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:

Lucas and Luca

Lucas and his relative Luke have been in the Top 100 since the release of the original Star Wars. But if you drop the soft S ending, the name becomes something else entirely, with an Italianate feel and a vowel ending. Luca climbed up swiftly on the charts since its first appearance in 2000 and now sits at Number 151. Luca Quinn is the name of a charming, intelligent -- and female -- character on CBS’s The Good Wife and its sequel, The Good Fight.

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