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Is Bailey still acceptable to use on a boy? I’ve always loved it for a boys name and now that we are about to have our little man we are considering it. Do you think it’s too much of a girls name now or is it still masculine? Thanks, the Carter’s

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Poll created: Jan 14, 2014
Total Votes: 14


In the US it’s very common as a girl’s name, not common at all as a boy’s name. I agree with you that it’s better on a boy, however, I don’t think you should use it. Just too common as a girl’s name, he might be teased.
posted by Sara :: Jan 14, 2014 12:38 PM | report
Try Baylor it’s more masculine or Brody.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:39 PM | report
Sorry, but i also dont think you should use it, it’s seen too much as a girls name
posted by Emmi :: Jan 14, 2014 12:39 PM | report
I think the question you have to ask yourself is would you be bothered if girls in his cl[removed]hared his name? And also how would you respond if he is bothered by the fact girls in his cl[removed]hare his name. If you have positive answers if both than use it. If not than reconsider.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:40 PM | report
I don’t see the problem this boy was named Bailey in middle school it’s ok!
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:40 PM | report
We will probably just use Baylor because it has the same feel as Bailey but does sound more manly. Thank you!
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:42 PM | report
"I don’t see the problem this boy was named Bailey in middle school it’s ok!"

Hate to burst your bubble, but when you were in middle school (assuming that isn’t right now) the name Bailey wouldn’t have been popular for girls. It’s a recently trendy thing. The names that were common when parents today were growing up and the people they know their own age are not good indicators at all of what’s currently popular for babies being born today. Bailey is a pretty common girls name for babies RIGHT NOW. It would be like a boy named... lets say... Shannon. That’s a boys name as well as a girls name but when it was much more popular as a girls name in the 80s, boys who had it tended to get teased.
posted by Sara :: Jan 14, 2014 12:44 PM | report
Bailey is so much better for a boy.
I do hate boys’ names on girls and am sure that fashion for it will soon seem very dated.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:47 PM | report
The only thing I will say about Baylor is that it doesn’t follow very well with your surname.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:49 PM | report
Do you all have any name suggestions for us if Bailey and Baylor aren’t usable? We can use Bailey on a boy in ten years if the trend has died down. Thanks
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:54 PM | report
I have a young nephew named Bailey. Seems to work just fine for him. Bailey Carter sounds better than Baylor Carter.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:55 PM | report
Baylor sounds to made up. and just because Bailey was a girl’s name doesn’t mean that it couldn’t work on a boy my name is Ashton and I used to hate It cause it was a boy’s name but I began to love it go for it!!!!
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:56 PM | report
I know someone who named their baby boy Balen. You could also use Bowen.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:56 PM | report
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:57 PM | report
I like Bailey for both genders, but I have to say it is very refreshing to hear on a boy! I say use it. Just give him a strictly boy middle name. Same idea for the people who like the boy names for a girl, I don’t see a difference.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 12:59 PM | report

Boys names on girls is MUCH more common than girls names on boys. Reason? Tomboys are encouraged while sissy / girly boys are humiliated. Not a fair comparison at all.

You can’t compare anyone you already know named Bailey to what WILL happen to boys with the name in the future. Current babies and young children haven’t hit the age yet where they will be teased. Boys named Bailey 20 years ago wouldn’t have had the problem because the name wasn’t common on girls yet. The name started getting common about 15 years ago so those boys named Bailey about 10-15 ago would be a good example.

Who cares what his middle name is? Hardly anyone else is going to hear it. It’s not going to stop him from getting teased at school.

And finally I don’t really think Baylor is tons better... especially not with last name Carter. I’d go with Brady or Brody. Similar and totally masculine.
posted by Sara :: Jan 14, 2014 01:19 PM | report
Its fine for a boy and with girls stealing all the boys name anyway this next generation will be very well use to boys and girls having the same names.

From what i’ve seen there is a chance of girls using whatever masculine name you choose, so you may as well go with what you love.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 01:23 PM | report
I love Bailey on a boy.
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 01:25 PM | report
Use it. It’s not a GIRL name, it is UNISEX.

With a manly middle name he will have something to fall back on if he doesn’t like Bailey.

I’m glad this boy names for girls trend seems to be fading...
posted by guest :: Jan 14, 2014 01:51 PM | report
Since the main characters in Grey’s Anatomy named their baby boy Bailey, I think it will start becoming more of a boy’s name again. I think it’s usable and it’s so much better on a boy. Go for it if you love it!
posted by guest :: Jan 15, 2014 10:24 AM | report

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