Parents with darling daughters on the way face the difficult task of sifting through oh-so-many baby name options in search of designations worthy of their impending arrivals. More and more often, moms and dads-to-be are ignoring girls' names altogether, and are opting instead for what have been traditionally considered boys' names. We can’t say we blame them. Boys’ names carry with them an air of sophistication and panache that precious princesses embody from the moment they arrive on earth.
Nameberry.com states, “Some of the coolest baby girl names are not girls' names at all but boys' names -- many of which have officially become unisex. We're seeing more and more formerly 100% boy names being used for girls, from nicknames like Sam and Charlie (now 50-50 by gender!), to occupational or surnames such as Sawyer or McKinley, to formerly masculine names such as Quincy and Jude that have become truly unisex.”
The 25 names that follow are charming boys’ names that make unique and adorable names for girls. Have a little lady on the way? Consider giving her a name from the list below. Any one of them will be sure to help her stand out in the best of ways.
Austin is the shortened version of the English name Augustine and means great, magnificent. This place name is becoming more and more beloved for little ladies. Case in point: in 2015 alone, 151 baby girls were blessed with this adorable moniker. Austen is a dreamy alternative that pays homage to acclaimed Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen. Presently, Austin ranks as the 1,983rd most popular name for girls in the United States.
Girls named Austin are known for being creative and imaginative, yet practical. A little lady with this name will most likely be good-natured and known for her great sense of humor and her ability to make the best out of every situation.
Beau is a one-syllable stunner of French origin that means handsome. It currently ranks as the 161st most popular name for boys, but is rarely used for little ladies. This fact doesn’t mean the name Beau wouldn’t be a spectacular choice for a little girl, and use of this name for girls is definitely on the rise. In the United States, Beau currently ranks as the 3,100th most popular name for girls, and has risen an impressive 281 places since 2017.
Girls with this name are known for being friendly and easy-going. They are kind, generous and idealistic and bring out the best in those they associate with.
Cameron is a chic name of Scottish origin that means crooked nose. While its meaning may not be the most appealing one to date, A-list actress Cameron Diaz has helped to ensure that this name is one that will forever be synonymous with class and style. Today, Cameron ranks as the 674th most popular name for girls in the United States.
Girls named Cameron are known for being happy, expressive and versatile. It isn’t uncommon for girls with this name to excel at everything they set their minds to. They are clever, quick-minded and likely to be wildly successful in whatever it is they choose to pursue.
Dylan is a whimsical name of Welsh origin that means son of the sea. Celebrity parents adore this charming choice, especially when it’s used for little ladies. Robin Wright and Sean Penn selected this ethereal name for their daughter, and Alyssa Milano chose it for her little girl Elizabella’s middle name. Currently, Dylan ranks as the 383rd most popular name for American girls.
Girls named Dylan are known for being positive, creative and inventive. They are social butterflies who always strive to make a good impression. Girls with this name are fearless, passionate and born ready to take on the world.
Ezra is a biblical name of Hebrew origin that means help. It recently became one of the top 100 names for boys in the United States, and, not too long afterwards, entered the top 1,000 names for girls. Ezra currently ranks as the 897th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen a whopping 297 spots in popularity since 2017.
Girls named Ezra are creative, artistic and driven. They make their own paths in life, and don’t allow their fears to hold them back in any way. Expect a little lady with this name to climb to the highest heights of the playground without looking back and to go confidently in the direction of her dreams.
Frankie is a fun, fabulous diminutive of the Latin name Frances, which means France or free man. Actress Drew Barrymore chose the name Frankie for her adorable daughter, possibly having something to do with its recent surge in popularity. Frankie currently ranks as the 524th most popular name for girls in the United States and is up 90 spots in popularity since 2017. It is also a worldwide favorite and is currently a hit among parents in England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand.
Girls named Frankie are known for their practical and responsible natures. They are driven, hard working and up for any challenge life throws their way. They are independent, self-reliant and like to take control of their own destinies.
Gray is an effortlessly cool color name filled with charm and an air of sophistication. It currently ranks well within the top 1,000 names for American boys, but is still flying largely under-the-radar when it comes to its use for girls in the United States. It’s edgy without being strange and invokes images of majestic white-tipped waves in stormy seas and refreshing rainy days. Today, Gray ranks as the 3,872nd most popular name for girls in the United States.
Girls named Gray are known for being dependable and direct. They are bold, brave and unafraid to speak their minds. They are practical, wise and born ready to take on the world.
Hayden is a lilting, lovely name of English origin that means heather-grown hill. Once strictly a boys’ name, Hayden is being used for girls more and more often, most likely thanks to the success of actress Hayden Panettiere. For boys in the United States, Hayden currently ranks as the 162nd most popular choice. For American girls, it currently ranks 242nd.
Girls named Hayden are known for being friendly, expressive and inspirational. They are effortlessly cool trendsetters who aren’t afraid to be completely and totally themselves.
Ira is an irresistible biblical name of Hebrew origin that means watchful one or descendant. While this timeless stunner has traditionally been considered a boys’ name, at the present time, it is used more often for girls than for boys. Ira currently ranks as the 1,232nd most popular name for American boys, but ranks well within the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States at 686th.
Little ladies with this name don’t like to take no for an answer. They are strong-willed, independent and determined. They love to make their own decisions and are often inventive. They are loyal friends, and love spending time in the great outdoors.
Jensen is a sophisticated Scandinavian surname-turned-first name that means son of Jens. It is still much more popular for boys than it is for girls, but those who select it for their darling daughters will be setting a trend in the best of ways. At the present time, Jensen ranks as the 3,898th most popular name for girls in the United States. It’s an effortlessly cool alternative to the long-overused names Jenny and Jennifer that is just waiting to be discovered.
Girls named Jensen are known for their amazing work ethics and the meticulous attention they give to detail. They are patient, independent and strong and their ambitious natures make it clear they are going places in life.
Kyle is a winsome name of Scottish origin that means narrow spit of land. Looking for a fresh alternative to the ultra-popular name Kylie? Kyle is the moniker you’ve been searching for. Today, Kyle ranks as the 2,947th most popular name for girls in the United States. It has risen a whopping 1,642 places in popularity since 2017 and is definitely on the path to becoming a beloved baby name of the future. Snatch it up before the rest of the world realizes how gorgeous it is!
Girls named Kyle have big ideas and big dreams. They live their lives to the fullest and possess an unlimited amount of enthusiasm, confidence and energy.
Lane is an elegant name of English origin that means a small road or pathway. It is a common surname that has become a unisex choice in recent years and is a cool alternative to the traditional girls’ names Elaine and Laney. It's single syllable sound all-but-ensures that it will pair beautifully with any middle or last name. Presently, Lane ranks as the 2,631st most popular name for American girls.
Little ladies named Lane are known being creative, artistic and spirited. They value their independence and don’t like to be told what to do or how to do it.
Logan is a stunning Scottish surname that means little hollow. It is currently a wildly popular choice for tiny gentlemen, and presently ranks within the top 10 names chosen for American boys. For little ladies, it currently ranks as the 289th most popular choice, and is up 24 spots in popularity since 2017.
Girls named Logan are known for being reserved, practical, clever and inventive. They love to learn and are fascinated by the mysteries of life. Don’t be surprised if a tot with this name spends a lot of her time exploring and asking lots and lots of questions.
Maxwell is a modern name of Scottish origin that means great stream. Actress, singer and fashion mogul Jessica Simpson started a trend when she selected this traditional boys’ name for her first baby girl in 2012. It is still not a wildly popular choice for girls, but is definitely on the map. In 2017, 66 American girls were given the name Maxwell. Today, it ranks as the 4,825th most popular name for girls in the United States.
Girls named Maxwell are known for being idealistic and extremely generous. They long to help those less fortunate than themselves and, according to Kabalarians.com, “possess a strong desire to uplift humanity.”
Ollie is a darling shortening of the beloved Latin boys’ name Oliver, which means olive tree. It has also become a nickname for the popular girls’ names Olivia and Olive in recent years. At the present time, Ollie is considered a delightful stand-alone beauty filled with personality. It currently ranks as the 2,000th most popular name for American girls, but there’s no telling what the future holds for this fun, friendly and unexpected choice.
Girls named Ollie are known for being friendly, affectionate, quick-minded and poised. They are sophisticated, stylish and have an appreciation for the finer things in life.
Parker is an English occupational name that means park keeper. Actress Parker Posey has helped put this name on the map for girls, but it’s still much more common for little lads than it is for tiny lasses. Currently, Parker ranks as the 189th most popular name for girls in the United States. It has risen a sizable 45 spots in popularity since 2017.
Girls named Parker are known for being clever-minded, responsible, reliable and mature beyond their years. They value home and family above all else and are fiercely loyal to those they love. Parents can’t go wrong with this practically perfect designation.
Quincy is a timeless French from Latin name that means estate of the fifth son. While this name was once reserved for the boys, it has become more and more popular for girls in recent years, and, according to Nameberry.com, was given to over 160 girls in 2016 alone. Quincy currently ranks as the 1,650th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen 364 spots in popularity since 2017.
Girls named Quincy are known for being organized, positive and expressive. They are extroverts who love to meet new people. They are often cultured and refined and harbor a deep appreciation for music and art.
Remy is a French from Latin name that means oarsman. This vintage choice with modern appeal has become a truly unisex option in recent years. It currently ranks as the 476th most popular name for American girls, and is up 120 spots in popularity since 2017. It is also worth noting that the alternative spelling Remi currently ranks higher for girls than it does for boys as the 177th most popular choice. However it is spelled, no one cannot deny the fact that this name is as darling as it is desirable.
Little ladies named Remy are sensitive, loving and tender-hearted. They are creative and forward-thinking and often express themselves best through music or art.
Sawyer is an English occupational name that means woodcutter. Presently, it ranks as the 232nd most popular name for girls in the United States, just over 100 spots behind where it currently ranks for boys. Actress Sara Gilbert of The Talk and The Conners selected this strong, stunning name for her darling daughter, perhaps starting Sawyer on the path to achieving gender neutral status. Nameberry.com projects that this charming choice will rank around 139th for girls in 2028.
Girls named Sawyer are known for being responsible, practical and stable. They are self-reliant, determined and insist on being the masters of their own domains.
Sullivan is an exquisite name of Irish origin that means dark eyes. Livy, Sully and Van are three possible shortenings of this moniker that only add to its overall appeal. Today, Sullivan ranks as the 3,616th most popular name for girls in the United States. For boys, it currently falls just within the top 500 as the 477th most popular choice.
Girls named Sullivan are known for being pleasant, easy-going and friendly. They love to serve in any way they can and are patient with and understanding of the shortcomings of others. In short, everyone will want to be friends with a girl named Sullivan.
Tate is an undeniably beautiful name of Norse origin that means cheerful. In the past, it has been reserved exclusively for boys, but, in recent years, wise parents have discovered just how well it can fit a little lady. This fresh, fashionable alternative to the long-belove name Kate currently ranks as the 5,303rd most popular name for girls in the United States.
Girls named Tate are known for being natural leaders. They are honest, fair and unafraid to call things as they see them.
Tyler is an occupational name of English origin that means maker of tiles. It was all-the-rage for boys in the '90s, and ranked within the top 10 names chosen for little lads from 1992 until the year 2000. Since, Tyler's popularity has faded, but, it seems that love for this name when it is used for girls is on the rise. Today, Tyler ranks as the 1,151st most popular name for girls in the United States, and is up 161 spots in popularity since 2017.
Girls named Tyler are known to be forward-thinking, confident and optimistic. They possess boundless energy and love to tackle difficult challenges.
Vaughn is an elegant name of Welsh origin that means small. It reached its peak of popularity for boys in 1949 when it was the 349th most popular choice. It’s a vintage beauty that currently doesn’t register as a girls’ name on most baby naming charts, however, it is difficult to deny how perfectly this name will fit a tiny lady born to stand out. At the present time, Vaughn ranks as the 18,406th most popular name for girls on BabyCenter.com. Time will tell if this name catches on as a unisex option, or if will forever remain a rare beauty reserved for a select and lucky few.
Girls named Vaughn are known for being diligent, hard working and dedicated to finishing what they start. They do things in their own way and have a knack for thinking outside of the box.
Wesley is an ethereal name of English origin that means western meadow. It ranked as high as 66th for boys in the 1970s before waning in popularity. Today, it is rarely used for either gender, but we feel Wesley would fit any girl with big dreams and the desire to spread her wings perfectly. Presently, Wesley ranks as the 2,326th most popular name for girls in the United States. Also of note, this name has risen a very impressive 1,255 spots in popularity since 2017.
Girls named Wesley are known for being independent, practical and wise. They are organized, decisive and capable of accomplishing great things.
Windsor is a stately name of English origin that means riverbank with a winch. While the name Windsor is still a rare choice, it is currently used just as often for girls at is is for boys. Adorable shortenings of this stunner abound, and include Win, Wind, Windy, Winnie and Indie. Presently, Windsor ranks as the 8,844th most popular name for girls in the United States.
Little ladies named Windsor are known for being inspirational, expressive, self-confident and friendly. They are rarely at a loss for words, are simply a joy to be around and spread light and sunshine everywhere they go.