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I know in general this board doesn't like boy names on girls, but...

DH is in love with Andie for a girl.  I actually mentioned it to him thinking he would hate it but now that he really likes it it's in the running.  so wdyt?  I can take it. lol

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Re: I know in general this board doesn't like boy names on girls, but...

  • It's fine nn material, perhaps for Andrea. 

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  • Wouldn't be nn, would be first name.  We don't like any names that would give the nn Andie (andrea, andrina, andra, cassandra, miranda - i like miranda DH hates it).
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  • In that case I think it's a terrible full fn for a girl. 

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  • Really bad FN, good NN.
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  • I know a little girl whose name is Andie Jane. I think it works because they call her Andie Jane, so there is no gender confusion. If you did something like that, I would say go for it.

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  • imageTheWop:
    In that case I think it's a terrible full fn for a girl. 

    Agree.

    I'd encourage you to widen the circle of names that have -and- in them and see if there are any you like. Calandra? Amandine? Alessandra? Fernanda? Shenandoah?

  • In this case, I don't mind the boy name on a girl as much as I mind the nickname used as a full name.  I like Andie as a nn for Andrea, but do not like it as a formal name (boy or girl).
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  • I hate boy names on girls. Andie is a tiny bit of an exception. I have an Aunt that goes by Ande and I loved the name Andie in "How to lose a guy in 10 days".

    If you do use it, I really think you need a girl name as the whole name. Normally I prefer people to name their kids what they plan on calling them but, in this case of a boy name on a girl it needs the back up.


  • You would be doing your future daughter a disservice by not giving her an alternate name to use in a professional setting. Even if you find a name where Andie wouldn't be a traditional nickname, you could use it anyway. Like one PP said, broaden your naming circle - perhaps even to go so far as to consider any name with the letters "an" in it.
  • imageTheWop:
    It's fine nn material, perhaps for Andrea. 

    My aunts name is Andrea and Andy was her nn growing up.

    I really don't like Andie for a fn but wouldn't bat an eye if it was someones nn.

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  • imageTheWop:
    In that case I think it's a terrible full fn for a girl. 

    I couldn't agree more.

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  • imageCrys1925:
    You would be doing your future daughter a disservice by not giving her an alternate name to use in a professional setting. Even if you find a name where Andie wouldn't be a traditional nickname, you could use it anyway. Like one PP said, broaden your naming circle - perhaps even to go so far as to consider any name with the letters "an" in it.

    This.

    It's always important to remember that children are only children for a few short years.   You are naming an adult, too, and a cute little girl name dosent always flow well into adulthood.   It's best to give them a good name that has cute nn potential or use the cute name as the middle name.   I actually think Andie is a very cute nn, just not as the sole name. 


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  • I think Andie is fine for a girl's name. I like the idea of doing Andie Jane or a two part first name with the second name sounding more feminine.
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  • imageTheWop:
    In that case I think it's a terrible full fn for a girl. 

    This...I was hoping this was a nn, because then I think it would be cute 

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    imageCrys1925:
    You would be doing your future daughter a disservice by not giving her an alternate name to use in a professional setting. Even if you find a name where Andie wouldn't be a traditional nickname, you could use it anyway. Like one PP said, broaden your naming circle - perhaps even to go so far as to consider any name with the letters "an" in it.

    This.

    It's always important to remember that children are only children for a few short years.   You are naming an adult, too, and a cute little girl name dosent always flow well into adulthood.   It's best to give them a good name that has cute nn potential or use the cute name as the middle name.   I actually think Andie is a very cute nn, just not as the sole name. 

     All of this! I am not as anti-boys-name-on-girls as most here. However, I can certanily agree that it would be more thoughtful of you to give her the option of having a more female fn for future purposes.

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  • I agree with everyone else.  Cute nn, but nms as her full fn.
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  • Andie is cute for a nn but not as a full name imo. I have an Aunt Andie (no full name) and she hates not having a fuller name. she lies and says her name is really Andrea and Andie is her nn.
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  • I am one of the exceptions on this board I like some boys names on girls.

    I like the name Andie/Andi on a girl. I think it can be used professionally as an adult (one of the top photographers I know is named Andi) So I think it is cute on a little girl and an adult.

    I'd go with it and give her a feminine middle name so if she does want something to "fall back on" she can.  

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  • imageTheWop:
    In that case I think it's a terrible full fn for a girl. 

    agree, cute NN, awful name

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  • imageSoleilMoon:
    Wouldn't be nn, would be first name.  We don't like any names that would give the nn Andie (andrea, andrina, andra, cassandra, miranda - i like miranda DH hates it).

    What about Alexandra, Alexandria, Alessandra, or something along those lines? 


  • I have a 19 month old named Andi, short for Andrea.  DH really really wanted a little girl named Andi and this was the only way I would do it (with a formal first name).  If she likes Andi and sticks with it for life, good for her.  If not, she has a pretty, professionally appropriate first name that is popular enough but not over-used.

    Edit: "not over-used", not just "over-used"

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  • I think it is cute and I like the spelling!  Reminds me of Angie but a little different.
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  • In general, I find a lot of -ie names to be a little young feeling.  Which is fine for a child, but not fantastic for a grown woman.  Most -ie names can be shortened to a more formal sounding name if the woman so chooses (Liz, not Lizzie; Kate, not Katie; Ann, not Annie) but Andie doesn't have that benefit.  So for that reason I would think it would be nice for her to have a longer full name that she could use if she wished.  As many have already pointed out, we are children for a short period of time and adults for so much longer.

    This could also do with my profession.  I am in a very male dominated profession and already have difficulty with being taken as seriously as my male counterparts (opposing counsel called me "sweetie" this morning on the phone).  Having such a diminutive names would only add fuel to the fire.

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  • It's cute as a nn, but awful as a fn. I agree with pp's who said to broaden your horizons.
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    In general, I find a lot of -ie names to be a little young feeling.  Which is fine for a child, but not fantastic for a grown woman.  Most -ie names can be shortened to a more formal sounding name if the woman so chooses (Liz, not Lizzie; Kate, not Katie; Ann, not Annie) but Andie doesn't have that benefit.  So for that reason I would think it would be nice for her to have a longer full name that she could use if she wished.  As many have already pointed out, we are children for a short period of time and adults for so much longer.

    This could also do with my profession.  I am in a very male dominated profession and already have difficulty with being taken as seriously as my male counterparts (opposing counsel called me "sweetie" this morning on the phone).  Having such a diminutive names would only add fuel to the fire.

    This is exactly where I was coming from with my earlier comment. I too am a lawyer, look young for my age, and get all sorts of are-you-sure-you're-old-enough-to-handle-my-affairs inquiries (which aren't asked of my male counterparts). I don't like my name, but I'm so glad that I can call myself something that's not too cutesy, given my profession. It makes the differential gender-based treatment marginally more tolerable.

  • Sorry OP, but I have to agree with the majority. It's fine as a NN, but not as a FN (especially for a girl).
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  • imageMrs.Frazier:

    I am one of the exceptions on this board I like some boys names on girls.

    I like the name Andie/Andi on a girl. I think it can be used professionally as an adult (one of the top photographers I know is named Andi) So I think it is cute on a little girl and an adult.

    I'd go with it and give her a feminine middle name so if she does want something to "fall back on" she can.  

    ITA but realize we're in the minority.
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    Really bad FN, good NN.

    This.

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  • imageMrs.Frazier:

    I am one of the exceptions on this board I like some boys names on girls.

    I like the name Andie/Andi on a girl. I think it can be used professionally as an adult.

    I'd go with it and give her a feminine middle name so if she does want something to "fall back on" she can.  

    I agree with this. I think Andie will be fine and can be used professionally also. I also am in the "name your child what you plan to call her" camp. I am not a fan of NNs at all.

  • imageTheWop:
    In that case I think it's a terrible full fn for a girl. 

    Yep, sorry. NN material only for me. 

  • I have loved this name since I was a child.  I read a book with that name and fell in love.  I would select Andrea or a longer name so that she has a choice later on.  My DD's name is Teresa and we call her Tessie so we have used the nn we love but if she chooses, she can use Teresa as an adult later on.
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