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It's not clear from your question if you will be using the two names together as a first name (like Mary Rose or Anna Lee). If not, then the practical issue of sounding "too androgynous" really only matters if someone is looking at a document which lists your child's full name, but not her sex. In that case they might use the middle name to try to figure out whether the person is male or female.
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We're expecting a girl and are considering giving her the middle name Bennett, which is my grandfather's middle name, which in turn was his mother's maiden name. I want to honor the name by passing it down - especially because my grandfather's health is failing, and I think he would be proud to see the tradition continue.
I know the latest fad for many parents is to name daughters with traditionally male names, or surnames, or family names. But I'm from a pretty traditional family and in a pretty traditional area. I worry that using Bennett for our daughter's middle name will simply raise a lot of eyebrows and that the poor girl will only be embarrassed for years to come when she has to tell her friends what her middle name is.
So my question is this: in spite of all the chatter about how popular it is to name girls with boys' names, how common is it really? Am I being swayed by reading too many blogs and books about baby names, and being blinded to the reality that... well, doing this to a daughter is still simply selfish?
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You're asking about one naming divide, male vs. female. But you're looking past another divide, first vs. middle. And in your case, that makes all the difference.
First though, the question you asked. Yes, the chatter is true: many parents today are choosing traditionally male names for their daughters. Any boy's name with a shred of connection to the feminine can be a target for crossover. A vowel sound ending, like Micah or Emory, does the trick. Same for a name root that can yield a girlish nickname, like Emerson called Emmy, or Elliot called Ellie.
But Bennett doesn't fill the bill so easily. Bennett has a classically masculine sound and it crops to Ben, a name that remains squarely in the boys' column.