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  1. #1
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    Monroe: m or f?

    My husband has a uncle named Monroe, and we would like to use it for a boy, but I am wondering if it is a name going to the girls now. What do you think? Also, is this name likely to explode in popularity over the next few years? Thanks for the feedback.

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    It's a surname. But if used as a first name, it's all masculine to me.

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    Good question - I'd accept it on either, but on a girl I'd assume it was inspired by Marilyn whereas I would just see it as a name name on a boy.

    To answer your question though, I think this one is going to the girls, particularly in the last 3 years. It's hard to tell if it's a lasting change or just a trend, however Monroe has a long, steady history as a boys name so I think that will endure.

    I personally prefer it on a boy, it feels rugged and charming

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    It's firmly a surname to me. I don't think it will explode in popularity. It was in the top 100 last year, but in the low side. It was ranked #949 in popularity.
    Dany (Also known as Athena Danielle)
    Auntie to Q | Momma to a kit named Zola Bastet
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    I feel Monroe is going towards the girls. With the popularity of old Hollywood names like Harlow, it seems like this is the next big thing. Even if you look at it from a presidential name perspective, it seems more like a Madison than say Lincoln. You could try a different spelling perhaps (ex. Munroe) but it still rings more for the girls in my ears.
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