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15 'Girl' Names That Sound Much Better on Boys
September 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

15 'Girl' Names That Sound Much Better on Boys

on Sep 26, 2012

boy's namesJohnny Cash sang famously about a "Boy Named Sue," and while it seems that things have changed a bit, it's still not always easy for a boy with a "girl's" name. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't give them. The fact is: sometimes a "girl's name" is just better on a boy.

My son Alan shares his name with a girl, and while I like it on her, I must say, I prefer it on my little man. I think a name like Sam (my daughter's name) is probably equally good on a girl or a boy, but a name like Avery is just better on a boy.

Obviously, these are my opinions, but here are 15 "girl" names that sound much better on a boy:

  1. Ashley: In Gone With the Wind, the object of Scarlett O'Hara's love is Ashley Wilkes (try to avoid a Southern accent when saying that, I dare you), and while it has become a "girl's" name in recent years, I still far prefer it for a boy. Also, it's my dad's name.
  2. Aaron: Obviously the girl's name is spelled Erin, but I still prefer this name on a boy.
  3. Loren: Again, this is one where the name is spelled differently for a girl. But I happen to think it's a really neat name for a boy.
  4. Adrian: I love this name on both boys and girls, but I think it should be used more for boys.
  5. Andy: Pretty in Pink made me love this on a girl. But generally I think it's a better name for a boy.
  6. Finley: This is just adorable on a boy. I wouldn't like it nearly as much on a girl.
  7. Gray: This works well on a boy. Not so much on a female.
  8. Greer: This seems way more masculine to me.
  9. Kevin: I have only known one girl named Kevin, but I think even she would have said it's a better boy name.
  10. Phoenix: Hippy? Yes. But also really nice.
  11. Sage: Again with the crunchy! Sorry, but I love this male name.
  12. Vick: I can't imagine this working too well on a female. But I love it on a boy.
  13. Ryan: This IS a boy name. Period. Is nothing sacred?
  14. Ellis: Boy's name. Period.
  15. Alex: I have to give the slight edge to boys named Alex, though I do think it works on either sex.

What "girl" name do you like on boys?


  • SweetLuci
    October 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

     I have a girl cousin named Greer, but it's a family name, her mother's maiden name.

  • SweetLuci
    October 4, 2012 at 10:54 PM

     I think it's easier for a girl to have a more traditionally male name than it is for a male to have a feminine name.

  • tabpaige
    October 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM
    I knew a girl named Mikal.. I think that's how she spelled it.. but Michael is a boy name lol.. I know both boys n girls named Kirby... and a cpl girls named Ryan..
  • 4kidz916
    October 5, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I was thinking the same thing.

    Quoting slw123:

     I can't imagine why someone would name their girl Kevin......

  • Samanthamommy
    October 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I agree

  • dusky_rose
    October 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    I remember that Johnny Cash song. I was a tomboy named Sue. LOL

    I think that Riley sounds better as a boy's name, but that is just my opinion.

  • Kainalu55
    October 6, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    yeah..i've never heard of it!

    Quoting slw123:

     I can't imagine why someone would name their girl Kevin......

  • Kainalu55
    October 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    i like Ashley better for a girl

  • Harris06
    October 6, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    I remember when I was young my brother (who's younger than me) had a stuffed bear that he named Ashley. Ashley was a boy. My brother and I got into an argument that Ashley was a girls name and he couldn't name a boy that. My parent's ultimately wound up settling that argument and not long thereafter I fell in love with 'Gone with the Wind'. :)

  • elasmimi
    October 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I prefer Ashley and Greer for girls. My granddaughter is Dana, and I hear it used as a boys name much more often.

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