Giving a little boy a name that he can carry proudly, and happily, with him throughout his childhood and into adulthood is the greatest gift that a parent could possibly provide. And there's no reason why that name can't be something feminine.
Personally, if I were to have a son, I would avoid names with hard, harsh sounds such as Scott or Kirk. And instead opt for something softer like August or Viggo.
If you take a look at the names that celebrities have been choosing in recent years for their little boys, you'll notice an active trend of feminine names. Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, for example called their son Flynn. Michael Bublé and Luisana Lopilato opted for the name Elias and Alexa and Carlos PenaVega went for Ocean.
You will, no doubt, know of the controversy online about giving a little boy a feminine name, but don't let yourself get dragged into it. Observe and take from it anything constructive. But at the end of the day, it is yours and your partner's choice what name you give to your child. Not the world wide web. We hope this article will provide you with plenty of inspiration!
You do not need to be religious to appreciate this gorgeous name. Inspired, of course, by the biblical Garden of Eden, it's pronounced ed-en. Though it can also mean 'gentle.' (Cannot think of a better meaning for a little boy's name!)
I've encountered several Edens in my time, and a couple of them were boys, in case you we were worried about the vast amount of people saying IT'S ONLY GOOD FOR A GIRL! And for the record, they carried the name beautifully.
Some people consider Eden to be quite a 'tacky' choice, but I beg to differ. I think it's unique and most definitely special. In the USA, it's ranked as the 521st most popular name for boys. Though it's an entirely different story in Belgium where it's the 19th most popular choice.
The first Skylar I ever encountered - fifteen years ago - was a little boy, for those of you with doubts. Though many of you will probably be familiar with the name from Breaking Bad, as it's the name of Walter White's wife. Don't let that put you off though!
Pronounced SKIE-lar, this English name is not a particularly common choice in the US where it's ranked as the 758th most popular name. (All the more reason to go for it!) Though it was given to 317 boys born in the US in 2016. The first syllable - sky - gives it, I think, a beautiful feeling of mystery and adventure.
There has been some confusion about what the name Skylar means. Some thought that it meant scholar, but I've read that it actually means eternal life, strength, love and, of course, the sky itself.
I have met a number of Gabriel's, all boys and nearly all from Ireland, curiously! One of the little boys I met was named after the archangel Gabriel. The name is of Hebrew origin and while it has a strong meaning behind it - hero - I think it's one of the most feminine names that we have on the list. And I am in love with the pronunciation Ga-bree-EL.
In France Gabriel is up there as THE most popular name for boys. Though in the US it's the 25th most popular choice. If you need a little bit of coaxing about this choice, just read what an anonymous commenter on Behind The Name had to say about it: "It gives the impression of great strength, character, distinction, gentleness, and passion."
I first encountered this name when I was a little girl and reading a book of Irish folk tales. The story it cropped up in was about a human who could take the form of a seal, which makes sense because Ronan means 'little seal.'
Pronounced RON-awn or RO-nin (though I've always pronounced it RO-nan) it's the 56th most popular name for boys in Ireland, and actually more common than I thought it would be in the US where it's ranked at 315.
While I'm not all that fond of one of the most famous name bearers - Ronan Keating - I do think that this name has a beautiful aura about it, and a sensitivity that many names lack. Apparently Taylor Swift wrote a song about a little boy called Ronan who died of cancer before his 4th birthday.
Really, really, really like Flynn. I can't put my finger on why exactly, but its magic. Derived from an Irish surname Flann and means 'reddish complexion' or 'ruddy.' Pronounced FLIN it's especially popular in Australia and New Zealand where it holds the joint position of 52. This might explain why Miranda Kerr - a native Australian - and Orlando Bloom opted to give this name to their son.
One famous Flynn that might come to mind is Errol Flynn, known for his role as Robin Hood. Flynn Rider is also the handsome prince character in the 2010 Disney animated film Tangled, which is based on the fairy tale of Rapunzel. I imagine a little boy with this name to be sensitive and emphatic, with a passion for creativity and learning.
How can you not love the name Rory? It has true adorability factor, if you ask me and is one of the most memorable on the list. Pronounced RAWR-ee, it's of Irish and Scottish origin, which is reflected in its popularity stats in these countries.
In Ireland it's the 73rd most common name for boys and in Scotland it's the 25th most popular choice. An alternative spelling could be Rori.
I've read comments of people saying that it sounds especially masculine, but I think it has a real softness about it - even if it does bring to mind lions. (But remember, even lions have a soft side to them!) And a flexibility which means that its very likely that one day your son might bump into a little girl who shares his name.
Ever since I heard Dakota used as a name for the first time about ten years ago, it's had a place reserved in my heart. It means 'allies' or 'friends' in the Dakota language, and is also the name of a Native American people of the northern Mississippi valley. Two Dakotas you might be familiar with are actresses Dakota Fanning and Dakota Blue Richards.
One great option for a nickname is Kota, and an alternative spelling is Dacotah which I think is an especially unique option. Some people have commented than the name is quite 'trashy' and an insult to the Dakota people. (Though I've never read of a Native American actually seeing it as an insult.) I try and see it in a more positive light, as a honouring gesture more than anything.
August is a name which I have only recently really started to appreciate. German in origin, and pronounced AW-gast (yes, just like the month) it's the German and Scandinavian version of the name Augustus. In Germany, they pronounce it OW-goost, and it's considered quite an old-fashioned choice there.
August originates from a Latin word which means 'majestic dignity' or 'grandeur.' I think, like October and May, August is a month name that doesn't actually sound strange when used for a person!
It's an especially popular choice in Denmark, where it's ranked at 18. They also love to use it in Sweden where it's the 47th most popular choice. In the US it doesn't have such a popular status and is ranked at 193 - though this is admittedly higher than I thought it would be.
Finley has its roots in Scotland and Ireland, and is especially popular in England where it is the 36th most popular name to give to little boys. Despite the fact that, as of 2008, it's been a more common name to give to girls, don't let that stop you from putting it down on your list!
Apparently the name Finley means 'fair haired warrior' though I have also read of it meaning 'sunbeam.' One awesome nick name you could give your child would be Finn. Some have mentioned that it sounds 'too plain,' but I have to disagree. I think it's perfect in it's simplicity. When I think of someone called Finely, I think of someone who I would like to get to know more, someone who would most certainly rouse my curiosity.
I never imagined myself liking names that would have the letter Z in them. (Why I have this aversion to Z I have no clue...) But I have found that, in recent years, the name Ezra has been growing on me. Really growing on me.
Hebrew in origin and meaning 'help,' Ezra is a popular choice for parents in New Zealand, where it's the 60th most popular name for boys. In the US it's still actually quite high at 85. While it is a known name, it is not, by any means, overused. My first exposure to it was through the expatriate American poet Ezra Pound.
It's easy to say and very easy to write, which is ideal for when you child is first leaning to say and write his name.
Aubrey is one name I never thought twice about before putting this article together. Now it's become a name that I can't stop saying aloud! I prefer it to the much more common Audrey. I first came across it through the artist Aubrey Beardsley, as I'm sure a number of you have too.
Pronounced AW-bree, it is the Norman French form of the name Alberich. As an English name, it was most common in the Middle Ages, though it saw a revival in the 19th Century. I imagine a little boy carrying this name to be immensely sensitive and intelligent.
In 1972 the American soft rock band Bread released a song called Aubrey. So it's transpired that, many of the adults called Aubrey who are walking around today, were given the name because their parents were inspired by the track.
While many people think that Drew is a short form of Andrew, it's actually an old Germanic or Celtic name which means 'descendant of the druid.' (Coolest meaning of any name we have on this list, I think!) Pronounced DROO, it's easy not to think much of this name, but it grows on you after a little while. Believe me. I've actually met quite a few Drews in the UK, all of whom happened to be males.
I can't find rankings for any other country expect for the US - making it an especially good choice if you're looking for something unique - where it's ranked at 397. While it doesn't sound especially manly, the meaning behind it is 'courageous' and 'masculine.' Famous bearers include Drew Barrymore (female) and Drew Carey (male).
Emerson originates from an English surname and means 'son of Emery.' Pronounced EM -A-SON, Emerson is also the name of a small prairie village in Northeastern Nebraska. It was used as a surname by the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. In the US it comes in as the 296th most common name for boys. It works just as well as combo name - i.e. Miles Emerson - as it does for a standalone.
Bhind The Name commenter ListenToAsuka made some excellent points in her argument that this name is gender fluid: "Emerson has qualities that are feminine and masculine. You could associate the 'Em' with Emily and Emma and call it feminine. You may associate 'son' with Jason, Mason and Grayson and call it masculine." Some brilliant nicknames include Emmy or Em or even Elmo...which is as perfect a nickname as you're going to get!
Francis is one of those names that you tend to appreciate when you have grown up. As a kid it generally sucks. Nowadays I can see the potential. English in origin and pronounced FRAN-sis, it's the English form of the Late Latin name Franciscus which meant 'Frenchman.'
It's much less common that I expected it to be pretty much everywhere. In the US it's only ranked at 478. In the UK its slightly more popular and comes in at 235. Francis is, interestingly enough, the birth name of Frank Sinatra. (Frank is a short form of Francis.)
It's also the F in author F. Scott Fitzgerald's name. Another Francis you might be familiar with is Francis Boulle - diamond heir and web entrepreneur - from the TV show Made In Chelsea.
Julian has always appealed to me for some strange reasons. Admittedly it looks quite 'boring' and 'plain' when it is compared to the names I usually go for, but there's something so welcoming and warm about it.
Some of the kindest, creative, charming and wackiest people I've known have been called Julian, and they've all had this special aura around them that makes you just want to be in their presence.
The name itself is English and is pronounced JOO-lee-ann. I expected it to be a more popular choice in England and Wales but from the looks of things, the Yanks prefer it much more, as it ranks at 39 whereas in England and Wales it sits at 272. They like it in Switzerland too, where it sits at 17.
Sources: BehindTheName.com, BabyCenter.com, BabyNameWizard.com