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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by dfollinOctober 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM
I love those names Sydney and Peyton for girls.I used to have a babysitter named Peyton.
by TexanMomOf6October 3, 2012 at 11:18 PM
But leave some names for boys!!!! Sheesh!! Girls don't mind having boys names, but boys sure don't like having a girls' name!!!!
October 3, 2012 at 11:22 PMI'm not a fan of androgynous names at all, nor am I a fan if shortening them. My husband and I like the name Charlotte for a girl and both agreed it'll be Charlotte, not Charlie.
I'm also a Kelly who hates being called Kel and he's an Anthony that hates being called Tony.
by styleestevieOctober 3, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Well, I am the proud owner of one of those names - Stevie!!! I like it, and whenever I meet a Steve, I ask "Can I call ya Stevie?!?"