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I’ve seen a couple unisex named polls today and they all received mixed reviews on whether the name(s) in question were masculine/feminine enough for a certain gender. I’ve collected a list of unisex names, some I like, some of friends and am curious about which gender you would assume by looking at them. List will be in the first comment.

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The List:
Ashley
Blair
Cameron
Dana
Dylan
Emery
Haven
Jordan
Leigh
Lynn
McKinley
Monroe
Oakley
Riley
Sage
Skylar
Sydney
Whitney
posted by guest: Poll Poster :: 2014-03-28 16:36:41 | report
Ashley: girl
Blair: both
Cameron: boy
Dana: girl
Dylan: boy
Emery: girl
Haven: girl
Jordan: boy
Leigh: both
Lynn: girl
McKinley: girl
Monroe: boy
Oakley: boy
Riley: boy
Sage: girl
Skylar: boy
Sydney: boy
Whitney:girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:39:53 | report
Ashley-Boy and Girl
Blair-Boy
Cameron-Boy
Dana-Girl
Dylan-Boy
Emery-Boy
Haven-Girl
Jordan-Boy
Leigh-Girl
Lynn-Girl
McKinley-Girl
Monroe-Girl
Oakley-Boy
Riley-Boy
Sage-Boy
Skylar-Girl
Sydney-Boy
Whitney-Girl
posted by Karina&Gilbert0923 :: 2014-03-28 16:41:44 | report
Ashley girl
Blair girl
Cameron either
Dana girl
Dylan boy
Emery girl
Haven girl
Jordan either
Leigh this spelling girl
Lynn girl
McKinley girl
Monroe girl
Oakley boy (but I really don’t like it for either)
Riley either
Sage girl
Skylar girl
Sydney either
Whitney girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:41:46 | report
Ashley, Dana and Leigh are the only unisex names on that list, everything else is either masculine or a surname and should not be used as a first name, like the really unpleasant Oakley
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:42:27 | report
Ashley: Both
Blair: Both
Cameron: Boy
Dana: Girl
Dylan: Boy
Emery: Girl
Haven: Girl
Jordan: Both
Leigh: Girl
Lynn: Girl
McKinley: Girl
Monroe: Boy
Oakley: Boy
Riley: Boy
Sage: Both
Skylar: Boy
Sydney: Both
Whitney: Girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:43:05 | report
Ashley= Girl
Blair= Girl
Cameron= Boy
Dana= Girl
Dylan=Boy
Emery= Girl
Haven= Girl
Jordan= Girl
Leigh= Boy
Lynn= Girl
McKinley= Girl
Monroe= Girl
Oakley= Boy
Riley= Boy
Sage= Girl
Skylar= Boy
Sydney= Girl
Whitney= Girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:43:18 | report
Ashley - girl
Blair - girl
Cameron - both
Dana - girl
Dylan - girl
Emery - girl
Haven - girl
Jordan - both
Leigh - girl
Lynn - girl
McKinley - girl
Monroe - girl
Oakley - girl
Riley - girl
Sage - girl
Skylar - girl
Sydney - both
Whitney - girl

Hope this helps!
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:43:30 | report
Ashley: girl 100%
Blair: girl
Cameron: boy
Dana: girl, but I think of Dana Carvey first, and he’s a man
Dylan: boy
Emery: boy for sure
Haven: girl; I would NEVER use this for a boy
Jordan: either, but it’s better on a boy
Leigh: girl
Lynn: girl!
McKinley: trashy, but girl
Monroe: I’ve never heard this as a first name... I guess boy?
Oakley: BOY for sure
Riley: either
Sage: GIRL
Skylar: either
Sydney: either, but it’s usually a girl
Whitney: definitely girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:43:50 | report
Ashley: girl
Blair: girl
Cameron: boy
Dana: girl
Dylan: boy
Emery: girl (but I prefer Emerson on a boy)
Haven: girl
Jordan: either
Leigh: girl! but with the spelling Lee it’s all boy
Lynn: girl
McKinley: girl but I really don’t like it
Monroe: I really like it on both
Oakley: boy
Riley: either
Sage: girl, but I think it could work on either
Skylar: either
Sydney: girl
Whitney: girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:47:05 | report
Ashley - Boy never met a female Ashley.
Blair - boy
Cameron - boy
Dana - either
Dylan - boy not unisex
Emery - boy
Haven - low class girl
Jordan - boy
Leigh - could be either
Lynn - girl
McKinley - boy
Monroe - boy
Oakley - boy
Riley - boy
Sage - boy
Skylar - either
Sydney - boy
Whitney - either
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:47:23 | report
Ashley- girl
Blair- girl
Cameron- boy
Dana- girl
Dylan- girl Dillon- boy
Emery- boy, but I like it as both
Haven- boy
Jordan- boy
Leigh- girl (my mn) Lee- boy
Lynn- girl
McKinley- girl
Monroe- girl
Oakley- boy
Riley- girl even though its origonally a boy
Sage- boy Saige- girl
Skylar-girl Schuyler- boy
Sydney- girl
Whitney- girl
I think some names really depend on spelling. For example Skylar. It looks a more feminine, especially spelled Skyler and when its spelled Schuyler, it looks more masculine.
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:48:25 | report
The only ones I would consider for a boy are Blair and Dylan oh and Cameron
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:48:57 | report
Ashley-girl
Blair-girl
Cameron-boy
Dana-girl
Dylan-boy
Emery-girl
Haven-boy
Jordan-girl
Leigh-girl
Lynn-either
McKinley-girl
Monroe-either
Oakley-either
Riley-boy
Sage-either
Skylar-boy
Sydney-girl
Whitney-girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:54:12 | report
It’s not really an opinion thing, its history and meaning. Anything beginning with Mc actually means son of. I’ve known men called Ashley, Blair, Cameron, Dana, leigh, Lynn, McKinley, Riley, Emery. I would however allow that history has made Ashley, Dana, Jordan, Lynn and Leigh something acceptable for girls as well, at least in the US. Sydney for some reason seems to have been accepted as a girls name while Sidney stays a boys name. Haven is a noun not a name, Dylan is only masculine
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 16:59:41 | report
Ashley - girl
Blair - girl
Cameron - boy
Dana - girl
Dylan - boy
Emery - boy
Haven - girl
Jordan - either
Leigh - girl
Lynn - girl
McKinley - girl
Monroe - girl
Oakley - boy
Riley - either
Sage - girl
Skylar - girl
Sydney - girl
Whitney - girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:00:36 | report
Ashley-girl
Blair-boy
Cameron-boy
Dana-girl
Dylan-boy
Emery-both
Haven-both
Jordan-both, however my first thought is boy
Leigh-girl with this spelling, Lee for boy
Lynn-both
McKinley-girl
Monroe-boy
Oakley-girl
Riley-girl
Sage-girl
Skylar-boy
Sydney-girl with this spelling, Sidney for boy
Whitney-girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:06:44 | report
Ashley - girl in the US, boy elsewhere
Blair - mostly girl
Cameron - boy
Dana - I know both genders with this name, so it doesn’t really go one way or the other imo
Dylan - boy
Emery - boy
Haven - completely unisex
Jordan - boy
Leigh - girl with this spelling
Lynn - girl
McKinley - girl in the US
Monroe - I really would have any idea until I saw the person
Oakley - completely unisex
Riley - boy
Sage - boy
Skylar - unisex
Sydney - girl, but I like it better for boys
Whitney - girl, though I’ve met a teenage boy named Whitney and he wore it well
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:12:07 | report
Ashley - Girl
Blair - Could go either way but i prefer it on a girl.
Cameron - BOY
Dana - Seen it on both boys and girls but i would say girl.
Dylan - BOY
Emery - I like it on both but if i had to pick i like it more for a girl
Haven - Both
Jordan - Both
Leigh - Leigh for a girl and Lee for a boy
Lynn - girl
McKinley - girl
Monroe - Boy
Oakley - Both
Riley - BOY
Sage - Could go both ways but i would say Girl
Skylar - Both but prefer on a boy
Sydney - GIRL
Whitney - Girl
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:22:17 | report
I think the mixed reviews are because some people like this sort of name for one gender and some like them for the other. In general, obviously different people consider different names more male or female. But when this sort of name is on a poll, the people who consider it the opposite gender tend to dislike it. So there are more mixed reviews.

Interestingly, I read an article a while ago about cultures that traditionally have unisex names. Individuals in those cultures tend to prefer certain unisex names for one gender or the other, just as you’re seeing here in this poll.

The difference with these names is that they’re not traditionally unisex and so there’s a lot of stress about it. Many of the posters on here remember a time when many of these names were unheard of on girls.
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:23:58 | report
Mixed feedback on this site would also come from the fact that this is a world site not us.

Places like UK for example wouldn’t consider most of these unisex let alone feminine.
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:29:43 | report
Cameron,Dylan,Oakley and Jordan-boy!
The rest-girl.
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:36:31 | report
Ashley: Both
Blair: Girl DEFINETELY
Cameron: Boy
Dana: Girl
Dylan: Boy
Emery: Both, probably boy
Haven: Girl
Jordan: boy
Leigh: girl
Lynn: Girl 100%
McKinley: Girl
Monroe: Boy
Oakley: Boy
Riley: Both, leaning towards girl
Sage: Both
Skylar: girl
Sydney: Boy
Whitney: girl

I have two daughters called Kennedy Amelia Chloe and Riley Alexandra Ellen, I also like Bailey as a unisex name.
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:37:46 | report
If it helps I’ve looked at all the info and gathered altogether the vast majority goes with McKinley as female, Sydney as female, Dylan as male, Cameron as male, Ashley as pretty much unisex, Monroe as male and Oakley as male. Xxx
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:41:54 | report
Ashley - Girl
Blair - Either
Cameron - E
Dana - G
Dylan - Boy
Emery - G
Haven - G
Jordan - E
Leigh - E
Lynn - G
McKinley - Neither
Monroe - G
Oakley - N
Riley - B
Sage - G
Skylar - E
Sydney - B
Whitney - G
posted by guest :: 2014-03-28 17:47:18 | report
Ashley - girl
Blair - girl
Cameron - girl
Dana - girl
Dylan - boy
Emery - girl
Haven - girl
Jordan - girl
Leigh - girl
Lynn - girl
McKinley - girl
Monroe - girl
Oakley - girl
Riley - girl
Sage - girl
Skylar - girl
Sydney - girl
Whitney - girl
posted by guest :: 2014-04-13 19:24:32 | report

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