In centuries past, the unspoken rule seemed to be that certain names were reserved for tiny gentlemen, while others were just for little women. Thanks to Hollywood, and also to parents-to-be who are more open-minded than ever before, the unwritten baby naming laws have changed in recent years.
Stars including Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Parker Posey and Cameron Diaz have helped move the gender-neutral naming trend along. As bold parents, who aren't afraid of taking risks, assign their precious newborn a unique, and unisex, name.
Not long ago, celebrity parents Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds proved that a name, traditionally given to males, can work beautifully for a female. Blake and Ryan chose to name their firstborn daughter, James. While promoting the movie The Age of Adaline, Blake revealed to Good Morning America the reasoning behind selecting a boy's name for her precious daughter. She shared, "It's a family name, and I liked having a boy's name."
The names on the list below are rarely used for girls, but this doesn't mean that parents with darling daughters on the way shouldn't consider them. Read on for 25 adorable boy's names that are actually perfect for girls.
Sawyer is a stunning name of English origin that means "woodcutter." It's a trending occupational name, that, while first assigned mainly to boys, is being used more and more for girls. It reached the top 300 names for girls in 2015 and is currently the 288th most popular choice. At the present time, it is the 92nd most popular name chosen for American boys.
Former Roseanne star and co-host of The Talk, Sara Gilbert, chose this darling designation for her daughter. The literary character Tom Sawyer gives this name an irresistible vintage edge that is sure to empower any little lady. Sayer is an alternative spelling and sound that parents-to-be who love the name.
Fans of the name Sawyer may also want to consider the names Emerson, Finley or Reagan for their treasured tots.
Ezra is an exquisite biblical name of Hebrew origin that means "help." It recently broke into the top 100 names chosen for American boys, and now ranks as the 52nd most popular choice. In 2015 alone, over 200 girls were given this breathtaking moniker. Presently, Ezra ranks as the 939th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen 191 spots in popularity since 2017.
Ezzie is a fun and fresh alternative to the ultra-popular nicknames Ellie and Izzie. While the shortening Ez has a fun, tomboyish feel to it. Ezra actually boasts a feminine sound, despite the fact that it's a centuries-old name that has been used solely for males in the past.
Avery, Ace, and Ellis are similar names that those who adore Ezra for a girl may also wish to consider.
James is a timeless name of Hebrew origin that means "supplanter." Currently, it is the 9th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, and the 4,534th most popular name chosen for girls.
As previously mentioned, Hollywood sweethearts Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds selected this charming choice for their first daughter.
Jamie has long been a popular gender-neutral choice, and James is a sophisticated and stately alternative. Its' one syllable sound makes it a designation that will pair beautifully with nearly any middle and last name. Need another reason to love James? It's a classic name that will most likely never go out of style but will always be a unique choice when used for a little lady.
Jay, Julian, and Jasper are similar male names that those who love the name James may also wish to consider.
Ira is an irresistible name of Hebrew origin that means "watchful one." At the present time, it ranks as the 580th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen 34 places since 2017. Surprisingly, even though Ira is traditionally a boy's name, it is currently less popular for boys than it is for girls and ranks as the 1,142nd most popular name for American lads.
Ira is a gorgeous name when assigned to either gender, and it's no surprise whatsoever that love for this name, whether it's used for a boy or a girl, is on the rise. Beloved and revered Hollywood couple Annette Bening and Warren Beatty chose to give their daughter, Isabel, the middle name Ira.
Love it? Finn, Jude, and Ari are similar unisex names that parents with little ladies on the way may also wish to consider.
Roman is a ravishing name of Latin origin that means "citizen of Rome." It is just now becoming a wildly popular name for boys, but love for this name, when used for girls, is most definitely increasing. Currently, it ranks as the 2,866th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States. However, it has risen a whopping 5,810 spots in popularity since 2017. Now that's impressive. For boys, Roman presently ranks well within the top 100 names for boys in the United States at number 78 and has risen 16 spots since 2017.
Romie is a heartwarming nickname for this exotic choice that parents-to-be aren't likely to be able to resist. It's also worth mentioning that roman is the French word for a novel. Swoon!
Those who adore the name Roman may wish to put the names Asher, Grayson, and Lincoln (yep, for girls!) on their short lists as well.
Spencer is a comely name of French origin that means "keeper of provisions." At the present time, it is the 1,040th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States. For boys, it ranks not too far ahead of its female counterpart at number 415.
Kelsey Grammer, an actor who, interestingly enough, has rocked a name used mainly for females his entire life, chose this sweet and sophisticated name for his daughter. Spencer Hastings, the epitome of an effortlessly chic girl, is the name of the highly intelligent and sultry character played by Troian Bellisario in the hit television series Pretty Little Liars. Penny is an adorable shortening of this name that only makes it more appealing.
Sloane, Piper, and Hadley are similar names that those loving the name Spencer may also want to consider.
Wyatt is an English surname that means "brave in war." At the present time, it ranks as the 2,188th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States. For boys in the United States, it currently ranks 29th.
A-list celebrity couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher most definitely helped put this name on the map, when they selected it for their firstborn daughter. Let's face it: it's kinda hard not to love everything Mila and Ashton do and say. While Wyatt still isn't quite considered a gender-neutral name, 63 baby girls were given this darling designation last year, proving that it may be a unisex name for the future.
Harlow, Row, and Penn are similar names that those in love with the name Wyatt may also wish to consider.
Kyle is a name of Scottish origin that means "narrow spit of land" or "near the chapel." It currently ranks as the 2,866th most popular name used for girls in the United States and has risen 1,806 spots in popularity since 2017.
Kylie and Kayla are two female names that have been popular for decades. Kyle is a fresh take on these long-beloved favorites, and we can't help but think it's a name for girls with major staying power. Kyle Richards became a well-known celeb after she appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The New Celebrity Apprentice. She may not be the person parents hope their little girls will grow up to emulate, but this fact doesn't make the name Kyle for a girl any less fabulous.
Riley, Ryan, and Devin are similar names for those who adore the name Kyle may also wish to consider.
Wesley is a stunning name of English origin that means "western meadow." At the present time, it ranks as the 1,788th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen an impressive 1,763 spots in popularity since 2017.
This alternative to the out-of-date unisex name Lesley is one most millennial parents can get behind. Wes and Lee are two adorably affable shortenings of this winning choice. Fans of the book, and subsequent movie, Princess Bride will swoon at the sound of this winsome designation, even if it is assigned to a male character in the story. We can't deny the fact that it's much more hip and fresh than the name Buttercup.
West and Wynn are similar names, that those who adore the name Wesley may also wish to consider.
Maxwell is an effortlessly cool name of Scottish origin that means "great stream" or "from the great well." It is currently the 4,570th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States and the 255th most popular name for American boys.
Singer and fashion mogul Jessica Simpson put this name on the map in 2012, when she named her first born daughter Maxwell Drew. Actress Lindsay Sloane named her little lady Maxwell Lue that same year. In 2015, approximately 40 American girls were given this darling designation. Max is a nickname that is undeniably appealing, especially after being assigned to a Stranger Things character adored by Netflix binge-watchers everywhere.
Liam, Jack, and Jo are similar names for those who adore the name Maxwell to consider.
Reese is an appealing name of Welsh origin that means "ardor." At the present time, Reese ranks as the 211th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen 18 spots in popularity since 2017. For boys, Reese ranks 518th and has risen 31 places in popularity.
It's no secret that actress Reese Witherspoon has had a hand in this name's recent boost in popularity. The name Reese entered the top 1,000 names for girls when it ranked 886th in the year 2000, and its popularity has been on the rise ever since. It was also recently ranked in the top 10 unisex names searched for on Nameberry.com.
Love it? Rhyse, Reece, and Rees are other spelling options. While Drew and Peyton are similar names that those who love the name Reese may also wish to consider.
Asa is a name of Hebrew and Japanese origin that means "doctor", "healer" or "born in the morning." At the present time, it ranks as the 2,866th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen 457 spots in popularity since 2017. For boys, it is currently the 535th most popular choice.
Asa is a great alternative to the name Ava, which is currently hogging the baby name spotlight as the 3rd most popular name for girls. It is an understated name that is actually a biblical one: Asa was the name of a king of Judah in the Old Testament. This stunning choice is soft, simple and still largely unheard of. Snatch it up while it's still a rarity! It most likely won't stay that way much longer.
Ashton, Aspen and Archie are similar names those who adore the name Asa may also wish to consider.
Blake is an undeniably beautiful name of English origin that means "pale" or "fair-haired." It is currently the 242 most popular name chosen for girls in the United States and has risen 1 place in popularity since 2017. For boys, it is presently the 177th most popular choice but has fallen 40 spots since 2017.
Actress Blake Lively has most likely done wonders for this name's popularity. Her sophisticated style and winning smile have helped make this name synonymous with glamour, poise, and grace. Need another reason to love the name, Blake? Its one-syllable sound makes it a name that will pair perfectly with nearly any middle and last name.
Lake, Charlie, and Tatum are similar names that those who adore the name Blake may also wish to consider for their impending arrivals.
Dylan is a darling name of Welsh origin that means "son of the sea." Presently, it ranks as the 389th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States. For boys, it is currently the 47th most popular choice.
The ultra-cool former couple, Robin Wright and Sean Penn, chose this name for their darling daughter. Also, actress and activist Alyssa Milano named her little lady Elizabella Dylan. Fans of the singer Bob Dylan, or the well-known poet Dylan Thomas, may wish to pay homage to these talented artists by assigning this name to their lucky little girls. The Today Show's Dylan Dreyer is a breath of fresh air who always gives weather updates in style, and has definitely helped make this name a relevant option for girls.
Adore the name Dylan? Dana, Taylor and Tyler are similar names to contemplate using.
Scottie is a darling diminutive of the name Scott or the name for a person from Scotland. Presently, it ranks as the 4,534th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen 138 places since 2017. For boys, Scottie currently ranks 3,731 but is up 1,060 places in popularity since 2017.
Scotty and Scottey are two alternative spellings of this striking moniker. It's a fresh take on the widely-used name Scout. It has a tomboyish feel to it but still manages to sound feminine, not to mention downright adorable. It must be mentioned that Scottie was the name of one of the daughters of George Clooney's character in the 2011 film The Descendants. Need we say more? Watch the movie. Hear Clooney say it. Fall in love.
Jamie, Jensen, and Scotland are similar names those who fancy the name Scottie may also wish to consider.
Gray is a gorgeous color name that exudes a somber, sophisticated air. It invokes images of rainy landscapes and frothy seas but is far from a gloomy option. Presently, it ranks as the 894th most popular name for boys in the United States and the 3,003 most popular name for girls.
When the name is spelled Grey, an option which is more popular in Britain and Australia, it ranks 812th for boys and 2,284th for girls. It's also worth mentioning that the name Grey for girls is up 112 places in popularity since 2017. This unusual name is still a rare choice and is currently used often as a middle name for both ladies and gents.
Adore this alluring and exquisite name? Red, Hazel, and Ivory are similar names worth considering.
Logan is a Scottish surname that means "little hollow." It also has Irish origins and means "small cove." It is all the rage right now when it comes to boys, and currently ranks as the 3rd most popular name for little lads in the United States. For ladies, Logan is presently the 276th most popular choice and is up 29 places in popularity since 2017.
Actor Jason Mewes and his producer wife, Jordan Monsanto, welcomed a little girl to the world in 2015 and named her Logan Lee, possibly helping give this lilting moniker a boost in popularity. Annie, Lolo, and Lo are three possible shortenings of this name that do nothing but add to its appeal and panache. Did we mention that it's also Wolverine's alias? X-men fans should definitely put this one on their short lists.
Love Logan? Teagan, Tatum, and Morgan are similar gender-neutral options that are definitely worth considering.
Parker is a fresh, fun English occupational name that means "park keeper." It currently ranks as the 164th most popular name for girls in the United States and is up 76 spots since 2017. At the present time, it ranks as the 100th most popular name for boys.
This name is currently on-trend for both genders, but it seems it may become even more popular for girls than it is for boys in years to come. Actress Parker Posey has helped bring recognition to this marvelous moniker. Comedian Rosie O'Donnell chose this name for her son, and the late Jazz saxophonist, Charlie Parker helped ensure that this name would always have the cool factor.
Addison, Piper, and Harper are similar names those loving the name Parker may also wish to consider.
Chandler is a French occupational name that means "candle maker." At the present time, it is the 2,960th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States and the 705th most popular name for boys. In 2016, the name Chandler was given to more than 200 American girls, which was the first time it had appeared on a female baby name list since 2002.
Friends character Chandler Bing has helped ensure this name will probably always be considered a masculine one at first glance. However, when one considers it again, it's difficult not to fall in love with this unique and flowing name when it is assigned to a precious princess.
Charlie, Chase, and Cameron are similar names those considering using Chandler for a girl may also wish to mull over.
August is a breezy, beautiful name of Latin origin that means "majestic, venerable." Presently, August ranks just inside the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States as the as the 997th most popular choice and is the 215th most popular name for boys.
It was selected for girls by over 100 parents in 2011, one of whom was country crooner Garth Brooks. It is currently a much more popular name for girls than its traditionally female counterparts Augusta and Augustina. While there are approximately 6 boys named August for every one girl with this name, it is predicted that this month name will continue to grow in popularity for girls in years to come.
River, Everett, and Hunter are similar names those who adore the name August for a girl may also wish to consider.
Sonny is a name of English origin that actually originated as a nickname for "son." It is a fresh, fun replacement for the soft-used female names Sonia and Sunny. At the present time, it ranks as the 4,736th most popular name for girls and the 738th most popular name for boys, up 4 spots since 2017.
It has been in the top 1,000 names chosen for boys since 1927 and reached its height of popularity in 1975 when it ranked 428th, proving that it has staying power. Sonny and Cher are a duo known for their velvet voices and amazing showmanship. We can't think of a better choice for a darling daughter that was born to stand out.
Stevie, Ronnie, and Ricky are similar names those who can't resist the name Sonny may also adore.
Elliott is a vintage boy's name of Hebrew origin that means "Lord is my God" or "Jehovah is God." It is a variation of the biblical name Elijah and was originally a surname before it became a first name used mainly for men. It currently ranks as the 189th most popular name for boys in the United States and the 669th most popular name for girls.
Scrubs character Dr. Elliot Reid should most likely be given some credit for helping this name become a viable option for the fairer sex. Other spellings of this name include Eliot, Elliot, and Elliotte. Elle, Ella, and Lottie are three possible shortenings that give this unexpected and unbelievably charming choice a feminine edge.
Emery, Emerson, and Evan are similar names that those who adore the name Elliott may also wish to consider.
Amari is an ethereal name of Hebrew origin that means "eternal." Presently, it ranks as the 364th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen 19 spots in popularity since 2017. For boys, it ranks 237th and is up 21 places since last year.
This whimsical moniker is related to positive words in a variety of languages including Thai, Hebrew, and Yoruba. While it's still more common for boys than for girls, it's become a unisex staple that is steadily increasing in popularity for both genders. Amy and Ari are two nicknames for this name that only make it more appealing. Amara is a similar name with a slightly more feminine sound.
Aiden, Kyri, and Kai are three possible names those in love with the name Amari may also fall in love with.
Glenn is a breathtaking name of Gaelic origin that means "a narrow valley." Presently, it is the 18,293rd most popular name for girls and is virtually unused for little ones made of sugar and spice. For boys, it ranks as the 1,425th most popular name and is up 161 places since 2017.
Actress Glenn Close is one of the only females currently rocking this gorgeous name, but it's one that may be a favorite of parents of the future, especially when it's used for girls. Glenn puts a fun and hip twist on the more antiquated female name, Gwen, and it's one syllable sound makes it a name that will pair nicely with nearly any middle and last name.
Love Glenn? Gabriel, Wren, and Orion are similar names to consider using.
Shane is a timeless name of Irish origin that means "God is gracious." It is a variation of the names Sean and Shannon that has been around for centuries without ever really going out of style. Presently, it is the 5,939th most popular name used for girls in the United States and the 428th most popular name for boys.
Also spelled Shayne, this one-syllable beauty is one that is sure to melt the hearts of all who hear it. It's simple, understated and totally gorgeous. Shayne Lamas, daughter of actor Lorenzo Lamas helped put this name on the map when she received the final rose from British suitor Matt Grant on season 12 of The Bachelor.
Tyler, Ashley, and Ryan are similar names those loving the name Shane may also wish to consider.