Post # 46
I think it depends on the name — I absolutely love the name Riley and will name my child that, preferably my daughter, but if we don’t have a daughter, I’m ok with my last boy being a Riley and my Fiance does not agree, he sees it as a girl name only. I think Taylor is a boy name, I can’t see naming my daughter that. Morgan could go either way though. I think Peyton is cute for a girl or boy, although I tend to think that traditional “boy” names are cuter for girls than traditional “girl” names for boys if that makes sense. I guess it just depends on the name.
Post # 47
I have a name that’s typically a boys’ name. I’ve met several men with this name, and strangely, never another female in person, although there are female (and male!) celebrities with my name.
I get things addressed to Mr. sometimes and when I meet someone after emailing with them or something, they’re often surprised that I’m a woman.
My husband and I have a few gender neutral names we would love for a baby. In fact, our favorite girl name is typically a boy name.
Post # 48
I’m not typically a fan. There are some gender-neutral names that you see a lot more frequently that I don’t mind (Taylor, Morgan, Jordan, etc) but for the most part, I would steer clear of choosing such a name for my children.
Post # 49
I think Riley is beautiful for a girl!
Do you think the fact the names you like ARE ones you’ve seen more of is just because you’re more used to them being used that way? If so, isn’t it just a matter of time before we all get used to more and more gender neutral names?
@all: Yeah, I’m really hating some of the examples of girls names for boys here… I guess it does depend a lot on which way you cross the gender and the specifig name! I’m starting to think the commonality of it being a cross-gender name is a factor/ aka the more common, the more people are open to liking it.
Post # 50
I’m not really a fan. I like gender specific. Hubby has a cousin that is names Kelly (he is a boy). Well, Kelly (boy) got married to Kelly (girl). How confusing is that?!? There are some names that can go back and forth, but I really do prefer the ones that are gender specific for girls and boys.
I’m a teacher and in one grade, we have 3 kids named Riley…..1 boy (Riley), 2 girls (Riley and Reilly). Then, in a lower grade we have another Riley (boy).
I do have a Tyler and SHE is in 3rd grade. Imagine my surprise when I’m going through my class list and have this blonde, girly girl who is named Tyler,
Post # 51
I grew up with a traditional yet unique first name, spelled differently than the tradition, and I HATE it. I hated always clarifying what I’d said when introducing myself, always spelling my name out when it’s going to be written, and then being disappointed when teachers, or friends, or even family would misspell my name.
That being said, we named our daughter something easy to hear and easy to say and spell, but still a beautiful, traditional name. I like to think that this will inspire confidence in her as she grows up. The child’s personality and upbringing makes the child unique, not the name.
Post # 52
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
Neither poll options fits for me. I don’t mind actual unisex names like Jordan, Morgan, Rowan, etc. But I really dislike when people say “We wanted a strong name so we named our daughter Jackson Grace*” like the only way to be ‘strong’ is to be masculine.
*And the middle name is always, always Grace or Rose
Post # 53
I don’t like gender neutral names. Except for I think Ryan is cute for a girl – and my brother would probably slap me for saying it.
My name is definately feminine, but I’ve heard it once as a male name and it really bothered me! I think that’s why I feel the way I do about it.
I substitute taught back in the day and it made things so confusing, especially because I wasn’t the every day teacher.
Post # 54
What ever floats your boat! I don’t mind unigender names at all. I actually like how most of those names sound. For e.g.: Taylor.
Post # 55
While I can see why gender specific names might be helpful in school or meeting new people, I honestly love gender neutral names or more accurately, I love certain boy names as girl names. Like Ryan or Jordan… 🙂
Post # 56
I LOVE using dual gender name! I love Devin, Ryan, Reagan and Kendall for a girl. I don’t care for feminine names on boys, but I do love me some masculine names on girls
Post # 57
We had a boy in highschool science class, he had long blond hair and name – CONNIE, but he did look like a boy…
I also heard of a girl named MERCEDES….
Post # 58
Some of the names may also be tied to cultural traditions. I knew a man named Shannon, and it was a family thing.
Personally, I prefer gender-specific names for things I pick out, but I’m not opposed to other people going gender-neutral.
Post # 59
I love dual gender names. My mom, dad and I all have gender neutral names.. (my brother doesn’t) My husbands nick name is gender neutral (alex short for alexander) my daughters name can go either way… I however probably won’t name my next children with gender neutral names because I don’t like any that go with dds name.
Post # 60
There was a girl in my class named Ryan, and she owned it and I loved it, and then I had a male friend named Kelly who hated his name and was very bitter about it because he got teased all the time for it. He ended up changing it legally to Michael a few years ago. I think if he had wanted to, he could have owned it, but he was too embarrased about it. So I guess it depends not only on the name, but the person and how they’ll handle it.
Personally, I don’t have a problem when other people do it, I just don’t particularly like most gender-neutral names. I’ve just always been drawn to more gender-specific names.