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Names won’t be gender specific vs. Unisex names are a passing trend

I posted this yesterday morning but I’d love to hear what the evening crowd thinks. What do you think will happen in the future? I’m just astonished at how many "unisex" names there are today. I was looking at my little cousin’s class list and I couldn’t tell if most of them were girls or boys without asking him. And even on the ones I thought I knew, I was wrong sometimes (Jaymes turned out to be a girl and Trystin and Morgan were boys). So what do you think will happen when these kids grow up and start naming the next generation?

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Names won’t be Gender specific 36% (4 votes)
Unisex names are A passing trend 64% (7 votes)

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I hope it is a dying trend, it isn’t the unisex names that bother me as I would personally never use any even though I love a lot of them like Tristan, Reagan, and Robin (for boys only) but its the horrid "conversions" that worry me. When women are taking strictly male names like Adam and Micah and trying to tack it on a girl therefore making really manly names girly. It makes me wonder what is truly masculine for my son! That is my main concern. I don’t worry about girls so much because I make sure I choose rare female names and I would never use anything with Mac or ending in -son or that has been used on boys as well.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:21:29 | report
I just don’t understand why everyone continues to get bent out of shape with this. Kelly, Shannon, Beverly, Ashley, Meredith..... if you saw a girl with this name would you gasp in horror and try and figure out if it is a boy or girl, and wonder how they will ever live in life? Probably not. These were BOYS names, all BOY for many, many years. Now the names have evolved into unisex names, or even "girls" names. It happens! It has happened, and will continue to happen. NAMES EVOLVE! For goodness sakes people, CALM down!
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:29:58 | report
I really dislike it. I have two boys and we named them names that we’d never heard of or imagined on girls. One of those names is solidly unisex now and I recently saw the other being considered as a girl name. How are we supposed to use boy names if we never know when a solidly male name will be used for girls. The first poster’s example of Tristan shows this trend. When I was growing up, Tristan was never used on girls. Now it’s being used as an example of a unisex name rather than a "conversion" name. And I’m not that old (clearly, since I’m pregnant).

I don’t know how it will go in the future. The kids think it’s normal, so maybe they’ll just make more and more names unisex. I hope not but it looks that way.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:30:51 | report
I am certain the next generation will revert to very girly names and very macho names for boys.
I work with teenagers and have heard so many of today’s teenage girls say they hate their unisex names. Not all do I know but too many in my opinion. Sad !
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:32:47 | report
I hate the trend but I am just glad we don’t have it both ways with boys having very feminine names !!
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:34:34 | report
Poster 2 my point being I don’t like or would use any of those names, my concern is that once all names are converted since "made-up" ones are trashy than what on earth will be left for those of us who WANT a gender specific name, frankly it is rude of the odd people who end up ruining great names for others.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:37:05 | report
Oh yeah, I see the point you were making. I just find it interesting that one of your examples was a name that was completely masculine very recently. It shows how quickly this stuff is changing.
-Poster 2
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:40:22 | report
Which one is/was considered masculine lately? I am very curious as to which one as I had received "girly" comments on each when I posted about them during my last pregnancy with my son a couple months ago :/ which great name did we give up? lol we named our son Tobias Milo though, which fits him perfectly :)
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:45:21 | report
I don’t think it matters. As long as unisex is really unisex and not just for girls. If boys can have names like Emery and Peyton and Valentine, it’s okay if girls have them too. All the unisex names open up more options for boys not less. The names that have "gone to the girls" in the past can come back now for boys. Kelly and Shannon and Mackenzie, etc.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 18:54:23 | report
It would not bother me if it went both ways but it does not, people use boys names on their girls and then have the cheek to go around calling them too girly for boys.

Girls names are not evolving to be boys names that’s why people are annoyed with it. There simply isn’t enough names for boys now.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 19:04:13 | report
Classics. Jackson, Samuel, Nicholas. Pretty safe bets.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 19:26:16 | report
Not even they are safe I have heard even very classic masculine names like Noah, James and Michael on girls.

Why should boys be limited to only classic names anyway? Most are very overused and boring now.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-17 19:32:24 | report

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