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  1. #1
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    What do you think of Lincoln?

    I specifically chose Nameberry as the site to ask this question because it seems like the audience is a bit more modern-minded, and I value your opinion.

    I have come to love the name Lincoln for my daughter. It sounds cute and feminine to me, and I can picture a little girl with pigtails. It also feels more fresh than some of the other names I have on my short list. I got really excited about it (hubs loves it too), and I started to seriously consider it. HOWEVER, I did some online research and found a few forums of people's opinions of a girl named Lincoln (including the reaction to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's daughter) and was really surprised by HOW NEGATIVE the general response was to the name. People seemed downright angry about it. I obviously don't want to ignore something that large and name my wonderful daughter something that everyone seems to hate...but I also can't shake the feeling that maybe I'm reading the opinions of a small group of people who may be more conservative about names. So I have come to Nameberry to ask your honest opinion. What do you think of the name Lincoln for a girl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickyjay View Post
    I specifically chose Nameberry as the site to ask this question because it seems like the audience is a bit more modern-minded, and I value your opinion....I also can't shake the feeling that maybe I'm reading the opinions of a small group of people who may be more conservative about names. So I have come to Nameberry to ask your honest opinion. What do you think of the name Lincoln for a girl?
    I'm always baffled when people think that giving their child an eye-rollingly trendy, downmarket name is somehow interesting, bohemian, or nouveau, something that detractors are just too square to understand. Boys' names for girls, specifically the names of dead white guys, are beyond mainstream. There's nothing edgy or modern about them. In fact, they're downright conservative. Lincoln is instantly dated, a slight, silly, faddish choice that will sit at the table with Jennifer, Madison, Mackenzie, and Jayden. I'm bracing myself for the flood of Lincoln, Linkin, Leinkyn, and Lynkenne.

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Winifred or Simon Atlas | Atlas Dov or Alice Violetta | Lucien Wilde or Lucinda Jane | Jane Lucinda or Jack Mariner | Marlowe Charles or Roscoe Thomas | Charles ' Charlie' Wallace or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Eloise Lily or Elliot Darwin | Iris Cordelia or Thea Marina | Jasper Augustus or Juniper 'June' Lovelace | Julian Felix or Judah 'Jude' Reeve

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    Quote Originally Posted by augusta_lee View Post
    Boys' names for girls, specifically the names of dead white guys, are beyond mainstream.
    But, Augs, you've got Marlowe on your girl list... D.W.G. (Hey, I thought we were together in the Marlowe-is-for-Boys camp? Am I all alone there now...?)

    I am going to say that I think Lincoln is horrible for girls and boys. It's not a nice sounding name. It's a cute-ish town in England, and I get that mr Abraham Lincoln is a big deal (and I get that people would want to name their sons Lincoln after seeing the movie with dashing DDL), but it's not a nice name. However, that is my personal opinion.

    Lincoln does not strike me as very feminine nor very masculine. It's absolutely perfectly in the middle. You can call a girl Lincoln Linn or Linnie. But I hope I never meet a little Lincoln; boy or girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ottilie View Post
    But, Augs, you've got Marlowe on your girl list... D.W.G. (Hey, I thought we were together in the Marlowe-is-for-Boys camp? Am I all alone there now...?)
    Argh, I am so torn! I prefer it on a boy but a poll I posted soliciting opinions placed it firmly in the girls' camp... *is ashamed*

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Winifred or Simon Atlas | Atlas Dov or Alice Violetta | Lucien Wilde or Lucinda Jane | Jane Lucinda or Jack Mariner | Marlowe Charles or Roscoe Thomas | Charles ' Charlie' Wallace or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Eloise Lily or Elliot Darwin | Iris Cordelia or Thea Marina | Jasper Augustus or Juniper 'June' Lovelace | Julian Felix or Judah 'Jude' Reeve

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

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    You will get some people who don't like it because they have a strong dislike of unisex names (even on Nameberry) and some people who don't like it because it bothers them that people think it's cool to give a girl a boy's name...because that implies being boyish is cooler than being girly, which frankly is kind of sexist. However, Lincoln isn't traditionally a girl's name or a boy's name, it's a surname. People have been using surnames as first names for both boys and girls as a way to carry on a family name or to name a baby after someone they admire for a long time and I think it's perfectly fine to use Lincoln on a girl if you want to.

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