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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    perilous gender-bending

    The gender issue surrounding two of my favorite girl names are pretty contentious on other baby name sites. How do the name berries feel about these?


    How about as nicknames of more feminine names: Nicola, Lucinda? Of course, Nicola was originally masculine...

    I'm also a little concerned about popularity spikes; possibly hipster popularity spikes. Can't have them suffer the mortification of being one of several tiny Nicos at the music fest, art opening, or Mommy-and-Me yoga class, now can I?

  2. #2
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    Oct 2008
    OC, Califonia

    Re: perilous gender-bending

    hmm, I consider both of those to be 100% boy. However, I guess these days nearly every boys name can be used for a girl. Personally I wouldn't use either of those as a full girl's name, but I can see them working as nicknames for more feminine names.
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  3. #3

    Re: perilous gender-bending

    I would assume both of those names are boy names, also.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2017
    It would kind of hard for me to picture Luca/Luka as a girl, but I think Nico/Niko would totally work! Plus, if you give it the K spelling I think you'll be able to avoid the hipster popularity spikes.

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  5. #5
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    Nov 2010
    They're all boy to me. I think they would be fine as a nickname for a feminine name.
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  6. #6
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    Nov 2017
    I would assume that both are boys, but I don’t think that means you can’t use them for a girl. A longer, more feminine formal name is a great way to go. Nicole, Danica, Veronica, or Nicolette could work for Nico if you want something strictly feminine.
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  7. #7
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    Dec 2016
    Winterthur, Switzerland
    Well I don't care if girl or boy I think Luca and Nico are both very ugly names! I'm sorry that I'm being so blunt but they have been on my hate list for years.
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  8. #8
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    Oct 2014
    I like Niko for Nikola or Veronika.
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  9. #9
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    Jun 2015
    I have known both female and male Luca's and Niko's. Niko is more of a boy name to me, but Luca is true gender neutral in my mind.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    South Wales, UK
    Luca to me is a boys name however I have come across it on a girl and I do like it, I think its cute and spunky.

    I would've considered Nico as boys name but since a TV show I watch introduced a female character with the name I can see it on both.

    I prefer Luca on both!
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