Unisex Baby Names for Girls
Does it seem odd that I'm making a list of unisex names for girls? After all, if the names are unisex, they can be used for a girl or a boy, right?
That is correct.
These unisex names can be used for boys or girls. However, I wanted to make a list of unisex names that are especially appropriate for girls. I've created a similar list for boys, too. Many of the names will overlap on the boys list, some with different spellings, and some exactly the same.
Another reason I'm creating this list is to give parents-to-be 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 girl 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 may very well end up being the next Ashley, Shannon, or Dana.
This Unisex Trend Is Here to Stay
The trend of giving 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 and 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 have.
It also seems parents are more often then not choosing names simply based on the way it rolls off the tongue, as opposed to choosing a name that has a specific meaning. In 2005, for example, almost 200 baby girls were given the name "Drew," which means "manly." This indicates that either parents did not know about the name's meaning, or simply liked the sound of it.
Feminizing 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: spelling.
For example, Rileigh seems more feminine than Riley, and Kamryn more feminine than Cameron. Although most children in the United States go by their first name only, instead of their first and middle names, pairing a masculine name with a feminine middle name can also help to clear up confusion. If your daughter simply goes by Avery, she may be mistaken for a boy on paper, but Avery Jane leaves no room for doubt.
Keep in mind, though, that you will have to constantly correct and explain uniquely spelled names, and some who go by two names grow weary of the constant explanations.
Be honest with yourself. If you are the type that gets easily miffed by people asking whether your child is a girl or a boy, or making comments such as, "My brother'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 for Girls
List of Names That Used to Be Boys' Names but Are Now Mostly Used for Girls
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 given him 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 this list? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment in the comments box.