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May 30th, 2013 06:45 AM #6Senior Member
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Emmett: Not a girly name at all in my mind. It doesn't even have a tint of femininity in my mind, even though it does have some similar sound qualities to Emma. I think Emmett is just too well-recognized as a male's name for any worry about that. My first association has always been Emmett Smith (NFL).
Beckett: I had never heard 'Beck it!' like that before, but now that you've said it, it's all I hear. Ha. Don't think people would hear it that way often though, unless it was pointed out to them. That being said, I'm not really a fan of this name in general.
Declan: I don't hear 'duckling'. I wouldn't worry about that. I think this is a solid name option.
Arlo: This is another that doesn't have an even slight tint of female to me, it's all dude. Like southern, slightly cowboy-ish dude. I think it's a solid name option.Updated Name List- http://www.ebabynames.com/list/eff115- Vote away...
May 30th, 2013 06:56 AM #8
Emmett - I think the feminine Em nicknames are a legitimate concern. To me it is similar to Elliot. Both are great names but the nicknames are too feminine. However, you can probably just focus on not using nicknames. I tend to prefer Everett to both Emmett and Eliot because there is no natural nn that seems feminine.
Beckett - sounds very preppy. I do not associate it all with the connotation you mentioned.
Declan - I don't hear duck at all... I hear Deck - lan. This is a great name.
Arlo - stills seems firmly in the male camp to me.I like simple yet versatile names that work well for the athlete, the comic, the genius, and the judge.
May 30th, 2013 07:07 AM #10
Emmett - Yes this has the same opening as Emma-like girl names and is therefore softer than many other boys names but I by no means think it's girly. Very different but names that have a similar softness (to me) are Julian, and Sebastian. I think it's really an asset. By equal measures a Just a stray thought: Matthew could be called Mattie which is very similar to the popular gils Maddie, does that make Matthew too girly?
Beckett - My first thought is always "the parents must be huge Samuel Beckett fans". I don't see this related to a f* it comment at all but instead really see it as a LN as a FN.
Declan - I don't hear duckling as much as "deck them" (as in punch them). But besides I'm also not huge on this one even though I can see it's appeal.
Arlo - It's too grumpy old man to be girly. It's kind of what I love about this name. Also Marlo Brandon is a great manly figure to hold up against Harlow and Marlow. I say firmly in the boys camp.MAJOR CONSTRUCTION ZONE
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May 30th, 2013 11:42 AM #12Senior Member
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My associations are distinctly American:
Emmett - Emmett Till - African-American boy killed in the 50's for talking to a white woman; part of impetus for civil rights movement. A sad association but to me gives meaning to the name.
Beckett - Josh Beckett - Red Sox pitcher.
Arlo - Arlo Guthrie - American folk singer.
Declan - If anything, written I sometimes see de-clan (which doesnt really mean anything, so it's not a problem). Mostly I see it as a cool traditional Irish name that I'd love to use if I were at all Irish.
May 30th, 2013 12:25 PM #14
Emrys and Emerson also being taken by the girls (even though I view them as being VERY masculine). I do hesitate with Emmett... it's masculine now, but there's no guarantee in 5 years. I had this trend... I really wish people would stop stealing boys' names...
Beckett- Very preppy, and I just hear "Beck-it". I think of the band "Beck", and Samuel Beckett....
Declan- I also hear Deck-lan. This is my favourite of your choices.
Arlo- I don't know why, but I highly dislike this name... and Milo... maybe it's an -o thing??? I think of the movie "Argo"... but it doesn't really sound like a name to me. I don't know... maybe it will grow on me...Emiliana Pari Debuts July 2014Soren Pasha, Caspian Bardia, Raphael