Athens, GA asked in Family Law and Legal Malpractice for Georgia

Q: Is it legal to name a boy what is considered a girls name here in America and the question continues below

Is it legal to name a boy what is considered a girls name here in America and what is considered a boys name in france or at least a french masculine form of what is considered a girls name in here in America, like how girls use the more feminine sounding name if it sounds boyish, like a nickname of sorts. The name in question is Lilian(spelled L-I-L-I-A-N), this particular spelling of this name is considered a French Masculine Form of the name Lillian(spelled L-I-L-L-I-A-N), and would the parent in question who wanted to name their son this, would they have problems with the law offices like the social security mistakes the name for a girl and fills in the girl box on both the birth certificate and social security application even though the child is 100% boy and cisgender to boot? Could the parents face that kind of complication and is it legal for those parents to name their son (Lilian) using the french masculine form?

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Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: With very few exceptions, you can name your child whatever you like. There are plenty of names which are not identifiable by either gender - Jamie, Harper, Ashley, Jordan, etc. The name doesn't have to conform to a particular gender.

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