A few months ago I decided to reach out to the UBN email community and ask what they felt was the most difficult aspect of naming a baby. Their answers to that question were eye-opening.
I decided this question would be a great followup email to new members once they join the community. I set the email to automatically go out to new members, and have been pleased with the feedback so far.
One reader mentioned some concerns she has with the boy and girl name she picked for her expectant baby–gender unknown.
She likes names that start with L, and had picked Lachlan for a boy and Lennon for a girl. She mentioned the following concerns:
- Does Lachlan seem feminine?
- Is Lach (pronounced LOCK) a good nickname for Lachlan?
- Could Lennon be mistaken for “lemon” or is it “too out there”?
Since I’m aware of Lachlan’s popularity on boys in Australia, I believe Lachlan is all-boy, and I feel confident that I stand with the majority on this.
But the name that stood out as causing gender confusion to me is Lennon. As I read her question, my thought *wasn’t* “Is Lachlan too feminine?” my thought *was* “Is Lennon too masculine?”
Lennon reminds me of two things:
- John Lennon
- The nicknames Len and Lenny–both masculine names to me.
For girl names, Lainey, Laney or Lane seem like good fits for this reader’s preferences (modern L-names).
But perhaps this is just me? I have seen Fallon on a girl and that name has a similar style to Lennon. Perhaps Lennon would make a good unisex name? I’m not sure what the consensus is.
And that is why I decided to ask readers: Do you think Lennon is more feminine, masculine or unisex? And if you have any suggestions for this reader, feel free to leave them in the comments.