cappuccino_BZCL wrote:couldn't a feminine name be just as strong?
I agree that a name can be feminine and strong, but I would even say it can be frilly and strong. I think of Isabella as a strong sort of person. Scarlett? I think of Scarlett O'Hara, who may want to be belle of the ball but is perfectly able to haul the man she shot out to his grave as well. So, I think a name can be feminine and strong and even frilly.
But, names that convey strength, are not male names, but are not frilly:
Bridget (it means power)
Gertrude (not everyone likes this, but I do)
Katherine (to me it's not frilly, though still very feminine)
Names others might think of as frilly but I also think of a very strong woman with this name
Victoria (I've just never known a weak-willed Victoria or Vicky or Tori)
Claire (maybe because I grew up on the Cosby show)
There's a name blog I read with a couple of interesting posts on this subject:http://appellationmountain.net/2011/12/01/fetching-names-the-hermiones-part-i/http://appellationmountain.net/2012/01/13/fetching-names-the-hermiones-part-ii/