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Girls’ Names: Naming a daughter the Pinkett-Smith way

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This week, Appellation Mountain’s Abby Sandel follows up with Part Two of her suggestions for namesake gender-bending–this time it’s girls’ names from boys.

Last week’s post was all about the trendsetting Pinkett-Smith family and their son Jaden Christopher Syre, named after mom Jada.  This week the spotlight turns to daughter Willow Camille Reign, after dad WillWhile plenty of parents chose appellations that honor loved ones, crossing gender lines opens up some inventive options for girls’ names.

At first glance, this is easy for girls’ names.  There are plenty of traditional equivalents, like Charles/Charlotte or Alexander/Alexandra.  But what if you’re trying to name a daughter after your brother Chad?  Or you adore your uncle Patrick, but you can’t imagine calling your little one Patricia?

Parents have grafted together some unusual choices over the years.  There are just add –ette or –elle names, like Danette and Donelle; ends-in-ie choices, like Artie and Bennie; and double names, from Bobbie Sue to Rayanne.  Some may be carefully chosen, but Markie or Hughette can sound like afterthoughts, hastily cobbled together when the parents heard the words, “It’s a girl!” 

Sometimes parents just pass on the masculine moniker, but there is a world of options for naming a daughter Pinkett-Smith style.  It’s not just Will and Jade, either.  Emeril Lagasse called his daughter Meril.

Just like last week’s post, these are options based on the most popular names of the 1970s and 80s.  Add your additions and suggestions in the comments!

AaronAllaire

AdamAdelaide, Amalia, Amanda

Alan, AllenLana, Lena

Alex, AlexanderAlice, Alix, Zara

Andre, AndrewDrea, Drusilla

Anthony, AntonioAntonella, Antha

ArthurHarlow

AustinAusten

BenjaminEnya

BlakeLake

Brad, ChadAda, Adeline

BradleyHadley

BrendanBrenna

BrettBree

Brian, Bryan, – Briar, Briony

BruceRuth

CalebLibby

CalvinVida, Vina

CameronCamille, Maren

Carl, CarlosCarlotta

Casey, CasyCassandra, Casilda

CharlesArliss

ChristianChristian, Kester, Kitty

ClaytonLayla

ClintonLinden, Lindy

CodyEcho

ColinColette

Corey, CoryCora, Coraline, Cordelia, Corisande

DanielAnnie, Danica, Elaina, Elodie, Elsa

DarrellElla, Rell

DarrenWren

DavidDava, Davina

DeanJeanne

DennisNessa

DonaldDonna, Donnatella

DylanDilys

EdwardEden, Edie

EdwinGwen, Gwynne

Eric, ErikFrederica, Veronica

ErnestTrue, Verity

EvanEvadne

FernandoFern

Francisco, FrankFrancesca, Frannie

FrederickFrieda                   

GarrettGarnet

GaryMary

Harold, HarryHallie

HenryHattie

IanNia, Nina

IsaacIsla

JackJane, Joan

Jacob, JasonJacinda

JamesAmy

JayMae, May

JeffreyFreya

JeremiahMariah, Maya

JeremyMia

JeromeRomy

JesseJessamine

JoelJolie

JosephPoesy, Posey, Posy, Seraphina

KennethKendall, Kenna

KevinEva, Evelina

Larry, LawrenceLaurel

LeonardLeah, Leocadia

LoganOlga

Louis, Lucas, LuisLulu, Lucasta, Lucienne

ManuelMolly

Marc, MarkArcadia

MarioAria

MartinMarla, Marlo

MatthewMattea, Maud, Maude, Thea

MauriceReese

MichaelEllie, Micah

NathanHana

NathanielAnya

NeilNeely, Nell

NicholasHolly, Nicola

OmarMara

OscarScarlett

PatrickTrixie

PaulPolly

PeterPetra, Tera

Philip, PhillipPiper, Pippa

RalphRae

RandallDahlia, Dolly

RaymondRachel, Rae

RobertBeryl

RoyJoy

RubenRuby

RussellSelah

ScottScout

Sean, ShawnSian

SethBeth

TheodoreDory

ThomasTamsin

ToddMaude

TravisAva, Avis

TrevorRiva

TylerLila

VincentWynne

WalterWallis

WilliamBillie, Willa, Willow

ZacharyCaroline

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