Androgynous names are all the rage these days. Why name only a boy Taylor when the name is just as cute on a girl? Shawn can be a female or male and be just as cool. After all, why should boys get all the fun? Boys' names are pretty adorable!
In fact, in my son's class alone, there is a little girl who shares his name (Alan), and I will say it's equally sweet on them both. As thedaughter of a man named Ashley who grew up being addressed as Mrs., I know it wasn't easy to have a name that was associated with girls.
But things are changing and my guess is now, 30 years from now, no one will assume any gender when it comes to names. Here's my list of "boy" names that sound better on girls.
- Scout: I have loved this name ever since To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Dani: Could be short for Danielle or just Dani by itself. Either way, it's a very cute name, especially for a little girl.
- Charlie: This is a great nickname for Charlotte and works very well on a little girl.
- Sam: My daughter's name!
- Cameron: I have known more men than women with this name, but it sure does work on Cameron Diaz, no?
- Jesse: This is spelled Jessie for a girl (usually) but is a great mixed-sex name.
- Kai: This one is a bit new age-y, but it works for both sexes. I like it a lot.
- Devon: I think I like this better on a girl!
- Parker: Parker Posey made this cool.
- Reagan: At this point this is probably considered more female than male, but it works either way.
- Shawn: As mentioned above. Very sweet, no?
- Mack: Could be short for Mackenzie, but I once knew a Mack who was just that and it fit her perfectly.
- Shane: See Shawn above.
- Marley: Definitely better on a girl, I think.
- Emerson: This one is gaining in popularity.
- Quinn: Glee made this one soar.
- Casey: This might be ruined by Casey Anthony, but I maintain that this is a good name for girls. It could also be cute if it's short for something else. My friend is Kristin C. and we call her KC. Very cute.
- Skylar: This one is truly androgynous. Works for both boys and girls in equally good ways.
- Riley: I have a cousin named Riley and this is one I definitely like better on a girl.
- Sloane: Love this one a girl.
- Sasha: Hey look! It's my name! Ever since I was a little girl, I have been told Sasha is a diminutive in Russia for Alexander. I still think it's better on a girl. Take that!
Which do you like best?
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September 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM
None of mine do, and although I agree that some names are cute regardless of gender I also think that some names do sound better for just one gender. I also think depending upon where you live on our planet there are names that will likely always be associated with only one gender regardless of how times have or will change.
I do think there will come a time when people will think of asking if it's a boy or a girl when they hear a name rather than assuming based on the name. I think that this is only because most people in society know that there are many parents naming their children regardless if the name sounds better for a boy/girl or is commonly associated with a boy/girl
September 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM
My daughter's name is Samantha and she gets called Sam alot. It works for her.
by JanetSeptember 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM
None of mine do. I like a lot of these names.
by candimaliceSeptember 24, 2012 at 3:49 PMMy name is Rae I like my name just fine :)
by MsEmma88September 24, 2012 at 3:56 PMWell I'm opposite. My sons name is bailey. Everyone keeps saying "but that's a girls name!" well...
by MichelleMcSeptember 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM
I am not a fan of either or names. I wanted a name where there was no question when looking at it what gender my child was.
by KimmyKateSeptember 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Yes, my 8 year old daughter is named Cameron. It's my grandmother's (who raised me) maiden name so there was never any doubt about what my child would be named...whether it be a boy or girl.
by Bethy16September 24, 2012 at 4:16 PMAll of my kids have unisex names my Jordan,Sydney, and Peyton. One boy and two girls :)
by goddess99September 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM
Some I like for girls. Some I thought were just girls lol.