Josey is generally used as a nickname for Josephine, and usually for girls (think of the old 1970s cartoon Josie and the Pussycats). But thanks to the ClintEastwood classic The Outlaw Josey Wales, it has a bit of renegade swagger. (If you've never seen the film, it's the story of a Missouri farmer whose family is killed by Union soldiers, and who becomes a member of a Confederate guerrilla outfit.)
Hollis is a unisex name that has also become more popular for girls. It's most famously a neighborhood in Queens, where rappers Run-D.M.C. got their start. It's an English moniker that's connected (not surprisingly) to holly trees. It's recently been used for female characters in a number of TV shows and novels, including The Office and An Abundance of Katherines, by The Fault in Our Stars' author John Green.
I kind of love Josey for a boy, but it's problematic with the surname: Josey Dorsey seems a little too rhymed.
Tell us: What do you think of the name Josey Hollis? Does it work for a boy, or does it scream girl to you? And would you choose either moniker for your own child?