Billie Lourd, who has a boyish name herself, chose the name Jackson Joanne Lourd Rydell for her second baby, a daughter she just welcomed. Jackson is one of America’s favorite baby names for boys. The name is firmly in the top 20 most popular names for boys today. The name even means “son of Jack,” which paints it for boys, not girls. We are not playing by the rules anymore, right?
When it comes to baby names, you ultimately get to decide the right one that will work best for your family and especially your newborn. This means borrowing a family name that “sounds masculine” or just going for a traditionally “male name” instead of one that is currently popular for baby girls. We have a secret to tell you; you will not regret it.
Celebrities these days are giving boyish names to their baby girls in droves. For instance, Shay Mitchell chose the name Atlas for one of her daughters. And, Blake Lively (ahem) and Ryan Reynolds gave the name James to their eldest daughter. It’s all the rage. So, what traditional boy names are trending for girls? Take a look!
Very much a historically boys’ name in Italy, Luca is starting to be seen as a unisex possibility here. Jennie Garth used it for her girl. Also spelled Lucca, like the Italian city, it can also be considered one of the place names along with Venezia, Roma, and Milana that make great Italian baby names for your daughter. Luca means “from Lucania.”
The most enduringly iconic hero of Irish myth was Finn McCool, whose name is one of the chilliest ever. When used for a female protagonist of How to Make an American Quilt, it established its potential to work well for a girl. Finn is of Irish origin and means “fair.”
The unisex baby name Blake, which indeed has two conflicting meanings (“fair” and “dark-headed”), has a briskly vibrant image when utilized for a girl. Thirty years ago, no one would have predicted that Blake would take off as it has. It’s now in the top 500 most popular baby names for girls! Blake enjoys English origins, which help bring this appellation stately charm.
Arlo, a surprisingly popular choice for boys these days, is also finding new use as a girl’s name. The first name Arlo may be rooted in the surname Arlow or the place name Aherlow, meaning “between two highlands.” Leighton Meester and Adam Brody chose Arlo for one of their daughters.
Ryan might mean “little king,” but it’s clearly fit for a queen! Ryan has Irish origins and flare, and we love it for both genders. Today, Ryan is a top 500 choice for baby girls as well. We are so pleased, so many parents are attracted to this winning name.
Orion recently climbed into the US top 500 for the first time for little boys. We think its similarity in sound to Ryan could make it a candidate to be used as a unisex baby name. Orion enjoys Greek origins as a mythological hunter who was turned into a constellation that still bears the name. This rising star will get even better when girls use it.
Hunter gained momentum in the 1990s when it was particularly in vogue for babies. However, it seems to be experiencing a surge for females today! It was one of the fastest-rising names of 2013, jumping 266 spots back into the top 1000. Hunter is an English occupational name that means exactly what you think it does.
Nico was chosen by Thandiwe Newton for her daughter. We love it for girls, and it has a history as a nickname for Nicola. Either way, it is a shortened form of Nicholas, a Greek name, meaning “people of victory.” Nico has emerged as a popular name for boys, rising to the top 500 recently. We expect this name to catch on for girls very soon.
Tate is a Norse name that means “cheerful.” Even though it may sound blunt at first, consider that Kate is one of the most beloved names for girls around the world. Tate feels a touch stronger and will definitely help bring some freshness to classrooms and playgrounds. Tate is a top 1000 baby name for boys today, but the possibility of it for girls has begun.
This ancient Greek male name, a favorite in Britain, also enjoys an herbal quality that might explain its increasing use for girls. While the name Basil rhymes with dazzle, the herb has a long A, making the pronunciation BAY-zel. Our advice is to pronounce this name however you want, but our preference is bah-zil.
Israel joins a class of traditionally “male baby names” that celebrity parents have adopted for their daughters. Singer Andy Grammer named their daughter Israel “Izzy” Blue in 2020. Israel has Hebrew origins, of course, and means “one who struggles with God.”
“But it has the word ‘son’ in it!” you say. Yes, the English name Jameson does mean “James’ son,” just like Jackson. But, we think it is the perfect form of James for little girls. Jameson sounds lyrical and much better than the cutesy Jamie. Chynna Phillips and Billy Baldwin chose the name for their daughter. We feel that it sounds so substantial!
One recent baby names trend we can get behind is English occupational names being used for daughters. It’s happening now! Tanner, Mason, Chandler, and more are going to many baby girls today. Tanner means “leather tanner,” which did not scare comedian Rob Schneider from using it for his girl, Tanner Elle Schneider. Tanner is a top 500 name for boys in the US, and we can’t wait for it to arrive for girls as well!
Raleigh was last popular for baby boys in the 1960s before it fell from use. That may make it a prime candidate to get a little wild and use it for girls. Brooklyn, Austin, Bronx, and more now feel unisex. Why not Raleigh (it’s even got Leigh in it)? Raleigh is the name of a city in North Carolina, and it’s a surname that means “meadow of deer.” How lovely is that?
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As we mentioned, Shay Mitchell made waves when she chose the name Atlas for her daughter. You love making waves, don’t you? Atlas was a Greek Titan who held the earth. His Greek name means “bearer of the heavens.” Atlas has emerged as a top 300 choice for boys. We would not be surprised if it showed up there for girls in the next couple of years.
Lane is easily a unisex name that has been criminally underused for girls throughout the years. Lane was the 258th most popular pick for boys but did not even rank for girls. Of all the baby names on this list, Lane has to be one of the least offensive (for those who don’t like to make waves). Lane has English origins and means “a small path.”
Elisabeth Rohm named her daughter Easton August Anthony which goes to show you that gender 100% does not matter when it comes to a baby’s name. You can do it your way! Easton and other directional baby names are very hot for boys right now. Why not for girls? Easton has English origins and means “eastern town.” Easton is a top 100 name for boys, and it’s still on the rise. Expect to be addressing lady Eastons very, very soon.
The Reid spelling is shockingly more popular than the more straightforward and easy Reed for both boys and girls, though boys outrank girls with this appellation by about 40 to 1. Reid sounds great on any baby! The name has Irish origins and means “red-haired.” Perfect for your baby girl with auburn locks.
The rather metal-sounding Axel has Scandinavian origins and means “father of peace.” In France, you will find a female form of the name Axelle, emphasizing the “elle” bit. We are really fond of the original, Axel, for daughters. Axel is in the top 100 for boys; why let them have all the fun?
Andy has long been used as a nickname for girls named Andrea and boys named Andrew. We think Andy actually fits more for a little girl. Andrew is a Greek name that means “strong.” Jack and Lisa Osbourne named their little girl Andy Rose Osbourne. Not bad, right?
You might think Claude is the least appealing of all the baby names on this list. Yes, we tend to think of Claude as a boy name and Claudia and Claudette as a female, but this ancient clan name is used in France for girls and boys. You know what that means! You could employ one of the chicest names ever by choosing it for your daughter. Claude was last popular for girls in 1897 in the US (it nearly reached the top 500 in 1880). This name, with Latin origins, means “enclosure.”
Landon sits just outside the top 50 baby names for boys in the US. It’s a mystery to us why more parents have not adopted it for their daughters. Of the many surname-names out there, Landon feels more unisex than most. The name has English origins and means “long hill.”
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan named their daughter Maxima Chan, and she goes by Max. If you would like to cut straight to the chase and have no time for Maxine or Maxima, Max is such a lovely name for girls and boys. You better believe this name means “greatest.” Max is a top 200 name for boys today; let’s make that true for girls as well.
Thankfully, parents have been getting some things right. Charlie is the rare example of a baby name that’s popularity is split evenly between boys and girls. Charlie was long used as a nickname for Charlotte, so it’s only natural for parents to want the more casual-sounding appellation these days. Charlotte comes from Charles, which has French and German origins and means “free man.”
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Auden has yet to hit the top 1000 list in the US, but parents are taking note of this surname that works perfectly as a name for both boys and girls! Auden belonged to poet W.H. Auden, which might be perfect for parents who love poetry, art, and literature. This name will likely blow up in the coming years, so get ahead of the trend! Auden has English origins and means “old friend.” How special is that?
Now you know the boyish names that are trending for baby girls today. If you want to learn more about how names have shifted from boys to girls over time, keep reading. We’ve got gender-neutral names that have flipped from boys to girls to share with you.
These Gender-Neutral Names Now Go to Far More Girls Than Boys
Addison, Alexis, Allison, and Arden
- Addison: 98% female today. More female since 1996.
- Alexis: 60% female today. More female since 1942 (however, it’s trending more unisex again).
- Allison: 99.8% female today. More female since 1942.
- Arden: 59% female today. More female since 1989.
Ashley, Aubrey, Avery, and Bailey
- Ashley: 98% female today. More female since 1965.
- Aubrey: 96% female today. More female since 1974.
- Avery: 79% female today. More female since 2018.
- Bailey: 94% female today. More female since 1980.
Beverly, Billie, Blair, and Blakely
- Beverly: 100% female today. More female since 1898.
- Billie: 98% female today. More female since 1890.
- Blair: 95% female today. More female science 1981.
- Blakely: 99% female today. More female since 1991.
Briar, Brook, Campbell, and Cassidy
- Briar: 62% female today. More female since 2015.
- Brook: 68% female today. More female since 1972.
- Campbell: 51% female today. More female since 2002.
- Cassidy: 94% female today. More female since 1972.
Charley, Charleston, Dana, and Darcy
- Charley: 85% female today. More female since 1987. (The Charlie spelling has only been more female since 2016, and is now 53% female, Namberry notes.)
- Charleston: 56% female today. More female since 2015.
- Dana: 91% female today. More female since 1956.
- Darcy: 93% female today. More female since 1941.
Davy, Delaney, Diamond, and Eden
- Davy: 59% female today. More female since 2021.
- Delaney: 99% female today. More female since 1981.
- Diamond: 78% female today. More female since 1976.
- Eden: 80% female today. More female since 1946.
Emerson, Emery, Finley, and Hadley
- Emerson: 59% female today. More female since 2003.
- Emery: 90% female today. More female since 1998.
- Finley: 52% female today. More female since 2004.
- Hadley: 99% female today. More female since 1969.
Harley, Harlow, Harper, and Haven
- Harley: 81% female today. More female since 1994.
- Harlow: 94% female today. More female since 2002 (Thanks, Nicole Ritchie, who chose the name for her daughter in 2008).
- Harper: 98% female today. More female every year since 1991.
- Haven: 89% female today. More female since 1980.
Hilary, Jupiter, Kelley, and Kelsey
- Hilary: 100% female today. More female since 1944.
- Jupiter: 63% female today. More female since 2015.
- Kelley: 51% female today. More female since 1954.
- Kelsey: 98% female today More female since 1972.
Kendall, Kennedy, Kenzie, and Kim
- Kendall: 85% female today. More female since 1993.
- Kennedy: 97% female today. More female since 1993.
- Kenzie: 99% female today. More female since 1970.
- Kim: 83% female today. More female since 1955.
Kinley, Lauren, Leigh, and Leighton
- Kinley: 99% female today. More female since 1979.
- Lauren: 99% female today. More female since 1945.
- Leigh: 100% female today. More female since 1947.
- Leighton: 75% female today. More female since 2008.
Lennon, Lesley, Lindsay, and London
- Lennon: 76% female today. More female since 2015.
- Lesley: 100% female today. More female since 1941.
- Lindsay: 100% female today. More female since 1966.
- London: 87% female today. More female since 1990.
Lynn, Madison, Marley, and Mckenzie
- Lynn: 75% female today. More female since 1942.
- Madison: 99% female today. More female since 1985 (Shoutout to Daryl Hannah‘s mermaid character in Splash that changed the game for this name).
- Marley: 88% female today. More female since 1962.
- Mckenzie: 99% female today. More female since 1976.
Mckinley, Meredith, Merritt, and Michele
- Mckinley: 90% female today. More female since 1998.
- Meredith: 100% female today. More female since 1921.
- Merritt: 61% female today. More female since 2014.
- Michele: 73% female today. More female since 1931.
Monroe, Morgan, Oakley, and Paris
- Monroe: 76% female today. More female since 2009.
- Morgan: 76% female today. More female since 1980 (but, the tides are shifting for this name)
- Oakley: 66% female today. More female since 2016.
- Paris: 92% female today. More female since 1983.
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Payton, Presley, Quinn, and Reagan
- Payton: 88% female today. More female since 1992 (the same is true for the Peyton spelling).
- Presley: 93% female today. More female since 1990.
- Quinn: 81% female today. More female since 2010.
- Reagan: 93% female today. More female since 1973 (yep, The Exorcist helped propel this gender-neutral name in the female direction).
Reese, Remi, Riley, and Robin
- Reese: 84% female today. More female since 2003 (the Witherspoon impact).
- Remi: 86% female today. More female since 1990.
- Riley: 78% female today. More female since 2003.
- Robin: 53% female today. More female since 1940.
Sandy, Shannon, and Shelby
- Sandy: 89% female today. More female since 1937.
- Shannon: 65% female today. More female since 1937, but trending back towards gender-neutral.
- Shelby: 94% female today More female since 1936.
Shelly, Sklar, and Sol
- Shelly: 100% female today. More female since 1937.
- Skylar: 96% female today. More female since 1994.
- Sol: 63% female today. More female since 1995.
Stacy, Stevie, and Sutton
- Stacy: 92% female today. More female since 1952.
- Stevie: 98% female today. More female since 1983.
- Sutton: 70% female today. More female since 2012.
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Sydney, Taylor, and Whitney
- Sydney: 97% female today. More female since 1940.
- Taylor: 78% female today. More female since 1990.
- Whitney: 92% female today. More female since 1962.
Did any of these gender-neutral baby names surprise you? We hope you found this list to be informative and useful for understanding the names that are trending for girls that once belonged in the boy category.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
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- 0.2 Finn
- 0.3 Blake
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- 0.7 Hunter
- 0.8 Nico
- 0.9 Tate
- 0.10 Basil
- 0.11 Israel
- 0.12 Jameson
- 0.13 Tanner
- 0.14 Raleigh
- 0.15 Atlas
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- 1 These Gender-Neutral Names Now Go to Far More Girls Than Boys
- 1.1 Addison, Alexis, Allison, and Arden
- 1.2 Ashley, Aubrey, Avery, and Bailey
- 1.3 Beverly, Billie, Blair, and Blakely
- 1.4 Briar, Brook, Campbell, and Cassidy
- 1.5 Charley, Charleston, Dana, and Darcy
- 1.6 Davy, Delaney, Diamond, and Eden
- 1.7 Emerson, Emery, Finley, and Hadley
- 1.8 Harley, Harlow, Harper, and Haven
- 1.9 Hilary, Jupiter, Kelley, and Kelsey
- 1.10 Kendall, Kennedy, Kenzie, and Kim
- 1.11 Kinley, Lauren, Leigh, and Leighton
- 1.12 Lennon, Lesley, Lindsay, and London
- 1.13 Lynn, Madison, Marley, and Mckenzie
- 1.14 Mckinley, Meredith, Merritt, and Michele
- 1.15 Monroe, Morgan, Oakley, and Paris
- 1.16 Payton, Presley, Quinn, and Reagan
- 1.17 Reese, Remi, Riley, and Robin
- 1.18 Sandy, Shannon, and Shelby
- 1.19 Shelly, Sklar, and Sol
- 1.20 Stacy, Stevie, and Sutton
- 1.21 Sydney, Taylor, and Whitney
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