My friend Liz is expecting her third and this time, she's not finding out the sex until the little one shows up. She's due in early May and NOTHING she suggests suits her husband. Her two children are Melayna and Gavin. She tends to like things that are a little less usual, but not hard to spell or pronounce. Since she doesn't know the sex, she's been trying to fall in love with non-gender specific names, but hasn't had any luck. Being a stay at home mother out in the boonies of a four year old and a two year old, she has a hard time getting time to get on her dial up connection, hence me crying out for help on her behalf. Any suggestions for good siblings for Melayna and Gavin? Any good choices for unisex names?
A name I think is cute for both boys and girls is Casey. It helps that in my high school, there was a nice-popular cute boy named Casey and a nice-popular pretty girl named Casey. Melayna, Gavin, and Casey.
My friend Mairzy will wince (this was on her boy name list until girls started using it), but another good one is Avery. Melayna, Gavin, and Avery.
My own wince name is Riley, which I prefer for boys but have to admit is pretty cute on a little girl. Melayna, Gavin, and Riley.
She could choose Sam, and then use Samantha/Samara if the baby is a girl or Samuel/Samson if the baby is a boy. Melayna, Gavin, and Sam.
I first heard Parker for a boy (Parker Lewis Can't Lose!), but I think it's just as good for a girl. Melayna, Gavin, and Parker.
I think of Rowan as feminine because the first time I heard it was when Brooke Shields used it for her daughter, but it's just as good for boys, maybe better since it sounds like Roman and Ryan and so forth. Melayna, Gavin, and Rowan.
Larkin is another one that seems feminine to me and yet is just as good for boys. I think I would spell it Larkin for a girl, Larken for a boy. Hm, or maybe the other way around, now that I see it typed out. Hard to say. Melayna, Gavin, and Larkin.
Lee is a name I consider underused. I'd probably spell it Lee for a boy or Leigh for a girl, but I'm not sure---I might go with Lee either way. Or, as with Sam, they could decide on Lee as the nickname, and go with Liane or Leeanne if the baby is a girl, and Leo or Leon if the baby is a boy. Melayna, Gavin, and Lee.
Or she could choose the nickname Jo/Joe, and go for Josie/Josephine for a girl, Joseph for a boy. Melayna, Gavin, and Jo/Joe.
Reece works for both boys and girls. I would spell it the Reese Witherspoon way for a girl, and Rhys for a boy. Melayna, Gavin, and Reece.
Let's have a poll over to the right. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results (227 votes total):
Casey: 37 votes, roughly 16%
Avery: 29 votes, roughly 13%
Riley: 33 votes, roughly 15%
Sam: 14 votes, roughly 6%
Parker: 23 votes, roughly 10%
Rowan: 35 votes, roughly 15%
Larkin: 9 votes, roughly 4%
Lee: 4 votes, roughly 2%
Jo/Joe: 6 votes, roughly 3%
Reece: 37 votes, roughly 16%
Name update 05-05-2009! Gina writes:
Well, after hearing your comments about how the other names are really gender specific, she decided to go ahead and come up with different names for a boy and a girl. We now have a little Ava Madison!