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#1 bailey90

Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:17 AM

Hi all, what are your thoughts on the following girl names we both seem to like less common more unisex type names but struggling to agree 😉
Tatum, Rio (means white jasmine in Japan), Finley, Laiken, Halston (nn Hallie), Marlow or Scout..... thanks in advance.

#2 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:26 AM

Not my cup of tea, sorry.

#3 BusbyWilkes

Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:37 AM

Finley and Laiken are very masculine rather than unisex imo. Don't like Tatum at all. Rio is the standout for me.

#4 Fossy

Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:46 AM

All the kids I’ve met wit those names have been boys (except Rio, haven’t heard of that as a name before). I’m not a fan of boys names for girls sorry.  
Just go with what you love, if you’re going for left of centre you’ll always get lots of negative responses.

#5 Apageintime

Posted 04 June 2019 - 10:06 AM

Unless you are Japanese I think the city will be the most common association for Rio - have you been to the city? its not for everyone.

the others have a strong boy name connotation for me.

#6 amdirel

Posted 04 June 2019 - 10:40 AM

A definite NO to all of them.

#7 Ollie83

Posted 04 June 2019 - 10:46 AM

Marlow and Scout I don’t mind but the Marlow’s I do know are male.

Finley I think is lovely.

The others I don’t like. Unless you have huge on connections to Japanese culture I don’t think Rio works well.

#8 little lion

Posted 04 June 2019 - 11:01 AM

My Japanese is not native level so my naming knowledge is not perfect. But Rio is not the standard way to romanise a Japanese name. It’d be Ryo or Ryou, depending on the word/kanji used. I am not familiar with which kanji character would be used but if you can link me to it, I can look up whether Ryo or Ryou is correct?

And English speakers have a lot of trouble saying the R sound accurately. There are plenty of easier Japanese girl names that sound unisex to the English ear. How about Miki?

#9 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 June 2019 - 11:04 AM

Sorry not fussed on any of them for a girl, I do know a Laken in the us. She's 10. Ive heard of a girl named Finley, but again not in Australia. I tend to think they are more boys names. I don't like Rio for either. I know girls named Tatum and scout, in the us too

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 04 June 2019 - 11:20 AM.


#10 bailey90

Posted 04 June 2019 - 11:27 AM

View Postlittle lion, on 04 June 2019 - 11:01 AM, said:

My Japanese is not native level so my naming knowledge is not perfect. But Rio is not the standard way to romanise a Japanese name. It’d be Ryo or Ryou, depending on the word/kanji used. I am not familiar with which kanji character would be used but if you can link me to it, I can look up whether Ryo or Ryou is correct?

And English speakers have a lot of trouble saying the R sound accurately. There are plenty of easier Japanese girl names that sound unisex to the English ear. How about Miki?

I like Miki but its a bit to close to my name. Link included below. Thanks for your help.

https://www.behindth....com/name/rio-2

#11 Crazyone26989

Posted 04 June 2019 - 12:50 PM

View Postlittle lion, on 04 June 2019 - 11:01 AM, said:

My Japanese is not native level so my naming knowledge is not perfect. But Rio is not the standard way to romanise a Japanese name. It’d be Ryo or Ryou, depending on the word/kanji used. I am not familiar with which kanji character would be used but if you can link me to it, I can look up whether Ryo or Ryou is correct?

And English speakers have a lot of trouble saying the R sound accurately. There are plenty of easier Japanese girl names that sound unisex to the English ear. How about Miki?

No, it is Rio (りお). It is a seperate name to Ryo Or Ryou (which are both romanizations for the same name りょう)

With that said, if the OP or their partner/family isn’t Japanese I would find it a bit odd. It’s kind of a trendy name that doesn’t have a clear meaning. Riho is more traditional/common but definitely a girls name.

Edited by Crazyone26989, 04 June 2019 - 01:31 PM.


#12 Gudrun

Posted 04 June 2019 - 01:50 PM

I like Finley and Marlow.

#13 little lion

Posted 04 June 2019 - 01:55 PM

View PostCrazyone26989, on 04 June 2019 - 12:50 PM, said:



No, it is Rio (りお). It is a seperate name to Ryo Or Ryou (which are both romanizations for the same name りょう)

With that said, if the OP or their partner/family isn’t Japanese I would find it a bit odd. It’s kind of a trendy name that doesn’t have a clear meaning. Riho is more traditional/common but definitely a girls name.

Thanks for the explanation. I have never heard of Rio — only Ryo — but that hiragana makes sense now. There’s my something new learned for the day. I do like Rio as well as Marlow and Scout.

#14 Crazyone26989

Posted 04 June 2019 - 02:08 PM

View Postlittle lion, on 04 June 2019 - 01:55 PM, said:



Thanks for the explanation. I have never heard of Rio — only Ryo — but that hiragana makes sense now. There’s my something new learned for the day. I do like Rio as well as Marlow and Scout.

Yeah it is a kinda trendy new ish name as far as I know. So it would make sense that you hadn’t heard it!

#15 Plaxy

Posted 04 June 2019 - 02:09 PM

I like Tatum and Finley. I quite like Scout and certainly like it in the middle and like it a lot as a nickname. I don't mind Marlowe.

I also like Finn for a girl, and if you like Tatum what about Tamsin/Tamzin?

#16 Threelittleducks

Posted 04 June 2019 - 02:24 PM

Rio also means river in Portuguese

#17 teddytbumpandme

Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:42 PM

None of them do it for me, sorry OP.

What about:
Marley
Avery
Peyton
Clarke
Mason

#18 BadCat

Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:53 PM

Tatum - not a fan
Rio - I don't mind Rio but it does make me think of a Duran Duran song (which is not a good thing in my mind)
Finley - cool
Laiken - cool
Halston - fashion label name, not a fan
Marlow - cool
Scout - cool

#19 onetrick

Posted 05 June 2019 - 07:20 AM

I dont kind Finley, Laiken, Marlow or Scout. Probably prefer Marlow of the options. None are my 'style', but that's ok. Not my kid :)
Rio makes me get the song in my head or, yes, the city. If it could be spelt another way, I think it sounds kind of cool, but the spelling especially makes me think of the city. Strange that I'm not loving it as I know other girls with 'place' names that I dont mind- Paris, India, Montana...

#20 *bucket*

Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:14 PM

I really like them all! I knew a Marlow years ago, and I know a Tatum (who is about 12), both girls. Love Scout. Rio might be my least favourite though.

Do you like Hadley or Blair?

#21 limakilo

Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:27 PM

I know a Tatum, Finley, Hallie and a Scout, all females.
Not a fan of Laiken.

#22 AliasMater

Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:50 PM

No to all the boys names for a girl.

#23 snowball

Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:49 PM

From your list id go with either Marlowe ( have met a girl with this spelling) she gets called Lowie for short, which j think is pretty cute. Or Scout.

#24 RichardParker

Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:45 PM

What about Mika?




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