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:
Asher and Ezra
The hottest new Biblical boys’ names share vowel-heavy sounds and warm, positive meanings (happy and help), but for most of the 20th century, these two Old Testament names went almost completely unused in America. Both have climbed into very solid positions in the Top 100, and look to rise even higher.