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  1. #1
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    Why art thou male, Cymbeline?

    What do you think, does this name sound masculine?
    Excludes my top 7 girls and top 7 boys names.

    girls reserve list - Lucia(loo-see-a) - Orla -Kitty (katherine) - Iris - Celia - Ilona(ee-low-na)

    boys RL - Caspar - Tristan - Rowan - Charles (not charlie)

    Note: Official names in brackets and they are just that 'official'.

  2. #3
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    It is a masculine name for me, but it does have a slightly feminine sound to it.

  3. #5
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    I wouldn't say comes across as particularly masculine - it has the 'y' that seems to be considered feminine now (probably because we unfortunately see stuck in so many "feminized" versions of boys names these days e.g. Ashtyn, Emersyn, Jaydyn ... *shudders*), the 'line' ending of so many popular girls names (e.g. Madeline, Adeline, Emmeline) and it also has 'bel' in it.

    I think you could get away with using it for a girl if you wanted to, as long as you were willing to put up with the occasional, "oh, like the Shakespearean king?".
    Last edited by genevie; May 1st, 2013 at 08:33 AM.
    g e n e v i e v e

    Violet Ruby Grace ♀ Alice Pomeline Wren ♀ India Lotus Penelope
    May Tallulah Verity ♀ Lucia Ottilie June♀ Rosa Elowen Chloë

    Ivo Valentine Fox ♂ Shiloh Atlas Grey ♂ Leo Elijah Bram
    Maben Isaac Poe ♂ Emrys Casper Gabriel ♂ Kit Auberon Xavier

  4. #7
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    It's a weird Shakespeare-ization of an ancient British king's name, which comes out more like Cunobelinus in Romano-British style, or Cynfelyn in Welsh. Names often get mangled when coming from one language to the next.

    There's always Augustine, to use as a comparison.

  5. #9
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    Cymbeline? Masculine? Not even a little, IMO.

    Yes, I know, the character is male, but how many people are really going to care? I think it makes a much better name for a girl, personally. If I was a boy, I'd hate to be named Cymbeline.
    contemplating combos:
    August David Dodge · August Henry Dodge · Barnaby Viggo Paul · Barnaby Atlas Paul
    Leona Vesper Lynn · Vivian Lillie Revere · Florence Patricia Mae · Zelda Katherine Rose
    avatar by *moogley-mog

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