Quinn: boy or girl name?

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We are still deciding on a name for our baby boy coming in a few months. I loved the name Quinn, if we were having a girl. Now I wonder about it for a boy. I know only girl Quinns and my husband knows only boy Quinns. Is it a girl name or boy name for this next generation? Any advice on adding it to our short list?

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NOTE FROM THE MODS: This is an old thread (May 2013), that was recently revived by a new reply. Feel free to continue the general discussion, but note that the "baby" from the original post has long-since been named.

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May 29, 2013 12:37 PM

Last year, in the US, there were 2095 new baby girls named Quinn, and 972 new baby boys named Quinn.  It's trending girl, but I think it's still usable for a boy.

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May 29, 2013 12:53 PM

This name reminds me of other names like Avery, Emerson, Skyler/Skylar, Sydney, Morgan, Jordan, Riley, Kennedy, Parker, which to me, are completely androgynous and don't seem male or female. I'm sure some people will disagree. 

There are unisex names that tend to be more male or female, but the names I listed above are ones that I don't associate with either gender and I put Quinn in that category.  It is also interesting that Quinn sounds close to Lynn and Gwen, which are also unisex names. There must be something gender neutral in the sound.  I would be more likely to name a girl Quinn than a boy, but obviously from the SSA stats, a lot people use it for a male, and I think it works for both.  

Some name associations when it comes to gender are subjective:  I was surprised to read on a recent post that more people seemed to associate Shannon as male than female.  While I have known male Shannons, and know the history of the name, I think it sounds feminine and all but one Shannon I have known has been female, so I associate it very strongly as a girl.  Everyone is different.  

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May 29, 2013 1:55 PM

I always think girl when I think of the name Quinn. That said, my son is a teacher and had a boy Quinn last year in his class. It is one of my favorite girl names, by the way.

 

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May 29, 2013 4:13 PM

Gwen can be a boy's name? I had no idea. Is it short for something in those cases, and if so, what?

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May 29, 2013 4:40 PM

I was about to say that Gwen is the feminine adjective (meaning 'white, bright, blessed' etc.) and the masculine is Gwyn...BUT there is a man named Gwên (with a long e) in the medieval Llywarch Hen poetry.  I don't know what it means, but it means that Gwen could legitimately be a boy's name?

Welsh aside, in the interests of equality, since there are many girls with traditionally male names (including Gwyn) and a boy named Phaedra, one could say why not a male Gwen?

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May 29, 2013 8:37 PM

 In Welsh the 'y' is masculine so the correct spelling of Gwyneth should be Gweneth for a girl.  Gwendelen, Brynn, and Wynn are welsh boys.  Think Owen and Rowen. I'm not sure how the the 'y' rule works and would be curious if anyone knows.

 

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May 29, 2013 3:38 PM

Quinn is one of those names that sounds like it ought to be a boy, which in today's world means that it's probably a girl's name. But if you're brave enough, I'd say go for it. (The SSA data says you won't be alone. You won't be in as good company as if you used it for a girl, but it's not like you'll be naming your son "Jennifer".)

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May 29, 2013 6:31 PM

I agree. Quinn is all boy to me, despite the numbers showing it's used more for girls.  If you are still hesitant, there is always the option of something like Quentin or Quincy with Quinn as a nickname.

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May 29, 2013 8:26 PM

I've actually known some of each, but for me it's all boy.

I don't think it's over popular for either genders, so while it's possible he'd know a girl Quinn his age it's unlikely everyone would think "Girl's name," as with more uber popular choices like Mackenzie, Avery, etc....

 

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By hyz
May 30, 2013 11:05 AM

I agree that it is fairly unisex in the same way as Jordan, Riley, or Morgan. I know both girls and boys named Quinn. However, I have to say that it leans pretty strongly feminine for me--that is, even though I *know* it is fairly unisex, I still find it a bit jarring and counterintuitive to meet a boy Quinn.

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May 30, 2013 11:34 AM

I've always thought of Quinn as a boy's name. However, the hit show Glee features the popular blonde cheerleader character as a female Quinn. I still think it can go either way, but that might be one reason it is leaning girl.

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May 30, 2013 11:43 AM

Like others have said, this one sits firmly in the either/or camp for me. For me, it leans slightly boy still, but so does Riley while Jordan and Morgan now lean girl for me. 

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May 30, 2013 3:39 PM

It's a boys' name to me, like Riley & Jordan.

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May 30, 2013 4:53 PM

Our neighbor named her fourth son Quinlan, and they all him Quin. I've always thought it was a boys' name. I really like it!

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April 26, 2017 4:44 PM

Boys name 110%! Growing up in Ireland I've never met a female Quinn, yet it's quite a popular boys name here. I always find it amusing seeing this American fascination of naming little girls with traditionally male names. What next? She-Doug, Hank or better yet, Harry?? Oh so cute! I don't mean to poke fun, but this fad isn't as cute once the novelty wears off, but such is the nature of all fads. I'm just happy my parents kept within gender boundaries when naming me as I'll do with my own children. It's not as if there are so few girl names out there we have to start poaching all the cute little boy names!

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April 26, 2017 5:04 PM

This is an old thread but Quinn is gender neutral as is Quinlan

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December 11, 2017 1:20 PM

Quinn is a boy's name, first and foremost.  It has increasingly become common as a girl's name, but it was originally a boy's name and, for me, will always sound like a boy's name.  

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December 11, 2017 1:35 PM

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