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Gender: Female Meaning of James: "supplanter" Origin of James: Hebrew

James Origin and Meaning

The name James is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "supplanter".

James for a girl? Well, why not? This is one of the boy names for girls" gaining a lot of attention these days -- it's already been used as a pet name for some Jamies. Now that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have chosen the name for their daughter, chances are that we'll be meeting more girls named James than ever before.

The only real argument against using James for your daughter is that it's been so widely used for so long for boys, and is more fashionable today than it's been for a couple of decades. Do you want people to do a double-take every time they hear your little girl's name? If so, James might be the choice for you, but if not, keep looking.

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Lunessence Says:

2019-03-28T12:43:22

If it starts rivaling Rose, Grace, Ann(e), Marie and Lee for middle names, I say go for it!

Lunessence Says:

2019-03-28T12:41:18

I've know a lot of guys named Kelly. That's a pretty unisex name where I live. I also had a male classmate who's name was Shannon. It fit him perfectly. As long as kids can find a reason, every name can get teased. I was teased because my name rhymes with Krusty. The Simpsons was just becoming popular so I got called 'Krusty the Clown' constantly at recess.

Lunessence Says:

2019-03-28T12:31:48

I'm female and go by Kris. I love it so much more than my cutsey-sounding full name of Kristi. I definitely feel more like myself and feel more feminine when I view myself as a Kris. Kristi is either a child, or a stripper, or in trouble with Mom.

Annaaaa Says:

2018-08-21T01:07:33

I can’t imagine this as a girls name

Francoamericano Says:

2018-05-21T02:25:49

I know a boy named kelly and he is not teased at all, nor is my (girl) friend named Jedidiah teased, but I definitely see where you are coming from. I have a traditional french name (Anais) and I get teased all the time and no one can pronounce it. I think kids will be kids and they will find something to make fun of if you let them. But I would love to be called James. The way to be professional is how you wear your name.

Francoamericano Says:

2018-05-21T02:20:14

sorry but thats not true, more and more people are naming their girl James. Personally I love the name Willa James either as Double-Barrell or first-middle

Francoamericano Says:

2018-05-21T02:09:41

I LOVE James as a girl and boy name. I even want to name my future girl Willa James. I think it is sooooooooooooooo amazing. No one is changin my mind about this one

Kaylon O. Centres Says:

2018-04-20T03:26:26

My sons will have distinctly male names, same for the daughters. Regardless of their gender, I intend on raising them to be capable, confident people who are comfortable with their identity. Part of that includes assigning gender appropriate names.

Eliza1303 Says:

2018-02-12T23:50:07

name ur daughter James if you want, name your son Allison if you want. It all depends on whether or not you like the name and how much u care about society’s opinion. I personally kinda like James on a girl but I much prefer Jones.

pindorama Says:

2018-02-12T18:01:52

Allison (and Alison) are diminutives of Alice....

indiefendi2 Says:

2018-02-12T15:51:14

Actually, there is an Arabic male name called Sofian (also spelled Sofiane). By "American standards" that name sounds feminine. I actually knew a boy when I was around 12 nicknamed Sofi.

SugarCandy Says:

2018-02-06T23:42:45

Don't you dare.
James is fine as a boys name. Lots of wonderful girls names out there.

NameObsession Says:

2018-01-22T04:38:27

I feel the same way. I have a very hard time finding girl's names that don't make me cringe.

FractalShadow Says:

2017-11-15T19:25:22

This is a very masculine name. There's nothing inherently wrong with giving a masculine name to a girl [or a feminine one to a boy]. However, I knew a girl named Michael [arguably more unisex than James] and she was teased relentlessly for it, even teachers had to make comments when doing role-call. By the same token, I knew a boy named Kelly and he was teased for it too. If you want a professional-sounding name for your girl, this might make a good middle name, but I wouldn't be brave enough to saddle a girl with this as a first name.

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:

2017-06-20T05:36:58

I really like James as a middle for a boy, but I don't like it at all for a girl, though I like Jamie fine for either gender.

NameLover 11 Says:

2017-05-23T19:13:53

I (a girl) would much rather be named James than something like Nevaeh Mykynzleighhh

NameLover 11 Says:

2017-05-23T19:12:27

well said.

NameLover 11 Says:

2017-05-23T19:11:57

I agree

clairels Says:

2017-05-08T05:57:48

No.

Jack Says:

2017-05-08T04:45:39

CAN PEOPLE JUST STOP USING MASCULINE NAMES ON GIRLS?!?!?!?! SINCE SOCIETY ACTS LIKE NO ONE SHOULD USE NAMES LIKE ESTHER ON BOYS, THEN WHY DO THEY ACT LIKE IT'S OK TO USE MASCULINE NAMES LIKE JAMES AND FELIX ON GIRLS?!?!?! PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-03-08T16:41:50

Look up the name Lisa on here. I couldn't believe it, but historically, that has been used for boys. It's down as "unisex" on here, alongside James, Michael and Toby, etc. Guess it does work both ways...!!!

Miri Says:

2017-03-08T15:34:46

I don't like this at all for a girl.

MonikerWanderer Says:

2017-02-05T18:13:57

It doesn't strike me as a girls' name, but if it's your style, go for it. This name is so popular for boys it will never stop being a boys' name, but maybe it will become a little more unisex as the years go on.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-01-07T11:40:43

I wish that people wouldn't use this gorgeous, classic boys' name for girls. Jamie is unisex. Jimi sounds kind of cute for a girl. Jamesina isn't to my personal tastes, but is, at least, a female name. Jane, although a feminine version of John, has a similar sound, and is a one syllable name, if that aspect appeals. I don't see any reason to use this name - or Michael, Toby, Kevin, etc - for girls. I can't imagine the same parents calling their sons Annabel or Jessica.

Wittyusername103 Says:

2017-01-07T04:07:24

I hate how people act like this is a new thing. It was in the top 1000 until 1989 and was even at #330 in 1881.Can we just let people name kids the reasonable names they want (I will never support the name Princess or anything similar for legal reasons)? Personally I would name my daughter James over some of the nameberry favourites anyday.

Czar Felix Says:

2017-01-07T03:25:34

No.

P'tit Asky Says:

2016-10-28T23:26:14

No one except for this website and celebrities living in echo chambers would think of James as a girl's name.

clairels Says:

2016-10-20T15:50:58

Not all of them.

clairels Says:

2016-10-20T15:50:33

I see what you did there.

clairels Says:

2016-10-20T15:50:18

James is becoming a very popular middle name for girls. Go for it!

CaggieMcMasters Says:

2016-09-13T23:41:20

It's cool on a girl! Love it.

LadyAlegrar Says:

2016-09-04T07:11:50

I don't think this is a bad name on a girl, but there are definitely other names I'd rather pick. I think James would be a nice nickname for a tomboy with a name that starts with "J," like Jamie. Not sure about making it her legal name though.

meek Says:

2016-07-20T00:01:00

What do people think of James as a girls middle name? I'm not a fan of unisex names usually but I like it in the middle. Annabelle James?

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-07-10T07:15:00

I just had this crazy thought: how cool would this name be on a boy?

jaz.fortune Says:

2016-06-21T06:50:58

I think James as a middle name is fine.

Haids1987 Says:

2016-05-02T14:20:07

Remember when Rachel suggested naming baby Gellar James, but only if it was a girl? This was a Friends episode in 2002. I thought James for a girl was awesome then, not sure why it has taken 14 years to catch on since then.

kncooper Says:

2016-05-02T10:40:00

I have seen males with Marie or Anne in their name. Especially historically in France, where it was not uncommon for men to be named Marie. And when i first learned that, i was shocked, shocked that 18th century France was open-minded enough with names to give their sons, what we see as, traditionally feminine names.

cabosanmucus Says:

2016-04-18T21:31:40

From 1880 to 1989 this was up and down the bottom half of the Top 1000 for girls. Let's not jump the gun folks.

thorn144 Says:

2016-02-16T09:16:26

What about Jameson for a girl honoring a James? I know there's the 'son' in there but there's also Madison, Allison, etc. I knew a little girl named Jameson and she was so cute! And nn could be Jamie

sirens_sam Says:

2016-02-16T08:49:31

The fact that you said you feel like you cant be feminine with your name is upsetting. I wish you had more confidence in your name. Ive known many females with very masculine names that love them because they are unexpected especially when they are very girly women. I love going by Sam (less masculine then James I know) especially because im very feminine. Not once have I ever introduced myself as anything but Sam.

sirens_sam Says:

2016-02-16T08:30:34

100% agree with this.

sirens_sam Says:

2016-02-16T08:28:04

Okay well by your comment there should be no reason a couple shouldnt be able to name their daughter James and be free of judgement right? Naming a daughter James or Elliott doesnt necessary mean the couple named them that because they wanted a strong and non frilly name. I think people forget that people do just like the sound or look of a name. Who cares if its a boy or girl name it isnt your name . There are far worse names then having a boys name as a women trust me ive always went by Sam and love it quite a bit.

sirens_sam Says:

2016-02-16T08:17:24

I don't think there are more girl names to pick then boys. I actually think the opposite. I have lists and lists of boy names I love and would use in a heartbeat. That being said I have maybe 3 maybe,that I'd use on a daughter.

Alsace Says:

2016-02-16T03:00:00

This!

Daphodil Says:

2016-02-13T14:34:49

I still don't like James for girls, but I found it strangely touching reading that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose James in honour of his father, who recently died after suffering with Parkinson's disease for years. Surely they knew that he wouldn't be around to meet their second child, so they chose to use the name regardless of gender.

clairels Says:

2016-01-09T00:46:55

There's no way the SSA made THAT many errors. 10 or even 20, I could understand, but not hundreds. You're choosing to discount facts to support what you believe.

It's an age-old tradition in some places to name girls after their fathers or other male relatives, or their mother's surnames. They may not have chosen to go by James in their everyday lives, but that's what they were named.

Michaela Says:

2016-01-09T00:39:15

All the 'examples' are just girls with James as their middle names! This is not and should not be legitimate.

caetano Says:

2016-01-05T03:47:35

Those were SSA errors.

caetano Says:

2016-01-05T03:47:16

I applaud your opinion on nameberry. I feel the same.

caetano Says:

2016-01-05T03:44:40

I prefer it on a girl. Gives this overused name some personality. I'm not scared about its usage on girls, because its never gonna go "girl"... i'm more afraid of the more unusual names like Riley or Finley going girl.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2015-09-09T01:39:36

Elizabeth was quite popular for boys at one point as well. But you don't see Nameberry (or anyone) for that matter, attempting to advertise it as unisex. It's a shame that you can't see that, as a whole, most girls/women actually want to be feminine in some way or another, and wouldn't appreciate having an obviously male name that they played no part in choosing themselves.

Overall, until Nameberry starts advertising Jane and Sophia and other feminine classics for boys, I'm not going to accept the one-sided, sexist trend of boy names on girls. And no one will convince me otherwise.

Loveislife23 Says:

2015-09-07T17:14:56

James has been used for girls for quite a long time, and according to the SSA it remained in the top 1000 for girls until 1989. It's not as 'solidly masculine' as you make it to be. Besides, Jamesina or Jamesetta won't give you the strong, one-syllable sound that parents love about this name. It's a shame that you aren't happy with being given a a male name, but it doesn't mean that every woman with a male name feels the same way.

laurashgre Says:

2015-09-04T00:05:10

The comments here are almost laughable. What someone names their child is between the parents and the child and it is no one else's business. I can imagine James on a girl just as I can see a slightly more "accepted" Jamie, Tyson, Tyler, Carter, Dillon/Dylan, Dusty, etc. I've come across girls with more controversial names (Tyson, Carter) and neither of them have changed it to a more "feminine" version - in fact they seem quite content with it. If any one of you heavily critical people actually met a charming little girl named James, I'm sure you wouldn't treat her any differently than an Elizabeth or Charlotte. A person's name does not define their worth. And also... who defined what's 'masculine' and 'feminine'? Other //people//. To be honest, this all sounds like those parents who got mad over Target taking away the genders in the kids' section. It isn't that big of a deal and no one's hurting anyone by choosing this name for either gender... James on a girl is nothing new or revolutionary.

missjen Says:

2015-08-14T14:06:03

Thank you!

Zelliew Says:

2015-07-18T07:04:19


Exactly ! Well stated !

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2015-07-11T09:56:10

Times move on, but I can't name a single girl who would be happy to walk around with an all-masculine name. Just because masculinity is acceptable on girls doesn't mean that we appreciate having it forced on us. I certainly don't appreciate my mother's choice to give me a boy name, and now find it hard to feel feminine. I think that reality is something that should be considered before investing in such a trend.

clairels Says:

2015-07-10T23:54:45

Or how about...Jamie?! Much more familiar and less awkward than Jamesina or Jamesetta, names that frankly sound ridiculous in an age where unisex names are far more common and accepted than these old-fashioned feminizations. Actually, I think a girl named James is far less likely to be laughed at in the current naming climate than one named Jamesina. Time moves on; fashions and mores change. It's not right or wrong, it just is.

amf0224 Says:

2015-07-10T23:21:25

So many comments over one name... Crazy that naming a girl James causes such a debate. I know this is Nameberry and we all LOVE names, but in all actuality, its just a name. Now I realize a child will be called this for the rest of their lives, but still. James can be used for a boy, and James can and will be used for a girl. The sooner that everyone accepts that the better.
First of all, maybe names shouldn't be so split into "masculine" and "feminine". I have seriously got comments on names I like for a boy or a girl like Riley, Finley, or Rory, saying I like this but I prefer this on a girl. Or I would use this, but I'm afraid it has gone to the girls side. Like its such a scary thing that a name has gone to the girls side - because once it crosses over you can't use it on a boy? Listen, the girls side is not the dark side and the boys side is also not the dark side.
Second of all, I find it rude to degrade other people's name choices. Don't say that you feel bad for the child or that you think they'll face humiliation! Is it really worth hurting someone else's feelings to get your opinion across? That person may love that name with all their heart, and its wrong to try to change their minds. Give your suggestion, not your criticism.
Now onto the name itself - James is a classic and as was said above has been used as a girls name, not quite as popular but still, in the late 1800s and 1930s. Its a classic and is surely not tacky on either a boy or a girl.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2015-07-10T12:02:31

To be honest, I know that your standard Ava, Lily and Sophia have become quite boring to many. And I understand - more than most - the desire to choose an interesting, rare and obscure choice to compliment your child and, indeed, set her apart from others. Not only that, but I can definitely see how your average girl names can come across as too delicate and frilly to some people. However, THIS is not the answer!

James is popular. It's been popular for hundreds of years and has been one of the top boy names for god-knows-how-long. There are some boy names, I grudgingly admit, that possess some feminine crossover potential. But James... it's solidly masculine. And while I know that masculinity has become much more acceptable for girls to partake in, that doesn't mean that just about any girl would be happy to cart around a male name for the rest of her life. - I speak from personal experiance.

If you want a strong name, a unique name, a name that isn't princessy and something that is traditional, try: Jamesina. Or maybe Jamesette. Or Jamesetta. These are all fully legitimate feminisations that are no longer popular, and will give your child everything that James has, without the all out masculinity attached.

TheHumanCanvas Says:

2015-05-31T13:45:22

A few people have commented that gender equality means making ALL names unisex. I disagree - gender equality is accepting that men and women have the same status in society; it does NOT mean they should be the same, it means they should be allowed to be different, and TREATED with the same rights. It's not all that dissimilar to giving your daughter a masculine name to make her "strong." That's sexist, isn't it? Assuming that a girly name makes her "weak"? There is too much pressure in today's society for women to be exactly like men, in order to prove themselves strong, worthy, independent or whatever. So if you want to call your daughter, say, Annabella (which might be deemed "frilly"), go ahead! It doesn't make her any "less" than a male James. So no, I wouldn't give James to a baby girl.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2015-05-22T17:51:13

For your daughter's sake, I hope she likes it.

missjen Says:

2015-05-22T17:32:40

I adore the name James for a girl. I plan on using it one day.

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-04-27T19:29:31

I heard of a boy named Sofian which to be honest I think is handsome. I think it was his middle name though, his first name was Jake or Blake or something.

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-04-27T19:28:13

So Blake Lively said besides this being a family name, she wanted her girl to have a boy name like she does. Blake was named after an uncle btw.

eveyalecia Says:

2015-04-06T23:19:27

I don't think it's hypocritical to point out the issue. It's true that femininity is devalued in our society, but that is reflected not only in the way boys aren't given "girly" names, but also in the way girls are being given "masculine" names. Ask someone why they chose a traditionally male name for their daughter, and often they'll say that they wanted a "strong" name, or a "not frilly" name... when there's no reason for girl names to be perceived as inherently frilly or weak.

My point in my original comment, and maybe I didn't make it very well, was that I don't really believe names should be broken down into boys and girls at all... but unfortunately that's the reality of the situation. And until femininity ceases to be seen as a bad thing, I don't think we should shy away from it when naming our girls or boys.

P.S.-- I have Mackenzie and Madison on my list for boys, and would not hesitate to give either name to my future son. But even if I didn't, that doesn't mean that pointing out the sexism where it exists is hypocritical.

fuzzycub Says:

2015-04-02T02:42:30

It would be an interesting and possibly refreshing change....

steampunkleo Says:

2015-04-02T02:38:15

Likely or not, I hope it's #1.

MissKaris Says:

2015-04-02T02:35:14

Hell, there is too much fighting over this one particular name. A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, so to parents that name their little girl James, more power to them. At least it isn't hashtag or facebook.

MissKaris Says:

2015-04-02T02:32:54

I don't see the issue seeing as Jocelyn and Evelyn were never, ever considered to be a girl's name back in the day. And yes, I understand that was many a years ago, but it has to happen sometimes. Not to mention the cute nickname Jamie could be used on James for a girl yet James could be more professional. And as to state again, what about Jocelyn and Evelyn? Lovely for girls but definitely were never girl's names back in the day.

fuzzycub Says:

2015-04-02T02:28:54

Which scenario do you think is most likely?
1. Many people will start giving their sons names like Sofia
2. The trend of people giving their daughters names like James and thinking it's clever will taper off
3. So many male names will be used on girls that most male names will become unisex

I'm personally not sure, but I doubt it's #1.

clairels Says:

2015-04-02T02:04:21

Obviously it's an uphill battle, but a necessary one.

fuzzycub Says:

2015-04-02T02:01:52

Does telling people what they should do always work? What is the likelihood that you will succeed in getting people to name their sons Sofia?

clairels Says:

2015-04-02T01:57:44

Because trying to tell people what they can't do never works. In fact, it's already failed.

fuzzycub Says:

2015-04-02T01:56:43

What if people stopped giving their daughters male names?

clairels Says:

2015-04-02T01:43:29

Most people wouldn't, but they should. It's the only way to achieve equality among the sexes (naming-wise, at least).

fuzzycub Says:

2015-04-02T01:40:40

Would you name your son Sofia, the female name that shares a popularity rank (#13) with the male name James?

amf0224 Says:

2015-04-02T01:07:40

Is James my absolute favorite name? No. But I think it has a certain charm on a girl, and I don't see a problem with a girl being named James. I mean, it is kind of ridiculous that everything we choose in life is so ruled by gender, but this kind of change takes some time, and as much as I like to believe it, I too am ruled by this like anyone. Anyways, a lot of the times, when kids are young they wish they had a popular name, or something like everyone else, but once they're older, they learn to appreciate its uniqueness and like that they're different from everyone else This is at least what my aunt told me, she's named Adania (uh-dane-yuh), which is not made up, it was the name of my great grandmother who came from Italy. I always say, if you really love the name, just go for it! Hopefully one day in our society we could just name our children whatever we want without fear of judgment or other people's negative opinions!

clairels Says:

2015-04-02T00:36:07

Watch as all the hypocrites in here stick their fingers in their ears and go "la la la sexism la la la."

clairels Says:

2015-04-02T00:35:01

Personally, James would be much easier to live with than something ridiculous like say, Jamesetta or Jamesina.

clairels Says:

2015-04-02T00:31:27

How about instead of "protecting" boy names, you actually go out and name your son Lynn or Ashley, or hell, Sarah? Anybody who goes around crying sexism but won't consider putting their money where their mouth is, is a hypocrite, plain and simple, and is only perpetuating the idea that female=negative and that once a name "goes girl," it can't be used on a boy.

JessicaRK467 Says:

2015-03-22T03:56:08

I actually know a woman named Henry. She's a retired judge. She said her father thought she was going to be a boy originally and the name still stuck. She didn't mind it at all. She loved it actually.

thenamer007 Says:

2015-03-12T03:20:19

This works better as a pet name for Jamie. But as an actual name I'd much prefer it on a boy.

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-02-12T22:38:57

I had a male teacher named Lynn.

ShunPun Says:

2015-02-12T20:29:49

I don't mind unisex names, but this one rubs me the wrong way. I just don't really picture it on a girl. Now, for a girl's middle name, that's OK if you want to honor a family member....but sorry, I much prefer Rowan and Riley for boys and girls.

epowell Says:

2015-02-12T20:18:56

interesting addition. thanks.

epowell Says:

2015-02-12T20:18:10

James on a girl doesn't bother me and here is why. James is a Bible name. 100% established as a boys name not just another surname that has made the switch. That is one reason why James works so easily on a girl...because it is also a last name. I wouldn't name my daughter James but it doesn't ring tacky with me...tacky is my main issue with names.

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-02-12T17:03:35

There's another rumor that this is Blake Lively's baby's name. But I won't believe anything until I hear it from her mouth or Ryan's mouth 😶

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2015-01-31T20:53:39

So... by your standards a boy can't even be named Gwyn because it 'far too feminine' due to its passing resemblance to Gwen and Lynn... and yet you think it's perfectly acceptable for a girl to take on the most popular boy name so far this century? - one of the sturdies, most unquestionably manly names in all of European history? I am soooooo tired of your sexism, Nameberry. So very, very tired. You're trying to make 'fetch' happen, and in all honestly, it's horrifying. And shameful.

James for a girl gets a big fat NO from me. I don't even like Jamesina, Jamesette and Jamesetta but at least they've got some feminine history and wouldn't be a total embarrassment and humiliation for your average girl to wear. And in the wake of the floral trend, Jamesia (after the Jamesia americana) might also work. But James, by itself? Why would anyone do that to a daughter?

eveyalecia Says:

2015-01-29T08:31:42

Interestingly, according to the SSA, James has been used as a girl name for a long time. In the 1930s and late 1800s it was in the mid 300s for girls, and remained in the top 1000 all the way up until 1989. So, this isn't a new trend, just a reviving one, perhaps as a result of James getting more notice for boys recently as well.

I'm personally still not a fan of it for girls, but the history is interesting.

MJadeF Says:

2015-01-29T00:59:51

Why use James for a girl? I don't understand. It's been a very popular boy name for such a long time and still is. I think naming your daughter James would just bring a lot of teasing.

Essa Says:

2014-12-22T11:22:09

NO!

Catastroffy Says:

2014-12-22T10:44:50

YES.

EvaThyssen Says:

2014-12-09T03:03:34

NOT for a girl. Period.

moraea Says:

2014-12-05T06:23:30

The only boys name I can think of that I actually like on a girl, has been since I was a kid. Nick names Jaime and Jimmy always seemed feminine to me and I love the nn Jem as a sub for Jim.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-12-05T05:30:14

This is just too much of a strong, classical male name that I don't think it could ever work on a girl. It's like naming your daughter Henry.

madmaddie Says:

2014-10-08T22:35:04

I'm a female Madison, and let me say this: this is the ONE name where you simply can't use it for a girl. Everything else, okay. But James? Just don't even try it.

eveyalecia Says:

2014-08-11T05:23:24

It's okay when a name can straddle the line as a completely unisex name like Morgan and Riley, but unfortunately once a boy name gets popular with girls it's all-to-often lost to the dreaded "girliness" association, like Mackenzie, Madison, Allison.... Sharing names is great, but stealing not-so-much. And unfortunately our society would not accept a traditionally, or trendily, feminine name on a boy without a lot of teasing. It's sexism and hypermasculinity at work, but it does make me want to "protect" boys names, when really I don't mind if names are unisex if only they would stay that way. :/

Sorry for the mini-rant!

Guest Says:

2014-07-06T08:52:34

This is not cool! It's not trendy to use a boy name on a girl. It's just... Ugh. I mean, whatever parents want to do is none of my business, but I don't know why Nameberry actually put this in the girls' section. This was one of my favorite names for a boy at one point and I still deeply love it, I'd hate to see if slide over to the girls' side. Too many names have been lost to the girls already. Just my opinion! Hope I've said it respectfully enough... This is just something I dislike immensely.

Guest Says:

2014-06-23T01:54:55

I do secretly like it for a middle or something but my family would never let that fly

kmdharrington Says:

2014-06-16T22:41:37

Leave the BOYS names to the BOYS. The girls have more options so they shouldn't use boys names on girls

Nooshi Says:

2014-06-15T05:18:08

While I wouldn't use it, I don't see anything wrong with using James for a girl. It is not a ridiculous name- it is simple to say and spell, has an appealing tomboyish image, and it wouldn't be a burden on a little girl. Hopefully people are picking names for more than just because they sound 'cool', and if so, and if they love the name James for a girl, kudos to them.

CocoWhite Says:

2014-06-15T04:03:08

I really don't see anything wrong with using James on a girl. Yes, it would be a shame to see this handsome name forever lost to the girls (we've already seen this happen with many other traditional boy names like Madison and Allison), but I do think James has a certain tomboy effect as a girls name that few other 'traditional' girl names can really accomplish, which is precisely why so many parents are choosing James for their little daughters.

Guest Says:

2014-06-15T02:53:42

As a middle if you must. Like Kristen Stewart.

CocoWhite Says:

2014-06-15T02:33:04

This is Kristen Stewart's middle name, except she spells it like Jaymes.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-05-30T20:02:27

I guess it could be a middle to honour a James, but do not give a girl James as a first name! Okay, I admit. I gave it a thumbs up,but I would never use it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-05-30T20:00:29

I love your comment. It sums up my thoughts exactly.

SparkleNinja18 Says:

2014-05-15T02:36:34

Oh dear God, please NO for girls!

LoveBeingMommy Says:

2014-03-13T13:24:57

I totally agree with you, Sweekune. I too would be deeply disappointed to see James used for a girl. I would also be secretly disgusted with the parents for doing that. I've never understood why some people think it's cool to use a boy's name on a girl. There are plenty of options for girls. Why can't we leave the boy's names to the BOYS?

Sweekune Says:

2014-03-13T11:47:14

I'm sorry, but I would be really disappointed to see James on a girl. It's such a handsome boys name that it would be a big shame to see it being used for girls too.