Unisex Names

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Registered: 03-26-2011
Unisex Names
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Tue, 07-19-2011 - 4:58pm

Does anyone have a child named (or a name picked out) that people consider to be a name of the opposite gender? I stumbled upon the name August and thought it was really quite cute and unique. It's a steady name and has been in the top 1000 names from the SSA since 1880. I even remember reading it in Water for Elephants and there are some famous people with that name from back in the day. Some people I've mentioned it to have told me it's a girls name. Do you think it's a girls name? Do you or have you had trouble with a boy name and people saying it's a girl name or vice versa?

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Registered: 03-22-2011
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 5:04pm
I didn't have a say so in RJ name. his name will be Rico just like his father and grand father ughh I wanted something different but hey! DH got lucky with his boy lol
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Registered: 11-05-2004
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 5:34pm

Honestly, when I hear the name August I think of a boy. DH said the same thing when I asked him what he thought when he heard the name. I say go for it, I think it would be a great name for your little guy!! :)

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Registered: 04-14-2011
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 7:44pm
I think of a boy too. I actually think its too masculine for a girl. Its a great name!
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Registered: 04-18-2011
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 7:53pm
Without knowing, if I heard the name August I would think girl first. But if I found out it was a boy I wouldn't be totally shocked, kwim?

I'm not a fan of gender neutral names, but they seem to be pretty popular right now.
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Registered: 03-26-2011
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 8:00pm
I'm not a fan of gender neutral names either...when I heard this name I immediately thought boy and it seems to have historically been a boys name. I guess it's trendy now to make some names that may have traditionally been a boys name and using it for a girls name?
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Registered: 02-22-2009
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 8:08pm

My first thought was boy's name too.

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Registered: 03-22-2011
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 8:32pm
True, there are a lot of females out there named taylor, jordan, ryan, gavin, kennedy. Some like it and some don't.
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Registered: 03-26-2011
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 8:49pm
We'd be using John as a middle name...I hope that never becomes a girl name :)
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Registered: 07-07-2006
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 9:57pm

I think it works. I don't have an immediate girl/boy reaction to it. We were thinking of Corbin Sophia for a girl and my dad said "Corbin, Harper, that's a boys name." Bc they were on our "list." I like gender neutral names that are truely neutral. There are some, can't think of them off the top of my head, that scream boy or girl and I hate when people use them for the opposite sex! I don't get that with Augsust and I think it'll suit baby boy GREAT.

Jill, mommy to Chloe, almost 5, Oliver, 3 & baby Ella born 12-1-11 !
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Registered: 04-18-2011
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 10:05pm
lol at your dad! Corbin to me is a very boy name too. Although it is pretty paired with such a feminine name as Sophia.

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