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Avery vs. for a girl?

Usually I’m not a fan of unisex names but I just love Avery for a girl! The meaning according to Nameberry, ruler of elves, is lovely and I think it sounds very feminine. Do you think it works on a girl or not? If you do, do you prefer it spelt this way or spelt in a more feminized way (Averie etc.) Thanks!

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Avery 100% (1 votes)
For a girl? 0% (0 votes)


I much prefer it for a boy, but I don’t think you’ll have a problem with it for a girl. Its number #12 on the popularity charts for them. According to Behind the Name (a far more accurate site when it comes to meanings) it means "elf power" or "elf counsel". I don’t think its a great meaning but its not terrible. I much prefer the traditional spelling.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 08:08:54 | report
I understand how the sound is appealing but I think it’s much better on a boy. There are plenty of very feminine names with similar sounds.

Ava with a second name as a double first name gives any number of possibilities:

Ava Rae
Ava Rose
Ava Rain(e)
Ava Jane
Ava Belle
Ava Faye
Ava Skye
Ava Wren

And a few similar one word names:

posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 08:15:17 | report
I’m not a big fan of Avery for a girl but I do prefer the spelling Averie. It seems prettier and more girly to me.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 08:21:48 | report
It’s popular on girls but it’s always seemed more masculine to me. If you do use it, spell it correctly. Misspelling names does not make them more feminine. It just looks uneducated.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 08:25:10 | report
I think of it only for girls.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 08:26:22 | report
Averie is very pretty.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 08:30:01 | report
I absolutely adore Avery for a girl and hate it for a boy. It is very feminine to me. I don’t really care for any other spelling besides the traditional one.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 08:42:14 | report
I don’t like it much for a girl. But that’s probably because the only girl I know named Avery has been transitioning to the nn Ava for the last year or so. I don’t know exactly why she’s doing that but she’s a quiet feminine kid and I wonder if she prefers Ava because there are no boys named Ava.

For your second question, the original spelling is best. All the other spellings just look tacky.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 08:52:06 | report
I love Avery for a girl. I’ve only known girls named Avery, so I barely think of it as a boy name.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 09:05:05 | report
I live in Atlanta, and here, if you meet a boy named Avery it’s just strange. I know one boy with the name in middle school, and he says when the teachers read his name off the roster and he responds they look at him funny. He usually goes by his last name.
Avery is quite pretty! It’s very overused though.
posted by MiaKatie :: 2014-08-17 09:13:54 | report
I know a boy and a girl named Avery. It works far better on the boy imo.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 10:05:04 | report
There is nothing masculine about the name Avery, I would use it. So many other girls in your daughters generation will have the name that nobody will ever think of it as a boy’s name.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 10:18:54 | report
Avery is more common on girls but the number of boys named Avery continues to rise as well. With the more common acceptance of unisex names, I don’t foresee Avery becoming completely feminine as it would have a few decades ago.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 10:32:24 | report
Its totally a boys name to me, its french for Alfred!
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 13:25:30 | report
I’ve always thought that Avery has sounded super girly, and I really like it for a girl. My favourite spelling is Averie, but I also think Avery itself looks girly enough.
posted by guest :: 2014-08-17 22:15:01 | report
IMO Avery sounds all girl and is a beautiful name!
posted by guest :: 2014-09-09 16:36:40 | report

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