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Unisex Names for Baby Girls - borrowing cute names from the boys
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.
List of Unisex Names for Girls
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.
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.
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
Retro-Cool, Vintage Baby Names for Boys
Retro-Cool, Vintage Baby Names for Girls
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