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Gender: Male Meaning of Flannery: "red-haired" Origin of Flannery: Irish, diminutive of Flann

Flannery Origin and Meaning

The name Flannery is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "red-haired".

Flann variation that's firmly in the girls' camp, thanks to writer Flannery O'Connor.

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mother_dragons Says:

2016-12-22T00:40:40

Or unless it comes from a language where names are gendered. I can't speak for Flannery, but in other cases changing a name's gender is not respecting the language and culture said name comes from. So no, it isn't always fair game to gender-switch a name

Wittyusername103 Says:

2016-12-21T22:56:37

This name works for either gender. Unless a name has "girl" , "man" , "king" or "queen" in the meaning it is fair game.

Shaybaby1 Says:

2016-07-04T18:28:09

I guess the -ee sound makes it feminine-sounding, but in my opinion, this is a very masculine name. I can imagine a little boy Flannery much easier than a little girl Flannery.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2015-04-13T19:03:38

I hate to sound like a lecturer, and I don’t want to argue, but Flannery (as far as I’m aware) is not on the top girl name list of Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales or America. Not only that but, in Ireland we don’t tend to use surnames as first names and, when we do, their default is male. So, since it’s not a girl name in its country of origin, and it doesn't rank as a girl name in any of the English-speaking countries around Ireland, that makes your statement of it being ‘firmly in the girls camp’ entirely incorrect. And as for Flannery O’Connor, if indeed you are attempting to use her as a means to justify your incorrect statement, then I’m sorry to disappoint but Flannery was a middle name – her first name was Mary.

Now, putting all that aside, while it’s certainly not the worst masculine surname one might use for a girl, when compared to actual Irish girl names, it really doesn’t look that good. Having said that, for boys Flannery fits right in with the more popular names in Ireland such as Mackenzie, Ruairi and even Faolan, but it’s less common and comes across as a little more adventurous. Therefore, Flannery would make a perfect choice for anyone looking for a more out-of-the-box name for a son.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2015-02-01T20:52:26

I don't believe this is "firmly in the girls camp". It could work well for a boy, and sounds equally unisex to me. In fact, the the thought of it on a girl is rather intriguing to me.