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#1 Thylacine

Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:50 AM

Just after some honest opinions on the name Harley (used for a boy).

I love the name but am a bit biased as it is my father's name.

There are two things holding me back though.

The first is the obvious motorbike association. Neither DP nor I are into motorbikes and I don't really like the idea that people will assume that's why we chose the name.

Also, I'm aware that Harley is now being increasingly used as a girl's name and not sure that it's still used for boys anymore.


#2 MrsLexiK

Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:55 AM

I like it. I don't know one girl named Harley but one boy and I never thought of the motor bike association.

#3 Jenflea

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:01 AM

I first thought of a girl, but I really like it for either.

#4 Banana Pancakes

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:06 AM

NMS, I see it as a boys name but I know many pets with the same name.  This turns me off using it  for a child.

Edited by Banana Pancakes, 06 November 2012 - 08:07 AM.

#5 countrymel

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:08 AM

I knew a gorgeous lady (would have been in her 80's now if she was still with us) called Harley so it has always been a female or motorbike name for me.

I think if you are not big shiny American motorbike fans then it would be safer to give your little boy Harley as his middle name.

#6 bright*future

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:09 AM

It did make me think "Davidson" immediately, but it's not a bad name.

#7 Sambambino

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:13 AM

I love it - it was my Grandfather's name and we were very close. I didn't use it probably because of the association with Harley Davidson.

#8 emlis22

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:14 AM

It's very much nms, but there are worse names out there.

#9 kerilyntaryn

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:14 AM

I havent know any girls with this name,  a few boys though and yes Davidson is the first thing that comes to mind.  But  it is special  use it

#10 B.3

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:16 AM

QUOTE (emlis22 @ 06/11/2012, 08:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's very much nms, but there are worse names out there.


#11 Poss and Soss

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:20 AM

Never heard it for a girl. It's not a name I would use, but I don't dislike it.

#12 vintage.blue

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:22 AM

It does make me think of the motorbike and assume that the parents are into motorbikes. It's NMS, sorry

#13 MrsShine

Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:27 AM

I've known about 5 Harley's, and only one is a child.

TBH, I've never thought about the motorcycle thing?

Even though I know about it, I guess it's just been people's names for me more often and I'm really not into bikes!

I think it's a GREAT name & would definitely consider it if a close friends partne didn't share the same name. I say go for it!

#14 Bel Rowley

Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

I'm not fond of it, but I definitely think boy when I hear it.

#15 genyuser

Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:18 AM

I have a Harleigh and yes, she's a girl. We haven't really had anyone in the real world bring up the motorcycle connection, maybe because it is spelled differently?

Anyway, I love it for girl or boy and if you do then you should use it, no regrets x

#16 RealityBites

Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:21 AM

It is also a surname, so nms.

#17 Gudrun

Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:26 PM

I only think good boys' name and I never think motorbikes.   I think it being your Dad's name gives it extra points.

#18 Pipri

Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:26 AM

I like it for a boy or girl I love that its your dads name too original.gif

#19 la di dah

Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:30 AM

I have known a couple Harleys. Both girls. Possibly not spelled that way, I don't know how they spelled it.

I think girl-ish but if it was a family name I might use it anyway for a boy. I don't abandon ship as soon as girls occasionally use names I like.  

I do think Harley Quinn though.

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