WDYT of Rune?

I’ve read all the threads on the name rune [name_m]Rune[/name_m] and there were a few comments on it as a girl’s name, but I wanted to start a thread on it as a girl’s name specifically. I think many of you are open-minded - I realize it’s meant to be a boy’s name, but so many names are shifting and being used interchangeably, that I don’t think it’s a huge issue. I just wanted some more opinions. I’m in love with it, but I’m also on the fence because not many people in my circle will love it. I know some of them will react badly, especially [name_f]MIL[/name_f]. :slight_smile:

So, what do you think of [name_m]Rune[/name_m] as a girl’s name? If we don’t choose it for a first name, it will most likely be our pick for middle. Thank you so much for chiming in!

It’s not my style, but it could work. It’s not too far off from [name_u]June[/name_u], so I can see it working on a girl. I’d probably prefer it in the middle, though.

I would never use it, but I can see the appeal. I prefer [name_u]Rue[/name_u]. Seems more girly to me.
What about Ruine, Ruina, [name_f]Raina[/name_f]? The first two I made up but they seem to add a little something to the plainness of [name_m]Rune[/name_m].

The thing for me is that [name_m]Rune[/name_m] is a very common man’s name in Scandinavia. Half my Norwegian friends have fathers called [name_m]Rune[/name_m] (small exaggeration). I think Runa, the feminine version, is beautiful though. But seeing as rune is a word as well as a name, it’s not that big a deal. I guess…

I don’t much like [name_m]Rune[/name_m] on a boy, and I really don’t like it on a girl. Partly, it’s just not my style. Partly, I would be uneasy that its meaning is “secret.” And partly, it just strikes me as incredibly masculine.

I think its cute and mysterious, but I think it is most enchanting in the middle. Something like [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f] [name_m]Rune[/name_m] or [name_f]Elysia[/name_f] [name_m]Rune[/name_m] or even [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_m]Rune[/name_m] would be lovely. I kind of like the meaning.

Please don’t. I agree with [name_f]Ottilie[/name_f], go with Runa instead. [name_m]Rune[/name_m] doesn’t rhyme with [name_u]June[/name_u] btw, it has two syllables.

Yes to [name_f]Ottilie[/name_f] and Svea. Besides, [name_m]Rune[/name_m] is a boys name, it’s not one that crosses over frequently. There’s already a beautiful girl version – Runa.

[name_m]Just[/name_m] to be clear, the pronunciation would be “ROON.” And apparently I was wrong about the open-mindedness. :wink: Honestly, the fact that it’s a boy’s name doesn’t bother me because I don’t live in Norway. I live in the US, where it’s a rare enough name that I don’t think it wouldn’t be a problem at all.

I’m realizing more & more that name choice is SUCH a personal preference - some of the names I’m seeing my fellow posters “crushing on” are names I would never use. I’m also realizing that maybe it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. :slight_smile:

I think people may pronounce it wrong like Ruin which how I initally thought it was pronounced. I prefer Runa.

What about [name_u]Rue[/name_u]? It’s so lovely, and sounds very similar. [name_m]Rune[/name_m] makes me think of ‘rude’ a bit - sorry!

[name_m]Rune[/name_m] is more a word than a name to me, whether we’re talking boys or girls. I do see the similarity to [name_f]Ruth[/name_f], [name_u]Rue[/name_u], and [name_u]June[/name_u], so I think it would work, though I agree that it’s much more intriguing as a middle name.

I don’t think of it as a name at all, sorry. If you have to use it I’d put it in the middle spot.

You live in the US, where people take names from other cultures, switch the gender, and think it’s completely okay!!! No, please don’t. It’s a masculine name, please leave it that way. Runa is adorable though!

[name_m]Rune[/name_m] is too close to Ruin. And it is a boy name so…

I don’t think of it as a name, I think of runes. That being said, I think it could work nicely in the middle. As a first name, meh, but in the middle, it sounds enigmatic in a good way.

I thought this as well! The thing is, as everyone’s said it is a boys name in Scandinavian, it sounds masculine, and using names that are already recognize as being a particular gender can appear disrespectful. I don’t know the case in Scandinavia first hand; but Runa is quite lovely, and you said you don’t care because you live in America - this doesn’t mean you’re exempt from being culturally respectful. I just think its important to recognise how choosing the masculine form maybe viewed, particular to Europeans. Ultimately, like you said it does come down to personal preference, and to each their own. Good luck! :slight_smile:

Exactly. I would also probably put it in the middle, but I’m not generally a fan of one-syllable first names anyway. That said, I do love word names, and I have [name_m]Rune[/name_m] on my list of boy middles, so I do like the name in general - on a girl, why not? I’d probably pair it with something longer and frillier in the middle, but, again, definitely depends on your preference.

I quite like [name_m]Rune[/name_m] (prn Roon), but it sounds all boy to me.

Then why not name a girl [name_m]Bruno[/name_m]? [name_m]Just[/name_m] because a name originates in another culture doesn’t make it any less gender-specific. Acting as though it does confirms everything the rest of the world finds obnoxious about Americans.