Is my boy name going to become a girl name???

My husband and I are having a boy (our very first!!) and we came up with a name we both love. Indiana Kyle, and we'll call him Indy. But as I've been doin gmore research, I keep finding that both Indiana and Kyle are raising as girls names. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not that into 'traditional masculinity' or whatever, but I just don't want my son to spend his whole life correcting people on his gender. Neither name has broken the top few hundred or anything, but will it be on the rise? Is this a big enough concern to change our minds or am I making a mountain out of a molehill? 


July 22, 2015 5:57 PM

Ugh! My apologies. I deleted the extra post and inadvertently deleted the wrong one (despite the fact that I double checked what I was doing!). PJ had posted a reply that Indiana doesn't come across as overtly feminine despite the -ana ending. PJ also knows a boy called Indy (a nickname for Indigo) and wonders if perhaps that would interest you.


So sorry! PJ, please feel free to add what I have here.

July 22, 2015 6:08 PM

I was just reading/trying to post a response when it disappeared, so I'll add that the missing comment said that place names generally read as unisex, and also said something along the lines of Kyle still sounds like a boy's name when given to a girl.

And for my response:
I'd assume boy if I were to see Indiana used as a name for a person. I'd also assume a love of Indiana Jones. The girl Indys that I've known have been short for Indira. I wouldn't be shocked to learn I was wrong about Indiana being a girl, but it certainly wouldn't be my first guess. I do agree with the previous (missing) comment about place names seeming somewhat unisex, so it could really go either way.

Kyle definitely still sounds like a boy name to me.

July 22, 2015 6:17 PM

If I were to see the name Indiana Kyle on a roster, I would assume it was a boy. I probably wouldn't be too surprised to later find out it was a girl, but I think you're in the clear.

July 22, 2015 7:02 PM

I would assume Indiana Kyle were a boy, the same way I would assume Ryan & Wyatt are boys, even though they do apparently get some use on girls.

Just the nickname Indy is pretty unisex for me.  It could be for Indiana or India or Indigo, etc.  But I don't see that as a huge issue.  Lots of nicknames are unisex & people manage OK (see Chris, Terry, Andy, Alex, etc).

Indiana does not rank in the top 1000 for boys or girls, so the name is rare enough that most people won't have a personal reference for it.  Without a personal reference, Indiana Jones is the most famous namesake.  I suspect he'll keep the name firmly masculine for most people.


July 22, 2015 8:13 PM

I think it really depends where you live- In Australia I've only ever met female Indiana's (Its 60th in popularity for girls at the moment, and its not used as a boys name as i know of). Kyle is however purely a boys name, probably because of an extremely well known radio host in Australia - Kyle Sandilands (not the best association). So from an Australian point of view Indiana- Girls and Kyle-Boys

July 22, 2015 9:06 PM

Wow! I know this is a bit of a sidetrack, but is there a reason for Indiana's popularity in  Australia? 


I've never met a one here in the US-or even heard of one irl! 

Op, I think it's rare enough (at least here) that it doesn't read as either gender. Generally, I'd probably guess boy. I think you're fine. 

By Fly
July 23, 2015 1:34 AM

I'm going to guess it has something to do with the actress Indiana Evans who worked on Home and Away a few years ago (04-08).  Home and Away actresses seem to make it onto all of the young girls magazines so you become quite familiar with their names (same thing with Tammin Sursok on another thread).  Some even end up on the women's mags if they stick around long enough (who doesn't know Sally?).

July 24, 2015 4:52 AM

Indi is also a popular girls nickname here in Australia for Indiana as well as India, Indiya and (much less common) Indigo. This means Indiana feels even more popular. I know (of) several girls named India/Indiya, at least two of whom were named specifically for the nickname Indi.

That said, I recently saw a birth notice here for a male Indiana, plus most people are familiar with Indiana Jones, so it's not unheard of. 

By Fly
July 24, 2015 9:13 AM

Yeah I'll second that. There were two Indianas and an India in the last classroom I was in... All female.

July 24, 2015 10:20 AM

Thank you both! 

So interesting! 


By mk
July 22, 2015 9:18 PM

I would not assume anything; Indiana is a neutral name. I think people are becoming more used to the idea of not assuming a person's gender based on names, looks, etc so this is a non-issue to me.

July 22, 2015 11:57 PM

I would assume boy, as an Indiana Jones fan myself, but to me, place names can really go either way. Kyle reads male to me, as all the Kyles I know are male. For me a female variation would be Kylie.

July 23, 2015 1:15 AM

Because of the "ana" ending, I think girl at first. Then again, Indy is a boy in my mind. (That's where the Indiana Jones and Indy 500 references kick in.) Ultimately, this is one of the names I would ask about. For example, I babysit for a little boy whose best friends are Jayden and Riley. One day I found out that Jayden is a girl, and Riley is a boy. Those names could really go either way, and I think Indiana/Indy fits right in there. 

Kyle, however, is a solidly boys name. If I met a girl named Kyle, I would think she had a boys name. 

By thegang3452 (not verified)
July 24, 2015 10:31 AM

With Indiana, I'd think f a girl right away. But with Kyle, I'd think of a boy. Yes, Kyle can be used as a girl's name, but you do whatever fits your imagaination. If Indiana does get popular as a girl's name, just call your son Indy and only use Indiana for a legal name. But hey, he's your son. You should choose. I love creative names.