Almost all of these I would rather see on a boy than a girl! Sidney is more masculine than Sydeny, somehow...I guess it's more traditional and literary than the place nameyness of Sydney? Quinn, Devon, Phoenix, Riley...all would be great on boys and I think are still considered unisex?? The only Devon I've know was a boy. Cassidy gives me pause, but then I think Butch Cassidy and it seems so cowboy and awesome. Tempest is fun, too, esp as a middle.
Originally Posted by milliemm
It is SO fascinating which names have been posted. All of these have stronger male associations for me, based on the real-life people I've known with the names: Hadley, Avery, Emerson, Elliot, Devon, Brook.
It's amazing to me that the nameberry entry says Hadley is too far on the girl's side to be a boy! The only Hadley I've known is a 6 yr old boy who was named for the surname of good friends of his parents. It has also seems totally fitting to him and not feminine at all. But obviously I'm behind the times, as it is #130 for girls in the US?!! And not on the charts for boys?!
I also known a male Kelly. Also, DH's great-uncle was an Emerson probably born in the 1940s....any name ending in -son feels like it's inherently masculine to me!
All of these are very BOY to me, if not pure unisex. I disagree that Taylor, Logan, Tyler can't be used on boys anymore. Crazy. I know more boys than girls with all these names.
If you want them to be on your boy's list keep them there! Of those I think Avery and Emerson would still work for a boy despite their popularity on girls. Carey and Kelley I think would work better now than a generation ago since Carrie and Kelly aren't common for girls anymore (I'd probably also say the same about Loren since Lauren is dropping for girls as well). The only one from your list I'd hesitate myself on using for a boy is Madison, and that's because it's so common for girls while now virtually unheard of for boys at the same time.
Originally Posted by ruolan
I know its already been said but...ASHLEY!! I wanted to name my son Ashley originally but got discouraged... Oh well...Lucius suits him better anyway :)
Also...Briar, Valentine, Nikita (in Russia its masculine but here in Canada...its anything but).
I will probably think of more later.... :)
Esther (has boyish sounds...kinda like Arthur)
Rene (used to be a masculine name)
Juniper (close to mega masculine god name Jupiter)
Gale (hopefully this one will take off thanks to the Hunger Games!)
Rue (like it better for a girl but I can see it working for a boy)
Don't listen to them! I love Ashley for a boy, it feels dated on a girl but fresh and handsome on a boy. Lucius is a great pick though.
Originally Posted by clairedelune
And Rene is a male name in France, Renee is the feminine version (I think they usually have accents on but I don't know how to type them)
Another vote for Paris - I quite like it on a girl as well actually, but I love it for a boy and I'd use it, definitely.
I also think Brooke on a boy would be lovely, although I prefer the spelling Brook. I like Addison and in the UK it's still pretty rare as a name but you do hear of the odd girl Addison so unfortunately I think the trend is crossing over here :(
I used to be way more uptight about this though. I think names that have historically been boy should stay there, and surnames with particularly masculine meanings or connotations should stay on boys, as well as surnames ending in -son. I don't mind nature names or place names on either gender, and surnames like Harlow etc. are fair game for either as well.
Jade. Onyx. Emerald. Amber.
But mostly just Jade. I can't get over it, it's so perfect.
Baby Spice is married to a guy called Jade. :)
Originally Posted by celianne
I think that any name ending with son could pass for a boy. But not Ashley (maybe in Britain) or Ruby or Kelly. Male teenage Kelly will definitely get gay or feminine jokes.
Names that are/was on my list for a boy...
Names not ending with son that could be male names...
Elin (maybe not)