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post #21 of 42

I think they're all boy names. My sister had a boyfriend named Morgan, and mom called him "Big M, little organ."

post #22 of 42

To me those are all boy names that are now being increasingly used for girls, which bugs me. (Sorry to anyone who named their kids any of those but they're really not my thing.) Avery is the one that I've seen increasingly on girls lately. I understood why it was being used for girls when I realized people are probably considering it as a similar name to Ava, but anyone who has read Charlotte's Web may remember the older brother was named Avery.

post #23 of 42

 

Well, my first impressions are....

 

Morgan - girl

Cameron - definitely boy

Jordan - boy

Dylan - definitely boy

Avery - boy

Elliot - definitely boy

Bailey - definitely boy

 

I think I'd be pretty surprised if I was scanning a preschool class for a Dylan, Cameron, or Bailey and it turned out to be a girl.

post #24 of 42

I've seen all those names on girls, but still think of them as boy names.  I don't think there are many names anymore that are only for boys, so go with what you like!

post #25 of 42
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Originally Posted by Gemini529 View Post

Morgan- Girl

Cameron - Boy

Jordan - Boy

Dylan - Boy

Avery - Girl

Elliot - Boy, but thinking maybe a Girl

Bailey - Girl


So what do you think...if you were a preschool teacher, would you be scanning the room for a boy or a girl on the first day of class? 



 

post #26 of 42
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Originally Posted by Gemini529 View Post

Morgan

Cameron

Jordan

Dylan

Avery

Elliot

Bailey

 


I've met Morgans and Jordans and Elliots of both genders.

The only Avery I ever met was girl.

The only Bailey I've met was a girl.

I've met several boys/men named Dylan.

The only Cameron I know is male.
post #27 of 42

Considering my birth mother's name is Jordan, I'm going to have to say girl's name. ;) Other than that, I think they work either way.

 

post #28 of 42

 

Saw this in new posts. I wouldn't be surprised to meet a girl with any of those names. Most of them became more popular for girls thanks to television and books...

 

Morgan Fairchild - actress in the '80s who played blonde diva roles

Cameron Diaz and Camryn Manheim - actresses

Jordan - main character on Crossing Jordan - t.v. show about a female medical examiner

Avery - character on Murphy Brown t.v. show - Murphy's mom (but also the name Murphy gave to her son, the infamous child born out of wedlock and condemned by Dan Quayle) 

Elliot - female doctor on Scrubs

Bailey - character on WKRP in Cincinnati t.v. show in the 80s. 

 

 

 

post #29 of 42

All could be used for either gender. I work with families so I meet a lot of kids so I generally assume this:

 

Morgan- girl

Cameron- boy but halfway expect a girl

Jordan- boy

Avery- girl I could name off a dozen Averys I know, only 1 is a boy

Elliot- boy 

Bailey- boy, I have yet to met a boy Bailey, ok, wait, ONE, but many girl Baileys

Dylan- boy

 

 

ETA: You would be surprised at just how many people will screw up a name even if the names are not way out there. I always say go with what you like unless you are talking about a really horrid name, none of your's are! shy.gif I've got a Gabrielle who gets called Gabriel all the time, a Julian who half the people assume he is s girl when I say his name or they see it written. Really, you have never heard of Julian people?? And then a Dominic who is still a newborn but again, half the time already, people are calling him by the girl's name Dominique. So there you go, you name them a classic boy or girl version of a name and people will still assume they are the opposite gender. shrug.gif

post #30 of 42
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All could be used for either gender. I work with families so I meet a lot of kids so I generally assume this:

 

Morgan- girl

Cameron- boy but halfway expect a girl

Jordan- boy

Avery- girl I could name off a dozen Averys I know, only 1 is a boy

Elliot- boy 

Bailey- boy, I have yet to met a boy Bailey, ok, wait, ONE, but many girl Baileys

Dylan- boy

 

 

ETA: You would be surprised at just how many people will screw up a name even if the names are not way out there. I always say go with what you like unless you are talking about a really horrid name, none of your's are! shy.gif I've got a Gabrielle who gets called Gabriel all the time, a Julian who half the people assume he is s girl when I say his name or they see it written. Really, you have never heard of Julian people?? And then a Dominic who is still a newborn but again, half the time already, people are calling him by the girl's name Dominique. So there you go, you name them a classic boy or girl version of a name and people will still assume they are the opposite gender. shrug.gif

Good point!  I thought I picked a pretty regular boy name for my last son (not really common, but definitely not out there) and my parents made it seem like it was soooo different and had never heard of it before.  I've since met like 5 other little boys with the same name, so I guess I wasn't all that original.  I don't know what it is about Jordan that draws me to the name.  I've just always pictured it on a good looking boy.  And it goes well with our last name.  

 

I was thinking I could pair it with a middle name that starts with J or D (we have two family names that start with those letters.) Then he could go by JJ or JD or something if he decided he hated it?  
 

 

post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by Gemini529 View Post

Morgan - Boy, occasionally girl

Cameron - boy,occasionally  girl

Jordan - boy, occasioanlly girl

Dylan - boy rarely girl

Avery - girl, rarely boy

Elliot - boy only

Bailey - girl rarely boy

 

The reason I ask is because I am having a boy and these are all names that made my short list. I really really like Jordan but my parents are convinced it's on its way to being the next Madison or Ashley and that his teachers will assume he's a girl.  Then my sister looked over my list and said a bunch of the names are now girl names.  I don't know a ton of little kids or babies but I honestly thought these were boy names, or at least they used to be.  I personally don't care and want to just use it anyway, but now DH is second guessing them :( I want him to really love whatever we pick, too so we both have to be on board here.  

 

So what do you think...if you were a preschool teacher, would you be scanning the room for a boy or a girl on the first day of class? 



answers above, and without looking at other responses.  

post #32 of 42

my initial reaction...

 

morgan - girl

cameron - boy

jordan - boy

dylan - boy

avery - girl

elliot - boy

bailey - girl

 

that said, i've known both boys and girls (men and women) with most of these names.

 

i grew up with a boy's name and rather enjoyed it (it wasn't very common at the time, so that helped), but i can understand why your dh might not be thrilled about his son having a "girl's" name. 

post #33 of 42

I've only heard Avery as a girl's name. Jordan, Dylan, Cameron, and Elliot are still very much used as boy's names. Morgan is more gender neutral.

post #34 of 42

If Jordan is your favorite then go for it! Convince your DH not to listen to what others think! I have a cousin named Jordan. He is one of my favs :)

post #35 of 42
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Originally Posted by Gemini529 View Post



Good point!  I thought I picked a pretty regular boy name for my last son (not really common, but definitely not out there) and my parents made it seem like it was soooo different and had never heard of it before.  I've since met like 5 other little boys with the same name, so I guess I wasn't all that original.  I don't know what it is about Jordan that draws me to the name.  I've just always pictured it on a good looking boy.  And it goes well with our last name.  

 

I was thinking I could pair it with a middle name that starts with J or D (we have two family names that start with those letters.) Then he could go by JJ or JD or something if he decided he hated it?  
 

 



Then go for it! I took my youngest 2 to the park yesterday and there was an adorable toddler boy there named Jordan. thumb.gif

post #36 of 42

Morgan - Girl

Cameron - Boy

Jordan - Boy

Dylan - Boy

Avery - Either

Elliot - boy

Bailey - girl

post #37 of 42

All those names would probably be considered unisex.  I didn't realize that there was such a trend toward naming girls boy names until my son Quinlan (who goes by Quinn a lot) was a year old.  So I've kept an eye on the way the numbers go with these names.  You made the comment that a name goes to the girls, never to return.  That was true even 20 years ago, but lately it's different.  Many unisex names these days are more popular for girls, but used steadily for boys. Avery is a good example of this.

 

Popularity of the female name Avery
Year of birth Rank
2010 23
2009 32
2008 38
2007 48
2006 52
2005 67
2004 77
2003 89
2002 132
2001 152
2000

176

Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth. You did not specify the sex for the name Avery, so we used female data based on popularity. Name data are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

 

Popularity of the male name Avery
Year of birth Rank
2010 210
2009 223
2008 216
2007 221
2006 211
2005 215
2004 225
2003 219
2002 245
2001 242
2000 245
Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth. Name data are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

 

Obviously this doesn't hold true with all names, but I think that the girls-taking-boy-names trend has become so common that parents of boys are tired of trying to avoid all the names that have been used for girls and are now naming their boys what they like regardless.

 

Also, last year my son started kindergarten and 7 out the 18 kids in his class had unisex names.  4 girls and 3 boys.  A boy who's a couple grades older has the same name as one of the girls in my son's class and that was no big deal to anybody.  A high school girl who came to their classroom to help them care for their guinea pig had the same name as one of the boys in ds's class.  Again, not a big deal.  There are so many unisex names now that it's normal for today's kids to know people of both genders with the same name.  Or to know someone of the opposite gender with the same name as their own.

 

My point is, go with the names you like.  You could name your son Jameson and run into a girl Jameson (my sister met one a few years ago).   From your list, my vote would go to Morgan.  I know 1 boy Morgan (and 1 adult man Morgan) and 2 girl Morgan's.  I think it's really cute on a boy. 

post #38 of 42

my first impressions:

 

Morgan - mostly boy

Cameron - mostly boy

Jordan - boy

Dylan - boy

Avery - girl

Elliot - boy

Bailey - girl

post #39 of 42

Morgan: Definitely girl. Both DSD and DD1 have a girl at their schools called Morgan.

Cameron: Girl.

Jordan: Can be either. Slightly more boy.


Dylan: Boy, definitely.


Avery: Boy.

Elliot: Boy.

Bailey: Definitely boy.

post #40 of 42

Morgan - girl

Cameron - boy

Jordan - boy

Dylan - boy

Avery - girl

Elliot - boy

Bailey - girl

 

I don't think Jordan is turning into a girl name, at least in my neck of the woods. I haven't met any little girls named Jordan at playgroups or anything.

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