Ryan for a Girl?

Hey all!

Boy names on girls is becoming quite popular. [name_u]James[/name_u], [name_u]Elliot[/name_u], [name_u]Sawyer[/name_u], [name_u]Emerson[/name_u], [name_u]Dylan[/name_u], and [name_m]Christian[/name_m] to name a few. Given that this is becoming a trend, I wanted to get some other opinions on [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] as a girl name. I personally find it more feminine than something like [name_u]James[/name_u], I mean of course you do do something like Ryanne, but I find that really unattractive. So if someone can name their daughter [name_u]Drew[/name_u] or [name_u]Logan[/name_u], why would [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] be any different, or any less appealing? In my opinion most of the names I’ve mentioned give off a more masculine vibe than [name_u]Ryan[/name_u], but some people tend to really dislike it as a girls name.

Opinions are much appreciated. Thanks!

I actually like [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] for both genders just fine - along with Saywer, [name_u]Emerson[/name_u] and [name_u]Dylan[/name_u] (and even [name_u]Elliot[/name_u]). I don’t personally see a problem with using it as long as it’s not to “make a feminist statement” (some users have actually stated this as their reason for choosing a name, which I find ridiculous). If you simply just like the name - go for it. If you’re choosing a masculine name for your daughter to make a political statement - rethink it. That’s my take on it, anyways.

Back to the original question though - I like [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] on a girl quite a bit, and I don’t see a problem with it. It’s quite popular for girls in the US actually.

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I don’t like this trend because it’s super sexist when you think about it. It reinforces the stereotypes: Men are strong, women are weak, because having a boy name when you are a girl, it’s cool, tomboy, strong, spunky, but having a girl name when you are a boy… Would you name your son [name_f]Rose[/name_f], [name_f]Jane[/name_f] or [name_f]Margaret[/name_f]?

It’s not a matter of “it sounds more feminine” [name_f]IMO[/name_f]. [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] IS a masculine name, as much as [name_u]Elliott[/name_u], [name_u]James[/name_u], [name_m]Arthur[/name_m], [name_m]Edmond[/name_m], [name_m]Henry[/name_m], [name_m]Apollo[/name_m], [name_m]Charles[/name_m], [name_m]Atlas[/name_m], [name_u]Zephyr[/name_u], [name_m]Atticus[/name_m], [name_m]Matthew[/name_m] or [name_m]Thaddeus[/name_m] are. They are old men names, biblical names, mythological names. I don’t mind unisex names, and new names being gender neutral. [name_m]New[/name_m] names ([name_u]Wren[/name_u], [name_u]Aspen[/name_u], [name_m]Bowie[/name_m], etc) don’t have an associated gender and a rich background history.

Also, I would never give my daughter a popular name for boys. All her life, she will hear “Mister” (phone calls, letters, emails, etc). I have a friend named [name_u]Jean[/name_u], he is a boy, and he gets “Mrs” ALL THE TIME.

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I’m not personally a fan on boys names on girls, but I know 4 or 5 girls named [name_u]Ryan[/name_u], most of them around my age.

I also agree with @mccharlie’s statement about this trend being sexist.

I don’t like the trend but I do like [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] on a girl. If it was a legitimate girl’s name, it would be high on my list. I just can’t get over the fact that it means “little king”. That’s what throws me off. I can’t even pretend that it’s a girl’s name because it has such a masculine meaning.

Boy names are popular with girls in America, primarily. And it’s the result of sexism, unfortunately. A girl named Elliott is automatically assumed to be tougher, stronger, cooler, and more empowered than a girl named Ellie, that’s just how it goes. And so masculinity, in any and all forms is, not just encouraged for girls, but in some cases outright pushed. The subconscious mindset is that, in order for girls to be better, or in order for them to be more noticeable and special, or in order for them to be more like what you want them to be, they must emulate boys. Boys names on girls is a big part of that mentality, whether people want to admit it or not, and as such I really have come to dislike the trend.

There are plenty of girl names that don’t sound particularly feminine at all such as Rose, Hero and Astrid. But that doesn’t automatically make them suitable for boys, just as Ryan sounding ‘more feminine’ to you does not automatically make it suitable for girls. Also, what’s the reason for it? Are you using it because it’s the name of a deceased friend or a beloved family member - and you’re pregnant with a girl (your last or only child), so you wouldn’t have the option of using it on a boy? Or, like most boy-names-on-girls lovers, are you claiming that out of literally billions of girl names, you couldn’t find a single one that you liked more than the masculine Ryan?

Sorry if I come across as a bit blunt. It’s just that I’m quite passionate about this particular topic. As a woman with a boy name myself, I will say that as it didn’t bother me as a kid, but as a teenager and now an adult, I resent the fact that my mother didn’t think for one second about how I would feel about the choice that she made. And I think that most people who like boy names on girls don’t ever consider their daughters potential feelings on the matter either, which is another big issue in and of itself.

Basically, regardless of how ‘feminine’ a boy name sounds, or how unpopular the name is question is for boys, or how much popularity it picks up with girls, at the end of the day it’s still a boy name, and should be acknowledged as such. And as far as I’m concerned, if you wouldn’t name a son Elizabeth or Sophia, then naming a girl Ryan shouldn’t even be a consideration.

I know of several girls/women names [name_u]Ryan[/name_u]. I think it’s fine. It’s funny that someone mentioned this trend of giving girls name which are traditionally used on boys, but [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] has been used on girls for quite some time.

The other funny thing is that I consider [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] on both girls and boys to be quite dated. I know several girls Ryans and they are all in their 30’s. I feel the same about [name_u]Dylan[/name_u] and [name_u]Devon[/name_u].

I think its a nice choice for a girl, but then again I love boy names on girls in general.

I prefer it on a girl but I prefer it spelt [name_u]Rian[/name_u]. That’s just me though. I dont tend to like a name on both genders. The only one I do like on both genders is [name_u]Parker[/name_u].

I personally dont get the whole “let’s give my daughter a boys name” trend because you wouldn’t name your son [name_f]Felicity[/name_f] or [name_f]Sophia[/name_f].

I know that I have [name_u]Sage[/name_u] as a girls name on my signature but that’s because I only have known it as a girls name but I would totally use it on a boy.

It actually really annoys me when people tell me that [name_u]Jesse[/name_u] is too feminine to be a boys name. What makes a name feminine? All of a sudden, a celebrity used the name [name_u]Jay[/name_u] or [name_m]Wyatt[/name_m] on a girl so it’s automatically a girl name. No. But that’s what society thinks. What happened to using a name that means something to you, not just because someone famous used it.

I personally think, naming your daughter [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] is fine, if your ready to call your son [name_f]Lily[/name_f].

My biggest pet peeve is boy names on girls.

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[name_u]Ryan[/name_u] and [name_m]Austin[/name_m] are our top picks for our second son due in a few weeks. I have had the conversation with a few women now who have told me that they know and/or like those names on girls more than boys. It baffled me at first, [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] and [name_m]Austin[/name_m] on GIRLS? Most of them said that [name_m]Austin[/name_m] is spelled [name_u]Austen[/name_u] and it’s a nod to [name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_u]Austen[/name_u] – why not name her [name_f]Jane[/name_f] then? It’s a trend that I find puzzling and frankly quite unfair to the girls who are bestowed with such masculine names.

As a person with a masculine name, it’s fine. I don’t like [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] on boy or girl. To me, the sound is unappealing. However, [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] will work well on a girl. Or a boy, whatever you choose.

It’s not my style. I prefer strong feminine names on girls.

I’m really just not a fan of the name [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] in general. However, I really like [name_u]Rhian[/name_u] (rhymes with [name_m]Ian[/name_m].)

I went to HS with a female [name_u]Ryan[/name_u], so it’s always sounded like a unisex name to me.

I agree with the previous posters who expressed it well - that there is an inherent sexism in the choice. I was also going to suggest the lovely girl’s name [name_u]Rhian[/name_u] - but see that’s already there!

[name_f]Rhiannon[/name_f] is a great name.

Not crazy about [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] for a boy…but a girl…it’s just plain ugly.

I like it, it’s my nieces mn, but she HATES it! She says it’s a boys name.

I prefer [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] on Boys. I do actually like [name_u]Riley[/name_u] for girls