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Boy Names For Girls: A Popular Baby Naming Trend

Newflash: traditional gender roles are SO last season. Baby names reflect social change and this is no exception! Parents are choosing unisex names for their babies at higher rates than ever, and they are also not afraid to use traditional boy names for girls.

Boy Names For Girls : A hot baby name trend

Is “Boy Names For Girls” a New Trend?

You may think using boy names for girls is a new trend, but did you know that the names such as Leslie, Kelly, Meredith, Tracy, and Dana started out strongly in the masculine camp? Boys names crossing over into girls names has been going on for many generations now.

More recently, Ashley, Madison, and Avery have jumped genders from the boys list to the girls list.

One part that has started to change? Well, historically when a name jumped from the boys to the girls, it all but died out forever as a male name. Parents felt masculine names were strong and empowering to give to their daughters, but once it became known as a girls name NO ONE wanted it associated with their sons.

There is some evidence that this phenomenon may be starting to fade. The most recent name to gender leap, Avery, has not yet died from popularity on the boys list after it blew up as a girls name. Though there are now 4 girl Averys for every 1 boy Avery, it still continues to climb the charts for both genders.

Boy Names For Girls

Celebrity Use of Boy Names for Girls

Celebrities have a huge amount of influence over baby name popularity. Names of actors, names of popular characters, and names celebrities choose for their little ones can all be the cause of a trending baby name that flies up the charts.

It’s no surprise that one’s a celebrity uses a traditionally boys name for their girl, we see a spike in other people doing the same.

In 2012, Jessica Simpson surprised everyone by giving her daughter not just one boy name, but two! Little Maxwell Drew is six years old now and looks just as girly as can be.

Fast forward to 2014 when Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose the quintessential masculine name James for their daughter. Lively explained that she chose the name because it’s a family name and because she liked having a boys name herself. (Interesting counter point to the many people who claim your daughter will grow up hating her boy name!)

Also in 2014, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis jumped on the boy name for girls trend when they named their daughter Wyatt Isabelle. Kutcher and Kunis told People magazine that all the names they considered for their baby girl were unisex.

List of Boys Names Being Used For Girls

Boy Names For Girls

Of course, any name can be used for either gender, but here is a list of traditionally boy names that are now popping up as girl names:

Hunter

Sawyer

James

Mason

Judah

Logan

Wyatt

Easton

Carson

Luca

Sullivan

Asher

Aidan

Emerson

Ellison

Chandler

Dylan

Devin

Grayson

Kyle

Carter

Lincoln

Ezra

Sterling

Campbell

August

Shawn

Maxwell

Holden

Spelling Changes to Make Boy Names More Feminine

Often times when a parent decides to use a traditionally boys name on a girl, they will alter the spelling to make it feel more feminine. The most common spelling change is to take a name ending in -on, -en, or -an and change it to -yn.

Elliott > Elliette

Jordan > Jordyn

Logan > Logann or Logyn

Austin > Austen

James > Jaymes

Mason > Masyn, Macynn

Carson > Carsyn

Noah > Noa

Landon > Landyn

Cody > Kodi

Ashton > Ashtyn

Grayson > Gracynn

Maddox > Maddyx

Bradley > Bradlee

Jayden > Jadynn

Harley > Harlee

Camden > Camdyn

Shane > Shayne

Girls Names With Boyish Nicknames

A nice middle ground for those who like boyish names but want to give their child options is to give them a feminine name that can be shortened to a boyish or gender neutral nickname.

Here are some common examples:

Josephine “Joey”

Danielle “Danny”

Matilda or Mattea “Mattie”

Alexandra “Alex”

Charlotte/Charlize “Charley”

Maxine “Max”

Roberta “Bobbie”

How Is This Different Than Unisex Names?

Baby boy names for girls

There is definitely room for debate over whether a name is boy-name-on-girl or a unisex name.

For me, the distinction is subtle but definitely there. Truly unisex names are used in relatively equal proportions between boys and girls. If you hear the name, you don’t have any indication if the owner is male or female.

On the other hand, boy names for girls are names that are assumed to be male unless a clue is given to indicate it’s a female.

Here are some names considered to be truly unisex (though individuals may feel one is more for girls or boys):

Morgan

Quinn

Arden

Sky

Presley

Finley

Reagan

Sam

Cameron

Peyton

Blake

Scout

Hollis

Riley

Taylor

Hayden

Jamie

Oakley

Skylar

Reese

Rowan

How do you feel about boy names being used for girls?

Some people love the idea of ALL names eventually becoming unisex. Maybe it will make for more equitable hiring practices and general treatment of men and women.

Others like being able to infer gender by one’s first name only and wish to keep boy and girl names separate.

Where do you feel on this topic? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment!

 

Trending Baby Names That Will Be Huge In 2019

Whether you’re looking for an on-trend baby name OR want to avoid a name that’s rising in popularity, you’ll want to check out this list. These baby names are swiftly moving up the charts and are predicted to be super trendy in 2019.

Trending baby names

Want to see if a name is trending up or down? You can look up any name on the Social Security website to see how it has ranked over time.

Top Trending Names For Girls

trending baby names

Amelia/Emilia

All variations of Amelia are SO hot right now. The “A” spelling is extremely popular, sitting in the top 10 of the girls chart. Thanks to the actress Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones who plays the much-loved Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia is right on its heels. Rising quickly, it broke through to the top 100 in 2017.

Hazel

Hazel has been making a steady rise for the last 15 years. Now it’s in the top 50 for the first time ever, positioning to make even bigger gains this coming year.

Mila

Corresponding with the rise in fame of actress Mila Kunis, Mila has been climbing the charts since 2008. It’s current spot is an impressive number 30, but it could certainly keep with the upward trend in 2019.

Kinsley

If I had to pick one “breakout star” for 2019, Kinsley would be it! Unheard of 10 years ago, it has risen extremely quickly and now sits at number 59 on the girls chart.

Aurora

Though it’s been around forever, Aurora was not traditionally popular until it exploded in the last three years. Now it’s in the top 50 and shows no signs of stopping.

Evelyn

Evelyn is one of the great old-fashioned baby names that is completely trendy right now. It broke into the to 10 last year, which means it’s already huge. This name will almost certainly be one of the hottest picks of 2019.

Penelope

Kourtney Kardashian knows a thing or two about how to get baby names to jump up the charts. It’s no coincidence that the name Penelope broke into top 100 in 2013 after she chose the name for her daughter in 2012. Penelope’s momentum has only increased since then and it’s set to enter top 20 this year.

Trending baby names

Luna

Another celebrity-influenced name, Luna is the daughter of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend who was born in 2016. The name was not even in top 100 in 2015, but is now sitting pretty in the 30s.

Scarlett

There is no slowing Scarlett down! It has shot up the charts since 2000 and is now in one of the top 20 spots.

Charlotte

Charlotte has been huge for years now, and it looks like it will still be huge in 2019. In top 10 since 2014, Charlotte is at the height of popularity right now at number 7 on the girls chart.

Aria/Arya

Another hot name thanks to Game of Thrones is Aria/Arya. People still think of this name as unique, but it’s become extremely popular. It broke into the top 20 in 2017 and is predicted to keep rising even more in 2019.

Kennedy

A steady climber, Kennedy broke into the top 100 in 2011 and has consistently increased in popularity to its current spot at number 58.

Everly

An unheard of name 7 years ago, Everly is now in top 100. Now that it’s caught on, who knows how high it will go!

Eleanor

“El” names are totally hot right now (Elliana, Elliette, Ella, Elle, Elodie, Elsa, Ellery, Elowyn, Eloise, and more!). Eleanor is one of the fastest risers of the bunch. It’s been climbing for the last ten years and now sits comfortably at number 35.

Top Trending Names For Boys

Trending baby names

Liam

Liam has reigned in the top spot on the boys charts since 2017 and been in the top 10 since 2012. Odds are looking good that Liam will continue to be a hot pick for 2019.

Mateo

One of my favorites! Would you have ever guessed Mateo is number 42? It just entered the top 100 in 2015 and has been on the rise ever since.

Theodore

Theodore has burst onto the naming scene! Ten years ago it was lagging down at number 300- now it’s up to number 62 and shows no sign of slowing down.

Henry

Henry has had a long steady climb since 2000. It is now siting comfortably in spot number 18 on the boys chart.

Weston

Weston is my pick for the breakthrough name of 2019. It just broke into the top 100 for the first time ever!

Jameson

Jameson is another boy name that’s making a steep rise, just breaking into top 100 last year.

Leo

One of my favorite short but sweet three-letter names, Leo has been gaining momentum the last three years. It is up to number 60 and is predicted to be even higher this coming year.

Oliver

Oliver has been popular name choice for the last 8 years, but has now crossed the threshold into the coveted top 10. This name is huge right now!

Elias

In the last two years, Elias has made the jump from number 100 to 78. It is set to make another leap up the charts this year.

Sebastian

A steady pick (it’s been in the top 100 for 10 years now), Sebastian is having a popularity burst! It now sits in its highest spot ever at number 22.

Asher

Asher is completely on-trend right now. It broke into the top 100 in 2014 and is steadily climbing into the top 50.

Do you choose names that are trendy, or go against the grain?

If you prefer less common baby names, I have a list of beautiful unique girl names and uncommon but cool boy names! Or see all of my baby name lists here– I’ve got something for every naming style.

Don’t forget to share this post with anyone you know who’s expecting a baby in 2019!

Unique Girl Names That Are Beautiful Yet Different

I never, ever get tired of writing about girls’ names because there are ENDLESS options of beautiful, unique girl names. While  the uber-popular girl name choices like Ava, Emma, Olivia, and Sophia are gorgeous, the beauty of the name gets lost when it becomes so commonplace. A less common name that is just as beautiful will stand out much more, and reduce the confusion of having several others in school with the same name.

This list includes unique girl names only- I also have a comparable list of unique boy names and a comprehensive list of 200  unique baby names that includes boys, girls, and unisex.

Unique Girl Names

For categorization purposes, I’ve separated this list by style to include names that are vintage, pretty, creative, and ultra rare!

After you’ve found the perfect first name, read my top picks for middle names for girls or just be inspired by these beautiful first and middle name combinations!

Vintage

Unique girl names vintage

If old-fashioned baby names are your thing, I’ve got you covered. I love vintage names because they won’t “date” your child: vintage is always in! Your daughter will stand out from the sea of trendy new baby names if you go with an old classic beauty like one of these.

Adelaide

Audra

Blythe

Cosette

Elodie

Elowyn

Elspeth

Esme

Eudora

Fawn

Helena

Leighton

Linnea

Maren

Margot

Miriam

Maude

Odette

Ophelia

Rosalie

Shea

Tabitha

Yvette

Pretty

Unique girl names pretty

Of course, I think ALL the names on my lists are pretty! These names just have that sweet and feminine “pretty” vibe more than anything else. Unlike “cute” names, which tend to only work on a baby or little girl, pretty names are adorable for a baby as well as beautiful for an adult woman.

Ainsley

Aurelia

Brenna

Britta

Calla

Calista

Cambria

Daphne

Delaney

Elara

Esmeralda

Fiona

Freya

Kaia

Layana

Lillith

Mira

Mireya

Nahla

Rhea

Salma

Creative

Unique girl names creative

These exotic, artsy, different-sounding girl names are gorgeously unique. When I say creative, I don’t mean “made up”! These names inspire your creativity while still giving your daughter a name with history and meaning.

Adria

Alondra

Arista

Astra

Bexley

Brielle

Calliope

Eudora

Imani

Indie

Jessamine

Phoebe

Kateri

Larissa

Luna

Lysandra

Mallory

Midori

Nova

Paloma

Persephone

Petra

Shiloh

Siren

Soma

Trudy

Waverly

Ultra Rare

Unique girl names ultra rare

If you want to be sure your girl won’t have any other kids in her class with the same name, stick to these rare yet beautiful name choices!

Aella

Aeris

Alethea

Arwen

Calypso

Camari

Carys

Elladine

Fyvie

Liesel

Lyra

Melisande

Merrigan

Nikita

Nimah

Octavia

Parisa

Saela

Sapphire

Shoshana

Sorrell

Svea

Tennille

Thessaly

Ulani

Xanthe

Xena

Zemira

If you have a favorite unique girl name, I’d love to hear it!

Let me know in the comments!

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Perfectly Paired Baby Boy Name Combinations

Finding a first and middle name that compliment each other and flow well together can be a lot more challenging than it sounds. You want names that match stylistically, but don’t sound matchy-matchy or have repetitive sounds. Find inspiration in these perfectly paired baby boy name combinations, listed below from A to Z.

Expecting a baby girl? Here is the list of perfectly paired baby girl name combinations!

Baby boy name combinations

Abram Joel

Both names have a vintage appeal that hold up over time. The combination of a two-syllable name followed by one-syllable name tends to work well.

Brecken James

Brecken is one of those names that is trendy and modern, but sounds familiar because the style is similar to many other popular names. It sounds a little choppy, so I love it with something soft and simple like James.

Camden Gage

If you’re looking for a lovely preppy name pair, this is it! Be sure to put some baby Oxfords on your registry for little Camden Gage.

Declan Oliver

Both of these names are climbing the charts, so if you’re looking for an up-to-date popular name, Declan Oliver is a great option. It has a bit of British charm to it if you’d like to pay homage to England with your son’s name.

Elias Graham

Handsome, cool, and smart is the image that comes to mind from Elias Graham.

Fabian Lorenzo

Expecting a little Italian stallion? Fabian Lorenzo is an adorable name he can grow into. The names work well together without having the ending “o” sound in both names, which is overdoing it just a tad.

Grady Ryan

For the All-American boy next door, Grady and Ryan are a perfect pairing.

Perfect baby boy name pairings

Holden Anthony

Holden is a familiar but underused name choice. Pair it with something more common, like Anthony, or a name you love from your family tree.

Isaiah Michael

The vowels in these two names make them fit together like a glove. Isaiah Michael sounds like the name of a boy who is sweet and sensitive.

Julian Alexander

If you like traditional names with a little twist, Julian Alexander is a beautiful choice. It feels like an updated version of the uber-common John Alexanders of our generation.

Kasen Jeremiah

If you like the overdone “-ayden” names like Kayden, but don’t want to be part of the trend, Kasen is a gorgeous alternative. I like it paired with the long and flowy Jeremiah.

Lincoln Caldwell

Maybe he’ll be a business owner, maybe he’ll be president. Lincoln Caldwell is a kid who’s going places!

Mason Benedict

This combo has a bit of a bad-boy edge to it. Mason is trendy right now, but so irresistable. Benedict is less common with a similar style and feel.

Noah Christopher

This is a “safe” name choice due to its wide appeal. It is equally as cute for a little boy as it is handsome for a grown man.

Baby boy name combinations

Orion Maxwell

This name rides the line between smart and nerdy in the best way possible. It is eccentric in an attractive way that will definitely help your little one stand out.

Paxton Elijah

Paxton Elijah is an all-around “good kid” name choice. It has a sweet and slightly sporty feel to it and strikes a good balance between common but not too popular.

Quincy Raymond

A name with historical depth, Quincy pairs well with something masculine and traditional like Raymond.

Rhett Levi

Perfect for the boy who’s a little bit country! Rhett Levi is a great combination that’s rustic, masculine, and handsome.

Spear Augustus

Stand out from the crowd with this unique baby name. Spear is solid and sharp, Augustus is classic and smart. Together they make a name that is different without being weird or difficult.

Titan Marshall

Strong and masculine Titan pairs well with the soft “all” in Marshall.

Baby boy name combinations

Uriah Marcus

Uriah is a soft sounding name with its lack of hard consonants, but with a different, cool edge to it. It goes great with almost anything but I love it with a masculine name ending in “s” or “n”, like Marcus or Martin.

Vinn Alessandro

Another handsome Italian name choice, Vinn is solid and strong which compliments the longer, more melodic Alessandro.

Wyatt Graham

Wyatt has a bit of a Southern feel without being overly country. Pair it with a softer sounding middle name like Graham.

Xander Eli

How adorable is little Xander Eli? It comes across as likable, friendly, and a little bit quirky. Eli also happens to be on my list short but sweet three letter names.

Yuri Samuel

The multi-lingual name Yuri is best known for its Russian roots- it’s the Russian form of the name George. But Yuri is also found in Greek, Hebrew, and Japanese. It goes great with familiar, friendly Samuel.

Zane Isaac

Zane is already too cool for school. Pair “trendy cool” with “classic cool” by going with the middle name Isaac.

What is YOUR favorite boy name combination? Leave a comment!

For uncommon baby boy name inspiration, check out my list of unique names for boys. Or if you’re a Disney lover like me, don’t miss the cutest Disney-inspired names for boys.

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Beautiful Baby Girl Name Combinations (First and Middle) From A to Z

If you loved my guidelines from middle names for girls but want to see more prime examples, this is for you! I chose a beautiful girls’ name for each letter of the alphabet and paired it with its perfect middle name match. I hope you’ll be inspired by these baby girl name combinations!

And if you’re expecting a boy, here is the list of perfectly paired boy name combinations.

Girl name combinations

Aubree Jane

The combination of trendy Aubree with traditional Jane makes for a perfect pairing.

Brielle Amaya

Brielle is one of those rare names that sounds ulta-feminine without any “a”s. Feel free to pair it with an “a” heavy middle name like Amaya.

Charlotte Rain

Classic and sweet Charlotte goes well with a short, slightly edgy middle name like Rain.

Daelyn Juliet

Daelyn is an almost-unknown girl’s name that goes well with tons of middle names. Pick something with 1 or 3 syllables for the best match. Jane or Juliet are both great options.

Everleigh Rose

Both spellings of Everly/Everleigh are predicted to be huge in 2019. The name is even more beautiful next to gorgeous, single-syllable Rose.

Fallyn Carina

If you love different girl’s names that lean toward gender-neutral, Fallyn is an excellent choice. I always recommend pairing a unisex name with something feminine, like Carina.

girl name combinations

Gianna Faith

A lovely Italian girl name, Gianna goes great with almost any short middle name, including Faith.

Harper Isabelle

Doesn’t this combination just have the perfect ring to it? Harper is a little edgy and cool, Isabelle is flowy and pretty.

Ilaria Joy

The unique name Ilaria is bordering on being a little harsh-sounding, so be sure to balance it out with a soft and simple middle name like Joy.

Joelle Sophia

Names ending in -elle pair perfectly with names ending in -a, making Joelle Sophia a lovely choice.

Kinsley Ayanna

Both names have a modern, trendy sound to them but the flow of Kinsley works well with the more choppy Ayanna.

London Amalia

If you’re looking for a highly glamorous name, I couldn’t dream up a better choice than this!

Mila Vivienne

Equal parts sweet and classy, Mila Vivienne has a modern yet timeless appeal.

Nora June

This name combination conveys the image of a girl who is smart and down to earth.

Oaklynn Jae

Super cool and trendy Oaklynn is best complimented with a short and simple middle name like Jae.

baby girl name combinations

Presley May

Pretty with a vintage feel, Presley pairs well with the slightly southern May.

Quinn Milena

Unisex names like Quinn are beautiful when combined with a feminine middle name like Milena.

Ryleigh Paige

Cute Ryleigh (or other spellings Riley, Rylee, etc) flows wonderfully into soft-sounding Paige.

Skyla Grace

Pretty and sweet all around, Skyla stands out next to a soft and gentle middle name like Grace.

Teagan Rochelle

This adorable name will not date your child- it’s equally likely to belong to a child born in the 1990s as it is 2019.

Una Louise

The short (but not short on style) three letter name Una is a solid choice with the vintage name Louise.

Violet Esme

If you’re looking for a beautiful name pairing with a touch of whimsy, Violet Esme is a great bet.

Winona Claire

The perfect name for a girl with Southern charm, Winona Claire sounds like everyone’s favorite girl next door.

Ximena Catherine

There is a beautiful contrast between fierce Ximena and regal Catherine.

Yasmine Clarisse

Slightly French-sounding, Yasmine pairs well with the matching middle “ee” sound in Clarisse.

Zuri Miranda

Want your daughter to be bold and different? A show stopping unique name like Zuri can go with almost anything, including a longer, strong choice like Miranda.

I’d love to hear some of YOUR favorite girl name combinations!

Don’t be shy- leave a comment!

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