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    Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    When I read Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montana I saw a list of celebrity girls with boy's names. After reading the list of celebrity babies on here, I found a few celebrities who are bucking the trend and going the other way by using names that were thought to be lost to the girls (or in one case using one that is actually a feminine name). Here's three I found (I did not include ones with names like Riley which are still widely used for both genders):

    Julianna Margulies's Kieran Lindsay (the middle name of Lindsay is what brings this one onto the list)
    Isaac Hayes's Nana Kwadja
    Elisabeth & Tim Hasselbeck's Taylor Thomas

    Any other celebrity babies that fit this category that I didn't include? Any other formerly boy's names that have been "lost" to the girls that you think could be eked out for use on a boy again?

    P.S. I came up with the idea for this topic before I heard news of Lisa Marie Presley's Harper and Finley (both girls).

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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    Yes! I think that's a great point. There is definitely a swing back where people seem more comfortable with very androgynous or almost feminine names for boys again. This is positive! Great examples too. And some of the girl names are getting very much more boyish at the same time.
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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    I read recently on the Celebrity Baby Blog that actor Brendan Fehr has a daughter named James

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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    I found another example at another site of a celebrity boy being given a unisex name, and it's a celebrity with one of these types of names herself bestowing it onto her son: Reese Witherspoon decided to use the very name that she herself propelled into unisex territory as her son Deacon's middle name.

    By the way, Reese is a name that I like for both genders (although if I were to use it for a boy I might consider spelling it Reece or Rhys instead). I also think that it's one of those names which makes for a great middle name.

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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    Another name that's starting to be used as a substitute for Reese is Reeve--which, so far at least, is a 100% boys' name (Now watch someone tell me they know a girl named Reeve!)

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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    I wonder if is Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a big JTT fan? Taylor is my maiden name, and I much prefer it for a boy than a girl. Same with Lindsey, to my ears on a boy it sounds strong and classic... but for a girl it just sounds silly and insubstantial. Can you tell I've never liked my name?
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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    I agree, Lyndsey. I find Lindsay/Lindsey on a guy darn sexy. Same with Kelly *swoon!* My other half has "the guy's name for our generation: Ken and he always wished he had something a bit softer, himself.

    Pam, I think it's a pretty cool thing, to see the softer names on boys. But then, I wonder, is it a reaction to seeing things like Taylor, James & Reese on girls. The pool of boy names is shrinking and I'm supposing this 'soft' shift is a way of expanding it again?

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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    Kind of like "take back the night"? I like to think that parents are getting as expansive in their visions of their sons' gender roles as they've been about their daughters'. Yeah, it's great to see girls doing everything only boys used to do.....and it can also be great to see boys doing everything only girls used to do. That feels like real equality to me.
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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    I agree with those who say that names like Kelly, Lindsay, and Taylor have a different feel when used on a male. Going from a post I made on the "Geezer names for girls" discussion, I think that names like the aforementioned ones can work a similar way but in the opposite direction: They sound passe to me for girls, but sound fresh again when used on a boy.

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    Re: Starbaby boys with gender-neutral names

    Quote Originally Posted by lyndsayjenness
    I wonder if is Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a big JTT fan? Taylor is my maiden name, and I much prefer it for a boy than a girl. Same with Lindsey, to my ears on a boy it sounds strong and classic... but for a girl it just sounds silly and insubstantial. Can you tell I've never liked my name?
    I wonder if Hasselbeck knows that girl Taylors outnumber boys by 10 to 1.

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