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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.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 13:52:39 | report
Vivienne. Viv for short, it could also be a boys name but Vivienne is very feminine and classic.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 13:54:11 | report
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
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 13:56:00 | report
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
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 13:56:02 | report
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
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 13:58:19 | report
What about something that used to be a boys but is now all female or mostly anyway.
Mackenzie
Morgan
Ashley
Kelsey
Clare
Meredith
Aubrey
Kelley
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 13:58:25 | report
Sorry I thought of a few others too add to the list
Leslie
Sidney
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 13:59:20 | report
What you suggested would be unisex names which I hate and I could never get myself to use.
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:00:12 | report
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.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:02:47 | report
Maxima (Maxy), Marillion (pron: Mah-re-ll-eon) or Alexandra/Alexa (Alex)?
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:03:05 | report
What about this...?
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

Like any?
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:04:03 | report
actually none of those name are really considered unisex anymore. but anyway pick a name that is femine with a boyish nickname then.
Samantha (Sam)
Andrea (Andi)
Danielle (Dani)
Charlotte (Charlie)
Georgiana (Georgie)
Alexandra (Alex)
Josephine (Joey)
that way you can call her by her first name and he can call her by a nickname
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:04:40 | report
Bea
Sam/Samantha
Charlie
Maxima
Meredith
Lesley
Alexa/Alexandra
Morgan
Mackenzie
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:06:40 | report
What about Delaney?
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:07:45 | report
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 :(
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:10:43 | report
Hilary (Lary is a boy name)
Henrietta (Henri, Hetty, Ettie)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:11:45 | report
Henrietta (Henry)
Louisa (Lou)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:13:27 | report
River.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:15:00 | report
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.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:15:33 | report
Asa.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:15:43 | report
Caroline (Carrie)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:15:50 | report
Reece/Reese/Rhys
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:17:09 | report
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
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:18:31 | report
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?
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:20:16 | report
Someone’s going too have too compromise somewhere or your never going to find a name.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:20:58 | report
What about newer names that aren’t ultra girly but which are still feminine?

Willow
Brynn
Avalon
Everly
Brielle (or Gabrielle nn Brielle)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:21:10 | report
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.)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:21:28 | report
Alexis (Lex)
Danica (Dan)
Noa. an actual female name in the bible.
Coralie (Leigh)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:23:04 | report
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
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:23:20 | report
Noah was one of my boyfriend’s picks (though spelled Nohah) but it is probably the most popular boy name where we live
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:24:45 | report
What about a full name that you could get the nickname Reese out of?

Therese
Carys
Clarice
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:25:07 | report
Aspen nn Penny
Penelope nn Penny, Nellie, Pepper
Aurora nn Rory
Darcy
Embry
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
Shane, Shae
Matilda nn Matty, Tillie, Tilly
Wren
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:25:53 | report
France
Avalon
Willow
River
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:25:57 | report
Neither of us like Therese, Carys, or Clarice sorry!!
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:26:44 | report
Noelle (Noel) the male equivalent
Marley
Sienna
Brooke (Brooks a male name)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:27:40 | report
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
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:28:18 | report
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!!
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:29:02 | report
Bertrande
Lark
Luca
Bethan
Ffion
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:31:06 | report
Penelope (Nel)
Zoe (Zo doesn’t sound that frilly)
Beatrice (Tris which can also be a nickname for the male Tristan)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:31:16 | report
If the only problem with Willow is the last name, what about other nature girl names? Many of them are feminine without being frilly.

Autumn
Lavender
Hazel
Iris
Aspen
Summer
Maple
Juniper
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:34:15 | report
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
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:34:32 | report
Lorraine (Rain or Lainey )
Lorelei (Rory)
Natalie (Nat doesn’t sound too feminine)
Catherine (Cat)
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:35:22 | report
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)
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:35:58 | report
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.
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:36:42 | report
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.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:36:53 | report
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
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:38:21 | report
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.
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:39:26 | report
Rue
Tess
Jessa
Josie
Kate
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:39:43 | report
Neither of us like any of those sorry!!
posted by guest: Poll Cretaor :: 2013-11-10 14:41:25 | report
Josephine
Adriana
Emerie
Lauren
Stephanie
Harriet
Georgia
Danielle

Names that come from boys names, but wouldn’t be confused as unisex?
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:41:59 | report
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
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:43:10 | report
Jill
Lucy
Ada
Molly
Mary
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:44:24 | report
I LOVE Lucy and Ada but my boyfriend doesn’t like them
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:45:44 | report
Chelsea
Riley
Erica
Ruby
Jazlyn
Jasmine (Jay for short, so it’s slightly more boyish??)
Holly
Blair
Gemma
Leonie
Harper
Jocelyn
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:47:11 | report
Isla
Gia
Elle
Tia
Anna
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:47:18 | report
Kit/Kitty
Mithian
Merlin/Merlyn
Marlon
Cayleigh
Bridie
Angel
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:47:25 | report
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
Miko
Damaris
Bronwyn or Bronwen
Melisande
Corisande
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:49:36 | report
Amy
Joni/Joanie
Angelou
Cara
Adria
Ezara
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:50:18 | report
I LOVE Ruby, Leonie, an Isla but my boyfriend doesn’t like them
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:50:23 | report
Neither of us like any of those sorry!!
posted by guest: Poll Creator :: 2013-11-10 14:51:07 | report
Persephone
Athena
Twyla
Cadence
Lexie
Mara
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:52:41 | report
Ruth
Ellis
Rita
Romily
Farrah
Avery
Ashlyn
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:55:13 | report
Macy
Nola
Willa
Fiona
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:56:05 | report
Shan/Sian
Elodie
Emrys
Darcy
Deryn
Chantelle
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:57:36 | report
Brid/Bridie/Bridgid
Tice (pron. Tee-ce)
Moriarty
Oriane
Alais (pron. Alah-eese)french for Alice.
Jorah
Mika
Loxie
Roslin
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 14:58:35 | report
Tamsin
Astrid
Gwyneth
Blythe
Bethan
Bethwyn
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 15:00:58 | report
Jules/Julia/Julian
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 15:14:55 | report
Nova
Marae
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 16:02:33 | report
Jo/Joanna
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 16:06:15 | report
Addison
Terasa
Oswin
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 16:12:56 | report
Reece
posted by guest :: 2013-11-10 20:51:07 | report

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