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Briar vs. Girl? vs. Boy?

Hello! I had my little girl two weeks ago and I called her Briar. Today I went on this site and I noticed another woman’s poll using the name Briar on a boy. I thought Briar was primarily a boys name? With the whole "Briar Rose" Sleeping beauty theme. My daughters name is Briar Esmé by the way! But what do you think? Do you think boy or girl when you hear the name? (Ps when I made my poll back a few months ago no one commented that Briar was also used on boys, so up until now I was completely clueless) Thankyou!

The Top Baby Name is...

Girl?

56%

Boy?

42%

Briar

2%

Poll created: Apr 13, 2014
Total Votes: 103

Comments

****Primarily a girls name, sorry I made a mistake there! x
posted by poll poster :: Apr 13, 2014 08:05 PM | report
It is used on both sexes, but is more popular on boys. In 2012 104 girls were named Briar while 188 boys were.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:14 PM | report
Girl
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:14 PM | report
I think technically it is unisex but more commonly used on girls now.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:17 PM | report
Boy for me.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:18 PM | report
I think it is much better suited to a girl than it is to a boy, and quite frankly I think it looks a bit stupid on a boy.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:18 PM | report
TOTALLY GIRL!!!
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:19 PM | report
Gonna have to go with Girl for this one!
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:20 PM | report
Well it’s unisex technically, but it is definitely a thousand times better on a girl! Congratulations on your daughter
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:20 PM | report
I think someone voted more than once... no way there’s 17 people on here right now. Anyway. I think its okay for both, but I slightly prefer boy because it sounds for masculine to me.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:20 PM | report
It is technically unisex. Personally I think it sounds more masculine. In the story Sleeping Beauty the faeries renamed her Briar Rose but they only ever called her Rose, and her true name was Aurora so it doesn’t feel girly to me at all.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:21 PM | report
I think you have to ask which continent... north america is always ahead, so GIRL in U.S.A..
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:22 PM | report
Definitely a boy name for me. Sounds pretty masculine imo.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:24 PM | report
Definitely a girl! Makes me cringe the thought of someone calling their son briar
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:24 PM | report
I adore briar on a girl -- hate it for a boy
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:26 PM | report
I never knew it was used for boys.
posted by Drew :: Apr 13, 2014 08:26 PM | report
DEFINITELY A GIRL!!! That should go without saying
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:27 PM | report
I think it works fine for both gender. Also people need to stop voting more than once, there’s not that many people on here right now...
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:29 PM | report
Girl
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:29 PM | report
I’ve never heard it on a boy before and also it sounds mostly girly if I’m saying it right so girl
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:30 PM | report
I think it’s one of those names which are unisex but only because enough people have stupidly named their sons a girls name. If you want briar for a boy, go for Brian! Girl wins the vote for me
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:31 PM | report
Historically a boys name, but works for either. I don’t really like it to be honest though.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:33 PM | report
Girl for me
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:33 PM | report
I’ve only ever heard Briar used as a girl’s name. It just sounds feminine to me, probably because most other plant names are used as girl names...Brian could be used for a boy.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:35 PM | report
110% GIRL!!!
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:39 PM | report
Agreed. Might want to come back later poll poster. Looks like some people may be influencing your votes, sorry. There’s definitely NOT for 40 people on here.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:39 PM | report
A briar is basically a thorn bush. That doesn’t seem specifically girly to me.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:41 PM | report
Girly!
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:44 PM | report
The only Briar I know is a boy. I think it’s okay on a girl but I much prefer it on a boy.
posted by Caitlin :: Apr 13, 2014 08:44 PM | report
I like it best for a girl but I guess it’s alright for a boy....
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 08:50 PM | report
I think it’s hideous and extremely harsh on a boy or a girl.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 09:02 PM | report
Nothing feminine about it. For a girl it’s ugly... No femininity! Briar... Bry-er... How manly! What’s feminine about this name? I don’t get it. Tatum is like that too... It’s not meant for girls! So bad! Boy boy boy boy boy... Tom boy for sure!
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 09:08 PM | report
Not a huge fan of it to be honest, but I believe it works on both a girl and boy.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 09:09 PM | report
It screams girl to me
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 09:09 PM | report
I love the name Briar. I prefer it on a girl.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 09:31 PM | report
Its used more commonly on boys than girls, so I’d say boy. And I agree with what a few other have said, it’s just sounds masculine to me. I don’t think it horrible for a girl, just not a fan.
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 09:33 PM | report
I think of it as either, but I like it on a girl!
posted by guest :: Apr 13, 2014 09:49 PM | report
BOY name. imo shouldn’t even be a name though. Ugly word.
posted by guest :: Apr 14, 2014 12:12 AM | report
Boy.
posted by guest :: Apr 14, 2014 12:25 AM | report
Okay, without a personal vote from myself, I read down through all the comments, did not count those who did not agree either or but said they didn’t like it regardless, didn’t help what I was doing, and wrote down each comment saying whether the name was for a boy or girl with a tally mark.

Girls got 22 and boys got 10.

Now personally, again without influencing the numbers, I think it can go for both, just put either a very masculine or feminine middle name after it and it becomes whatever gender you want it to be for.
posted by TimbermoonNight :: Apr 14, 2014 03:25 AM | report
It sounds very girly to me, but maybe that’s because my first thought is always Briar Rose from Sleeping Beauty.
posted by guest :: Apr 15, 2014 06:59 PM | report
I agree girl and sleeping Beauty
posted by guest :: Apr 18, 2014 06:03 PM | report

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