What would you think of the name [name_u]Knightley[/name_u] for a girl?

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the sound is fine, but it only reminds me of the actress, and looks a little clunky to me

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This would be lovely on a girl!! I think of [name_f]Keira[/name_f] [name_u]Knightley[/name_u], so it does feel like a naturally feminine-leaning name to me. So sturdy, strong, and exciting.
One thing is that there are so many letters in this name but not any obvious nicknames… which may not be a huge deal for all, but I love a nickname! Still a very cool name regardless. X

It’s pretty cool and bold!!

I don’t like it personally but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it. To me it feels very much as if you are trying to give her a name to make her masculine.

I kind of like it! It’s very sweet, although the actress is my first thought :sweat_smile:

But, [name_u]Knightley[/name_u] doesn’t feel too far off from [name_u]Kingsley[/name_u] or [name_f]Kinsley[/name_f] or [name_f]Kinley[/name_f]! :sparkling_heart:

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I kind of like it. Sounds quite sophisticated lol.

I think of Mr. [name_u]Knightley[/name_u], often called just [name_u]Knightley[/name_u], in [name_f]Emma[/name_f] by [name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_u]Austen[/name_u], so it sounds very masculine and romantic to me. I much prefer it on a boy.


I did immediately think to the actress, however, she is not a bad association at all (I mean, I love [name_f]Winslet[/name_f], and you get the same type of association there). I think [name_u]Knightley[/name_u] is very cool, and could work well. It would fit right in with certain current/recent trends (surnames-as-firsts, and lee-ending) so could definitely work.

[name_f]My[/name_f] first thought would be that the parents are mega fans of the actress… on its own it would blend in with other similar names

I love it! I actually have this name on my own list. I think people will probably think of the actress but for me that’s not a big deal and since it’s also kind of a word name that lessens the association somewhat.

i love it!! i’ve had it on my own list (with the spelling knightly) for a long time! it feels very fun and cool!

I like it! Very unique.

Sorry, but I’m not a fan. [name_f]My[/name_f] experience teaching kindergarten just makes me squirm at the sight of some complicated names to learn to spell. Plus, it’s a last name very much related to the one actress, so no… Unless you’re a massive fan of hers!

I don’t care for it for any gender.

It fits in fine with names like Kingsley, Kinsley and Kinzey. Which, isn’t my preference, but many people love them! Wouldn’t be too weird.

I don’t see it being a problem spellingwise. At least, not any more of a problem than many common names.

To me, it sounds like a word (nightly) that could potentially be used to tease, and it reminds me of the actress and then the [name_f]Emma[/name_f] character. I like [name_f]Keira[/name_f] [name_u]Knightley[/name_u], but even so, it’s just not something I’d use. That said, if you want to use it, there’s probably not going to be a ton of problems with spellings, and I know names like [name_u]Kingsley[/name_u] are being used more often now.

I’d use it in the middle spot, it’s attractive no doubt and thanks to [name_f]Keira[/name_f] [name_u]Knightley[/name_u] it’s more approachable outside the surname category, but I think it is still too brave to use as a first name

it’s alright - not my style, but not too out there if you live in the US. i agree there may be spelling issues, i would have no idea how to spell this name (as i’m not familiar with the actress). i didn’t realize it was a surname name at first, i thought it was a word name like knightly, meaning “similar to a knight” which felt like a lot to live up to haha but i guess the knightley spelling doesn’t make the association as obvious!

i also feel like it might get mixed up with natalie when said out loud? but maybe that’s just me