Camille for a boy?

Do you think [name_u]Camille[/name_u] would work for a boy?

Camille Desmoulins is my primary association with the name, so maybe that’s why it’s almost strictly masculine to me personally

I know that most berries seem to see the name as exclusively female, so I’m just asking it out of curiosity. WDYT of [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Rueben[/name_m] or [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_u]Paxton[/name_u]?

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Before joining NB, I didn’t know it’s also used for females so I think it works! [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Rueben[/name_m] is cute.

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It’s completely feminine to me, sorry!

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Sorry, I do not see [name_u]Camille[/name_u] as a usable masculine name at all.

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I think I could get on board with it if I heard it on the right boy!

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I absolutely love [name_u]Camille[/name_u] for a boy! Pissarro is my first association. I think it’s soft, strong and sophisticated for either sex.

I don’t love either of those middles with it, though — they feel a bit too modern and trendy for [name_u]Camille[/name_u], especially for a boy. I’d prefer something like [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] (classic and masculine) or [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_u]Dorian[/name_u] (matching [name_u]Camille[/name_u]’s soft and artsy vibe).

Camille [name_m]Ruben[/name_m] (this spelling, like the painter), would appeal much more to me than [name_m]Rueben[/name_m].

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To be honest I can’t imagine it on a boy, since I know of so many female Camilles and the sound feels quite feminine.

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I think it would work fine if you live in [name_f]France[/name_f] or a [name_u]French[/name_u]-speaking community. I’m not sure if I would recommend it in Anglo communities, however. I think he’d get a lot of “Isn’t that a girl’s name?”, which could be annoying for him.

Same with Dominique. It’s strange that when English speakers use unisex names from other languages, they tend to only use them for one gender.

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I like it, but personally would not be brave enough. I think [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Reuben[/name_m] or [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Ruben[/name_m] would be nice, but I don’t love the [name_m]Rueben[/name_m] spelling. [name_u]Paxton[/name_u] is too trendy in my opinion and doesn’t go well with [name_u]Camille[/name_u]. I think it needs a traditional masculine middle, like [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Edmund[/name_m], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Frederick[/name_m], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_u]George[/name_u], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Henry[/name_m], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Hugo[/name_m], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_u]Julian[/name_u], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Simon[/name_m], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Theodore[/name_m], [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Vincent[/name_m], etc

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with the right middle name it would sound perfect :heart_eyes: something with a strong sound in case confusion arises, or even maybe spelling it [name_f]Cami[/name_f] as a nickname for a more recognised ‘masculine’ name

Camille [name_m]Rueben[/name_m] is handsome :blush:

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I ditoo [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] (@elliewilbury) & @emarias22. :confused:

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I think it’s kind of cool on a boy. Gentle but strong at the same time

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I think it’s to feminine but I guess it could work

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I can’t picture a male [name_u]Camille[/name_u]. If you’re in the U.S., I imagine he’d get quite a bit of teasing over having a girl’s name.

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I could see it as a middle, but not a first.
[name_m]Reuben[/name_m] [name_u]Camille[/name_u] could work

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I don’t think it would work in [name_u]America[/name_u], unfortunately.

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I know an [name_f]English[/name_f] [name_u]Camille[/name_u]. late 20’s. One side of his family has some [name_u]French[/name_u] roots. He gets [name_u]Cam[/name_u] or [name_f]Cami[/name_f], most of the name, but does introduce himself as [name_u]Camille[/name_u].

I prefer [name_u]Camille[/name_u] for a boy. Actually I realise it should be on my list because I really like it!

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I can see it working on a boy but I think it works far better on a girl. I agree with other berries that a more masculine middle name would work lovely with [name_u]Camille[/name_u]. How about [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m] or [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_u]Benjamin[/name_u] and I second the suggestion of [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Vincent[/name_m].

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Thanks for the honesty everyone!

@katinka I love the suggestion of [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Vincent[/name_m]! I get what you were going for with [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_u]Dorian[/name_u], but I’m not sure it sounds “artsy” to me personally.

The reason why I used [name_m]Rueben[/name_m] as a spelling is because I met people who pronounced the traditionally biblical [name_m]Reuben[/name_m] like [name_u]Roy[/name_u]-ben and wanted to avoid confusion, lol! But [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Ruben[/name_m] “like the painter” actually looks very nice!

@choupette It frustrates me too! [name_u]Dominique[/name_u], [name_u]Candide[/name_u], [name_u]Maxime[/name_u] and many other names that seem “feminine” to Anglo-[name_u]Saxon[/name_u] communities are perfectly fine for both genders imho.

Also the “Isn’t it a girl name?” bit could probably be annoying, but I think the world is changing and if people name daughters [name_u]Hunter[/name_u], [name_u]Quincy[/name_u] or even [name_u]James[/name_u]… Why is a soft, elegant
name for a boy not accepted? I think it will be no big deal in the near future. For now, it’s almost like the “more feminine” traits are “uncool” for society :confused:

@Kipperbo1 I like [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Simon[/name_m] and [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] from your suggestions! Thank you!

@teddybearclub Thank you for the story about your friend! [name_u]Cam[/name_u] is actually my go-to nickname for that name. I hope you find the perfect [name_u]Camille[/name_u] combo for your list!

@oceansea [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m] is very handsome!

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I know a young boy in my nephew’s neighborhood named [name_u]Camille[/name_u]. (I think he may spell it as [name_f]Kamille[/name_f] though!?) It never even occurred to me that its typically a girls name. Didn’t think about that till right now, reading this post. So, I think [name_u]Camille[/name_u] could work just fine on a little boy!

[name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Rueben[/name_m] is alright, but I second the suggestions of [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] and [name_u]Camille[/name_u] [name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m]!

ETA: I live on the East Coast of the US! So I’m speaking as an American who knows a little American boy who wears the name well!