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    Ruby for a boy?

    One of my sister's bf's is having a boy. They are thinking of the name Rubin Maynard which I actually like, but they want to use the nn Ruby. My sister is having trouble accepting this, but I told her that I think it's fine. Do you think with unisex names being used so much more, that Ruby will be socially accepted for a boy's name?

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    I think Ruby could totally work on a boy. I know in the US it was used on boys as late as the 1940's
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    I also really like Reuben nn Ruby. I think, given that Rudy is a well-known male name, Ruby can definitely work as a nickname. Perhaps more so as a family nickname than one expected to catch on at school and such, but it works nonetheless imo. I think as a full first, Ruby would be considered too feminine for a boy, but I think anything goes with nicknames and as a diminutive of Rubin I think it's quite handsome! ETA: Not so sure, but I feel like the spelling Rubi might help somewhat, being a direct contraction of Rubin.
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    I would say NO. Ruby is rising in popularity for girls fairly quickly and I simply do not hear this as a unisex or masculine name. If I saw Ruby's name on a class roster, it would NEVER occur to me that it might not be a girl and I would guess other kids would expect a girl, too. To me, this is like naming a boy Lily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catreynolds View Post
    I would say NO. Ruby is rising in popularity for girls fairly quickly and I simply do not hear this as a unisex or masculine name. If I saw Ruby's name on a class roster, it would NEVER occur to me that it might not be a girl and I would guess other kids would expect a girl, too. To me, this is like naming a boy Lily.
    My thoughts as well.
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