It is socially acceptable to use traditional boys names for girls but not the other way around. I like unisex names. I have one.
That said, there are many names for boys that do not work for girls. Many parents think it's okay to give a girl any boy name, but I disagree. "It's a family name," is often the excuse. Often saddled on the youngest of a set of daughters because they are finished having children and they always wanted a son. What boys names have you heard given to girls that should not be used for a girl, ever?
A few I have heard used,
Richard - I've never met a girl named Richard, but I have heard of parents considering it (family name, dad wanted a son.) Richard is not a unisex name. Nor is Harry, Edward, or Gregory. Some names are inherently masculine and should just be left that way. I can just see pretty little Richard coming home from school in tears because her classmates nned her "Dick."
If you've named your daughter Rodney, Scott, Thomas or even Richard or Greg, no offense. I just think some boys names are too masculine to be unisex just as many girls names are too feminine. But maybe your daughter can pull it off.
Can you imagine a little boy named Tatiana, Kathleen, or Caroline? :/
I was trying to think of girls names that would be okay for boys. Can you think of any?
A few I found,
Tue, 02/25/2014 - 2:27pm