I’ve liked [name]Ryan[/name] as a girl’s name off and on for awhile (I might have even mentioned it before on here in the past), and recently it’s become a favorite of mine. I know that many Nameberryites don’t like names like these for girls (I know [name]Pam[/name] and [name]Linda[/name] do though), and even with me I’ve been debating on whether to keep it a “guilty pleasure” or actually consider using it on a girl.
An issue with the name is how people will usually think that she’s a boy when seeing her name without any other clues (and sometimes even with the other clues they’ll get it wrong). That is understandable considering that [name]Ryan[/name] is much more common for boys; with this name unlike some of the other more unisex ones (in which people will often not jump to a gender assumption) they’ll usually just assume that [name]Ryan[/name] is a boy. At first I thought it would be too much of a problem, but I’ve decided not to let it keep me from using it if I decide to; after all that’s one of the things that comes with using a name that is most commonly associated with boys. It might still be interesting in those times that someone thought she was a boy but turns out to be a girl. Likewise when she starts encountering others with her name and most of the time they’re male she might feel awkward at first, but I think that over time she’d get used to it.
Also I decided not to use a different spelling as some do to make it more feminine, and just go along with whatever may come with using the standard spelling ([name]Pam[/name] and [name]Linda[/name] generally do not like altered spellings from what I’ve noticed). I’d probably use something clearly feminine for the middle name to balance out the first name though. I should note that I also like [name]Ryan[/name] for a boy, but I later started to like it for a girl after hearing about some females named [name]Ryan[/name] (that’s where I got the aforementioned knowledge on the likely gender confusion with using the name for a girl).