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  1. #1
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    Unisex Names: Which Gender Comes to Mind?

    I'm a big fan of unisex names, as a lot of them are gorgeous, and I also like the thought of my hypothetical future child not being stuck with a name that feels too masculine or too feminine for them. But often, I see a unisex name I would use for a girl in the Boy's Names category, or vica versa, and I think; that doesn't feel right! I guess we all have an idea of which gender a unisex name would go better with.

    Both hands up for unisex names being unisex, but I'm curious;

    Which gender would you assign these unisex names?




    And what would you think if you came across a child given a name you'd consider for the opposite sex?


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    Names from literature and fantasy, astrological and old British, nicknames and surnames.

    Benedict Arthur Percival || Jasper Pippin Abraxas || Agatha Edith Avery || Juno Jameson 'JJ' Astra || Georgia Ginevra 'Ginny' Altalune
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  2. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
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    Canada
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    Juno - female (I don't believe this is unisex; Juneau is a place name so that may be considered unisex)
    Kieran - male (form of Irish male name Ciaran)
    Rory - either gender but prefer it on a boy
    Carson - male
    Rowan - either gender but prefer it on a boy
    Elliott - male. The Eliette spelling is a legitimate French name that can be used for a girl.
    River - male
    Charlie - male. I don't mind it for a nickname for a girl named Charlie.
    Story - female
    Artemis - female. Artemas/Artemus are the male spellings.
    Maddox - male. This is way to masculine-sounding for a girl.
    Navy - female
    Jameson - male
    Avery - either gender
    Collins - male

    FYI - Nameberry isn't always correct when giving genders to names.

    What would you think if you came across a child given a name you'd consider for the opposite sex?

    It seems that most people are fine with giving girls unisex names or even traditional boys names but rarely practice the same for their sons. I find that misogynist. Why are boys names considered stronger and better than girls names? Unless a name is of family signifance, I just don't find unisex names very appealing. Once they become prevalent for girls, most of them are never given to boys again. I'm not going to get into a debate regarding this matter because it's been on numerous heated threads here on Nameberry. My opinion is: men and women ARE different and I like that reflected in the names that are chosen. That's just what I like.
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  3. #5
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    Juno- Girl
    Kieran- Boy
    Rory- Boy
    Carson- Boy
    Rowan- Boy
    Elliott- Boy
    River- Boy
    Charlie- Boy
    Story- Girl
    Artemis- Girl (Although I think it sounds very masculine)
    Maddox- Boy
    Navy- Boy
    Jameson- Boy
    Avery- Girl
    Collins- Girl (Thanks to The Blind Side. I much prefer it on a boy though)
    Not expecting, just love collecting names!

    My name is Erin. I am 22 years old and I have loved baby names since I was 10.

    Girl names: Juliet Grace, Madeleine Hope, Linnea Ruby, Stella Rose, Emilia Colette, Clara ?, Fiona Violet, Bridget Amelia, Lydia Charlotte Eden Elizabeth, Eliza ?, Evelyn ?

    Boy names: Jonathan Rhys, Wesley Drew, Evan Robert, Joel ?, Quinn ?, Dawson Cole, Griffin Miles, Judah Nathaniel, Greyson Jeremiah, Roman Isaiah

  4. #7
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    Juno- female
    Kieran- male
    Rory- either but I prefer it on male
    Carson- male
    Rowan- male
    Elliott- male
    River- either but prefer it on male
    Charlie- Nn for either, as a fn Male
    Story- female
    Artemis- female
    Maddox- male
    Navy- female
    Jameson- male
    Avery- either
    Collins- male

  5. #9
    Juno - Female
    Kieran - Male
    Rory - Female because of Gilmore Girls
    Carson - Male
    Rowan - Male
    Elliot - Male
    River - Male
    Charlie - Male
    Story - not sure lol
    Artemis - Female
    Maddox - Male
    Navy - Female
    Jameson - Male
    Avery - Female
    Collins - Male

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