[name]Hi[/name]. I did a post asking for opinions on Remedy as a name, and whether people thought it was better as a boy name or a girl name. While I was thinking about it, something struck me about the way certain word names are assigned a gender. I will just quote a post I made in that particular thread below.
[i]Still can’t decide if it suits a boy or a girl. I adore word names and I know they usually go to the girls, but that seems unfair to both genders. (Ranting in three… two… one) Take [name]Honour[/name]/[name]Honor[/name] for example. Its sound and meaning would make it suitable for either gender… or so I’d have thought. But it’s only used on girls. [name]IMO[/name], that’s kind of like saying that honour is something only girls should bother with. [name]Don[/name]'t even get me started on [name]Virtue[/name], [name]Love[/name] and [name]Modesty[/name].
Another thing that annoys me is that many of the word names for boys are macho stuff like [name]Danger[/name] and [name]Breaker[/name]. Ignoring the fact it’s kind of weird that you would want your son to be dangerous and break stuff, that’s like saying only boys have to be all aggressive and alpha male. Where as the girls are called [name]Grace[/name], [name]Faith[/name], [name]Hope[/name], [name]Charity[/name]… lol. [name]Just[/name] plain weird.
I guess what I’m saying is, Remedy (for either gender) feels like a pretty healthy option compared to all that. Still too scared to use it, though.[/i]
I wasn’t certain that berries would be interested in topics like this, but there is another thread floating around about whether a child should take their father’s surname, their mothers or have it hyphenated and I saw some pretty strong opinions. I myself think there are some virtue names like [name]Patience[/name], [name]Virtue[/name], [name]Joy[/name], Deliverance, [name]Trinity[/name], [name]Love[/name], [name]Hope[/name], etc that would be OK on boys if they weren’t used for girls so much. On a birth announcement I spotted a boy with the middle name [name]Love[/name], and I think if it weren’t used so much for girls it would work. The same applies to some boy virtue names, though there aren’t many. I think [name]Reason[/name] and Valour/[name]Valor[/name] would be acceptable on a girl.
I just think it’s intriguing that [name]Serenity[/name], [name]Grace[/name], [name]Fidelity[/name] etc. is more likely to be a girl whereas [name]Valiant[/name], [name]Fortitude[/name], [name]Bravery[/name], [name]Power[/name] etc. is more likely to be a boy.
So, whatever you think, I’d be really interested to hear. Thanks.