(Closed) Giving a baby girl a masculine middle name?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
42 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve actually heard of James used a girl’s first name, so I don’t think that this is strange at all. 

Post # 3
8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Eh I think it’s fine. I have a very unusual middle name (was my grandmother’s maiden name) and while I hated it as a kid, it’s really not that bad. The amount of times your middle name actually comes up in daily life is pretty small too.

My only complaint is my officiant messed it up and said a different middle name during our ceremony. He probably saw that on there and was like WTF, that can’t be right?! haha

Post # 4
851 posts
Busy bee

Second that it’s not strange at all. We just hired a girl who had the first name Ryan. For her interview we thought a guy would show up and it was a girl. That was about as weird as it got. Obviously no one at the office said anything, and I think it’s a cool and unique name to have. 

Post # 5
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Sassy9226:  Why not just name her after your grandmother or another female loved one? I totally get wanting to give your child a meaningful family name. We will be doing that too if and when we have children, but the boys will be named after males and girls after females.


Post # 6
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had my mothers maiden name as a middle name – something very ‘different’, and I hated it growing up.  I think James isn’t bad at all though!

Post # 7
8871 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i adored the name Lily James untilthe harry potter books came out and that was the parents’ names.  i still like it, just wouldn’t name my kid that now.

i know girls with names like Ryan, Jordan, Shane, etc.

name your daughter what you want.  if it is important to have this relatives name, she should.


Post # 8
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think Charlotte James flows really well and is really classic. But at the same time, it sounds really cool too, like super hip. (jeez I sound like I’m 80).

Post # 10
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i got a masculine middle name and absolutely hated it. :/ i tried to avoid telling anyone my middle name, and am changing it to my maiden name after the wedding.  i think it’s a good idea in concept, but i personally really didn’t like it as a child! just something to think about!

Post # 11
10381 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

James is also a common last name.  If anything, people will assume it’s a family name, so I don’t think your D could or would be the victim of even the more invisible forms of discrimination that can and do occur.

Post # 12
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I have a masculine middle name and I love it (: I’ve never had any issues with it and even though people think it’s a bit unusual when they find out, I’ve never been teased.  I think it’s special (:

Post # 13
2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ve heard of women with James as a middle name.  Never phased me.

Morgan, Kelly, Ashley, Carol…  These are all names I would read as female, but wouldn’t be surprised is a guy was named it.

Post # 14
4162 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I love it.  If my husband’s name wasn’t Ryan, that would be a strong contender for a daughter’s first name.  I also love the name Charlotte which is in my top 3 😉

Post # 15
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We love masculine names for girls. We named our Dirty Delete Riley. I think Charlotte James sounds nice together.

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