Unisex Names for Baby Girls - borrowing cute names from the boys

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Looking for a List of Sporty, Cute, Unisex Names for Girls? You've Found It!

Does it seem odd that I'm making a list of unisex names for girls? After all, if the names are unisex, that means they can be used for a girl or a boy, right? Yes, that is correct. These are unisex names and can be used for boys or girls. However, I wanted to make a list of unisex names that are especially appropriate for girls, for those parent-to-be who are expecting a girl. I'll create a similar list for boys after I've finished writing this hub. Obviously, many of the names will overlap onto the boys list, some with different spellings for boys and some exactly the same.

Another reason I'm writing this seemingly odd list is to give parents-to-be who are expecting boys a heads-up on the rising popularity of some of these names. When a unisex name gains overwhelming popularity for girls, it takes on a decidedly feminine connotation and eventually becomes a girls-only name. Parents who are expecting boys may want to study this list carefully and choose their boy's name thoughtfully, as some of these names very well may end up being the next Ashley, Shannon or Dana.

This Trend is Here to Stay

The trend of naming girls short, sporty names that in the past have been traditionally given to boys is going strong. Masculine names are popular for girls for many reasons. One is that in the never-ending quest for cool, unique, names, a boy's name on a girl can be completely original and unexpected. Another reason is that some parents like the "preppy," educated tone these names often have.

It also seems that parents are choosing names more and more based simply on the way a name sounds or rolls off the tongue, as opposed to choosing a name that has a specific meaning. For example, in 2005 almost 200 baby girls were given the name "Drew," which means "manly." That makes me think many of the parents who chose that name for their girls either did not know about the name's meaning, or simply liked the sound of it and didn't mind its meaning.

"Girling Up" a Boy's Name

If you love a specific name for your daughter but don't want her constantly mistaken for a boy on paper, there are ways to give most masculine names a slightly girly edge. Spellings seem to make a difference, even when the pronunciation is exactly the same. For example, "Rileigh" seems more feminine then "Riley," and "Kamryn" more feminine than "Cameron." Although most children in the United States regularly go by their first name only, instead of their first and middle names together, pairing a masculine name with a feminine one can help clear up confusion. If your daughter simply goes by "Avery," she may be mistaken for a boy (at least on paper) but "Avery Jane" leaves no doubt as to her gender.

Keep in mind, though, that people sometimes grow tired of correcting others and explaining how to spell their uniquely spelled names. Some who go by two names grow weary of the constant explanations as well. Also, be honest with yourself. If you are the type that would easily get miffed by people asking whether your child is a girl or a boy, or perhaps mistaking your girl for a boy, or making comments such as "my borhter's name is Chandler, too," then you may want to pick a more traditionally feminine name for your daughter.

Hayden
Glenn
Jayden
Jessi
Jo
Jodi
Jordan
Jules
Lane
Lee
Lynn
Marley
Merrit
Micki
Morgan
Nicki
Payton
Peri
Quincey
Quinn
Randi
Reagan
Reece
Riley
Ronni
Rory
Rowan
Sam
Sammi
Sawyer
Scout
Shawn
Skylar
Sloane
Soren
Taylor
Teagan
Teri
Tobin
Toby
Tommi
Toni
Tristan
Tyler
Wynne
Yancey

List of Unisex Names for Girls

Alex
Andi
Austin
Avery
Bailey
Billie
Blaine
Blair
Blake
Bobbi
Brady
Brett
Britt
Cameron
Campbell
Carlisle
Carson
Casey
Cecil
Chandler
Charli
Chris
Clancey
Cleo
Connor
Cori
Cullen
Dakota
Dale
Dallas
Dani
Darryl
Devon
Drew
Dustin
Dylan
Ellery
Elliott
Ellis
Emery
Emmerson
Finley
Flynn
Hadley
Harley
Harper

List of Boys' Names That Surprisingly Are Being Given to Girls

I have personally met girls with the following names. I was surprised and must admit these are not names I would give to a girl. However, these people named their own kids, not mine, so each to his or her own.

Dax
Evan
Hunter
James
Kevin
Kyle
Logan
Maddox
Mason
Michael
Parker
Reed
Ryan
Shane
Spencer
Winslow
Zane

Lauren
Leslie
Lindsay
Landry
Mallory
Marion
Meredith
Robin
Shannon
Shay
Shelby
Sidney
Stacey
Tracey
Whitney

List of Names that Started Out as Boys' Names, But are Mostly Seen on Girls Now

if you are expecting a baby boy, think twice before giving him one of these names, as he may some day complain to you about having a girls' name.

Ashley
Ashton
Brooke
Cary
Cassidy
Courtney
Dana
Hilary
Jackie
Jan
Kelly
Kendall
Kim

I'd love to hear from you!

What names have you given your children? What names do you love, and what names do you hate? What names have I left off the list? I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment in the comments box, below the Amazon ads.

MORE NAME LISTS You may also want to read my other name lists:
"Cute" Baby Names for Girls
Romantic, Feminine Baby Names for Girls
Unisex Baby Names for Boys
Names Not to Give Your Baby

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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Another great list! When I was a little girl, I liked the typical "boy" names for girls. When I got married, my then husband was against them, so my girls had more feminine names.


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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

I like Sam! It can be Samantha or Samuel. Sam is definitely a unisex name :) Great list!


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Chelspa, I finally finished the boys list yesterday - and I mentioned you in it! I'm thinking you're in the UK? You are right, trends are different based on geography. Thanks for reading and commenting!


Karen 4 years ago

We just had a girl at the end of march and named her Dylan. It already suits her :)


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

So cute, Karen! Thanks for visiting!


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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

This is a great hub. Other excellent names for girls are Kavanagh, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Radcliffe. I just don't know why but they seem like such aristocratic, yuppie names.


ElleBee 4 years ago

I was surprised to see Ryan on your list of names you're surprised to see people giving to girls. I know multiple girls named Ryan! That girls are being named things such as Dustin or Tyler was much more surprising to me. I think it's partially regionalized, even here within the US. Here in the northeast for example seeing a girl named Riley, Shea or something else from an Irish surname would hardly make me bat an eye, but if I met a girl named Dustin I'd be very surprised! I also think of Jodi as primarily a girls name.


LogGuy 3 years ago

My Daughters name is Jayk. We love it and others love it but those that don't love it hate it. there is no in between.


LogGuy 3 years ago

by the way it's pronounced just the way it's spelled like "Jake"


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Jayk is definitely a new one to me, especially for a girl. I'm not a huge fan of masculine names for girls, or spelling names in a "youneaqk" way, but hey, she's your little girl, not mine. I'm sure she is healthy, happy and adorable, and that is what counts! I wish there was a way for readers to post photos, as I'd love to see everyone's cute kids! Thanks for reading and commenting, I love hearing everyone's opinions.


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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

I know just a few of the unisex names and I thought it's that all. The list is quite amazing! Voted up and awesome. :)


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks FullOfLoveSites, I love reading and writing about names, discussing names, and watching them rise and fall in popularity. To me, names are such a fun and interesting subject. Thanks for reading, voting and commenting! I appreciate it!.


Joey - female 10 months ago

Love all the names listed. Here's a couple more boy names used as girls names, i've heard or use in our family. Fyi: they wanted boys, lol.. You may or may not like, no worries - starting with my name: Joey, Bobbi, Sammi, Sam, Jesse, Jerry, Jodi, Oakley, Dylan, Cameron, Taylor, Stevie, Rae, Scotti, Codi, Michaeyl, Markie, Charlie, Evan, Blake, or Jamie. . Hopefully this helps someone. If so, Yay! If not. Just trying to help .


Joey 10 months ago

thought of a couple more unisex names for Girls:

Dani, Alex, Owen- or Owyn, Deryn (spelled like the bird), Devyn or Devin , Morgan, James, Wyatt, Bailey, Elliott, Max, Kyle

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