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Strong, no frills vs. girl name needed

My husband loves surnames and unisex names for our daughter while I prefer... girl names. I’m a firm believer in having a name and knowing what gender the person is. He doesn’t really care and almost prefers it the other way around! His favorite names are Tierney, Beckett and Bardot. His problem is he thinks my names are too frilly. I like Isabella, Elisabeth, Anabel. Can anyone think of names that are strong but not unisex and will please both of us?

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Strong, no frills 0% (0 votes)
Girl name needed 0% (0 votes)

Comments

How about Bay?

It is considered "unisex", but I think you might like it too.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 13:56:59 | report
I love Dakota. It is unisex, though I see it much more on girls than boys. It’s fairly strong, and I think is a good fit. If you want a girl name that could not be used on a boy at all, I suggest Erin. It is definitely a girl name, but is strong and I think will please your husband. Have you considered Brooklyn? Strong, fitting, cute, completely un-frilly, and you can use the shorter name Brooke or perhaps even Lyn/Lynn. Perfect, if you ask me.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 13:57:12 | report
Harper and Harlow(e) - both surnames but both known for being girl names

Jessica - Could go with the nn Jess(I)e for the unisex but has a strong feminine ring
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 13:58:00 | report
Audrey
Jillian
Cora
Rachel
Vera
Scarlett
Jane
Vivienne
Charlotte
Keira
Eleanor
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 13:58:18 | report
Yes, Brooklyn is a great name. Very classy and not the most common. That’s a nice name.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 13:58:35 | report
I actually don’t mind and think Tierney sounds very girly... although sounds like Tyranny.

Charlotte
Monroe
Avery
Joyce
Nicole/Nicolette
Shawna/Seana
Shannon
Bethany
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 13:58:59 | report
Tenley, Emerson, Indigo, April, Andie
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 13:59:50 | report
Bridget
Hazel
Megan
Alexandra nn Alex
Charlotte nn Charlie
Brynn
Camille
Summer
Autumn
Vivian
Esther
Rhiannon
Melisande
Avalon
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:00:07 | report
What about a girl name with boyish/unisex nickname
Daniella nn Dani
Josephine nn Jojo or Jo
Francesca nn Frankie
Samaya nn Sam or Sami
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:00:12 | report
Jessica
Kayla
Maya
Lauren
Rebecca
Zoey
Lucia
posted by ashooles :: 2014-02-27 14:00:36 | report
Harper
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:00:41 | report
I think Tierney and Bardot are cute. Everyone knows Brigitte Bardot was female anyhow. What about:

Keegan
Madden
Georgia
Julienne
Isla
Maeve
Harlow
Emmeline
Daniela
Ivanna
Adelaide
Drea
Mischa (completely unisex yet still girly sounding)
Adriel
Sasha (also completely unisex)
Antonia
Lorraine
Alice
Bianca
Willow
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:00:46 | report
Brooklyn is #29 in the Top 100 so yes it is popular.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:02:18 | report
Eden
Corrine
Greer
Ainsley
Colette
Hadley
Danielle
Nicole

Some unisex names that are more girly-
Avery
Quinn
Kendall
Aubrey
Reese
Alexis
Blaire
Wren
Kennedy
Sutton
Briar
Leighton
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:03:07 | report
Delaney
Surren
Lorraine
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:04:46 | report
I turn away for a minute and so many responses! Of all the suggested names my husband says he likes Rhiannon, Mischa, Emerson (I’m vetoing Emerson)
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:05:10 | report
Emery - my friend named her daughter this and most people call her Emmie (which the Mom prefers because it’s more feminine).

Harper - like someone said above. Unisex, but definitely more common in females.

Unfortunately my taste is nothing like your husbands either so I struggle to come up with any ideas that HE might like (aside from the ones above). Goodluck!
posted by KKAlonzi :: 2014-02-27 14:07:25 | report
Joelle Perhaps?
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:10:09 | report
You could give her a name like Rhiannon Jennifer (i.e.) and call her RJ.

it works with RJ, JJ, DJ, JD

It might be a solution for you
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:11:59 | report
Jules
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:14:53 | report
LOL PP I swear he like perked up when I mentioned calling her JJ.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:15:05 | report
Tamsin could work.

Trina also
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:15:56 | report
Adrienne
Britton/Britta
Waverley
Rain/Raine
Lux
Victoria (such a strong meaning!)
Ember
Nicolette
Marnie
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:16:15 | report
Why not pair a MN starting with ’M’ with Emmerson he can call her ’EM’ while you could call her emma, emmy, millie?
Emmerson Mallory
Emmerson Miriam
Emmerson Melinda
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:17:50 | report
AJ would be cute too! I know both boys and girls who go by this. That way you could get a girlier name and he could have the more masculine nickname. GL!
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:18:38 | report
Jemma, Johanna, Johnna, Julianne, Jennison, January, Jaime, Jeune, Juneau.
posted by guest: Poster :: 2014-02-27 14:19:39 | report
Because Emerson is a boy name and I will not be naming my daughter a boy name.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:20:24 | report
Yeah, like the actress AJ cooke! (who has a character named JJ btw)

If you want we could give you some JJ/AJ combo suggestions
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:22:10 | report
Emmerson is a unisex name. There are lots of girls called Emmerson
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:22:16 | report
yeah, Emerson is "unisex". Just like Dylan and Spencer

*Note the sarcasm*
posted by guest: Caisi :: 2014-02-27 14:23:57 | report
Bridget, Brynn, Brooke, Leah, Macy, Cassie, Delaney, Kate, Shay, Tess
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:24:18 | report
Dylan and Spencer are becoming more unisex these days
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:25:59 | report
My mom and I are huge Criminal Minds fans so that’s who I thought of when someone suggested JJ. My husband keeps yelling out J names now.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:26:29 | report
Hahah glad to know we could help
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:28:14 | report
I read your previous post to say that you were voting for Emerson. Now that I’ve reread it, I see that it says vetoing Emerson. Great! It’s so masculine that I don’t understand why people use it on girls.

Rhiannon and Mischa are great.

Justine
Jocelyn
Jillian
Jacqueline
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:28:45 | report
giving a girl a boy name doesn’t make it unisex. not even when mulriple people are doing it.
posted by guest: Caisi :: 2014-02-27 14:29:21 | report
Please don’t turn this into an argument about whether Emerson is unisex or not.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:30:35 | report
The husband asked for unisex names and by the poster suggesting Emmerson she did just that. I had to re read the pollposters comment as I also thought it said she voted for that.
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 14:36:46 | report
Sienna, Rebecca, Greer, Niamh (it’s irish, pronounced nee-ve. So you could spell it Neeve, Nieve, Neave)
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 15:32:26 | report
Dylan is so manly don’t know how that’s unisex weird
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 15:45:53 | report
How about Jamie? :-)
posted by guest :: 2014-02-27 17:50:51 | report
Sadie
Cassie
Cassandra
Amanda
Audrey
Aubrey/Aubrie
Eden
Sandy
Sylvia
Cynthia
Tessa
Claire
Ember
Jane
posted by Anne-Kalyca :: 2014-02-28 19:11:13 | report

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