(Closed) Another baby boy name poll!

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Which name do you prefer?

    Declan

    Rory

    Shane

  • Post # 31
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I like Rory (the male Doctor Who character is more recent than Rory Gilmore) and Declan, but to me for that last name Declan is too similar to Christian.

    Post # 32
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    One of my guy friends is named Rory! It ages well, we are Canadian and I’ve never once thought of it as a girly name 🙂

    I chose Declan though because overall I like it a tad better. 

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee

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    babybump:  Don’t much like the three, but prefer Declan to the others. Shane is definitely my least favourite – it sounds really bogan here in Australia (‘bogan’ = something like ‘redneck’ in USA)

    Post # 34
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016 - Hunter Valley

    I voted Declan because your last name is one syllable and so I think a longer first name is nice and I also have friends with a 10 month old called Declan and he is a cutie! Rory is my second choice though.

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

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    curiouslystrong:  You misunderstand, sorry if I wasn’t clear. Rory is not currently more common as a girl name in the States, but it *is* a girl name. And it’s one that has been increasing in popularity for girls. When male names become female, if they are relatively popular, they trend always toward the female: boy names become girl names, but not the other way around. This will likely happen to Rory in America, because the data show this name trending toward female — just like Jane, Vivian, Madison, etc., did in the past. 

    Keeping in mind his future, I’d no sooner name a son Rory than I would name him Jane (notwithstanding my respect for Jayne Cobb, the Hero of Canton, of course).

    Post # 36
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    Sugar bee

    I like Rory best. 

    Shane, I agree with a PP, sounds very bogan to me being here in Australia 

    Post # 37
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016 - Cellar 222

    I love Irish names! Declan followed by Rory (which is very much a boy’s name!)

    Not a fan of Shane. I know too many jerks named Shane.

    Post # 38
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    Buzzing bee

    I like Rory, followed by Declan. Don’t really like Shane. 

    Post # 39
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

    I dislike Declan. I REALLY like Shane. Rory is meh to me.

    Post # 40
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    Buzzing bee

    None, dislike all three.

    Post # 41
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I knew a Dechlan (spelled that way) in graduate school.. he had a very irish last name and was SO handsome..

    Declan gets my vote! It sounds very cute for a child but translates well into an adult name- while still being unique. 

    Post # 43
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    Worker bee

    My vote is for Declan. Classic enough to hang with Thomas, though trendy enough spend time with the Aiden’s. Perfect choice in my opinion. It also sounds much better with your last name than the others. Shane is too short and makes the name feel clipped while Rory Grey is a bit heavy on the ‘r’. 

    P.S. Rory is definitely still a boy’s name. Unlike the dated (though classic) Gilmore Girls, all the Rory’s I know are male. Also since the show is no longer airing, the likelihood of Rory being used for girls will decrease, in my opinion. It doesn’t have a strong enough pull anymore. 

    Post # 44
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    ETA: I want to preface this by saying I know this is a ridiculous screed and I hope it doesn’t come across as unnecessarily harsh or personal, because I don’t mean it that way at all

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    valintine: Oh man, I am going to be a huge name nerd here, but I have to say, I disagree both with the premise and – even if I were to assume that the premise is valid – that it is appropriate to apply it toward speculation on the future of the use of the name Rory in the United States. I do agree that yes, some names, which started off exclusively as ‘boy’ names, have now reached a point where they can generally be assumed to be feminine names: Ashley, Kelly, Vivian, Leslie, Aubrey, Lynn, etc. (though I’ve met men with all of those names, so exceptions are absolutely still out there). However, that is not always the path these sorts of names take, and I don’t think the data supports that being the case with Rory.

    First, I’ll address the claim that male names that see female usage at “relatively popular” levels always trend female. Here are some names that are/were used commonly enough on girls, but that still clearly trend male: Cameron (and variants), Jordan (and variants), Parker, Rowan, Chandler, Devin (and variants). I’ll throw in Casey (and variants), too: it’s more common for boys currently, but if you take into account variant spellings, it was more common for girls in around the late ’80s to early ’90s.

    In fact, that brings me to my next point: even if a name is predominately female in usage, that doesn’t preclude it from continuing to be commonly used as a male name, nor does it imply that male usage of the name will decline. Check out Riley (still in the top 200 for boys, even though it’s in the top 50 for girls), Avery (still in the top 200 for boys, even though it’s knocking on the door of the top 10 for girls), Peyton (just outside the top 200 for boys, just outside the top 50 for girls), Quinn (mid-300s for boys vs. low-100s for girls), and Finley (high-300s for boys vs. low-200s for girls). Also, male usage of Avery and Finley is actually on the upswing. Instead of fading from male usage, these names (that some would claim have become female), are instead seeing more usage than they did in previous years.

    Finally, I want to look at Toby, which I think is fairly analogous to Rory – similar name structure, surge in female popularity due to pop culture influence – which actually was more popular as a feminine name during a decent chunk of the ’30s and ’40s (and, if we’re looking at the data in terms of percent used, feminine Toby then and feminine Rory now are very comparable). Did this mark Toby as forever a female name? Not at all.

    I really don’t see how you (or others) can make a judgment that Rory necessarily and irrevocably will trend female, considering that it’s only ranked in the top 1000 for six total years (beginning in 2003), and has never been in the top 1000 for more than two consecutive years. Further, Rory as a masculine name is currently trending up, not down. In fact, while it jumped less spots than feminine Rory (+42 vs. +59 from 2013-2014), its increase in percent used was greater (+0.007% vs. +0.002%). Again, the data doesn’t/can’t take into account Rory’s potential use as a female nickname, but it in no way conclusively suggests that Rory has gone to the girls.

    OP, sorry for the threadjack, but hopefully this convinces you to dismiss any “please don’t use Rory it’s for GIRLS” arguments (if they were causing you any misgivings about using the name – which, I have a whole other argument I can bust out if anyone wants to argue that a name being more popular for girls means it’s off-limits for boys).

    Post # 45
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    Helper bee

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    babybump:  I think Declan goes best with your last name. I also like Rory with your last name and don’t think that it’s off-limits for boys. Declan Rory might be a nice combination if you’re not set on a middle name yet. 

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    curiouslystrong:  Yes +100

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    valintine:  Just because a name has been used for girls as well as boys does not make the name a girls-only name. There are plenty of names that have become unisex, and some trend more toward girls, whereas others trend more toward boys. Rory actually trends more toward boys than it does toward girls.

    Using Social Security data, 741 boys were named Rory in 2014, compared to 326 girls named Rory in 2014. That’s 2.27 boys for every 1 girl who was named Rory that year in the United States. I don’t see how anyone can convincingly argue that Rory is a girls-only name when the fact is that there are a lot more real-life boys being named Rory than real-life girls.

    No one knows for certain whether the number of girls will overtake the number of boys being named Rory. However, if I had to guess, I’d lean toward no, especially considering the statistics and the fact that Gilmore Girls is no longer airing.

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