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    Hi :)
    I've been so curious about this for a while from watching American shows (I'm from Ireland). . .could any of you give me some kind of history of how it became fashionable to use names like Mackenzie or Taylor (and there are others I just can't think of them right now) as a feminine name?
    To me, it was so strange when I first heard Mackenzie (this one still really throws me I confess). It's the real name of the actress who plays Ruthie on 7th Heaven. I thought- whoa!! but that maybe it was like a one off "unique" name. It does seem to be used often enough in America though.
    To me, they are always surnames. Although I should take into account American parents mixed heritage and I guess wanting to pass down their respective family surnames from the family tree.
    However, would it not be more logical to use these names on a boy rather than a girl? They just sound so non- feminine to me!
    Sorry to offend anyone because I adore reading and thinking about names...just wondering if anyone knows when the name Mackenzie first became used as a girl's name? Like what makes this particular name stand out to any of you who love the name? And why pick that one, over say "Lopez" or "Byrne" or "Hogan"
    Thank you nameberryites

  2. #3

    Re: Mackenzie..Taylor

    Oh, just wanted to add while I'm here.. I'm from Ireland and can speak Irish (Gaelic) fluently, so if anyone has any Irish name questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to advise! :)
    I did note that there were some strange names I've never heard of on the Nameberry Irish name section (I even showed the list to my colleagues in work and they were like.."huh??").
    I may not have a diploma in names but I'm something of an amateur expert because I just love names like all you guys!

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Re: Mackenzie..Taylor

    Honestly, I don't totally understand it either. Using surnames for first names is a pretty big trend right now, more with boys but for girls as well. Mackenzie is a nice sounding word, I think, and it seems to fit with other popular names like all the Mackayla/Mackenna/Kayla/Kylee/Kyra etc. type names. Mackenzie is also Irish, which is a popular trend too. But why Mackenzie and not MacIntyre or something? I don't know. There is a Mackenzie (sp?) river in Oregon not too far from where I live, that makes me like it a little.

    One possible reason is that Mackenzie has a Z and Taylor has a Y in the middle, both of which are also popular right now. Taylor is very similar to the popular Tyler. But you bring up a great question, why these names and not other surnames? Now I want to know too! Sorry I couldn't be of more help!

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2010

    Re: Mackenzie..Taylor

    In the South it is common for girls to be named family surnames, usually in the middle name spot, but occasionally for girls. Say, for example, a couple has only girls. When one of their daughters has children, she might want to keep her maiden name "alive" and choose to do so by using that name for a child's first. Other people hear the name and and like it. Pretty much anything that ends in a -y is interpreted as feminine here.

    Personally, I love surname names that are used for family connections. I'm not so much of a fan if you use a non-family surname.

  5. #9

    Re: Mackenzie..Taylor

    Thanks for the replies. I'm so with you on this point- I also think it's a really cute thing to keep a family name going especially if it's on the maternal side and would otherwise die out as the generations go on. It's just so so weird to take a surname from a family lineage which may have nothing to do with you genetically or even for a concrete reason and use it as a first name on your sweet newborn girl. It's like denying your own heritage bypassing some other great potential names (and possibly really unusual & unique choices).
    Anyway, if we all had the same taste in life, nameberry wouldn't exist at all right?

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