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Works for a girl vs. doesnt work

I recently fell in love with the name Declan but for a girl not a boy. The only problem is I am confused on the pronunciation of Declan. My whole family and I think it is (Deck-Lyn) but after going through and reading these polls I am not so sure I am pronouncing it right. Thoughts on how you think it is pronounced. I don’t know the sex but I am getting induced Saturday. So I want to have names for each gender already picked out. If I have a girl and it ends up being pronounced Deck-lyn than that will be her first name and her middle name will be Sophia/Sofia which I don’t know what way I wanna spell it. If I have a boy my husband picked out the names out they are Brantley Cruz or Bentley Cruz. Please help me in figuring up how to pronounce Declan and how I should spell Sophia if its a girl and which is boys name is the best. Our sweet little one will be joining Weston Christopher & Colton Whitley(4), and Lauren Olivia(2). Thanks so much~Skye & Tyler

The Top Baby Name is...

Doesnt Work


Works For A Girl


Poll created: Mar 14, 2014
Total Votes: 17


I personally think, as I have male friends named Declan, that its quite a male name. If you are in love with it though, spell it Declynn or Decklyn so it seems more feminine and would appear easy to pronounce
posted by Me :: 4 years ago | report
Declan! Why ?????? It is definitely a boy’s name. If you want to use it for a girl I suggest changing the spelling to however you want it pronounced.
Bentley is marginally better than Brantley imo. Still sounds like a car though.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
No! It’s a boy name an contrary to what poster 1 and 2 thinks misspelling it will not magically turn it into a girls name (it will turn it into a cheap, weak and tacky made up "name"). About how I pronounce it: deck-lan (like land without D, not lyn).
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Deck-lin is the pronunciation, but no no no no no no! With your daughter’s girly name, they’ll assume Declan (or Decklyn, blech) is a boy. There are plenty of pretty unisex names. Declan is not one of them.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Declan (Deck-lan)
Declin/Declyn (Deck-lin)
Suggestion:Sidney, Jordan, or Desiree(dez-uh-ray)
I dislike Bentley - Brantley is ok, what about Brenton, Trenton, or Wesley?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
You are not pronouncing it properly, its not lyn/lin its Deck-lan no y sound.

Its not unisex and spelling it wrong doesn’t feminize it.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Your boys have decidedly male names and your daughter has a decidedly girl name. Why would you make your next daughter’s name such an outlying name like Declan? It’s decidedly a BOYS name.

Brantley Cruz is nice. I would suggest Bryant Cruz as a better option however.

Heather Sophia
Stacy Sophia
Beverley Sophia
Kelsey Sophia

Would all be wonderful options that actually go with your other children’s names.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
The second syllable is -lan, not lyn. Just because you butcher the spelling on it doesn’t feminize the name. It is a cruel thing to do to your daughter. Bentley or Brantley sound very pretentious. What about Benjamin or Brandt?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I actually really like Declan and think it’s pronounced as Deck-lan. But I think you can pronounce is however you want. I think it’s really pretty. If you like it, do it. I like the spelling Sofia 100000 times better than Sophie. :)
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I had a friend with a brother named Declan and they pronounce it deck-lyn. And while I don’t like the name at all, I’ve always thought it was better suited for a girl with the whole "lyn" sound at the end.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report

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