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Manly vs. Not manly

My husband and I like the name Tristan for a boy. Some of my co-workers and parents think it’s too feminine. I really like it but i don’t want to give him a sissy name. What do you think??

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Not Manly


Poll created: Dec 12, 2007
Total Votes: 33


It’s definately a manly name. I love Tristan. If you and your husband both like it, go for it. Good luck!
posted by guest :: Dec 12, 2007 10:22 PM | report
Thank you so much for commenting. I agree but I’m still curious what others think.
posted by guest :: Dec 12, 2007 10:25 PM | report
Sorry, I don’t like Tristan for a boy/man. I think it has a feminine sound to it, how about Trey, Tyler, Trent, Thomas.
posted by guest :: Dec 12, 2007 10:41 PM | report
I think very manly. The story of Tristan and Isolde comes to mind, and he was all man.
posted by D :: Dec 12, 2007 10:44 PM | report
I agree, it has a slightly femine sound. BUT, if the people are considering Tristan as a boy name, I believe they should reconsider. Why not Kristen? Kirstin? Those are much prettier on a girl then Tristan. Tristan is a great boy name. I have a soft spot for Tristan Alexander, Tristan Elijah, and Tristan Jack
posted by Ariel :: Dec 12, 2007 10:45 PM | report
Thanks guy!!
posted by guest :: Dec 12, 2007 11:07 PM | report
Tristan sounds feminine to me. What about Christian instead?
posted by guest :: Dec 12, 2007 11:22 PM | report
It has always sounded a bit feminine to me, but there are a lot of people who think differently. In all honesty, it’s the person that makes the name. Your son’s character will make the name wonderful. It will be fine.
posted by guest :: Dec 12, 2007 11:56 PM | report
Well Tristan is cute, it could be a boy or girl name depends how you spell it, Your spelling is great for a baby boy, go with your gut feeling sometimes names we pick are just met to be for your child and it doesnt’t matter what others think,
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 12:42 AM | report
That’s my nephew’s name though my sister spelled it Triston to make it look a bit more masculine. And believe me, he is all boy. Besides, that was Brad Pitt’s character in Legends of The Fall and no one can say Brad Pitt isn’t "manly" :)
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 02:57 AM | report
Tristan’s all man to me, sound aside. "Tristan & Isolde"? Definitely man. It’s all Opera to me (Tristan & Isolde was first introduced to me as a Wagnerian Opera) and those guys are generally ALL guy. Absolutely lovely name. Ignore all the naysayers, they’re just jealous they didn’t think of Tristan first. :)
posted by Lola :: Dec 13, 2007 08:56 AM | report
Tristan is on my boy name list! It’s very manly sounding to me (think Brad Pitt in ’Legends of the Fall’) ... I’ve never even heard of a girl Tristan. Don’t listen to negativity, go with the name you love.
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 09:18 AM | report
I think Tristan sounds like a girls name to me. If you want something truly manly, you may want to stick to the more traditional names like Jack, John, David, etc.
posted by expectingtwins :: Dec 13, 2007 10:43 AM | report
It reminds me a little of the name Kristen, but I think its a very nice name.
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 10:59 AM | report
I guess Harry and Larry must be feminine too since they rhyme with Mary. Tristan is very masculine ... ignore the negativity.
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 11:04 AM | report
I think Tristan might have originally been a man’s name, but I think it’s been taken over by the girls now as so many boy’s names have. When I hear Tristan I just think of a girl.
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 11:52 AM | report
Must be me but I’ve never heard of or known a female Tristan.
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 11:54 AM | report
I only like Tristan on a boy but if you’re worried about its masculinity I would suggest Tristam. It has a very similar sound to Tristan but I think it is far less likely to be used on girls.
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 12:05 PM | report
Tristan can be feminine, it depends on how you spell it. And with the person who mentioned Tristan and Isolde, he is so hot!!
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 10:19 PM | report
I think Tristan is obviously a male name, just not one of those knuckle-dragging he-man names. It’s a more refined, upscale male, who is meeting someone at the club in order to talk about horses.
posted by guest :: Dec 13, 2007 11:28 PM | report
Tristan is a male name, but not all male names are "manly." If you are really worried about your little boy having a manly name, then maybe you’d be more comfortable with something else. Either way, it’s not really going to matter what his name is in the long run, it will matter what kind of person he is.
posted by guest :: Dec 14, 2007 04:23 PM | report
Sissy name
posted by guest :: Dec 19, 2007 02:24 PM | report

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