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October 29th, 2009, 07:11 AM
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What do you think about names like:

Francis
Marian
Shannon
Whitney
Stacy
Ashley


The question is what do you think about them on boys. These are names that are either unisex and used mostly for female, or that were male names but the girls stole them. Thoughts? Would you name your son any of these names? Or any other names in the category? Do you think a boy can carry a name that mostly girls carry?
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October 29th, 2009, 07:28 AM
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Personally I avoid ALL boy names that girls "stole" whether they be masculine sounding (Madison, Mackenzie) or feminine sounding (Ashley, Stacy). I wouldn't want to burden my son with a name that is feminine, there's too much for kids to worry about growing up as it is anyway.
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October 29th, 2009, 08:16 AM
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I like Frances, Morgan, and Reece on a boy or a girl. All others, I think once th enumber of girls with a name out number the number of boys with a name...it's out for me. There's plenty of names out there to choose from!
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October 29th, 2009, 08:38 AM
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Here in the UK Ashley is still predominantly a boys name but I wouldn't personally use it although it's OH's brother's name and one I have to consider for a mn. All of the others are all girl to me now.
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October 29th, 2009, 08:46 AM
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I totally still see Morgan as a boy's name.
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October 29th, 2009, 08:53 AM
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I wouldn't use any name the girls "stole" on a boy. My sisters husband is named Francis and he HATES it.
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October 29th, 2009, 08:54 AM
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I have an uncle named Ashley, so I grew up thinking that it was a male name. When I got older and started school, I was totally confused as to why there were so many girls named Ashley! Now I see it as a more feminine name.

I once met a guy named Lindsey, and he was a really hot cowboy. Totally pulled off his name!

I also think the names Casey, Tracy, Jamey and Kelly can be pulled off by certain men, but not all. I think it's more awkward for young boys to have those names than it is for grown men.
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October 29th, 2009, 10:03 AM
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I know tons of male Shannons, Morgans, and Kellys. To me, there's nothing girly about those names, lol.

Francis I don't find girly.

Reese/Rhys I don't like on a girl at all.

Ashley I hope will eventually come back to the boys in the US.

My grandmother's boyfriend is named Tracy.
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October 29th, 2009, 10:14 AM
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Not a fan of those particular names on boys and wouldn't use any...however I do like seeing Madison, Morgan, Addison, Reece (and other similar names) on boys.
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October 29th, 2009, 11:44 AM
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All of the names you have listed seem like girls names to me. I try to avoid names that have gone to the girls. I like for my boys to have strong masculine names and I don't want there to be confusion about whether he is a boy or girl by just looking at the name.

However, sometimes I feel like the girls are "stealing" far too many of our boy names! I have some friends that named their daughter Jaxon and I literally about cried. I love Jackson for a boy! Why would someone want to take it away from the boys!
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October 29th, 2009, 02:00 PM
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I don't like any that you listed but one I do like that is kind of more girly is Sidney.
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October 29th, 2009, 04:26 PM
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If it sounds like a girl's name or more girls use it (Shannon, Ashley, Stacy etc) I'd NEVER use it for a boy. To me, those are girl's names anyway.

All those names you listed, to me are girl names.
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October 29th, 2009, 08:01 PM
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They wouldn't be my first choices, but I'd be open to using any one of those names if my husband wanted to for some reason. Whenever I hear Ashley I think of Gone with The Wind anyway. Ha ha. My name actually is Shannon. I think it is a strong name, and works well for a man or a woman.
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October 29th, 2009, 09:25 PM
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Personally I avoid ALL boy names that girls "stole" whether they be masculine sounding (Madison, Mackenzie) or feminine sounding (Ashley, Stacy). I wouldn't want to burden my son with a name that is feminine, there's too much for kids to worry about growing up as it is anyway.


I also would not use boy names that are one letter off from a girl's name like Trista(n) or Julia(n). And, like I kind of like Zane, but it reminds me too much of Jane.
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October 30th, 2009, 12:26 AM
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I personally would not want to use a name like that for a boy.

I would find it comical if I met a boy named Madison now since it is predominantly a girls name. I don't care if it started off as a boys name, now it is very very common for girls and not common at all for boys.

With that said, I am always disappointed when I hear of a girl being named something that is still very much a boys name because I don't want any more boys names being stolen.
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October 30th, 2009, 08:17 AM
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I think my husband would kill me if I ever even suggested those for our sons. LOL
He thinks Landon is pushing it for a boy


He likes girls to have feminine names and boys to have strong masculine names. He leaves no room for discussion on inbetweenies.
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October 30th, 2009, 08:47 AM
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those are all too girly, but i know a few kelly and morgans and i like those
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October 30th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Do you like when you had boy name?
No I think.
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