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21 'Boy' Names That Sound Better on Girls
by splatz
September 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

androgynous namesAndrogynous 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.

  1. Scout: I have loved this name ever since To Kill a Mockingbird.
  2. Dani: Could be short for Danielle or just Dani by itself. Either way, it's a very cute name, especially for a little girl.
  3. Charlie: This is a great nickname for Charlotte and works very well on a little girl.
  4. Sam: My daughter's name!
  5. Cameron: I have known more men than women with this name, but it sure does work on Cameron Diaz, no?
  6. Jesse: This is spelled Jessie for a girl (usually) but is a great mixed-sex name.
  7. Kai: This one is a bit new age-y, but it works for both sexes. I like it a lot.
  8. Devon: I think I like this better on a girl!
  9. Parker: Parker Posey made this cool.
  10. Reagan: At this point this is probably considered more female than male, but it works either way.
  11. Shawn: As mentioned above. Very sweet, no?
  12. Mack: Could be short for Mackenzie, but I once knew a Mack who was just that and it fit her perfectly.
  13. Shane: See Shawn above.
  14. Marley: Definitely better on a girl, I think.
  15. Emerson: This one is gaining in popularity.
  16. Quinn: Glee made this one soar.
  17. 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.
  18. Skylar: This one is truly androgynous. Works for both boys and girls in equally good ways.
  19. Riley: I have a cousin named Riley and this is one I definitely like better on a girl.
  20. Sloane: Love this one a girl.
  21. 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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Do any of your children have one of these names? 


Replies

  • MichelleMc
    September 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    True, you think you have a set girl or boy & then someone changes that, LOL. But Jonathan, I don't think anyone would change that to a girls. And if so, that would be the abnorm. LOL. 

    Quoting splatz:

    I think that can really differ based on the region/person. I have never met a female Cameron & have always associated that as a boys name. Now this post has me second guessing, lol. 

    Quoting MichelleMc:

    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. 



  • mom2gr8tgirls
    September 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    I like a few of the names on the list...and I like them all for girls more than boys.  Except for Charlie.  :)  That being said, I won't use any of the names...they're all too mainstream for my taste.  Although, my oldest's name is becoming more and more popular and I'd never heard it before when she was born!

  • mom2gr8tgirls
    September 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    My goddaughter's name is Kamren...she's 11.  I've always associated the name with a girl I guess.  lol

    Quoting splatz:

    I think that can really differ based on the region/person. I have never met a female Cameron & have always associated that as a boys name. Now this post has me second guessing, lol. 

    Quoting MichelleMc:

    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. 



  • splatz
    by splatz
    September 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM
    Lol! If my ex husband saw this post he would have a stroke or something. He thinks that Cam needs to be this super macho manly man. And anything less and the poor kid is "gay". I'm like seriously? Hes 6! I sort of want to tell him Cameron is a girl name just for some fun now, lol. (He picked the name.)

    Quoting mom2gr8tgirls:

    My goddaughter's name is Kamren...she's 11.  I've always associated the name with a girl I guess.  lol

    Quoting splatz:

    I think that can really differ based on the region/person. I have never met a female Cameron & have always associated that as a boys name. Now this post has me second guessing, lol. 

    Quoting MichelleMc:

    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. 



  • EmmaZate
    September 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM
    My daughter is payten. Totally unisex. I love her name. People assume she is a boy before they meet her though
  • mom2gr8tgirls
    September 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Hahahaha!!!  TELL HIM!  lmao

    Quoting splatz:

    Lol! If my ex husband saw this post he would have a stroke or something. He thinks that Cam needs to be this super macho manly man. And anything less and the poor kid is "gay". I'm like seriously? Hes 6! I sort of want to tell him Cameron is a girl name just for some fun now, lol. (He picked the name.)

    Quoting mom2gr8tgirls:

    My goddaughter's name is Kamren...she's 11.  I've always associated the name with a girl I guess.  lol

    Quoting splatz:

    I think that can really differ based on the region/person. I have never met a female Cameron & have always associated that as a boys name. Now this post has me second guessing, lol. 

    Quoting MichelleMc:

    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. 




  • mom2gr8tgirls
    September 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    My youngest DD just started 4K this year and the like third day of school she came home and said she played with Payton.  I go...Uh...I'm sure she(???) is nice??  LOL  She goes MOM...it's a boy!!!  Whoops!

    Quoting EmmaZate:

    My daughter is payten. Totally unisex. I love her name. People assume she is a boy before they meet her though


  • EvilQueenMommy
    September 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Oh ok lol 

    Quoting splatz:

    I guess she means its newly popular in the US? I really have no idea, lol. 

    Quoting EvilQueenMommy:

    Kai isn't a new age name? It's a very common, traditional name in China.



  • aslynnrachael
    September 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM
    Cute! My rowynn is almost three weeks :)

    Quoting 1Angeland3Girls:

    My daughters name is Rowynne !!!! How old is yours? Mine is 2.

    Quoting aslynnrachael:

    My daughters name is rowynn. I guess its a boy name because when people hear her name without knowing her gender, they all call her a boy. Gets annoying lol


  • 1Angeland3Girls
    September 26, 2012 at 1:11 AM
    Aw, congrats! Good name choice! Lol, don't you love it!
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