What do you think of the name Jade for a boy?

United States
April 24, 2008 9:22am CST
When we were looking for names for our son we came across Jade and my husband fell in love with the name. We looked up the meaning and felt that although we have known of girls with this name it is actually very masculin in meaning, other than jaded of course. Our son is now 13 and still people assume that it is a girl when they see his name on paper. Most of the time I will add that his middle name is Allen. But it is still frustrating to have people assume, I mean there are so many names out there now that are for either boy or girl such as Taylor, Shannon, Kerry,etc I even know of one man named Kim. But my son asked us the other day why we named him Jade so now I am worried about it affecting him socially. What is your opinion on the name for a boy?
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6 responses
24 Apr 08
I like the name Jaden which is a variation of Jade. I must admit though that when I hear Jade I automatically assume a girl. Ask him what name would he like to be called if he could choose. Talk to him about why he feels different with being Jade, it isnt that common so it makes him extra special!!! The thing with names is that they maybe cute when the child is young but as they grow up other children can become nasty and make the child feel like an outsider! Its not as if they is anyone that you can relate the name to such as a famous person. I did try googling boys called Jade but all that came up was stuff about babies names and Jade Goody!! There was a site that came up (Yahoo answers) and people did comment that it can be used as a boys name but is known for being a girls!
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• United States
24 Apr 08
Thank you very much for the insight and going to the trouble to look it up. I have two girl friends tht named their daughters Jaden so we already look at that as a girls name, at least he does. Thanks again for your post and time.
1 Jul 08
Thanks for BR!!!!
• United States
24 Apr 08
To be honest, I like the name Jade for a boy or a girl. It's okay to be unique and you need to make sure your son knows that. He'll probably get teased as he gets older BUT it's how he reacts to it.. that's what makes him a better person! My daughter's middle name is Jayde.. :-)
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• United States
25 Apr 08
Hi. Thanks for posting your opinion, I too feel it is nice to be different from everyone else. I love the spelling you used "Jayde".
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I named my daughter Johni after my father. When she was about 2 she met a boy named johnny. She ask me if he knew he had a girls name? She felt so bad for him! I had to explain that boys and girls have that name so it was okay for him to have it. She is 26yrs old now and will tell you in a min. that she likes her name because it makes her stand out. If your son is having a problem with other people about his name maybe he should choose a nickname(J, Jay..ect.) when he gets older he will relise that if other people have a problem with his name it really isn't his issue to deal with. Oh yeah i knew a man named Doris and one named Shirley.
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• United States
24 Apr 08
Thank you. I like Johni for a girl and to be named after her grandfather is very special. The funny thing is with Jade is that many people assume he is saying Jay when they ask his name but he makes a point to correct them, so I do think it is more their problem than his I just wonder if we should have thought it through more besides loving the name. Thanks for posting
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
24 Apr 08
People can be so rude. I went to school with a girl named Billy Jo! A female. I even worked at a job one time with a guy named Lorrie. People just need to stop refraining from assuming that it's a "Male" or "female" it really is annoying.
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• United States
24 Apr 08
Thank you so much! I agree.
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
how about jaden? that doesnt sound as girly as jade but still has the name in it. its just a bit of a different spin on the name of jade.?
• United States
24 Apr 08
Thats funny, he is already named Jade so it is two late but I have two girlfriends with daughters named Jaden. go figure how people look at it. Thanks for posting
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
1 Jul 08
To be honest; yes, the immediate assumption when you hear the name "Jade" is that it would be given to a girl. But the world is changing and people are becoming more inventive and open in name choices now. And most likely, as he gets older, the unique aspect of his name and his standing amongst his friends will come to be known and regardless of any teasing or issues he may face; he will eventually come to appreciate his uniqueness in this world! There are certainly many names that can be considered cross-gender; and maybe your son will become so famous that a new naming trend will be created!