Does this sibset say angry or masculine?

Wow! I just came across the following sibset of boys: Blade, Dagger, and Derringer. My first reaction was awe, then, frankly, a little bit of fear. Is naming your children after weapons just a way of steering way clear of androgenous names, or is there something more here? I've always had troubles with names like Colt and Gage, but I've now met some very lovely boys with those names. What are your gut reactions when you come across weaponized names?

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April 19, 2013 4:33 PM

Ones that are actual names like Blade and Gunnar sound creative and masculine to me, whereas words turned into names like Dagger strike me as odd and an intentional reference to weaponry/violence.

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April 19, 2013 4:43 PM

As a set, I think either Aryan nation parents or young parents who play Grand Theft Auto.

But I don't know anyone with those names in real life. 

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May 6, 2013 9:52 AM

Yeah, I'd go "Aryan Nation" with that name set, too, or at the very least "worryingly likely to have unsecured guns in their house and therefore my kids will not be going over there". 

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By hyz
April 22, 2013 12:59 PM

Yes, this definitely says angry/violent to me, and I would be inclined to give those parents a very wide berth. 

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April 24, 2013 12:24 PM

Yeah, they definitely seem violent to me. I hope for the boys' sakes that they end up very sweet, gentle, and sensitive, kind of like the joke about a trampy Chastity, a depressed Hope, and a clumsy Grace, in reverse.

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April 27, 2013 7:59 AM

I once saw a reality TV show where there were triplets named Blade, Hunter (girl) & Pierce.

I believe the word Gage has multiple meanings.

For Colt, I first think of a baby horse...

But Dagger, Derringer & Blade, yes, very violent names to me,

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April 30, 2013 3:45 PM

When in relation to a weapon, it's spelled "gauge" anyway.  Gage as spelled isn't weapon related.

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June 1, 2013 7:17 AM

Would Axel technically be a weaponized name, because it has the word "axe" in it?

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June 1, 2013 5:55 PM

I wouldn't think so. That spelling says figure skating jump to me. Axle is the spelling of the car part.

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June 1, 2013 6:49 PM

Um, no. Axel is a Scandinavian and German form of Absalom. The -salom part of Absalom means peace, and so TECHNICALLY the name is the exact opposite of a weapon.

Now my sister's college roommate had a brother named Marlin, specifically after the rifle (not after the fish), so there's a genuine weapon name for you.

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June 7, 2013 7:17 PM

Marlin after a weapon, not the fish.... OK, that's a little out there (although honestly seems less out-there than if it were after a fish.)

& Thanks for the clarification, Miriam.

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By amar
August 26, 2013 12:39 AM

Met a sibset today that would fit right in: Cougar (b), Armor (b), and Saber (g). I found the aggression a little offputting myself, but to each his own.