For those who've long felt pigeonholed by the idea that there are boy names strictly for boys and girl names exclusively for girls, a new baby-naming trend is the perfect gender-neutralising antidote.
Many parents are opting to give their baby girls a traditional boy's name, and we're sure the amount of female Noahs, Flynns, and Garretts will only multiply now that Blake Lively, whose own moniker isn't classically "female," has named her newborn daughter James. In fact, it's a tactic that has long had a place in Hollywood. Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Hayden Panettiere, Parker Posey, Taylor Swift, Cameron Diaz . . . they all borrowed from the boys.
Curious what other boy names are being recast for the opposite sex? Read on. You might even be surprised to see some names — like Kelly or Dana, for instance — that have so long been coopted by women, you forgot they were ever boys' names to begin with.
Boy Names For Girls Starting With . . .
Addison, Adrian, Aidan, Ainsley, Alex, Andy, Ari, Ashley, Ashton, Aspen, Aubrey, August, Austin, Avery
Bailey, Barry, Bay, Blaine, Blake, Bobbie, Brett, Brook
Cameron, Campbell, Carroll, Carson, Casey, Chandler, Charlie, Chris, Christian, Claude, Clay, Cory
Dana, Dakota, Dale, Daryl, Devin, Dorian, Drew, Dylan
Eddie, Eli, Elliott, Emerson
Finn, Flynn, Francis, Frankie
Gabriel, Garrett, Glenn, Gray
Harley, Harper, Hayden
James, Jean, Jesse, Jordan, Jude, Jules, Julian
Kaden, Kelly, Kennedy, Kyle
Lake, Logan, Lyle
Madison, Mason, Max, Morgan
Parker, Pat, Peyton
Ray, Reagan, Reed, Reese, Riley, River, Roan, Roy, Rudy, Ryan
Sage, Sam, Sawyer, Shawn, Spencer, Stevie
Tanner, Taylor, Toby, Tyler
Wesley, West, Wylie