I strongly dislike it. It sounds like a cross between a planet and a vegetable. Also, it is not feminine or cute at all. Very much dislike the name. Just being honest.
I want to like it, but I just kind of...don't? I can't pinpoint what bothers me about it. Piper was an awesome suggestion!
Don't like it. To me it feels like an attempt to update the overused Jennifer. Plus you have people who aren't even naturey, outdoorsy types using it because it's in style at the moment. They can feel like they've gone 'out there' but it's safe because it's been deemed stylish.
On a boy, I think it's great. It's unique and unexpected. On a girl, it's no different than naming her Emerson or Isabella. It's trendy
@kala_way: Juniper has a lot of good associations, the main ones being the huge tree in my grandmother's yard and a family heirloom, a cedar chest, that was passed down to me ("Red cedar" is a juniper tree that grows where I live, the chest was made from this). I also love the smell, love the color of the berries, love that Juniper was the saint of comedy, etc. Thanks for the suggestions, I love Laurel and Hazel. Olive is actually my grandmother's name, so that's been on the list for a while.
@banjodoo: Greta Juniper is so cute! Greta has been on my shortlist for a while as well.
@nat108: I didn't think you had to be an outdoorsy type to love nature names? I also didn't realize it was that trendy - I don't know any one who has ever been named Juniper, save for a couple of Nameberry babies and the movie Benny & Joon, but I've met about a million Isabellas and at least three Emersons at work. Honestly I like the name for a boy or a girl, but it feels much more feminine to me, though most nature/noun names do. Any suggestions of not-trendy nature names?
I realize this discussion is at an end, however for those 'googling' Juniper just wanted to add my thoughts.
We are expecting a baby in the spring my DH suggested Juniper, I wasn't sure at first but the more research I did on the name the more I am falling in love with it. We also like the nickname Juno which has a lovely meaning all on it's own.
I found a quote about St.Juniper (male) "Would to God, my brothers, I had a whole forest of such Junipers". When I read this quote, I imagined a child with such a lovely spirit that people all around would wish there were a whole forest of them.
I also worried that the name was too unique for us. I have a son Isaac and wanted the name to be as recognizable as his. I hear that Juniper is on the rise and if it is then great and if it isn't then that's also fine too.