Category: Drew Barrymore
Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names? You betcha. First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.
Here are some who have had a perceivable influence in making their lad names more acceptable for ladies.
Let’s say you have a two-year-old son named Connor. Then suddenly you wake up one morning and see that Scarlett Superstar has just named her new baby daughter Connor. And the thought runs through your mind–omg!!–are thousands of other parents now going to follow her lead and name their little girls Connor? Is this the end of Connor as a boy’s name?
To the horror of many parents of boys, it can and sometimes does happen. Think about Addison and Avery and Jordan and Morgan and all the other gender blurring we’ve seen in recent years–and sometimes it is a single starbaby who has, if not incited the trend, at least accelerated it. A few once strictly-male names that fit this profile:
BAILEY–somewhat used for girls since the 80s, but really popped after several celebs chose it.
To a lesser degree, this can happen with a celebrity’s own name too. Although Glenn Close and Daryl Hannah didn’t do much to alter the gender images of their names, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon certainly did–there were over 2,300 girls named Reese last year.
So, which celebrity-endorsed boy-to-girl names have had or will have a lasting impact?
STARBABIES WHO HAVE ALREADY HAD AN EFFECT:
Those that could:
Those that probebly won’t (though you never know):