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’Wesley’ for a vs. baby girl?

I’m expecting my 1st child, a baby girl due Dec. 6th and I would love to honor my fiance’s life long best friend, Wesley, who past away in a car accident this February. Daddy has been so torn up by the loss that I feel it almost necessary to give him this closure because Wes was such a great person and he would like nothing more than for our child to carry Wes’s name. I would really appreciate some suggestions on how to spell it more feminine and middle names would be wonderful. Thank you! ~Brooklyn and Trenton

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What about Weslyn? A little more feminine.

Weslyn Kate/Weslyn Rose
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 20:31:12 | report
Don’t do it. If you must, use it as a middle name. That still honors your friend without subjecting your daughter to a lifetime of weird looks and people looking down on her name.
posted by guest: Sara :: 2013-10-20 20:31:23 | report
Don’t name your daughter Wesley... that is ALL boy. I think Weslyn could work but I would personally just use it as a middle or save it for a son.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 20:33:55 | report
I am all for honoring someone but not at the expense of your child. Is it really an honor if your child hates her name? Use it as a middle name but not a first name. And this is from someone who likes unsex/masculine names on girls.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 20:36:13 | report
This sounds fake, there’s never an excuse to give a girl a man’s name.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 20:36:53 | report
My boss is actually a female Wesley and we’re personal friends. I like it on her, a lot. I adore the nickname Wes for a boy/man. She doesn’t go by anything other than Wesley but she does have a "family" nickname that doesn’t have anything to do with her first name at all.

I don’t think she’d get any weird looks or people looking down on her name. Who does that? That’d be absolutely ridiculous. Like you’ve forgotten that there’s a PERSON behind the name.

In 2011, 33 girls were named Wesley and who knows how many Wesleighs etc.

If you think this would give your family closure, I say go for it. HOWEVER, I would speak to Wesley’s parents/family about it first.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 20:41:33 | report
What about Whitley or maybe Essie?
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 20:42:07 | report
I wouldn’t name her Wesley. But I think it’s sweet to name her after him. What about using a W first name and a middle name ending in -sley so you would still be incorporating his name.
Winter Ainsley
Wren Paisley
Willabelle Tinsley
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 20:49:30 | report
I think naming your children after special people is incredibly sweet, but I really don’t think Wesley can work on a girl. It’s much too masculine. Maybe:

Meadow (since Wesley means "Western Meadow")

Hope you find a great name for her! :-)

~God bless!
posted by guest: Ms. Lyons :: 2013-10-20 20:53:48 | report
A middle name is still a way to honor him without your daughter having to live with a boys name the rest of her life.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 20:55:53 | report
I don’t see how Wesley is any different from other names that sound just the same. It’s a softer, traditionally male name that would appeal to people looking for something different but not widely out-there.

It’s the same as Whitney, Kelsey, Leslie, Ashley, etc. All soft, traditionally male names that people began using for girls, as well as boys. There’s nothing wrong with that.

I think it’s fine. If it’s good enough for a man, it’s good enough for a woman.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 21:00:24 | report
"I don’t think she’d get any weird looks or people looking down on her name. Who does that?"

No one to her face. Just behind her back.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 21:02:34 | report
Perhaps, instead of telling people that their kid will no-doubt get bullied for her name, we should start teaching our children not to be [removed]s to other people.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 21:05:02 | report
No, Wesley is MUCH too masculine. I know you wanna honor someone special, but this is just way too much for the poor girl, who will, after all, be the one to bear the boy’s name. Do you know Wesley’s middle name? Perhaps it’d be easier to derive a feminine version of that. Just...don’t use Wesley. Not a girl’s name at all. The thought’s nice, though!
posted by guest: Mel Acen :: 2013-10-20 21:05:13 | report
A girl Wesley isn’t the problem. It’s kids who are taught by you guys, apparently.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 21:05:47 | report
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 21:07:18 | report
Too boyish sorry!!!
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 21:11:43 | report
Wesleigh? Looks more feminine than Wesley.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-20 21:15:14 | report

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