What do you think of Indiana for a girl? What about for a boy?
Indiana is on my and my husband's girls list, but we are reconsidering it for our boys list as well. It has a great deal of personal meaning for us (as opposed to being just a "random" state that we like the sound of), and it's meanignfulness would be rather apparent to anyone who knows us at all well. My original reasoning for liking it for a girl rather than a boy is that it ends in -a. Althow there are masciline names with -a endings like Ezra and Ira, I see an -a ending as being a general hallmark of femininity. Additionally, Georgia, Virginia, Carolina and even Alabama are all decidedly female names that are also state names that, I feel,Indiana fits right in with, -a ending all. I know that Dakota, is somewhat more unisex,or atleast it was when it began to get popular, but lately it seems to have "gone to the girls". So while, Indiana is considered masculine right now, I feel like if it ever were to gain popularity, it would probably sway female. In any event, I can picture it on a girl and it passes the "Would you be Ok with this name for yourself test?" for me. But when I try to imagine how I would anwer that question if I were a boy/man, I am not so sure how I would feel. I am OK using a unisex name, as long as it is not a burden to the one who has to wear it.
However, it seems that many people think of Indiana as a masculine name, largely because of Indiana Jones (who was really Henry Walton Jones, Jr. and nicknamed after a dog).
And as far as actuall usage, I do not know any Indianas IRL, but I do know of it being used by Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix, for their son and in tribute to his disceased uncle (who played a young Indiana Jones) and by Ethan Hawke for one of his daughters (he has another named Clementine, which I also love).
Basically, I am wanting to know what others think about Indiana as a name. If you met a little Indiana what would you think? What if they were a girl? or a boy? How do you feel about the name in general?
Wed, 04/18/2012 - 2:05pm