The New Generation of Boys’ Names

Gender identity takes a turn for the middle

By Pamela Redmond

Many of today’s most fashionable boys’ names carry a gender identity that’s decidedly masculine but not conventionally so, softer than macho but stronger than unisex. These boys’ names fall right in the middle on the gender scale, in contrast to their stylish female counterparts, which tend to be ultra-feminine (Arabella, Ophelia) or frankly boyish (Hayden, Frankie).

Many of these hot new boys’ names carry sounds that are soft and/or traditionally connected to girls’ names, such as vowel endings, and so depart from the classic male names once dominant. These stylish boys’ names with a fresh gender identity include:

Benjamin and Matthew

Benjamin and Matthew have been widely used for so long they qualify as classics, yet compared with boys’ names ranging from Aaron to Zachary, Michael to John, both have soft sounds in the middle and retain a contemporary feel. Benjamin is now the Number 6 boys’ name in America, its highest-ever ranking, while Matthew has dipped down to Number 15 after decades in the Top 5.

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Read & Post Comments