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July 28th, 2011, 03:04 PM
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First, i do not know the gender of our baby yet. But we have a lot of trouble with names in general and especially girl names. We never picked one we even considered had my son been a girl. Second, I am not a fan of gender neutral names. I named my son Tristan thinking it was quite masculine (its a knight's afterall), but ive heard it as a girl name on occasion and it bothers me. Luckily I think it seems to be a very small group of girls with the name and the boy version is still in the top 100 i believe. At first I was worried because i didnt want it to be too common, now id rather it be common than a girl name.

So....I found a girl name I actually like and I have a couple of issues. The name is Brynlee/Brinley. I wouldnt consider that a name that could be a boy's name except that Brynn is a boy name in Europe (from what i have read). Now Im afraid that Brynlee is too gender neutral. I would want to use Bryn as the nickname. Do you think it would be too gender neutral in the US? Personally I have never met a Brynlee (only seen the name online). I like that its similar to my son's name in origin both are listed as Celtic/Welch and i have a bit of Irish in me.

Also, since I like the nickname Bryn...Id rather use Brynlee, but im not sure I like how it looks. Ive also seen Brynleigh and Brynlie. Which spelling do you like best?

Just in case its pronounced Br-in-lee
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July 28th, 2011, 05:30 PM
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I think it's beautiful! I like the spelling Brynley or Brynlee, especially with the nn Bryn. My cousin's name is Brynn so to me it's always been girly. I think it's beautiful and unique. I could never name my boy Bryn because it's just always been and always will be a girl's name to me. I love it! Brynley DEFINITELY is not manly...don't worry about that! Very feminine and beautiful!

I forgot to add that Brynley sounds and looks AMAZING with Tristan! Wonderful sibset!
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July 28th, 2011, 05:53 PM
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I agree- definitely not manly at all. Very feminine and pretty! I think I will see of hubby likes it so we can add it to our list.

I prefer the spelling Brinley. Or Brinlee. I don't like the y. I am not really sure why, I think it just looks better.

Once thing I worry about when we are choosing names for our children- I want them to be able to find things with their names on them when we are in novelty stores, etc. I don't know if that is something you would worry about, but I don't think this name would be findable.
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July 28th, 2011, 05:57 PM
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I agree- definitely not manly at all. Very feminine and pretty! I think I will see of hubby likes it so we can add it to our list.

I prefer the spelling Brinley. Or Brinlee. I don't like the y. I am not really sure why, I think it just looks better.

Once thing I worry about when we are choosing names for our children- I want them to be able to find things with their names on them when we are in novelty stores, etc. I don't know if that is something you would worry about, but I don't think this name would be findable.
Actually, id rather not be able to find the name on things. I wouldnt mind normally but we never can find Tristan anywhere so i think id rather neither of them be able to find their name than only one being able to. My name is Erin and i could always find my name and my sister has an odd spelling to her name and she always seemed upset that her name wasnt there when mine was. she didnt mind her name not being there, but it was harder when mine was. i dunno, i just feel like it would be more equal that way
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July 29th, 2011, 05:48 AM
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I could never find my name on anything either.

I like the Brinlee spelling best, but Brynlee is cute, too. I don't think it's going to get popular on boys any time soon - it's a rather trendy female name.
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July 29th, 2011, 07:30 AM
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I love Brinley. Our son is Brin. Before he was born the only Bryn we knew was a guy. Now I'm seeing Bryn on girl's everywhere! If he would have been a girl she would have been Bryn. I agree with above, there aren't many boy Bryns running around!
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July 29th, 2011, 08:41 AM
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I like the spelling Brynlie, and it seems very girly to me and not boyish at all. and FWIW, I think Tristan is a boy name
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July 29th, 2011, 10:37 AM
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My 6 year old is Brinlee. Clearly I love the name. We call her Brin on occasion, but it's usually Brinlee.
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July 31st, 2011, 02:11 AM
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I like Brynn with 2 N's

as for Brynlee I like that spelling.
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July 31st, 2011, 07:04 AM
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I'm from England, and to me, Brynn is a mans name, like Uncle Brynn off Gavin and Stacey. I had a lecturer called Brynn too, and he was a man. I see Brinley/Brynlie etc as a very trendy name (don't mean that offensively to anyone).

However, as you are in the US, I think Brynn and Brinley are seen as more unisex
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July 31st, 2011, 12:15 PM
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can someone explain what they mean by it being "trendy"? Im just wondering because I thought trendy meant popular and it seems rare for the USA. I looked it up and it was around 500th on the name list for 2011. Wouldnt a trendy name be much more popular than that?
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July 31st, 2011, 12:40 PM
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Trendy means that it fits the trends that are currently popular, not that the name itself is popular. The Y, the -lee ending, and such, the fact that it sounds a lot like other names that are super popular.

Like if I used Quaiden or something. It isn't on the 1000 (we probably, since i made it up), but it is trendy because it fits the -aiden trend and sounds so much like Braiden, Hayden, etc.

Not necessarily a bad thing, just something to note.
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July 31st, 2011, 02:05 PM
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Trendy means that it fits the trends that are currently popular, not that the name itself is popular. The Y, the -lee ending, and such, the fact that it sounds a lot like other names that are super popular.

Like if I used Quaiden or something. It isn't on the 1000 (we probably, since i made it up), but it is trendy because it fits the -aiden trend and sounds so much like Braiden, Hayden, etc.

Not necessarily a bad thing, just something to note.

thank you for clearing that up.
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