So what do you ladies think? When you first hear the name Riley, do you think boy or girl? I know I probably shouldn't care, but if this child is a boy I really don't want to name him something that everyone is going to say "but that's a GIRL's name"
I think it sounds like a boy's name (I think all those surname type of first names sound like boy's names. "Madison" will never make me think of a little girl no matter how many girls have it). And given the connection with your grandfather I think you should go for it.
If it does come to be associated primarily with a girl's name, there's always the nickname Ry (as in Ry Cooder).
My friend was planning to name her baby Riley if it was a girl. I think of it more as a girl's name...
I know a guy who named his son Bailey which I also think of as a girl's name and I always stumble over it because he has a SON and I am always tempted to refer to his daughter. (I've never met the child so I don't have a little person to associate the name with. )
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Oh yeah, Bailey is another one, but the one Bailey I know in real life is a boy. If we had had a boy, we were going to name him Carson, which is often a girl's name, but we liked it more for a boy than a girl. But then we named our girl Jesse, go figure. I ended up changing my mind on the spelling last minute to Jessie because I thought that would indicate a girl, but everyone spells it Jesse anyway.
I say definitely go for it, especially since you have the grandpa connection. I wish now I hadn't used it already because I'd love to use it this time as a first name. Actually, it very nearly was a first name for my youngest, but Reilly Jonah just didn't sound as good as the other way around.
You know, come to think of if, Bailey was the 3rd name on the finalist list (dh's contribution). It's never really felt like a girls name to me. Dog's name maybe, but not a girls name. (In my defense, I knew a dog named Bailey. Cute little bugger.)
and on a similar subject, i know a little girl, five years old, named Aiden... so i always think of it as a girls name, even though it is now one of the most popular boy's names.
River fits her. Yes, when I say River, people use the term "he" before they see her, but she's all girl. She does "go with the flow" and I can't see her being named anything else. Zoe's our tomboy, but she's very full of Life.
It drives my family crazy because of our "weird" names for our kids. However, my younger brother is about to name his son "Bennett" (not Ben) after my grandmother's maiden name. It's basically a "To each his/her own" issue.
Good luck in naming!
I say definitly do it - there is a family connectiong to the name and if anyone gives you a hard time you can just let them know you have been using it far longe than them
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I found a web site you might like:
that shows the popularity of boy/girl names over time. I looked up Riley, and it shows boy and girl usage, but more boy.
Hope that helps!!
The only Rileys I know are girls & I think of girls.
Good luck! This name stuff is hard isn't it?!
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And I think it's such a great kid's name, as well as a strong, masculine, man's name. But, as I mentioned above, I may be vaguely biased . . .
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I think of Riley as a girl name. Mostly since a good friend of ours has a daughter named Riley Rose.
I think it's a great name.
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