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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? 


  • lensgirl
    September 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM
    My two oldest girls are Eirin & Reillie, both unisex names. Reillie was going to be Riley if she were a boy. I still can't believe how popular the name is for girls 14 years later! When I named her you would have thought I was from another planet from the looks & comments that I got! My third daughter is Marilyn & my 4th, my only son, is Ezekiel ( we call him Zeke) I can't see those as being unisex, ever. For our baby due this November I wanted some form of Quin, meaning 5, since this is our fifth born. She's a girl so it will be Quinn :)
    And my name is Danielle, everyone in my family has always called me Dani. Which is ok, I've never really liked it but whatever. Unless you write it as Danny then that's just going to irritate me!
  • deadlights86
    September 26, 2012 at 7:51 AM
    I know right. I can never find anything for my 3 yo to wear! Thank god he's almost in the big boy dept.

    Quoting Melanie420:

    oh thats great, first all the girl clothes section take over the stores and now they are stealing boy names? can boys ever have one thing?

  • kybelle
    by kybelle
    September 26, 2012 at 7:53 AM
    Courtney is a unisex name. Don't know how but it is.

    Peyton and Jordan are cute unisex names.
  • Jennyanne322
    September 26, 2012 at 7:56 AM
    Morgan, Shannon, Kelly. Were all boys names and now are girls names also.
    My sons middle name is Riley. I love his name. It flows well. We call him by his full name. Aidan Riley.
    I have seen Aidan as a girls name also.
  • lillucky8
    September 26, 2012 at 7:58 AM
    Nope, i have an alexandra and a cole.
  • Clubpenguin
    September 26, 2012 at 8:39 AM
    What about spencer?
  • Melanie420
    September 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    mine will be a year on October 22nd and its irritating I have hardly any selection anywhere, boys are just as cute as girls (if not more) and they could have so much cute things for boys but nooooooooo they would rather cater to girls

    Quoting deadlights86:

    I know right. I can never find anything for my 3 yo to wear! Thank god he's almost in the big boy dept.

    Quoting Melanie420:

    oh thats great, first all the girl clothes section take over the stores and now they are stealing boy names? can boys ever have one thing?

  • CheyJacksMom
    September 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM
    I thought of a name that I have only seen used in a movie or as a tv show character.
    Its a both gender name. lol In the Addams Family thier daughter is Wednesday And in Mr Rodgers/Daniel Tigers Neighborhood Theres Prince Wednesday.
    Just thought I'd share. lol
  • delanna6two
    September 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    No but they are all pretty....I like Kai.

  • jeslc03
    by jeslc03
    September 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM
    This is funny. I have a daughter named Danika, we call her Dani. And i just had a baby girl I named Quinn.

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