The first time my son realized that there were also "girl Averys", I sat him down in front of the computer and did a google image search using the name "Avery". It was no surprise when tons of images of black male athletes showed up. My son swelled up with pride, clearly he carries the name of champions. This name exuded strength, sportsmanship, athleticism, masculinity, and cosmic space suits (thanks Avery Brooks).
The name "Addison" was also on my list for boys names (if we were ever to, I don't know...say, adopt a son). However I have recently learned that the name Addison is now sharing the same fate as the name Avery. Once a man's name, now the name of little white girls. I am particularly confused by this one because Addison means, "son of Adam" - so not sure why people would choose that as a girl's name? (Unless they just follow whatever Hollywood does - I've heard that there is a television show with a female Addison character). Avery had a (black male) friend named Addison in pre-school and one of his team mates has a 15 yr old (white) brother named Addison. It's a boys name, people. Go name your girl's Susan or Sally or Ann or something. Leave the boy's names alone.
I personally blame it on Hollywood, the crux of modern society. Celebrities just love to mess things up for the rest of us. A while back, Audra sent me this validating article:
“More than any celebrity since Sylvester Stallone (whose three daughters names all start with ‘S’ and have the middle name of Rose), Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn have established a definite pattern in naming their trio, Finley Faith, Avery Grace, and Emery Hope. The three first names are all formerly male names, and all end in the letter ‘y’ — giving them the ‘ee’ sound that makes them a bit more feminine. All three have virtue middle names — which also go a long way towards softening their names.
The couple’s first two choices have definitely had an influence on other baby namers — Finley, an Irish surname, had rarely been used as a girl’s name before, and it’s now an accepted option, while Avery is making a rapid climb up the popularity lists, already in the Top 50 last year, and definitely moving higher. The same thing could happen to Emery, which is a slightly more serious sounding name with German roots, but parents might well start to see it as a fresher alternative to the overly popular Emily and Emma.”
I just have one remaining question, who are Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn?