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Old April 25 2014, 01:56 AM   #1
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Boys or Girls Names

I did a thread of this topic a while back,so long ago that I cannot find it with a search so I thought it was time it was brought up again.

Below is a list of names and I want people to tell me if they consider them to be a boys or girls name, or both. If you choose 'both' you can, if you like, comment further if you consider it to be more suitable for one sex or the other. I have added a couple of names that you might not have heard before so just make a guess at those

Alexis
Ashley
Aubrey
Azariah
Brett
Cameron
Dale
Dana
Darryl/Daryl/Darrell
Favel
Frances/Francis
Glenn
Hayden/Haydon
Kerry/Kerrie
Kim
Lee
Leigh
Lindsay
Misha
Peta
Reece
Rhys
Robin
Rory
Rowan
Shane
Shannon
Sydney

feel free to add some names of your own.

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Old April 25 2014, 02:54 AM   #2
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Re: Boys or Girls Names

Alexis | Girl
Ashley | Girl, or southern aristocrat
Aubrey | Both
Azariah | Both?
Brett | Neutral
Cameron | Both
Dale | Boy
Dana | Girl
Darryl/Daryl/Darrell | Boy
Favel | ...both?
Frances/Francis| Girl/Boy.
Glenn| Boy
Hayden/Haydon | Both
Kerry/Kerry | Neutral
Kim | Both
Lee | Boy.
Leigh | Girl
Lindsay | Girl
Misha | Girl
Peta | ...boy?
Reece | Neuter
Rhys | ...neuter?
Robin | Both
Rory | ....boy?
Rowan | Boy
Shane | Boy
Shannon | Girl

Jamie | Both
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Old April 25 2014, 02:56 AM   #3
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Re: Boys or Girls Names

I meant to include Sydney in my list of names. I will add it now.
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Old April 25 2014, 04:04 AM   #4
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Re: Boys or Girls Names

Alexis - Girl
Ashley -
Either sex, but more often a girl's name nowadays
Aubrey -
Either sex
Azariah -
Baby girl eaten by a dingo
Brett -
Sounds masculine, but makes a cute girl's name
Cameron -
Either sex
Dale -
Traditionally either sex
Dana -
Same as above
Darryl/Daryl/Darrell --
Can be either, but the spelling "Darrell" is usually a boy's name
Favel -
That's a name? *
Frances/Francis -
Girl with an "e," boy with an "i"
Glenn -
Traditionally a boy's name, but there's Glenn Close
Hayden/Haydon -
Works either way for me
Kerry/Kerry -
Either sex (Did you mean to write two different spellings?)
Kim -
Nowadays usually a girl's name
Lee -
Either sex
Leigh -
Either sex
Lindsay -
Either sex
Misha -
Sounds feminine, but in Russia can be a boy's name
Peta -
The only one I know of is Peta Wilson
Reece -
Either sex
Rhys -
Sounds more like a boy's name to me
Robin -
Either sex
Rory -
See "Brett"
Rowan -
See "Brett"
Shane -
Either sex
Shannon -
More often a girl's name today

Many of the names on the list are actually surnames used as given names, and work equally well for a boy or a girl.

Other names commonly used for either a boy or a girl are:

Adrian
Casey
Jesse/Jessie
Marian/Marion
Meredith
Morgan
Riley
Sidney/Sydney


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ADDENDUM: I looked up the name "Favel." It's apparently a surname of medieval English origin, despite sounding vaguely Jewish.
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Old April 25 2014, 04:06 AM   #5
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Re: Boys or Girls Names

Taylor

Boys: Taylor Lautner, Taylor Hicks
Girls: Taylor Swift, Taylor Spreitler

I am sure there are better examples.
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Old April 25 2014, 04:10 AM   #6
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Yes, I meant to write Kerry/Kerrie.

There is an author with the first name of Favel and my friend discussed the name and whether the author was female or male. I ended looking it on the internet and found that the author (Favel Parrett) is female but also came across Favel Wordsworth who was a 19th century US baseball player.
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Old April 25 2014, 05:12 AM   #7
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Re: Boys or Girls Names

Jaime/Jamie can go either way too. I have seen it only as Jaime for both with male and females.

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Jaime

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Jamie
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Old April 25 2014, 05:18 AM   #8
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Re: Boys or Girls Names

Isn't Reese an anglicization of the Welsh Rhys?
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Old April 25 2014, 05:43 AM   #9
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Yes, but I gather that Rhys isn't well known in the USA and the Reece/Reese spelling is used.

Rhys tends to be the form used in Australia and is only used for boys.

* ADDENDUM: I looked up the name "Favel." It's apparently a surname of medieval English origin, despite sounding vaguely Jewish.
I just read an interview with Favel Parrett and she mentions the cunning horse from the medieval tales as the possible source of her name.

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Old April 25 2014, 06:01 AM   #10
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No one's said Leslie yet?
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Old April 25 2014, 06:08 AM   #11
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No one's said Leslie yet?
I did have Leslie/Lesley on my long list before I trimmed the list down for my first post.

In Australia it was Leslie for males, Lesley for females but it hasn't been used much since the 1950s. One of my friends named her son it in the 1980s but he was teased so much at school that he insisted that his middle name, Andrew, be used instead.
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Old April 25 2014, 06:25 AM   #12
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So my own opinion on the names

Alexis - I see it mainly as a boy's name because of Alexis of Russia. The first time I heard it as a female name was on a soap opera (Dynasty?)

Ashley - traditionally a boy's name but more and mroe becoming a girls name with various spellings
Aubrey - the only Aubrey I knew was male.
Azariah - male in the Bible, unusuable for a girl in Australia for a girl since the dingo killed Azaria Chamberlain.
Brett - boy
Cameron - boy
Dale - boy
Dana - both
Darryl/Daryl/Darrell - boy
Favel - Australian author with this name is female.
Frances/Francis - Frances for girl, Francis for boys. I have known one girl called Francis who was named after a family friend.
Glenn - boy
Hayden/Haydon - boy
Kerry/Kerrie - Kerry for boys, Kerrie for girls.
Kim - both
Lee - both
Leigh - both
Lindsay - boy. I was pleased that a male character in Angel was given this name.
Misha - both though I think more a girls name than boys name unless the boy has Russian connections.
Peta - female version of Peter. Very popular in Australia during the 1970s. My cousin is Peta, named after her father Peter but we generally call Peta "Sissy".
Reece - male
Rhys - male
Robin - both. Used to have a male teacher called Robin Hood.
Rory - male
Rowan - male
Shane - generally male but Shane Gould was a very famous Australian female Olympic swimmer
Shannon - both but I think it suits a girl better
Sydney - male but a friend of mine has a daughter name Toni Sidney-maree.
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Old April 25 2014, 06:27 AM   #13
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Re: Boys or Girls Names

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In Australia it was Leslie for males, Lesley for females but it hasn't been used much since the 1950s. One of my friends named her son it in the 1980s but he was teased so much at school that he insisted that his middle name, Andrew, be used instead.
At least they didn't call him Shirley.

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Old April 25 2014, 06:33 AM   #14
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Re: Boys or Girls Names

No opinion on Taylor or Jaime?
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Old April 25 2014, 06:44 AM   #15
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Taylor is considered a bit of a bogan name in Australia especially if it has an alternative spelling (Tayla, Taylah, Teighlor etc). It is given to both boys and girls.

In my view Jamie for boys, Jaime for girls.
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