My oldest daughter's name is Addison. Addison used to be a boy name and a lot of people(on CM) still consider it to be one. That being said, I've never met a little boy or a grown man with the name Addison. I've met a few other little girls with the name though.
So tell me, does your little girl have a "boy" name? If so, how many boys do you actually know with that name? It can be the other way around too!
My son's name is a boys name that I've been hearing used as a girls name more and more, Jude (although it's still pretty rare to hear at all even if it's well liked).
As for your daughters name, it's similar to my sons in that it's a boys name that has a very femine quality to it. I hear it as a girls name, but our opinions on those things are all more modern so that's not surprising.
i am not sure what i think- my brother is almost 50 and his name is Karry- he is homosexual and i used to wonder if that was the reason. my daughter is Kellie and that is a unisex name as well but she is hetero. i guess i would be more worried about giving a boy a feminine name since boys are usually teased and bullied more.
my mother's name was Billie she was named after her dad. there are Billy's and Williams that go all the way back to 1745 in my family. just to be clear I think alexis is a girls name but in Greece it's a boy's name I suppose it depends on where you are.
I have a son Julius & a daughter Lana. Never heard the opposite sex with either of their names.
January 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM
You're joking about the résumé thing, right? I actually am a businessperson and have been in the business of reviewing and discussing résumés. No one has ever been turned away because we could not tell if the name was male or female. For one, extracurricular activities on the résumé often give away gender. For another, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender and thus should never be a factor in hiring. Any business who does so is doomed to fail.
I will say, however, that names that get negative attention during the hiring process are those with "kre8yv" spellings or which appear utterly unpronounceable. Although a good applicant with an unusual name with still get a callback, am odd or hard to pronounce name is an uphill battle they will forever fight [I say this as a successful person with a very odd name].
I totally get why someone would dislike unisex names—we all have our name preferences; but I would certainly hope the fallacy that one cannot be successful in business unless he has a hyper-masculine name is not one of them. That certainly wouldn't bode well for our daughters.
I made sure to name my son a name that is no way an either or name. I am NOT a fan of either or. I also don't like a name where I have to guess. Drives me up a wall. I used to tell the teachers when I helped. PLEASE put girls & boys on valentines lists or whats even the sense anymore. People can't tell because people seem to be in a contest to see who can come up with the strangest names. And then you have the, well is that a girl or a boy.
It is cool if you like it, but I wanted a name where there is no question for someone when looking at it. On his resume, etc. No question. Kids grow up, its hard for them while growing up & then as an adult if he wants to be a business man or whatever. He always says, Mom, so glad you gave me a normal name when he hears classmates with odd names LOL. His name is Jonathan.