Giving girls boy names, is this a new SAD trend?

dontwalkhand

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Kids born in the 2000s stick out like a sore thumb to me, just by the names their parents gave them.

Let's look at the list so far, from what I have noticed, and from when I was working with a client at a preschool:

-Anthony (yes this one SURPRISED ME!)
-Ryan
-Dylan
-Aiden (both male and female?)
-Madison*

To an extreme lesser extent:

-Ashley...For those who didn't know, this name used to be a boy's name. It wasn't until people started naming their baby girls Ashley that it just decided to jump genders and become a girl's name, almost exclusively. I am afraid boy names such as Ryan may soon suffer the same fate if we don't stop! ;)

*I believe any name that has the suffix -son, has the original meaning that you are somebody's son. (i.e, Johnson is John's Son).

What do you guys and girls here in these forums think? Feel free to add to the ever growing list. :)
 

chrono1081

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I personally don't care what a parent names their kid, but I feel bad for the kid since they're likely to be picked on.

That being said I know a girl named Jonnie but no one picked on her, she was pretty cool in school.
 

samiwas

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I'm more annoyed about people who give their kids weird spellings for traditional names. Like Mellisah, Emmaleigh, Alixzander, Willyam... I know people think they are being unique and giving their child an individual identity, but I just think it leads to a lifetime of having to correct people.
 

dontwalkhand

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I'm more annoyed about people who give their kids weird spellings for traditional names. Like Mellisah, Emmaleigh, Alixzander, Willyam... I know people think they are being unique and giving their child an individual identity, but I just think it leads to a lifetime of having to correct people.
And a voice recognition system/iOS auto correct correcting spelling to "the right way"
 

boss.king

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It's annoying for people who have unique names, but a girl with a boys name isn't that bad. I know a few girls who have male names as nicknames (event their boyfriends and husbands address them as such). Having a fairly unique name myself is by far worse. People always comment on how cool it is, but it's forever being spelt wrong, pronounced wrong, origins thoroughly investigated by people I just met. It's a hassle.
 

Schtumple

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I'm more annoyed about people who give their kids weird spellings for traditional names. Like Mellisah, Emmaleigh, Alixzander, Willyam... I know people think they are being unique and giving their child an individual identity, but I just think it leads to a lifetime of having to correct people.
Oh god I swear to dear god that annoys me more than anything in the world, parents trying to be "non-conformist" and making their child "special", they just look like pretentious d*cks, choose whatever name you like, but spell it right ffs... Make up a name, that's fine, but changing 2 letters of an already well established name doesn't make you "original", it makes it look like your baby was born whilst you were drunk and you forgot how to spell the name you chose.

No offence if this relates to anyone on here, if it does, I really don't care, this obviously isn't a personal attack against you, so just deal with it as a post of my opinion, not a personally written insult to whatever choices you made (presumably) years before joining MR.

/rant.
 

Zwhaler

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-Anthony (yes this one SURPRISED ME!)
-Ryan
-Dylan
-Aiden (both male and female?)
-Madison*

*I believe any name that has the suffix -son, has the original meaning that you are somebody's son. (i.e, Johnson is John's Son).
What about a name like Allison? Clearly a girl's name at least in English ... I think the whole *son thing doesn't hold up.
 
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