Duana Names: Bend the Gender

June 20, 2013 17:43:12 Posted at June 20, 2013 17:43:12
Duana Posted by Duana
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Hi Duana,

Short and sweet:  what do you think of the name George for a girl?  
Georgia just isn’t my steeze.

Thanks!

C

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One of the things I’ve learned with this amazing name investigation is that there are people for whom this question is going to cause fever and rage and hemorrhoids.   These are the people who believe that as more and more boy names are adopted for girls, there aren’t replacement names for boys appearing, so the males are getting the shaft.

I sort of agree and sort of don’t. That is,  yes, the more girls who are called Dylan, the less viable it is for boys, and I’ve never really loved unisex names. “Morgan” just winds up pleasing nobody, so why bother?

But I also think the parents of boys need to suck it up and look beyond the 12 names they find acceptable this week. Barnaby is a perfectly good name. So is Victor. So is Darwin. They get passed over again and again in favour of Henry. And George.

So in theory, I’m against. But like you, C, Georgia ain’t for me – and you cannot deny the awesomeness that is a little girl with a grin going “Yeah. That’s my full name. George.” 

Plus, you and I are not the first people to think of, as every girl who slogged through the boredom of Nancy Drew know,  George, Nancy’s friend, was a little too much of a muchness what with also being the brave practical one and  having short-cropped hair, like, okay, we get it but it doesn’t interrupt that the name is intrinsically awesome.

So in short, I think it’s cool – cooler, certainly, than people who call their daughters Francesca and Andrea for the sole purpose of getting to call them “boy” names like Frankie and Andie. (Novel writers – quit this. ) The caveat, of course, is that you don’t get to impress upon her all things gender neutral just because you’ve given her a name that doesn’t end in an “ey”. She is still your daughter, and can run the gamut of all types therein.

Now, while we’re on the subject, I absolutely and unironically think Arthur would be beautiful on a girl. Am I nuts?

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