Unisex Baby Names for Boys

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Looking for a List of Boys Unisex Names? You've Found It!

As I mentioned in my hub about Unisex Names for Baby Girls, it's a little odd to have two separate articles about unisex names, with one for boys and one for girls. If the names are unisex, then theoretically one list should cover both genders. However, I wanted to publish two separate lists. Although there is a good deal of overlap, some names won't make it onto both lists. Although all the names on both lists are considered unisex, some are given almost exclusively to girls and some almost exclusively to boys.

Are Girls Taking All the Boys' Names?

In the never-ending quest for a cool, unique, unexpected name, parents of girls are turning to boys' names more and more. While it is socially acceptable for a girl to have a masculine name, the opposite is not necessarily so. Traditionally masculine names such as Morgan, Tristan and Quinn are perfectly acceptable for a girl; however, parents wouldn't dream of naming a boy Delia, Elizabeth or Annabelle. If a name that has been traditionally given to boys becomes popular for girls, over time it takes on a feminine connotation and ultimately ends up being a girls-only name, which in my opinion is a shame. It seems that eventually there will be no names left for boys.

I'm hoping that instead a new trend will occur. Because unisex names have become increasingly popular, perhaps this means the general population will become more accustomed to hearing names on both boys and girls, and will not subconsciously assign either gender to unisex names, allowing these names to remain appropriate for wither girls or boys, without gaining a feminine feel over time.


Dylan
Elliott
Ellis
Emery
Flynn
Harley
Hayden
Glenn
Jules
Lane
Perry
Quincey
Quinn
Rory
Rowan
Sawyer
Scout
Shawn
Soren
Tobin
Toby
Tristan
Tyler
Wynne

List of Unisex Names That are Still Very Boyish

These names have quite a masculine feel and sound. However, don't be surprised if you meet a girl or two with one of these names.
Alex
Austin
Blaine
Blake
Brady
Brett
Britt
Carson
Cecil
Clancey
Cleo
Connor
Cullen
Dakota
Dale
Dallas
Darryl
Drew
Dustin

Hadley
Harper
Jayden
Jordan
Marley
Merritt
Morgan
Payton
Reagan
Reece
Riley
Ryan
Skylar
Sloane
Taylor
Teagan


List of Unisex Names that are Still Boyish but Becoming Popular for Girls

Avery
Bailey
Blair
Cameron
Campbell
Carlisle
Casey
Chandler
Corey
Devon
Ellery
Emmerson
Finley

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

Names that the Girls have Taken Over

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

Nicknames and Cultural Differences

Plenty of nicknames are given to both boys and girls, such as Joe/Jo, Bobby/Bobbi, Nicky/Nicki, Sam, Chris and Pat. Randy, Ronny, Terry, Tommy and Tony are additional names that fall into this category, with girls usually replacing the "y" with an "i."

Lee and Lynn have been unisex names for generations, although neither are particularly popular these days except as middle names. Jody and/or Jodi aren't given to babies much these days, although the names in my opinion are quite cute and perhaps will make a comeback soon.

Something I have not addressed in any of my name lists are cultural differences. Fellow HubPages member "chelspa" wrote to tell me that he's a male whose parents named him Chelsea just before that moniker became more popular with girls than boys in the UK. However, because I'm American and am reporting American trends, and Chelsea has appeared in the U.S. mainly as a girls name, I left that name off the list.

I Would 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:
Unisex Names for Baby Girls
Cute Names for Baby Girls
Romantic, Feminine Names for Baby Girls
Names Not to Give Your Baby.
Retro-Cool, Vintage Baby Names for Boys
Retro-Cool, Vintage Baby Names for Girls

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A name-nerd 4 years ago

I think that some of the names on the "Girls have Taken Over" list may be more usable for a boy now than when you were growing up, simply because they're no longer popular for girls (e.g. he'd probably be the "only Shannon" rather than the "boy Shannon" among several girls). While names such as Ashley and Lauren were so widely used for girls (and not for boys) that there is probably little hope with those ones, others like Kelly and Robin had enough male usage that with the "fire of girls" now largely extinguished they may be bearable on a modern boy. In fact, I think that some of those names may have a dated/boring image for a girl but sound fresher for a boy (much like some people think Austin and Dylan are boring/overused for boys but are more surprising for a girl).

In my opinion the ones to watch out for are Payton, Riley, and the likes, names that are now popular for both genders. With these names, a modern child is likely to know both boys and girls with them. On one hand that may make some boys bearing those names feel uncomfortable, but on the other hand kids these days seem to not have as big of a hang-up on such issues as older generations did.


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Excellent observations, name-nerd. I love your screen name, by the way. I will definitely do a little rethinking. Name trends are always changing, and these lists can gt out of date quickly. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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