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  1. #1
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    Red face Girls names for boys

    Whatever our opinion on the matter, we all know that boys names for girls are trendy. But how about the reverse? If a girl can be named Lincoln or Elliot, why can't a boy be Lois or Isabel?

    I think a lot of girls names could work fabulously for boys. If Tanner, why not Tanith? If Xavier, why not Xanthe? If Owen, why not Opal? If Jonathan, why not Jonquil? If Max, why not May?

    Some more of my favorite gender-swapped names:

    Celeste *
    Fern
    Esme
    Aquila
    Romy *
    Averil
    Seren *
    Evadne
    Leonie (Leo is getting popular)
    Beryl *
    Cate (just a letter off from Cade)
    Hester
    Carly *
    Ingrid
    Willow *
    Paz
    Aisling
    Jolie (instead of just Joel)
    Zoe *
    Adele
    Jade *
    Alison ('son' is right there in the name!)
    Eden *
    Arden*
    Afton
    Maris
    Scarlet *
    Lux
    Macy (a great alternative to Mason!)
    Tamar
    Gala
    Ivy (one of my favorites)
    Saga *
    Clover
    Belle (boys are beautiful too, right?)
    Jane (a very tough male character on 'Firefly' wore this name handsomely)
    Hazel
    Blythe *
    Clio *
    Julie (could be a nn for the popular Julian)
    Bridget
    Fay *
    Serenity
    Beth *
    Mallory *
    Brynn (like a modern, stripped-down Brian)
    Iris
    April *
    Piper (LOVE this for a boy)
    Olive
    Charity (virtue names, like nature names, should be gender-neutral, right?)
    Chastity (^^)
    Tess *
    Sigourney *
    Isis
    Shirley
    Joy (I would love to see this on a boy!)
    Kimberly
    Helen
    Ellen
    Sloane *
    Greer *
    Jennifer (dated for girls, fresh for boys)

    What girls names would YOU like to see cross over?

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

  2. #3
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    Oh, and how could I forget Rachel? Rachel would totally work on a boy, especially with the nn Ray!

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

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    Well I totally see Brynn as a boys name anyway, not one part of me finds it feminine!

    I hate the double standard that comes with gender-swapped names. Like "I can name my daughter Ryan because it's a strong name, but I can't name my son Elizabeth because it's so feminine". Why can girls be masculine, but boys cannot be feminine? It's a double standard that I wish didn't exist. Girls names can sound strong too, and boys names can be soft. People have told me so many times that I shouldn't like names like Darwin, Elliot, and Jasper on a boy because they're too soft sounding and sound like girls names. Well why is it okay to give your daughter a masculine name? I hate it. If you're prepared to use a boys name on a girl, you should be okay with using a girls name on a boy. Otherwise it's just ignorant and even sexist.

    From your list, I prefer these on boys:
    Hester
    Eden
    Arden
    Afton
    Bryn
    Piper
    Sloane

    I wouldn't even consider these to be girls names
    Last edited by sapphires; June 30th, 2013 at 01:29 PM.
    Emilia • Bronwen • Anthea • Piper • Helena
    Artemis • Beatrice • Delilah • Genevieve • Lillian • Matilda • Ophelia • Penelope • Rosamund • Willow
    Stanley • Arthur • Henry • Caspian • Dexter
    Edmund • Forest • Jasper • Julian • Luca • Maxen • Oscar • Sebastian • Thomas • Winston

  4. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by sapphires View Post
    If you're prepared to use a boys name on a girl, you should be okay with using a girls name on a boy. Otherwise it's just ignorant and even sexist.
    Nuh uh! You can't be sexist towards males! It's just not possible!

    Kimberly was used on males in the 1950's to 1970's. Not as popular as it was for girls but in the top 1,000, even peaking at #553 in 1955.

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    Demeter
    Hecate
    Juno
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  5. #9
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    I like these as well for boys!


    Mine:
    Charlotte - would love to use it if I never had a girl, lol
    Regan
    Saoirse
    Chelsea

    On my actual list for boys:

    Willow
    Regan
    Jade
    Eden
    Scarlet
    Artemis
    Eowyn
    Hazel
    Mallory
    Piper
    Current Favorite Names
    ♀ Denver : Maleficent : Tigerlily : Wednesday
    ♂ Brooklyn : Clyde: : Disney : Elias : Galilee : Juniper

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