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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2013

    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?

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

    Juno Johanna (JJ) // Kieran Maeve // Iris Aurora // Hugo August // Billie Alaska // Margo Mae // Caspian Adler // Otto Abraxas
    Winslet Clementine (Winnie) // Phoebe Lux (Pixie) // Jasper Everest // Finley Roxanne // Elliot Alonzo

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    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,

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    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 having fun collecting names!

    My name is Erin. I am 24 years old and I have been a proud name nerd since I was 10.

    Ladies: Juliet Elaine, Madeleine Audrey, Emilia Noelle, Lydia Caris, Elodie Katherine, Carys Emily, Victoria Elise

    Gentlemen: Jonathan Rhys, Wesley Jay, Roman/Rowan Gabriel, Evan Parker, Elliott Jude, Dawson Cole, Jude/Judah Nathaniel, Rhys Nehemiah, Everett Jacob

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    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
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    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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