My daughter has a boy's first name.
Granted, it's a very unusual Old-English name that you never really even hear anymore. But the name fits perfectly. On the one hand, it happens to sound very much like my mother's maiden name in Korean. Therefore, I consider it an homage to my maternal grandfather, a man whom I only met several times in my life before he passed away but who left the greatest impressions on me as a young boy. On the other hand, I have an extremely common last name. And I wanted my daughter to have a unique name not shared by anyone else on the planet. But just to make the matter clear, we didn't give my daughter a boy's name simply because we really wanted a son.
I bring this up now because it seems that ALL of our friends have daughters. There are very few young boys in our social circle. Even stranger, BossLady and I have six couple friends right now who are all pregnant with girls. What's going on here? Is there something in the NYC water that produces abnormally large numbers of XX chromosomes?
Anyway, I think some of our friends were hoping to have a boy. Some of the potential names that we've heard being bandied about for these girls are...James, Dylan, MacKenzie and Michel. All great names. But to my friends who are going to have girls, I now implore you to consider taking a different, less conventional route to giving your daughter a boy's name. Why not create a new name, reflecting the possibly inherent fact that you really wanted a boy?
Here are some suggestions:
(4) Davida (5) Brucille
And if you're one of those couples who doesn't want to learn the sex of their baby until the actual childbirth? Well...instead of thinking about a whole slew of both girls AND boys names, feel free to use any one of these names. Who knows? You might start a trend!
(In the interest of full disclosure, I'd like to mention that I came up with this on the subway as a way to entertain myself during the morning commute. It's kind of a fun game and now I can't stop playing it. Anyone else want to give it a try?)