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July 2nd, 2011, 07:07 AM
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What do you ladies think of boy names on girls? When expecting DD I wanted to name her Joey Anne. DH is Joe. I thought it was so cute and when she grew up if she wanted a more professional or adult name she could go by JoAnne. WDYT?

Also do you think of professionalism (for the baby's future) when choosing a baby name? I used to but the more I think of it, I think that names are so out there and random anymore that when our kids grow up it won't matter so much. WDYT?

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July 2nd, 2011, 09:16 AM
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I'm personally not a fan of most boy names on girls, I lean towards longer feminine names. And yes, I DO think about professionalism down the road. I like names that can be formal, but also have nn potential for girls, and names that generally would not get shortened for boys.
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July 2nd, 2011, 09:49 AM
Happy Song's Avatar Nicole
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I love boy names girls, except then when you have a boy it narrows down the boy names availble that are not covered in girl germs. It is hard for a boy to be the third Rowan in class but if the other Rowan's are girls then that is going to be extra hard.

About Joey, it is cute. Is there anything wrong with naming her Josephine? Then you can call her Joey, Joey Ann, or JoAnn.
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July 2nd, 2011, 12:15 PM
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I think about professionalism and the future regarding naming children. I'm not a fan of boy names on girls, like doremi I lean towards longer & more effeminate names but there are several that have truly become unisex.


Originally Posted by Happy Song View Post
Is there anything wrong with naming her Josephine? Then you can call her Joey, Joey Ann, or JoAnn.
That's a good idea!
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July 2nd, 2011, 01:14 PM
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I, too, was going to suggest using Josephine Anne and calling her Joey. Josephine Anne is a wonderful name!

And Josephine would be more professional than Joey, if you are concerned about that.
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July 2nd, 2011, 06:35 PM
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Your DD is Maggie Jo, right? I wouldn't use Jo a second time, but that's just me.

I like the idea of Josephine, because while Joey can be cute on a girl, it's a nick name, and I'm just not a fan of nick names used as given names. I don't have any issues with a boyish nick name on a girl at all. Charlotte shortened to Charlie, Alexandra shortened to Alex - all gravy.
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July 3rd, 2011, 01:45 AM
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Joey Anne is awful. I don't understand why people want to give their girls boys names. Joey is not unisex by any stretch of the imagination. Makes a person think that they really didn't want a daughter but a son. If you have to call the poor poor girl Joey, go with Josephine. Your asking for opinions, this is mine.

I do not take professionalism into account when naming my children. Their success or lack of will not depend on what they are named.
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July 3rd, 2011, 01:43 PM
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I definitely take professionalism into account when picking out names. I personally would use a professional name as the full name, instead of making the professional name the nickname. I love the suggestion of Josephine.

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July 3rd, 2011, 03:46 PM
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I have a SIL that does a lot of interviews and hiring and she is very picky about first names on prospective applicants. This person is going to be representing them to the world and a name that is more 'unique' is not acceptable.

Josephine and Joey take me back to Dawson's Creek and I love it. Just beautiful!

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July 3rd, 2011, 03:48 PM
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I didn't give professionalism much thought when naming my children, but I've noticed I'm giving it more thought this time around. I don't think by the time our children are in their thirties though there will be a lot of Margaret's and Diane's around, so by then I'm sure Raychell and Brittney will be considered professional.
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July 4th, 2011, 09:27 AM
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It's a good point that "professional" names may be changing, but I still like the POTUS test. Would YOU have respect for a president named "Joey Anne Lastname"? If not, then you shouldn't use it as a name.

If you don't like Josephine, there are a lot of other Jo names that can be shortened to Jo or Joey:

Joy Anna
Joan / Joanie
Jody / Jodi / Jodie
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