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How far would you go?

  • ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    On the unisex spectrum? Particularly with unisex names on boys?

    I’m just curious because I have REALLY been loving Addison Peter for a boy lately, but I know just how popular it is for girls. :/ I love unisex names for boys, but I’m not sure I’d be willing to use just any old unisex name for a son, and I’m wondering how far you lot would take it. Any of you really love unisex names on boys?

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  • jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    I do like the name and it seems like something I would read from a romance novel. I don’t think I would name my son it just because there are so many Addisons (girls) right now

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I feel like, for me, it depends entirely on the name, and on how popular it’s been on girls lately. Personally, I associate Addison with boys more than girls – I’ve met more male Addisons than female. But I wouldn’t question it on a girl, either. Madison, though similarly a boy’s name first, is all-girl these days.
    Alternatively, I LOVE Avery on a boy and think it’s kind of dumb on girls, but it’s super popular on girls right now, so even though I love it for a boy I don’t think I’d use it, for a first name at least.

    I think I also sort of judge it on how long it’s been considered a girls name, too. Like, Addison didn’t break the top 1000 names for girls til the mid ’90s. But I think about my name, Kelsey, or your name, Ashley, or Madison, which are all technically male names first, but have been WAY more common on girls for several decades now, so most of the parents naming children these days would have grown up with those names being exclusively female and fairly common, and wouldn’t even consider them for a boy.

    I guess I don’t have a solid answer, really. It depends on each specific name, and it probably depends a lot on how many of them I’ve ever met of either gender. Typically, though, I like unisex names a LOT more on boys than I do on girls….


    kimiha
    Participant

    i think most unisex names sound better on boys but are more commonly used on girls. ive only ever heard of addison as a girls name so thats what i would think of if i heard it. but it would be a nice boys name so boys should take it back. names that ive heard on girls but would only use on boys are

    hayden
    jordan
    emerson
    reece
    jamison
    jett
    kai

    names that i actually prefer on girls
    rowan
    avery
    aubrey

    i guess unisex lets you have the freedom to choose

    vivnoles
    vivnoles
    Participant

    I love Addison for boys! I like for girls, too, though. My cousin, Kay, just adopted a girl Addison, she’s a teenager. :) It’s funny because she is dating a sweet boy named Aubrey.

    I think Peter Addison would be very practical for a boy today, but Addison Peter might be cause for teasing through all of the female Addisons.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    I wouldn’t go too far! I prefer very strong, masculine names on boys. If people have to even question it-I don’t like it. I think girls can pull off unisex or unusual names better than boys. I used to like Avery/Averie & Emerson on girls but I have decided to eliminate most unisex names from my list after witnessing the confusion it can cause (for ex in Healthcare, applying to colleges or jobs, etc). If anything I would put it in the MN spot: Peter Addison

    jenni_lynn91
    jenni_lynn91
    Participant

    For my own children, I prefer names that are clearly meant for one gender or the other. I don’t mind unisex names on other people’s kids. I have met both a girl and boy Jordan, Jayden, and Taylor, among others. What I don’t like is when people take boy names and put them on girls. I have heard so many people do this on one of my pregnancy forums (Dylan, Devin, Ryan, etc.)

    rylane46
    rylane46
    Participant

    Ash, you know I love unisex names for girls (as shown in all three of their names). That being said..there are some I like for just girls, some that I like for just boys and some I like either way. I thinks names are so “diverse” compared to when we were in school. Delaney goes to school with boys named Mackenzie (nn Mack) and Kendall. Ryley has female friends named Payton and Logan. I say if it feels right to you, then go for it.

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    That’s good to hear! I don’t come across a ton of kids with unisex names (although I have met a few girl Averys and Emersons! :(), but I know a few guys (of all ages!) whose names are Mackenzie (some nn Mac–some no nn at all), and I can see a guy wearing Avery, Bailey, or Addison really well. I think it’s because of all the name nerds who say, “Oh, no, Avery is too popular on a girl–why would you name your son that?!” etc., etc. What’s wrong with a boy Bailey? Or Addison? If it started out on that gender I don’t see why it suddenly isn’t a boys’ name anymore, which is quite frustrating. But my family seems more open to the idea of a little boy named Avery or Addison than Bailey, so maybe I’ll stick with those for a while. Honestly, I don’t think any of the three are going anywhere, but I doubt I’ll use all three. haha.

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