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There seems to be a trend in gender-nonconforming and non-binary individuals to (re)name themselves after objects, both abstract and definite. Since I know someone named Rune (after the English word), this name strikes me as particularly androgynous and somewhat mystical. I believe that the name "Rún" would also be pronounced similarly to the English word "Rune."
― Anonymous User  6/22/2020
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ROO-nə in Danish and English, RUW-nə in German, and RUY-neh in Swedish and Norwegian.
RHAWK3935  11/20/2019
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The name Rune is acceptable to both boys and girls, though the slightly more feminine version Runa is only suitable for girls.

Keep in mind, unisex names can have alternative versions that target only one gender especially feminine yet that would be too confusing and Rune would just be best for a boy while Runa is for a girl.

Personally...

I like Rune for both boys and girls but Runa for girls only, I learned to keep it simple.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2018
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Rune is absolutely not a unisex name. It is strictly masculine. 7 women in Denmark are named Rune, only 1 woman in Sweden and not a single woman in Norway has the name Rune.
Rune is an old Norse name and is in Sweden common amongst old men. For example, my 87-year-old grandfather is named Rune. It is old fashioned and certainly masculine. Please don't make comments of which you know nothing. Keep in mind Sweden, Norway and Denmark have a combined population of over 20 million people. That means that 8 in over 10 million women are named Rune (Scandinavia has a higher ratio of women to men). To Scandinavian ears Rune does not sound feminine in any way.

My sources are the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish Central Offices of Statistics (SCB, SSB and DST).
― Anonymous User  2/23/2019
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Correctly pronounced ROO-neh. In American English this name would likely be mispronounced as ROON due to the association with the English word, Rune.
KathosAnnora  11/27/2018
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Cool for a character.
kayisforkeen  8/20/2018
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Rune RK is a DJ who got popular with the song "Calabria" ft. Natasja.
thezenithofnadir  11/19/2017
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The ABBA mirrored "B" logo was designed by Rune Söderqvist (1935-2014). In addition, he illustrated several ABBA album covers.
SorrySylvester  8/20/2016
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Being fully aware that this is a male name pronounced "ROON-eh" in Scandinavia (and a dated one at that) I still can't help but envision this name on a female. Perhaps it's because as an English word it is pronounced "ROON" and refers to enscribed stone tablets. This pronunciation makes it similar to the names Ruth and June, which are feminine. I teeter back and forth on whether or not to use Rune for a girl. The dads in Norway would probably beat me up, lol.
samoan.solstice  4/24/2016
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This name is pronounced as "RU-ne" in Sweden.
Melcher96  12/12/2015
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This is an adorable name for a boy. I can also see this as a character name in a fantasy or sci-fi tale. I like how it is short and sweet, but it also strikes me as a powerful name.
autumn23  4/18/2013
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Rune Velta is a Norwegian ski jumper.
enchy  8/7/2011
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I really like Rune with either pronunciation. I do however like it better on a girl. I think there is a sort of charm behind the name that would be cute on a girl where as on a boy it's not quiet masculine enough. Great alternative for girls Rain, Rose, Renee etc.
TABS  5/24/2011
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In very few of my stories, there is a mysterious character by the name of Rune. She is female, though, not male. Usually she has a confusing past that leads to her adopting her nickname as her given name--and she got the nickname Rune because of all the strange tattoos covering her back. It ties into the story nicely, as she isn't just plopped in there as a "oh, that's cool, huh?" element.
Book_Reader22  2/3/2011
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When I first came across this name, I thought it was unpleasant and too much of a fantasy name. But I love the sound of the name; from what I've seen of pronunciations, this name sounds very good. I can't see naming a child this, but it has an almost dreamy quality. Strange.
Wilted  1/7/2009
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Runes were the stones the past Norwegians used to "write" on.
EllyKash  10/30/2008
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Yes it IS very common in Norway.
EllyKash  10/30/2008
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A famous (but not so popular, I guess) Norwegian bearer is the artist Rune Rudberg.
EllyKash  10/30/2008
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I think this is a fantastic name to use for a hero in a fantasy story.
Pippin  3/20/2008
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Rune is a quite common name in Norway.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2008
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If it was me, I wouldn't give my child the first name Rune, as it's a recognizable English word. I'd definitely consider it as a middle name, though! I really like it.
Elvenscholar  8/29/2007
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Rune is pronounced "ROON".
Moon  1/20/2007
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Irish and Scots Gaelic have the word "rún/rùn" (the former being Irish, the latter being Scottish) and it also means "secret" and is often used as a term of affection: "mo rùn geal, dìleas" ("my faithful, fair one").
gaelruadh19  7/16/2006
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Rune is pronounced as ROO-neh.
Charlie1977  8/26/2005
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Charlie Blue is right. Rune is pronuced "ROO-neh".
Nerd  12/4/2007

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