Category: Unisex Baby Names
By Kara Blakley
Gender and naming are two complicated subjects that become almost perilous once considered together. It may appear on the surface that we’ve entered a sort of gender-fluid golden age in which names like Cameron, Elliot, Peyton, Quinn, and anything -son are equally accessible to boys and girls. It seems every week a new celebrity is bestowing a daughter with the middle name James.
Girls’ names that end in the lee sound – from Ellie to Lily to Natalie to Riley and Everly – have been growing in popularity in recent years. In fact, sometimes it seems as if almost any girls’ name that ends in ly or ley or lie or leigh zooms to the top of the list.
But what if you love the appealing lee ending but want a name that’s more unusual? We’ve rounded up 30 fresh girls’ names of the three major lee types for you to consider, namely:
By Kasey Edwards
This article first appeared on Daily Life and is reprinted with the author’s kind permission.
It used to just be one of those quirks reserved for the parents of future celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Taylor Swift, Hayden Panettiere and Blake Lively, but now giving baby girls a traditional boy name is on trend.
There are even websites such as 100+ Traditionally Boy Names Perfect For a Baby Girl to help new parents with their choice.
While some of these are now accepted as girls’ names, they all started out as male names.
Names that break with convention — style and family and culture and spelling and, yes, gender — have become more and more desirable for many parents looking to reinvent baby naming.
While we’re all familiar with such trendy unisex names as Rowan, Rory, and River, there’s a new generation of choices that are more unusual and push the gender boundaries even further. Here, a dozen uncommon choices that work for a girl or a boy.