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Unisex Names: Would you use one?

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As more and more names are crossing gender divides, with girls being named Maxwell and Monroe, and boy and girl Eastons and Wests, Sages and Sawyers, we’re not surprised to find that among the most persistent topics on the Nameberry forums are those having to do with gender–with very strong opinions being voiced.  So today’s Question of the Week concerns unisex names:

Would/did you choose a name that’s given almost equally to both girls and boys?

Would/did you give your daughter a name more often used for a boy?

Would/did you give your son a name that has started drifting into the  girls’ column?  Does this matter to you?

Or would you only consider a name that’s distinctly masculine or feminine?

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The Question of the Week:

Who makes the ultimate baby name decisions in your family?

Does Mom run around gathering baby name ideas, while Dad makes the ultimate judgment (as it sometimes seems from the discussion of this topic on our forums)?

Or do both partners discuss, but Mom gets the ultimate say?

Do you truly decide as a team, with both partners’ opinions weighted equally?

Or is it complicated….in which case you’ve got to give us all the details!

First, take the poll below.

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Whether we want to or not, we can’t help being influenced by the baby name choices of celebrities–highly publicized (and judged)  as they are. So today’s question of the week is: What name have you liked more or less after/because it was chosen by a celeb?

Is there some name a notable has plucked from out of the past and made to sound fresh again?

Is there an ethnic name you never would have considered before but would now that they’ve made it more familiar?

Is there a starbaby name that may have sounded outrageous when you first heard it but which you have grown to like–and even consider using yourself? (and yes, that’s Harlow and Sparrow illustrated above.)

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Let’s face it, we all can’t wait to hear the next big celebrity baby names and we all judge them when they’re announced.  Are they too outrageous?  Too popular?  Too bland?

But let’s say the tables were turned and you knew that your baby–and her name–were going to be splashed across the cover of People magazine for all the world to see–and weigh in on.  Would you choose a different name from the one you’d pick as a private person?

Would your celebrity self look for a name that would bring your baby–and you–lots of attention?  (Hello, Huckleberry.)

Or would you try to be the first to seek and discover some vintage treasure? (such as Agnes, Aurelius)

Or try to fly under the radar with a more ordinary name? (as in Robert Ford Wilson)

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This week’s Berry Question of the Week comes from a Kansas mom named Amy, who is excitedly awaiting the arrival of a daughter to add to her trio of well named boys. Problem is, she’s waited so long to have a little girl that she feels the name she’s looking for can be nothing short of perfect. She writes:

My husband and I are having our first daughter after three boys and several years of trying for another without any luck. So this baby girl feels sooo special and I want her to have a name that’s perfect as she’ll definitely be our last.

The problem is that my husband and I just can’t agree on what we want. I have looked at SO many names and I feel like I’m running out of ideas- and I can’t even seem to stick with one style.

I like sweet and feminine, modern and spunky, hip and vintage, and word names. I can say I want something that’s not too common and that I’m not a fan of hybrid or invented names. My husband’s style just seems to lean to “no”. Aargh.

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