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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

  • splatz
    by splatz
    September 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM
    I've heard it used for both genders.

    Quoting Clubpenguin:

    What about spencer?
  • splatz
    by splatz
    September 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM
    I love Quinn for a girl!

    Quoting jeslc03:

    This is funny. I have a daughter named Danika, we call her Dani. And i just had a baby girl I named Quinn.
  • splatz
    by splatz
    September 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM
    I like Kai too. But I think it would be hard to find a middle name for it.

    Quoting delanna6two:

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

  • Bethy16
    by Bethy16
    September 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM
    I have a girl Peyton and a boy Jordan also a girl Sydney :)


    Quoting kybelle:

    Courtney is a unisex name. Don't know how but it is.



    Peyton and Jordan are cute unisex names.

  • kybelle
    by kybelle
    September 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I have a DD named Courtney and two angel boys named Peyton and Jordan

     Quoting Bethy16:

    I have a girl Peyton and a boy Jordan also a girl Sydney :)


    Quoting kybelle:

    Courtney is a unisex name. Don't know how but it is.



    Peyton and Jordan are cute unisex names.


  • auntangelofsix
    September 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM
    Cute names i like them...no our boys name are tyler and jacob there nicknames are tyty and j.j.
  • boshs1andonly
    September 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I thought a couple of these were girls names lol. I actually really like Sloane for a girl, too bad dh and I already picked our themes and that won't fit. 

  • Bethy16
    by Bethy16
    September 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM
    Ironically our angel daughters name is the only one not unisex. Her name was Sara Grace.


    Quoting kybelle:

    I have a DD named Courtney and two angel boys named Peyton and Jordan



     Quoting Bethy16:

    I have a girl Peyton and a boy Jordan also a girl Sydney :)





    Quoting kybelle:

    Courtney is a unisex name. Don't know how but it is.





    Peyton and Jordan are cute unisex names.




  • kybelle
    by kybelle
    September 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Our Angel's wouldn't have been named those names had they lived. 

    Quoting Bethy16:

    Ironically our angel daughters name is the only one not unisex. Her name was Sara Grace.


    Quoting kybelle:

    I have a DD named Courtney and two angel boys named Peyton and Jordan



     Quoting Bethy16:

    I have a girl Peyton and a boy Jordan also a girl Sydney :)





    Quoting kybelle:

    Courtney is a unisex name. Don't know how but it is.





    Peyton and Jordan are cute unisex names.





  • Bethy16
    by Bethy16
    September 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM
    Sara was Sara from the minute we found out she was a girl. We used the "S" to honor her when her sister Sydney was born and both girls have hebrew names to honor their sister. Sara would have been 5 this year:(


    Quoting kybelle:

    Our Angel's wouldn't have been named those names had they lived. 

    Quoting Bethy16:

    Ironically our angel daughters name is the only one not unisex. Her name was Sara Grace.





    Quoting kybelle:

    I have a DD named Courtney and two angel boys named Peyton and Jordan





     Quoting Bethy16:

    I have a girl Peyton and a boy Jordan also a girl Sydney :)








    Quoting kybelle:

    Courtney is a unisex name. Don't know how but it is.







    Peyton and Jordan are cute unisex names.