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Thread: Lets Retake From the Girls!
April 10th, 2013 07:37 PM #41Senior Member
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Sorry, I don't have anything new to add, but I just wanted to comment anyway. I absolutely love Riley, but I'm afraid to use it because I don't want people to think of it as a girl's name! The same goes for Avery - which I'll admit I used to like for a girl before I joined this site. Then after I joined, I remembered Avery from Charlotte's Web, and maybe that character would help keep it on the boy's side.
I also love Rory, and don't like it on a girl unless it's a nickname (for Aurora), but I wouldn't use either of those names because they sound weird to me when I say the "ror" part out loud for some reason.
Angel makes me think of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I went to high school with a guy named Angel, pronounced the English way. So Angel has always been a boy's name in my mind.
I also created male characters in a book that I wrote named Kelly and Lindsay because I love those on boys but I would be way too afraid to use them in real life.
I also had a male teacher in middle school named Kim.Girls: Cordelia, Phoebe, Rose
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April 10th, 2013 07:53 PM #43Senior Member
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Love this thread! I agree with most of these. As I've mentioned before, Harper for some reason is all girl to me, though I have no idea why. As is Angel, because the only one I've ever heard of is a close (female) friend, so I just can't see it on a boy ... though to be honest, I'm not a fan of it on a girl either; seems kind of like "princess" or something like that. So maybe if I met a male Angel, I would like it more as a name in general (and on boys).
Kelly and Ashley are my favorites in the category. These are totally swoon-worthy for me on a boy. Love love love!!! I'm pretty sure I would actually swoon if I met a male Kelly or Ashley. I'd probably develop an immediate crush -- even though I'm married and in my 30s -- that's how handsome these names are on boys for me.
Some of the names on these lists are all boy to me, such that I don't think they have "gone to the girls." If I hear them on a girl, I just think "that's weird -- I wonder why they gave their daughter a male name?" Equivalent to Michael or James on a girl for me. Some of those would be: Whitney, Elliot, Rowan, Avery, Rory ... and many others I'm sure; those are just the ones that come to mind immediately.
April 10th, 2013 07:55 PM #45
Jasper (which is a type of gemstone) and Peter (which comes from the Greek, petros, which is literally the masculine singular noun form, meaning "rock". Sort of like Belle is for girls, and Beau is for boys. Both are literally the French word for "beautiful", but are feminine and masculine forms, respectively. In English, Jasper has no gender. In Greek, Peter does.
I mean, sure, I can sympathize--I would hate seeing my beloved Lily or Violet on a boy, but technically, they're as unisex as Jasper is. Most people just find them incredibly masculine or feminine, so people don't rock the boat. And I used to hate seeing Noa on girls because I thought it threatened Noah's masculinity, but that's obviously not true.
When it comes to masculine names that have been taken over for girls (Shannon, Kimberly, Rory, Aubrey, Avery, Hadley, Morgan, Addison, Bailey, etc., etc.--even my own name, Ashley!), I am willing to be a very loud advocate, but if a name is truly unisex, I don't see the harm in Jasper for a girl, or just Ash for a girl, etc. I was never the best at biology, but from what I remember, most plants are asexual, anyway.Ashley | namenerd | Christian | storyteller
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April 11th, 2013 08:44 AM #47Moderator
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April 11th, 2013 09:39 AM #49
Hyacinth on my boy's list for those exact reasons - yes, it is a flower, but it is just the name of a plant after all. (If anything, it should be a boy's name because of the original Hyacinth, the "beautiful youth" loved by Apollo.) So my argument is ridiculous really, sorry! And I do love Jasper because of the sound, not because of which gender it is for, so it shouldn't make a difference anyway. Sorry.
Jasper and Peter are completely different. I suppose it's just the subconscious thought of the reaction people would have to Violet on a boy that means it isn't really used for boys, instead of the sounds or meaning or whatever. Sorry, I realise my argument was a bit ridiculous - thank you two for being so reasoned in reply. I really must think before I post, haha!