See the results of this poll: What do you think of Tennyson?

Respondents: 60 (This poll is closed)

  • I like it : 9 (15%)
  • Maybe as a middle : 10 (17%)
  • I’m indifferent : 11 (18%)
  • I don’t like it: 30 (50%)

It doesn’t sound remotely feminine to me.

I’m definitely not a fan. Although I could maybe see [name_m]Tenney[/name_m] potentially working. [name_m]Tenney[/name_m] is pronounced like [name_m]Tenny[/name_m] so it takes you straight to the sound you wanted while being a full name.

It screams trying too hard.

Any name with son in it doesn’t work on a girl for me…I mean the meaning is literally “son of”. And I’m generally pretty fluid when it comes to gender switches.

I know a little [name_m]Tennyson[/name_m] and as cute as she is the name is still hard for me.

I think it could work in the middle as a deliberate homage to [name_m]Alfred[/name_m], [name_m]Lord[/name_m] [name_m]Tennyson[/name_m]—I feel like honor names have more flexibility. But like a previous poster, I don’t like -son names for girls, and [name_m]Tennyson[/name_m] feels very snooty.

I knew two sisters growing up in the 90s named [name_u]Addison[/name_u] and [name_m]Tennyson[/name_m]. Looking back it’s weird that their names were so similar, but not the point. Because I grew up hearing it on a girl I have no problem with this name. Also, given the recent popularity of [name_u]Addison[/name_u] (and surname-names) isn’t this a logical extension? It’s not like it’s a made-up spin on [name_u]Addison[/name_u].

I much prefer [name_f]Tenley[/name_f], [name_m]Tennyson[/name_m] screams all boy to me. “[name_m]Son[/name_m] of [name_m]Tenny[/name_m]” is all I can think of. It’s highly masculine to me, as in on the same level as [name_m]Wyatt[/name_m], [name_m]Matthew[/name_m], [name_m]Levi[/name_m], [name_m]Cooper[/name_m], [name_m]Harrison[/name_m], [name_m]John[/name_m], [name_m]Thomas[/name_m], [name_u]Michael[/name_u], etc.

Echoing previous posters. I love it for a boy, but I don’t like it for a girl at all. It really is that -son ending I dislike on girls (including popular ones like [name_u]Madison[/name_u] and [name_u]Addison[/name_u]).

sorry I misread and voted that I like it - I do but for a boy … or a middle for a girl.

I recon the feminine name for [name_m]Tennyson[/name_m] with the nn [name_m]Tenny[/name_m] is [name_f]Tennille[/name_f].

Really not a fan. Wouldn’t even be a fan of it on a boy. It’s a lot to live up to.

Plus I don’t think it’s a very attractive sounding name.

I think it might work for a girl as a middle, but my brain just automatically puts [name_m]Alfred[/name_m] [name_m]Lord[/name_m] in front of it.

As Ziggy2112 stated, I do not like it d/t it ending in son, meaning “son of” for a girl. Perhaps if you changed the spelling to Tennysen? Tennisen?