In the past couple of weeks I’ve heard about two different husbands who don’t like “girl names that came from boy names.”* Have you heard this? Do you share this opinion?
I guess I could see it if a family made a point of letting everyone know they hoped for a boy, and then when a girl was born and she was a given a feminized masculine name — that might seem a little weird. Like they were so hoping for a boy that they didn’t even have a girl name picked out, like she was a disappointment.
Or, in a family like mine, where there are a whole bunch of boys and no girls, if Little Miss were to show up and be given a feminized masculine name — that might seem a little weird too. Like really? After all those boys named, you can’t come up with a girl name?
But otherwise, I’m just thinking of all the gooorgeous, really beautiful, really feminine names that are missed out on! Like:
Christiana (and all the Christ-/Kris- names)
Michaela and Michelle
Maybe Olivia (it may or may not be derived from Oliver)
Gabrielle and Gabriella
Even the Juli- names come ultimately from Julius (and what’s more stereotypically feminine than Juliet??)
And that’s just the briefest smattering of examples. I’m certainly not begrudging anyone their taste — I mean, your taste is your taste, you can’t make yourself like something you don’t like. But the names that are missed out on! And how overwhelmingly feminine these name are! Some of them downright frilly! Wives of such husbands, you are good women. 😉
*This is different than actual boy names used for girls.