"Hunter" as a girl's name

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"Hunter" as a girl's name
Sat, 05-15-2010 - 10:59pm

Hi, my name is Kelli and I am pg w/ baby #3. DD is Shalea (pronounced Shaylee, some ppl have trouble w/ it lol), DS is Sawyer, and I am having another girl. The only name that I have come up with that I really love is Hunter. I would pair it with a really feminine middle name (suggestions please!). I know ahead of time that some people will not like the name because of their opinions of "hunting", but that would not be a factor with our family, or the area that we live in. I have come up with several other names that I like, but am not crazy about them enough to decide "that's it". Hunter is the only name that comes close!

Other names on list~ Avery, Linley, Wren, Ashtyn, & Isla

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Sat, 05-15-2010 - 11:10pm
On a practical note, would it be confusing to have siblings of opposite genders with such similar styles as Sawyer and Hunter? Shalea seems distinctly feminine in comparison and I can see room for confusion. Do like Isla, though.
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Sun, 05-16-2010 - 1:28am

I have agree with the PP. If I saw the sibset - Shalea, Sawyer and Hunter - I would definitely assume that Hunter is a boy.

I think, with Shalea as a sister, Isla is a better choice.


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Sun, 05-16-2010 - 9:47am

Thanks for the opinions Ladies! After discussing it with my husband, we do agree that Hunter sounds too masculine with Shalea, and we have decided that Isla is the name that we are going with. I just hope that it is not mispronounced like Shalea's name is! We like Anne as a middle name, since it is my grandmothers name.

Again, thanks for the help!

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Sun, 05-16-2010 - 9:54am

I'd avoid it if you have any links with England as it rhymes with "munter" which is slang for an ugly young woman.


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Mon, 05-17-2010 - 10:44am
Isla is a beautiful name. :)

-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37

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Tue, 05-18-2010 - 7:10pm
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Tue, 05-18-2010 - 10:23pm
The Hunters I know of are all girls. But with Sawyer as a brother, it's a little odd because even though Hunter is certainly used for girls, Hunter still has a more masculine sound than Sawyer. It makes the name Sawyer seem sort of soft by comparison. A feminine MN doesn't' change that because hardly anyone will ever know or use her MN. If your son had a more traditionally masculine name, I could easily see Hunter on your new baby girl because Hunter for a girl is no more surprising than any of the other surnames for a girl, any more. But with Sawyer (which is a fine name in and of itself, this is no criticism of Sawyer, just talking about how it sounds when side by side with sib name Hunter), I'd go for something a little less rugged.