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Thread: Girls names for boys
June 30th, 2013 02:51 PM #6
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.
July 1st, 2013 02:16 AM #8
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
and a few I love that were originally boy, but you almost only see on girls now.
and ones I don't like ,but I think they can work for a boy
Fern (i actually know a guy with this name)
July 1st, 2013 03:53 AM #10Senior Member
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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)
"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:
Laurel (like for both genders)
Olive (like for both genders)
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.
July 1st, 2013 06:12 AM #12Senior Member
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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
July 1st, 2013 01:33 PM #14Senior Member
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