Feminized masculine names, take 2

Okay, I asked my husband about this — turns out he doesn’t like these kinds of names either! I had no idea, since one of his very favorite names is Charlotte. “That’s different,” he said, because it doesn’t *look* like the boy name. Like Josephine looks too much like Joseph. (I don’t know, CHARLes and CHARLotte … that’s a pretty big similarity there, in appearance much more than sound.)

I went through the list of names I’d included in my last post — he said Jane is fine, for example, because it’s so removed from John. Kristin is not his favorite, but not because it originated in a male name (again, because it doesn’t *look* like a boy name). What about Francesca? Francis with a -ca on the end? He also declared that “fine” because “it’s foreign.” Ah.

I suspect those husbands who feel similarly have a similarly shaky argument.

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5 thoughts on “Feminized masculine names, take 2

  1. Hilarious! I used to feel this way, particularly about names that are more obvious like Josephine, but as I mentioned before, all it took was an adorable nickname like Josie and I was hook, line, and sinker’ed.

    Also, I just had to share because I thought you’d love it: Last night I met a sweet nurse whose name is also Theresa and she goes by… Teddy! Which I kind of fell in love with! It’s so SO much better than “Terri/y” for Theresa. It’s somewhat related to this post since it’s kind of the opposite: very feminine name with a masculine nickname. But it doesn’t feel masculine on her. It feels adorable and perfect.

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    • That is really really cute! Teddy for Theresa!! My dad’s a HUGE fan of boyish nicks for feminine names (in the interest of family privacy, I may or may not have a sister named Stephanie nicked Stevie) 😉

      Anyway, Mo for Maureen is one of his absolute faves, and Sam for Samantha … he’ll love hearing about Teddy for Theresa!!

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  2. I have a sister nicknamed “Mo”. 🙂 I’ll refrain from sharing her full name, but it’s not Maureen. She dropped it after high school, and now goes by “Auntie M” (said like the Wizard of Oz’s “Auntie Em”).

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  3. I am the one who has a complex, and a shaky one at that, with feminized masculine names in our marriage! haha 🙂 It definitely depends on look/feel/sound of it to sway me one way or the other.

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