Intimidating boy names

I worked with a sports editor who named his son Cooper a few years ago because he thought it would sound good when they’re calling the names of the basketball players as they run into the gym.I think that’s the same image my sister-in-law probably had of the name and other similar names.Would you want a traditional boys’ name or look for one that broke the masculine mold — again, why and why not?

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Also, I’m one of those who isn’t uptight about a boy potentially sharing his name with a girl in his class (perhaps since my own name is one of those and I’m male); there are numerous names like these that I like and would consider; some of my current favorites are Riley, Rory, and Rowan (coincidence that all three of the ones I mentioned are Irish and start with “R”).

How did your own views of masculinity play into the name you chose for your son, or a name you might pick in the future?

Would you give your son a name that was also used for girls — why or why not?

As for the unisex name theory, newer choices like Hayden and Rowan continue to hold on to the boys despite female influences and names that we thought were doomed to “girlyhood” a decade ago like Avery and Riley continue to maintain their popularity for boys despite ranking higher for girls. I don’t know that I have a solid theory why softer/unisex boys names are more acceptable nowadays, except perhaps that there’s a growing acceptance of all sorts of different names for both girls and boys.

The quest for a special and distinct name is bound to lead away from the traditional after all!

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