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A Girl Named Rhys?

HI,

My quandry is I love the name Rhys, and I wanted to know if you or anyone else thought if this name could be unisex…i am only going to  be able to have one more baby, (health and promise to hubby )  and I love this name but if we have a girl I dont want to scar  her for life if this is more  a boys name vs a unisex name.

thanks
Shannon

Dear Shannon,

I know several girls named Reese, and they are not scarred for life. It is perfectly acceptable to give a girl a name that has been traditionally male, and Reese is one of those names that has already crossed the gender charts. Look at Reese Witherspoon!  I don’t see it being any different with the traditional English spelling: Rhys.

Sincerely,

Jennifer


Dylan for a Girl?

Dear Jennifer,

I really like the name Dylan for a girl, but everyone tells me it is much too masculine. I thought spelling it Dilynn would make it look girlie and then adding a girlie middle name. Do you think Dylan is too masculine for a girl?

Thank you very much. I love this site

<3 Cheyanne

Dear Cheyanne,

I don’t think there is any problem in using a traditionally masculine name for a girl, as it is acceptable in today’s society. Did you know the names Leslie, Ashley, and Courtney all started as boys’ names? As did Mallory and Jordan.

What I would NOT do, though, is alter the spelling. I’m sure you understand this as you have a common name with an uncommon spelling. Haven’t you had people misspell it all your life? Haven’t you had to say “Cheyenne with an A?” It’s kind of an unnecessary burden.

So if you do decide to go with Dylan, please use the traditional spelling. You can use a girlie name like Charlotte if you are worried about femininity.

Sincerely,
Jennifer


Glenn for a Girl

Hi Jennifer!

My husband wants to honor his father (Edward) and uncle (Glen) by naming our first boy Edward Glen. I have suggested using each as a middle name as my uncle and cousin are both named Edward. I have also suggested using Glenn as a middle name for a girl (Emily Glenn being my top choice) but would this be strange if we are trying to honor a man?

Any help is appreciated!
Sam

Hi Sam,

No, it is not strange to have a unisex name as a middle name. Look at Glenn Close! She never had a problem, even using it as a first name. Also, the middle name is rarely used in school, so you don’t have to worry about her being teased.

Do what you want, honor who you want and go for it!

Jennifer

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