Post # 61
Well my son’s name is Alexander so what does that tell you. He more than likely will be called Alex and I know Alex can be either male or female. We never thought of that when we were thinking of names. DH and I happen to both like the name Alexander.
Post # 62
Mercedes is a actually a pretty common name- at least where I am in So Cal. Means “mercies” (that is, the plural of mercy), from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, María de las Mercedes, meaning “Mary of Mercies”.
In response to the OP, it does get a little confusing from a teacher’s point of view, but some names I do believe are more suited for girls or boys even if they neutral. I have several “Taylors” “Devins” “Camerons” but I figure it out alright. 🙂 Go with what you like!! It’s your childs and it’s way more common now to have gender neutral names than before.
Post # 63
Anyone else reading this thread listing to Cash sing “A Boy Named Sue”?
Post # 64
I have never heard of some of these being anything BUT either a girl or a guy name, like Cameron, and Ryan, I would think of those as totally masculine names. Taylor, Jordan, and some of those are more common around here as both.
Post # 65
Thanks everyone for your opinions! I just like to start these polls sometimes because I get really curious 🙂 Hopefully down the line I wont be the only one interested in the results! Like I said, a little surprised so many people don’t like them, but as I’ve told other posters, the most important thing is that the parents of said child really like them, which we do! 🙂
Post # 66
My name is Stacey (female, obviously LOL) and I knew TWO male Stacey’s in my building at university. The only other female Stacey I knew was actually an Anastasia. I don’t mind most gender neutral names… but… male Stacey’s do weird me out a little. LOL.
Post # 67
I have a dual-gender (actually more typically male name) and I don’t like it. Especially as a kid, it was annoying and embarrassing to correct people. Even now, people usually refer to me as “Mr.” in written communication and it’s so awkward to correct them!
Post # 68
I am totally ok with it, but I might be biased. My name was going to be mine whether I was male or female. My brother’s name is also gender neutral. His name is Kalyn (pronounced Cal-in) and mine is Larren. My parents combined their names to create ours.
Post # 69
Both me and SO have gender neutral names which can confuse people. Often people refer to me as Drew and my partner as Jamie… I find it more funny than anything. Growing up, I never had a problem with it and lots of people say “oh, that’s a boys name”. I’ve only received ‘Mr’ mail once and it was a keycard from the bank which I actually didn’t change coz i thought it was hilarious- until it got stuck in the ATM and I had to explain not only that, but I was in fact female to the bank teller lol… But really, I couldn’t care less. Like a PP said- you have to own it, like your personality. I would also love to call my future baby girl Cameron but that might get a little confusing with all of us together =)
ETA: I just realised my username might say otherwise about this post- miss jamie is a bit of a nickname that I developed early in the piece growing up, maybe it actually has a bit more than I credit it to my gender neutral name- but I actually quite like being known as miss jamie- it’s affectionate and cute!
Post # 70
I’m definitely not a fan of the gender neutral names…
Post # 71
There is so much sexism in upper management and executive level positions I am always happy that when I use my professional name people often mention they thought I was a guy. In terms of career, it seems like a gender neutral name might have some advantages. I love feminine names, but I don’t want it to limit in any way what opportunities my daughter may have.