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Two vs. Different vs. Worlds
Help! My boyfriend and I have extremely different naming styles and now we are getting no where on our daughter’s name. He wants to use a boy name with "a cute spelling" whereas I hate anything unisex and want a girly, classic name! What should we do? We don’t want one of us to pick the first and the other the middle as we don’t think that’s fair to either of us and we want to honor a family member as our daughter’s middle name. Please help us! Thanks! ~Taylor and Aubrey
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put your foot down and tell him there is no way your giving your daughter a boys name.
Vivienne. Viv for short, it could also be a boys name but Vivienne is very feminine and classic.
I can’t really think of anything for this... maybe go with something like Beatrice and call her B or go with Samantha and call her Sam. My friend went with Riley-Rose because of a similar conflict xx
He knows how much I hate boy/unisex names however he doesn’t like any of mine either. I also don’t want him to feel like he doesn’t have a say in his own child’s name. I don’t want to be that cold-hearted or inconsiderate to him
I like Vivienne but my boyfriend doesn’t and neither of us like the sound of "Viv" sorry!! Some friends of ours have suggested using a double first name, one unisex name and one girly name. However there is a few problems with that for us. One being we don’t like double first names as one of the names always gets dropped. The second being that we still would be unhappy as I would most likely be having to use the unisex name which I would grimace while saying (most likely) or my boyfriend would have to say the really girl name which he would hate. This is all just a big lose-lose situation for us
What about something that used to be a boys but is now all female or mostly anyway.
Sorry I thought of a few others too add to the list
What you suggested would be unisex names which I hate and I could never get myself to use.
I like the above poster’s suggestion, and would like to add Marion to the list. Another suggestion is to give her a classic name with a boyish nickname, for example Charlotte nn Charlie, Alexandria nn Alex, Theodora nn Theo or Teddy, etc.
Maxima (Maxy), Marillion (pron: Mah-re-ll-eon) or Alexandra/Alexa (Alex)?
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Francesca is a classic beautiful name and he can nickname her Frankie.
Scarlet is gorgeous and can use the boyish nickname Scout.
Tallulah nn Lu
Myka, Maika sounds really beautiful on a girl but is unisex, you might like that one.
Maxina, Maxima nn Max, Maxi
Lennox is traditionally a boy name but can use the girly nickname Lexi.
Kensington is stunning on a girl with the boy nickname Kenny.
Josephine is classic with the nickname Jo, Josie, Effie, and Eppie.
Edme nn Eddy
Emerson nn Emme
Delaney nn Laney (Lane is traditionally a boy name)
Olive nn Ollie
Charlotte nn Charlie
Arwen, Ariella, Arya, Aria, Ariana nn Ari
Andromeda nn Andy
Harriet nn Hetty, Hattie
actually none of those name are really considered unisex anymore. but anyway pick a name that is femine with a boyish nickname then.
that way you can call her by her first name and he can call her by a nickname
What about Delaney?
A name doesn’t stop being unisex once it already is. Besides, I’m not going to change my mind on what I think is unisex or not. We both like several names that were suggested, however none of them overlap and we still can’t agree on any :(
Hilary (Lary is a boy name)
Henrietta (Henri, Hetty, Ettie)
When I read the title of your poll, I thought of the name Ariel, you know from The Little Mermaid, two different worlds. And I guess it still works and it has the nickname Ari which is a nickname for Arthur. Maybe you’ll like it, but I’m not sure if it’s ’boyish’ enough.
I like Louisa (and of course my boyfriend doesn’t) but neither of us like Lou. My cousin’s name is actually Ariel and he goes by Ari for short, so that would be weird for me to use on my daughter
I like Caroline but he doesn’t and my boyfriend likes Asa and Reece/Reese/Rhys but I don’t. Maybe an actual girl name (that has never been considered unisex) that isn’t over the top girly? Neither of us can think of any but that may work for us if we find the right one?
Someone’s going too have too compromise somewhere or your never going to find a name.
What about newer names that aren’t ultra girly but which are still feminine?
Brielle (or Gabrielle nn Brielle)
Asa (it’s a boys name but in Japanese it’s a girls name and I both know a female Asa and a male Asa.)
Noa. an actual female name in the bible.
And that’s a problem for us; we want to compromise but we also want each other to be happy and love the name we choose so neither of us regret it or secretly hate the name we are giving to our daughter. Neither of us mind Willow, but it won’t work with my boyfriend’s last name. My boyfriend likes Asa but I don’t
Noah was one of my boyfriend’s picks (though spelled Nohah) but it is probably the most popular boy name where we live
What about a full name that you could get the nickname Reese out of?
Aspen nn Penny
Penelope nn Penny, Nellie, Pepper
Aurora nn Rory
Logan- it’s unisex, he’d probably love it on a girl, think is one of the few unisex names that I love because I normally don’t like unisex names, but you probably won’t like it. maybe?
Persephone (per-sef-uh-nee) nn Percy, Perry, Effie, Eppie
Roxanne nn Roxy, Roxie
Matilda nn Matty, Tillie, Tilly
Neither of us like Therese, Carys, or Clarice sorry!!
Noelle (Noel) the male equivalent
Brooke (Brooks a male name)
I’ve known about 10 Logan’s in my life, all being boys so that will always be a boy-only name to me. We have the same problem, we both like some names from the list but none of them overlap :( We both kind of like Willow, like it was suggested before, but it doesn’t work with my boyfriend’s last name
Marley is actually our dog’s name so that would be weird to both of us to use! Neither of us like Noelle, Sienna, or Brooke sorry!!
Zoe (Zo doesn’t sound that frilly)
Beatrice (Tris which can also be a nickname for the male Tristan)
If the only problem with Willow is the last name, what about other nature girl names? Many of them are feminine without being frilly.
We still can’t agree on any of those suggested. It probably got lost in the comments, but we’re hoping if we can find a girl name (one that has never been considered unisex) that isn’t too girly will work for us. We don’t like the idea of a nickname as it just causes a lot of issues for us
Lorraine (Rain or Lainey )
Natalie (Nat doesn’t sound too feminine)
I like Hazel and Iris but my boyfriend doesn’t. I’m usually not a huge fan of nature names, to be honest, as most of the time they don’t age well and don’t sound like a name (like Maple from your suggestions)
Neither of us like any of those, sorry!! We don’t want to use a name with a nickname as it causes too many issues for us.
I don’t think your ever going to find a name there really isn’t a name like that out there most non girly girls names are unisex. or a nickname for something. I think you’re making this more difficult then it has too be.
How are we making this more difficult than it needs to be? We both want to love our daughter’s name but we don’t want the other to regret anything or hate the name but just give in
What about Briony or Bryony? Those are female names that I’ve never heard of as unisex and yet the male name Brian is a primary part of the sound of the name.
Neither of us like any of those sorry!!
Names that come from boys names, but wouldn’t be confused as unisex?
Georgia was one of my favorite names but my boyfriend doesn’t like it! Emery is one of my favorite boy names, so even changing the spelling wouldn’t change my mind on using it for a girl
I LOVE Lucy and Ada but my boyfriend doesn’t like them
Jasmine (Jay for short, so it’s slightly more boyish??)
You could go farther back in history. Some of the ancient names can feel less gender specific to the more modern ear. Or names from other cultures.
Thisbe - pronounced like frizbee
Bronwyn or Bronwen
I LOVE Ruby, Leonie, an Isla but my boyfriend doesn’t like them
Neither of us like any of those sorry!!
Tice (pron. Tee-ce)
Alais (pron. Alah-eese)french for Alice.
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