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My oldest daughter's name is Addison. Addison used to be a boy name and a lot of people(on CM) still consider it to be one. That being said, I've never met a little boy or a grown man with the name Addison. I've met a few other little girls with the name though. 


So tell me, does your little girl have a "boy" name? If so, how many boys do you actually know with that name? It can be the other way around too!

by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM
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malina1975
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

If I were ever to have another daughter (BIG IF!) I would probably name her Dylan.  I love that for a girl.  I also have an Addison and and a Riley, both girls.  I guess I tend to like more traditionally masculine names for girls!

Anonymous
by Anonymous 58 on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

First Ashley I knew was male. Also know a Brandon that's a woman (both 30+). have both a girl and boy Reese/Reece in my moms group of 4yos and know a few girl Ryans. I assume nothing anymore, but it's so true that many "old" male names are now considered female names. Kelly, Stacy, Ashley, Tracy. 

gamelas
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

all the Addisons I have met have all been girls

Rooobeee
by Bronze Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Both my daughters have girls names. My son has a male name, Ollie (short for Oliver). However, I once did a Google search on his name and found that it was a very common female name in the South. I saw quite a few Ollie Mae's listed.

MichelleMc
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

You're joking about the résumé thing, right? I actually am a businessperson and have been in the business of reviewing and discussing résumés. No one has ever been turned away because we could not tell if the name was male or female. For one, extracurricular activities on the résumé often give away gender. For another, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender and thus should never be a factor in hiring. Any business who does so is doomed to fail.

I will say, however, that names that get negative attention during the hiring process are those with "kre8yv" spellings or which appear utterly unpronounceable. Although a good applicant with an unusual name with still get a callback, am odd or hard to pronounce name is an uphill battle they will forever fight [I say this as a successful person with a very odd name].

I totally get why someone would dislike unisex names—we all have our name preferences; but I would certainly hope the fallacy that one cannot be successful in business unless he has a hyper-masculine name is not one of them. That certainly wouldn't bode well for our daughters.


Quoting MichelleMc:

I made sure to name my son a name that is no way an either or name. I am NOT a fan of either or. I also don't like a name where I have to guess. Drives me up a wall. I used to tell the teachers when I helped. PLEASE put girls & boys on valentines lists or whats even the sense anymore. People can't tell because people seem to be in a contest to see who can come up with the strangest names. And then you have the, well is that a girl or a boy.


It is cool if you like it, but I wanted a name where there is no question for someone when looking at it. On his resume, etc. No question. Kids grow up, its hard for them while growing up & then as an adult if he wants to be a business man or whatever. He always says, Mom, so glad you gave me a normal name when he hears classmates with odd names LOL. His name is Jonathan.



Believe what you want :)

ARPsMom
by Silver Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:57 PM
I have a boys name. Toni.
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shaiorta
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

We named my 3rd daughter Isabella Jo, the 'Jo' was for her grandfather who had just passed before she was born. So now Lots of us in the family call her Jo. I guess it could be considered boy-ish.

2boysmom48
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM


Quoting kitchen.ninja:

My boy has a girly name....at least I have seen more girls than boys with it. It's Riley.

My son is also named Riley, however we changed it up a bit on the spelling to Reilly, he has a class mate who's name is Riley and shes a girl but I think there are a lot of names that can be either or, 

trinitymarie513
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM

yes ashley, is a man I know called ash usually

boysmom5
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM
My hubby's name is Ashley. All of our boys have typical boy names.
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