.

    Post # 87
    925 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It definitely depends on the name. My name can be androgynous but it’s mostly a feminine name. I prefer it as a feminine name, especially as it ends in “a.” I kind of think it’s weird when I come across a male with my name, but it’s probably because I’m used to it as a girl name. It hasn’t really given me too many problems, but I think it’s because it’s typically seen as feminine, however, I know if it was more a male name I would have had issues with it, especially as a kid. That’s just me though. Some names don’t bother me as unisex names but some of them are starting to get ridiculous.

    Post # 88
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Sacha and Misha are unisex names that I love. Both are boys names, Alex and Michael respectively. Like Alex in English, I would not be at all confused if Sacha or Misha turned out to be female. Maybe because of the the -a ending.

    Isn’t -a as an ending considered female in some cultures only? I know in Japanese the -a is more masculine, -ko being the femmey one.

    Post # 89
    27 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    My name is Tracey 🙂 Granted it’s spelled a little more girlish than the typical Tracy used for boys. I have a male family menber (married in) with the same name, but it’s never seemed to be much of a problem…other than being called Stacey by mistake half my life! Which can ironically also be boy/girl. Naming conventions are just that, conventions. If you don’t feel the need to stick to them, don’t! There are so many different tastes and associations tied to baby names that you’ll never pick one that everyone likes. 

    Post # 90
    2861 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I love it. I am a huge fan of typically boy names used for girls. 

    Post # 91
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I didn’t vote, because I’m torn. I love shortened names (Alex for Alexandra, Sam for Samantha) but since my neice is Alex and I’m not a huge fan of Sam, I probably won’t go there for our someday kids.

    However, on the same note, I think that having a different names makes you stronger. My name is Emily, which is pretty common so I never got teased, but DH is from Germany and has a VERY traditional, old fashioned German name. A lot of people teased him when he came to the US (age 9) but he says it made him stronger. He’s proud of his name, because he shares the name with both of his grandfathers. To us, having both American & German names for our kids is important. Even if it means they get teased a little here, we’d rather pick a name that has family history.


    ETA: I also adore Charlie/Charolotte for a girl, but my brother’s name is Charlie. Boo.

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