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  1. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by sapphires View Post
    I hate the double standard that comes with gender-swapped names. Like "I can name my daughter Ryan because it's a strong name, but I can't name my son Elizabeth because it's so feminine". Why can girls be masculine, but boys cannot be feminine? It's a double standard that I wish didn't exist. Girls names can sound strong too, and boys names can be soft. People have told me so many times that I shouldn't like names like Darwin, Elliot, and Jasper on a boy because they're too soft sounding and sound like girls names. Well why is it okay to give your daughter a masculine name? I hate it. If you're prepared to use a boys name on a girl, you should be okay with using a girls name on a boy. Otherwise it's just ignorant and even sexist.

    From your list, I prefer these on boys:
    Hester
    Eden
    Arden
    Afton
    Bryn
    Piper
    Sloane

    I wouldn't even consider these to be girls names

    I agree with you, in that I'm not sure why boy names seem to be able to cross over and girl names can't, but I also think that sometimes, it is not the sound of the name itself that puts the parent off using it for a boy - Hester, for instance, even rhymes with Lester, a traditionally male name, which completely undermines that logic! But instead, for the same reasons that some Berries hesitate to use infrequently heard names which are actually traditionally used on persons with the same gender as their child, lots of people are put off by the scarce use of Ingrid, for example, on a boy, even if they consider it to sound masculine.

    Also, surely by not considering Hester, for example, from your list above, to be a girl's name, despite its extensive use as such, while berating those who do exactly the same thing with boy names, you are copying these double standards? Sorry, I'm not trying to argue and I agree with much of what you are saying, I'm just mulling things over 'out loud', as it were. Just something to think about.

    Greer and Seren would be my favourites on a boy.

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  2. #8
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    I actually think it's okay to use 'girl' names on boys if you think a name sounds more masculine

    ones I like for boys
    Artemis
    Alma
    Bronagh
    Jonquil
    Merry
    Summer

    and a few I love that were originally boy, but you almost only see on girls now.
    Cassidy
    Lindsey
    Loren
    Mackenzie
    Morgan
    Whitney

    and ones I don't like ,but I think they can work for a boy
    Alba
    Edith
    Echo
    Eden
    Ilene
    Inga
    Ingrid
    Ursa
    Paris
    Valerie
    Willow
    Beryl
    Beth
    Bjork
    Connie
    Dagmar
    Phillis
    Cadence
    Chelsea
    Clare
    Jane
    Juno
    Mallory
    Myrtle
    Fay
    Fern (i actually know a guy with this name)
    Holly
    Leto
    Rachel
    Rose
    Ruby
    Sloane
    Sybil
    Tamar
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  3. #10
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    Personally, I don't like the idea of traditionally boy names on girls and the reverse...But why said plant/flower names are all girl and surname/mineral - all boy? Switching sounds fun!
    These are the ones I would like to see only on boys despite their popularity for girls:
    Vivian (though I like Vivienne for a girl)
    Shannon
    Logan
    Addison
    Madison
    Elisha
    "On" means "he" in Ukrainian so it's was odd for me to meet girls with these names after I started learning English culture. Funny but anyway...
    These are nature and word names that would work perfectly for boys:
    Fern
    Ginger
    Juniper
    Laurel (like for both genders)
    Linden
    Garnet
    Harbor
    Haven
    Rain
    Holiday
    Lyric
    Olive (like for both genders)
    Justice
    Cricket
    Cadence
    And surnames:
    Harper
    Piper
    Mackenzie
    Paige
    Kennedy
    Cameron
    Delaney

    In general, I think classic names must keep the gender but nature, word and made-up names can work for both boys and girls. Exceptions may exist though.

  4. #12
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    There aren't any genuine boy names that I like for girls or girl names that I like for boys. I find it especially silly when people assign gender to words/things that have no gender. A lot of the names on your list are unisex but because they are used more on girls some people think it's the end of the world if you give them to a boy.

    Some from your list:
    Bryn has long been used for boys. Brynn is a made-up spelling to feminized it (like Emmersyn). Technically it's unisex because it means hill
    Blythe is a feminized spelling of a word- blithe. Unisex but when people use it for boys they tend to go with the proper spelling, Blithe
    Belle is a word but it's feminine. Bel is the masculine form. Bell is a word with no gender
    Greer is a surname that comes from Gregor. Surnames are passed by males so guess it could be considered a boy name but I like it for both

    Fox * Shea * Jade * Azure * Eden * Greer * Blaise
    Lotus * Tallulah * Noor * Jasper * Linden * Arden

  5. #14
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    I have actually only ever met boys with the name Eden, didn't even realize that people used it for girls until that show Toddlers and Tiaras.

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