ezra for a girl

hello everybody! exciting news to share: my cousin is having a baby! when baby is born, they will be the first infant in the family in over fifteen years, and we’re all very excited :slight_smile:

i am very close to my cousin; we grew up together, and this baby will be referred to as my niece/nephew. i also have been a member here for six+ years, and i have read a lot about family name squabbling and am now experiencing it for myself!

the top choice for a girl (agreed upon by my cousin and her husband) is ezra. i love ezra…for a boy. as progressive as i like to believe i am about gender and stereotypes, this is one thing i haven’t gotten around yet. so, there are a few problems that i’d like your guidance/opinions on.

one: what do you think about ezra for a girl? this is not a leading question; i’m not sure how i feel, and i’d like to get a read on the situation (especially from you, as the 2016 nameberry lists have shown that ezra remains #1 on the boy’s side).

two: how have you dealt with family members who think they know best about names? my grandmother is the most vocal, and had great influence on what my pregnant cousin ended up being named so maybe i’m missing something? she also is a very big factor in all of our lives, but especially my cousin’s. does this give her opinions more weight? should it?

three: should i just butt out and let everybody else deal with this? i want to be supportive of my cousin, and i feel involved, but maybe i’m inserting myself where i don’t belong (it wouldn’t be the first time ;))

thanks, berries — can’t wait to get your feedback!

edited to add: i’m closing this thread because my niece was born in february, and [name_f]ezrah[/name_f] is her name! it suits her perfectly, and even though our grandmother still harps about it being a boy’s name, my cousins are happy which is really all that matters :slight_smile: thanks to those of you who left nice comments, i really appreciate it when berries can come together and be supportive and kind~

Hey not sure if it’s too late but I just wanted to say my daughter is named [name_m]Ezrah[/name_m] (we named her after my husband’s cousin who is also a girl) and her name had an H on the end so we included it. Her middle name is [name_f]Joy[/name_f] and we have always gotten lots of compliments on her name. I always assumed it was a girls name because of my husbands cousin and she said growing up she never had anyone tell her it was a boys name.

I think [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] works for a girl and I like [name_m]Ezrah[/name_m] even better. I also think it really isn’t anyone’s business what 2 parents choose to name their child. Multiple opinions will leave the parents crazy and going in circles. It’s their child. They get to decide.

not too late at all —*and thanks for commenting! i didn’t know it when i wrote this post, but [name_m]ezrah[/name_m] is actually how my cousin is spelling baby’s name. so i think it’s all worked out for the best! i can’t wait to meet this sweet little girl, and i hope she grows up with the same experience as your husband’s cousin :slight_smile:

i guess i’ve been a little skittish because of how people talk on nameberry (such anger about girls getting “boy” names!!) so i’m glad to have positive responses!

My name is Tezra :slight_smile:

[name_f]Lovely[/name_f] name…

This is an old thread, but the Turkish [name_m]Esra[/name_m] is a legitimate feminine alternative.

I love [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] nn [name_u]Ezri[/name_u] for a girl.

[name_m]Esra[/name_m] or Ezrie, yes… [name_m]Ezra[/name_m], no. It’s all masculine.

I think [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] is adorable for a little girl. But even if they’d chosen to name their little girl [name_m]Paul[/name_m], I don’t think it’s really anyone’s concern but their own. There’s no such thing as one person knowing “best” when it comes to names. It’s all about personal preference.

i know i’m extremely late responding, but i just wanted to say how much i appreciate your comment. my niece is six months old now, and some people in my family still comment about how they hate her name. it makes me so sad because here we have this beautiful blessing of a little girl, and we’re still being bitter and sullen about a name? she is truly the light of my life, and you’re 100% right that even if her name was [name_m]paul[/name_m] it wouldn’t matter one whit :slight_smile: i think the name [name]ezrah[/name] suits her to a ‘t’!

I love [name_m]Ezra[/name_m]/[name_m]Ezrah[/name_m] for a girl better than a boy! I know I am in the minority, though!:smiley:

  1. I think [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] is very usable for a girl and in fact, I think I like it better that way. Its history is almost completely male but it has always come across as feminine to me. I would love it on a girl.

  2. I think others, especially those who are very important to you (i.e. grandmothers, mothers, etc.) have a big influence on names and to come extent have a right to an opinion. However, in the end it is the parents of the child’s choice 100%. If the husband and wife have agreed and love their choice, no one else’s opinion should change that.

  3. I wouldn’t say you have to “butt out.” I think if you are close to your cousin, you may say your opinion ONCE, but after that stand by her desires.

I love it! Never thought about it for a girl before but I think it’s charming.

As far as getting involved, I would say to just try to be supportive of what the mama loves, but give her your honest (but kind) opinion if she asks. :slight_smile:

Aw, I’m sure she’s adorable, and [name_m]Ezrah[/name_m] is a beautiful name. Personally I like boys’ names on girls so I think this is perfect.

I think [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] is a lovely name for a boy or a girl. It’s traditionally masculine, but it has feminine qualities as well. Congrats to your cousin!

[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] is a boy’s name. As a litmus test: would you use the name [name_f]Sara[/name_f] for a boy?