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Truthful, but vs. Respectful thoughts vs. on Gentry/Jentry

Many people have negative thougts toward the name Gentry Paige for a girl. I am aware that it came from an English Surname and it a social class. It also means "Well-born, Noble; Courteous." People say that it’s way to masculine, but I think of it as a more southern, country twang of Jennifer or Jenelle, etc. I really like the nn Jen or Jenny. Paige is definitely the mn, which is my best friend’s (and the godmother’s) name. She practically my sister so that’s important to me. So anyways, I really just want to fully understand why people dislike Gentry/Jentry so much. Thank you!!!! :)

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Poll created: Jul 19, 2012
Total Votes: 0


I have no idea, I’ve never even heard of it before! But it sounds cute and just fine for a girl. :)
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:38 AM | report
I actually love the name Gentry for either a boy or girl I think Gentry Paige sounds wonder together. Do let other people talk you out of it if that is what you like. I think it is very original and unique.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:39 AM | report
It sounds ok, although not my favorite...but I guess it seems stuck up due to the high social class connotation.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:40 AM | report
Thank you! :)
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 10:40 AM | report
I think I should have proof read my earlier post! Sorry should have said Do "not" and it should be wonderful not wonder!
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:41 AM | report
It just sounds ugly. I would ignore the meaning if it were a pretty name but...I’m sorry. It’s just ugly. When I hear it I shudder. To me it’s like Hudson and Braxton and any other name that has too many consonants. And that’s why I find it doubly as bad for a girl. Consonant-heavy names only ever really work for boys. And even then...ugly. Sorry, but that’s my honest opinion on why I don’t like this name. And don’t even get me started on the spelling Jentry...
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:42 AM | report
Well honestly, in my opinion I think its pretty. In the begining its like JENTRY what?? Then it loosens up and turns to exotic wild fierce. Then it loosens up again and turns to beautifull. So its a mix of Flawless and Exotic.
posted by zoey :: Jul 19, 2012 10:42 AM | report
But there are so many pretty names out there for the nickname Jen! Even if you don’t like the standard Jennifer of Jenna you could use Genevieve or even Genesis (which I honestly don’t like either, but I like it better than Gentry).
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:43 AM | report
I’m sorry I don’t really don’t like it. It reminds me of Gents which always makes me thing of male bathrooms. Just being honest. Paige is a lovely middle name though
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:43 AM | report
What is so different between Gentry(Jentry, we haven’t decided which we like better) and Jennifer or Jenelle?? I’m just honestly trying to figure out why those are considered pretty and not Gentry.

And thank you Poster#7 :) I agree!
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 10:45 AM | report
Gentry Paige is like PARADISE!!
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:48 AM | report
It’s one of those names that can sound nice when you just think it, but when you actually start thinking about your child at different ages doing different activities...well, "Hi, is this Gentry" and "Gentry didn’t make the cut" it no longer sounds like the best name for your kid. One of my friends almost named her kid Destiny because she wanted her too reach her Destiny, or something like that, but after considering how it would sound when her daughter grew up she reconsidered. Now that her daughter’s 9 she’s extremely happy she chose Camille instead.

If you absolutely MUST use this name, please use it for a boy! Boys can pull off weird names a lot better than girls can.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:48 AM | report
Well personally I don’t like Jennifer or jenelle
But Jennifer has the I that gives a soft ee sound
And janelle has a very feminine Elle sound.

Jen try although has the end e sound it’s harsh coming off the tr. gen--tree just doesn’t sound feminine at all IMO
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:49 AM | report
I really love the name. It could go on either gender. I think it sounds very pretty on a girl. If you like it use it! People are always going to have different opinions. Very pretty! GL
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:51 AM | report
I’m surprised this many people like it!

Anyway, difference between Gentry and Jennifer is that a) Jennifer flows better off the tongue, b) the meaning of Gentry kind of lowers its appeal and c) Gentry is too boyish. I’m not a fan of Jenelle, but it has a lighter sound (L’s vs T and R), which just makes it vocally more appealing.

Yes, Gentry Paige flows, but it sounds like a page (the kid in a parliament meeting) from the gentry class.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:51 AM | report
So far I’ve only met two beatiful women with the name Gentry, no boys. I never thought of or even heard of the name until I met them. Idk :( Thanks for all of your opinions though, and for being polite! :)
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 10:55 AM | report
The pp’s said it all, mostly, but yeah, the difference is the sound. L’s and I’s just sound nicer than R’s and T’s. Like compare the words cart vs carry or brant vs bland. Some letters just make a nicer, less harsh sound and when you think of a girl they’re not harsh and hard-edged, they’re soft and round (however weird that sounds). Hence why names like Lily and Emma have always been so popular.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:56 AM | report
I like it I don’t think its ugly at all I think its different. And as for why other people don’t like it I have a few theories. I think there are so many [removed]y things said on this site because everyone’s pregnant and hormonal, some people are just miserable and can’t take it out with their mates, there’s a good number of children playing on this site and some people are just close minded and think because they named their child the same thing as 100 other people you should follow the lead. Gentry is perfectly respectable.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:56 AM | report
I have commented on your other post. Gentry is pretty and unique. I know a young lady with the name, and she is gorgeous! Living in the deep south, I know that it is quite common for girls to have boyish names, even their mother’s maiden name. I know a Stewart Gayle, a Gentry Elizabeth, and an August Anne and Grace Adams. None of these girls/ young women have suffered because of their boyish names, and are beautiful! This site is very slanted, and many people are very against boyish names. It is very pretty!
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 10:59 AM | report
It seems weird giving a kid a word name (and it seems you know the meaning of Gentry). Misspelling the word is even weirder. I mean I don’t like the names Destiny and Liberty and Justice, but spelt Destinee, Libertee and Justus they just look awful. Gentry isn’t the worst name but...most people will assume she’s a boy. And that will just suck for her. Even if you love it and even if your daughter ends up liking the sound’ll still be extremely annoying for her saying "no, I’m a girl" and "no, there’s no mix-up, Gentry is my first name, not my last name".
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:00 AM | report
Yes, different was something we were looking for! But we do like hearing others opinions. My name is Amanda and my husband’s is David. Growing up we had VERY popular names so it sucked always responding when the teacher was really calling on someone else lol. But we don’t want to be too far out there with something like Saphire or Denim...
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 11:02 AM | report
When I was naming our daughter, we were considering Madelyn, Jocelyn, and Abigail. Then, we both fell in love with Elin! We heard it all....people will associate it with the Tiger Woods scandal, it is spelled weird, no one will be able to pronounce it, it is ugly... but you know what? We loved it! I am so glad we used it. She is "Elin". I would have regretted not using it, and it fits her to a t! I bet you don’t fall in love with every name on here? Just because someone loves Genevieve doesn’t make it a good name. I HIGHLY prefer Gentry over Genevieve!
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:03 AM | report
^^Awesome!! Thank you so much for the insight :)
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 11:08 AM | report
My name is Destiny and I’m an adult you’ve seen how many people have said they hate it but all my life I’ve been told how beautiful my name was (not that people would or should tell you your names ugly). You just have to go for what you like nothing you pick will please everyone, people will definitely hate it and other will absolutely love it. GL
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:10 AM | report
Actually, this site seems to be biased toward weird and unusual names. Nowhere else on the internet or in real life have I met so many people who are all for Elliot on a girl and Cash for a boy. Everyone seems hell-bent on giving their kid a "unique" name, but seem to forget that there are so many names that are uncommon but not made-up. A lot of teen moms (apparently) use this site so there are a heck of a lot of Mykinzi’s and Paxton’s and Nevaeh’s. Just because it’s "different" doesn’t make it a good name. The opposite of us "closed-minded" people who prefer Emma to Emmylynn are those who don’t fully think things through when naming their kids. Not saying you’re one of those, but I’ve seen plenty of people who say "Aww Emmy-Lii-Anna is so adorable!" or "Jaxxon is so adorable for a baby boy" and then when they’re older say "wow I really regret not listening to people when they warned me...
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:11 AM | report
lol I was gonna say, I am far from a teen mom. In the United States Air Force and married...
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 11:15 AM | report
I agree with you to a point, there should be balance in naming a child. However, certain names are more acceptable in some regions. For example, surnames in the South. Acceptable and wide spread. They would not be considered weird. However, I do not like something creative, like Jeweleeonuh.... but Gentry, in my opinion, would be fine.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:16 AM | report
And I agree with you on the Emmylynn and Jaxxon. Those things bother me. As far as Gentry or Jentry, I thought maybe if it were spelled Jentry that it would make it look more femine (even though I think it’s feminine).
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 11:17 AM | report
haha, well, I’ve been told "Oh, that’s a pretty name" too, but it’s not, really. It’s a foreign name and sounds totally hideous in English. I mean, everyone says it right, so at least it’s not one of those names that teachers get and go "uh...I’ll need a little help with this name" but I always wished I were Jessica or Lauren or Emily one of the other popular names. It absolutely SUCKS having a "different" name. Just because people say it’s pretty...well, in my experience (my name and some of my friends’ too) when people say it’s pretty, they say it because they don’t know what else to say. Nobody wants to say it’s ugly or weird or surprising, so they say it’s pretty.

As for your choice, I don’t find Gentry to be particularly attractive. Yes, people will say it right. And if you stick to the spelling gentry people will probably spell it right too, but I don’t think it’ll have the reaction you hope for when people hear it, especially since you’re considering it for a girl.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:18 AM | report
No, Jordyn and Morgyn or Kolby don’t look any more feminine either. They just look misspelt. And the STILL sound like boys names.

What about Jen. Or Gen. No longer name. Just Jen/Gen.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:19 AM | report
Stick with Gentry! With the more unusual names, I think the original spelling looks best. For example, with Elin, people wanted us to try it Elynn or Elynne. I like the more polished, original version.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:19 AM | report
I agree. I like Gentry best, too :)
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 11:21 AM | report
i absolutly love it! ive never heard of it for a first name before but i think i just fell in love. i say go for it! gl
posted by beth :: Jul 19, 2012 11:22 AM | report
Poster saying it SUCKS having a different name, what is your name? Your post lost me!
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:22 AM | report
Poster 25, just because you don’t like other peoples taste in names doesn’t make them weird names. Everyone has their own taste in names and just because you have different opinions on a name than someone else doesn’t make them wrong and you right, so get over yourself!
BTW, I love the name Gentry Paige! Gentry has always been one of my favorite names for a girl. :)
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:23 AM | report
I think there is a good point in some of what everyone says, everyone doesn’t want to name their child Emma, extra special spellings are silly, and just because its a unique name doesn’t make it a good one. But in your particular case its just fine. It’s not like you want to name your child Jamaster Jenkenson or something just stupid. Everyone won’t like it people will tell you Sarah is much prettier and others will want to consider it for their own child.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:25 AM | report
As for the debate between popular vs totally uncommon...I grew up with a totally popular name, my husband with a completely unique (and honestly, a little weird) name. I didn’t want anything like Aiden or Jacob because I wasn’t that big a fan of being one of 3 girls with the same name, but we didn’t want anything really uncommon because it seems my husband’s experience was much worse. So we went with Sebastien because it’s French (I’m part French) and it wasn’t extremely popular. And guess what? He’s the only Sebastien in his school. And I’ve only met one other Sebastian. He was our waiter at a restaurant once. So this is my take on the name Gentry:
It’s not extremely popular so that’s good. But it’s just TOO uncommon. People will give her looks. I’ve met little girls named Robertson and Harper and while everyone says "that’s pretty"...Honestly, if you love the Jen/Gen sound, Genevieve is a nice name that won’t have her confused with boys, won’t have people giving weird expressions, but isn’t uber popular like Jennifer.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:27 AM | report
I have no problem with my name being Destiny and never have. When I was growing up it wasn’t as popular as it is today but either way its fine with me I’ve never wish it was anything else and it doesn’t bother me some people don’t like it, but it does lead me to wonder what’s your name and where your from.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:29 AM | report
I have a native aunt named Gentry and I’ve always loved the name. I like it a lot better then any others suggested. We don’t need more Jennifers.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:31 AM | report
I don’t want to post my name because (as I pointed out) it’s really uncommon in these parts and it’d be pretty easy to look me up if you knew it. And I’m not too keen on any of you knocking on my door! But I’ll say as much as it’s a northern European name. Nobody here has heard it before and so it’s "weird".

The reason I say it sucks having a different name is because when I say my name people will either ask me to repeat it several times or will hear something else, a more common name. I have to spell my name any time I call somewhere or someone asks for my name. And in school, yeah I guess it was nice that when someone said my name 3 heads didn’t turn at the same time, but the same was true for Tara and Kelsey, and nobody ever looked weird at their name or asked them to spell it.

So based on what I experienced, your daughter will probably have a lot of people assume her name is Jenny when she says it, assume it’s her surname when they read it on a class list, and have people with names like Laura and Elizabeth chosen over her because "people with weird names are weird".
posted by poster with weird name :: Jul 19, 2012 11:37 AM | report
Poster, do you just not like Jennifer, Jenna, Jenelle, Genevieve and other Jen/Gen names, or do you just like the "unique" feel of Gentry? I will honestly say that I do not like a single "unique" name that has been poster on this site. I know a few Jennifer’s, but I haven’t met a Genevieve in any of my kids’ schools. If it’s not in the top 100 or 200 on the SSA names list, chances are your child will be the only in her class with the name. As much as you love Gentry, I think it should remain one of your guilty pleasure names (you know, those names you love but wouldn’t dare use because of the outcome for your kid--some of mine are Ember, Waverly and Mackenzie).
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:43 AM | report
Don’t like Gentry and Jentry looks like Jen try, like "Jen, try this!" Sorry.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:44 AM | report
Pick Gentry, I haven’t been here to read all the comments but I think its lovely its different but not strange. And I went threw puberty early and people didn’t want me in their groups at school because I had "breast implants" (a 9yr old) or because I was the tallest kid in school. Kids are mean you move on LOL.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:45 AM | report
I really don’t like Geneveeve. And off the top of my head, I know 11 jennifers. I don’t like jen as a first name. And I know kids will be mean! "A-man-DUH!" Or amanda hugginkiss is something I heard constantly growing up and still do now Hahaha.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 11:57 AM | report
How do you like Gentry and not Jen? It’s like liking William but no Will. If you love it you love it and people likely won’t change your mind, but if you want a totally honest answer? This is one of the worse names for girls I’ve seen on here. Sorry. It’s not even the meaning. Just the sound. I hate the harshness of it. Again, sorry. That’s just my take.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 12:06 PM | report
I really dislike the idea of it as a name. One reason is that I just hate almost all word names in general, but also I knew a family whose kids everyone felt sorry for (and they were teased) because their names were literally Lord mn was Marshall (boy) & Lady mn was Michelle (girl, obviously). When "Lady" grew up, she legally changed her name to Michelle. I’m not sure what Lord did since he was a 3 years older than Michelle & I.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 12:09 PM | report
I don’t think Gentry is harsh at all. It is a soft G and there are really no hard consonant sounds at all. Agatha or Eden sound harsh to me. Plenty of people like the sound of a name, but not the nn, or vice versa, I like the sound of Tilly, but not Matilda. I like Suzannah, but not Suzy, I like Amelie but not Amelia. I don’t think your argument stands.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 12:10 PM | report
No, I really like Jen as a nickname, just not as the first name itself. And I don’t think it’s it’s the most harsh name out there!
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 12:24 PM | report
I don’t like or dislike the name. It’s not something I would consider myself, but it’s not something I would cringe at if I met a little girl with the name. I think it’s perfectly fine. As far as it being too masculine, if I saw or heard of the name Gentry Paige I would automatically assume it was girl, same as if it were just Gentry.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 12:42 PM | report
What about Jensen? I know two girls with this name.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 03:00 PM | report
hmmm.. I’m not against it, but I feel that is more masculine than Gentry.
Jensen Paige Ashworth.
posted by AmandaRenee :: Jul 19, 2012 03:09 PM | report
With the millions of names out there, I just don’t think Gentry is a pretty name.Or Jensen either.
posted by guest :: Jul 19, 2012 06:04 PM | report
I love the name, probably because it’s my name. I have never been made fun of as a child because of it. So if you like it, use it. Just my opinion.:)
posted by Jentry :: Feb 10, 2013 09:56 AM | report
My name is Gentry. I’m female. In my opinion Gentry is just a different name. I kinda hate it but learn to live with it. In some ways I love it, like it meaning of gentry is cool and its so unique. My middle name is Channing. So Gentry Channing. It’s a mouthful!
posted by Gentry Ch :: Jul 25, 2013 11:46 PM | report
My name is Gentry. I’m never made fun of. And most people call me Gench. Not Jen.
posted by 😘😘 :: Jul 25, 2013 11:49 PM | report
My name is Jentry Nicole. My family calls me Jen. Sure some people spell it wrong occasionally, but I’m never made fun of. I’ve also received many compliments because of it. Power to the Jentry’s/Gentry’s!!
posted by Jentry :: Sep 09, 2015 10:23 PM | report
What did you pick? My almost 3 yr old is Gentry Coraline. She got a family middle name but paige and Claire were on our middle name list
posted by Guest :: Sep 12, 2015 06:11 PM | report
Lol gentrys sister calls her gench
posted by Guest :: Sep 12, 2015 06:13 PM | report

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