Unisex Baby Names: Names that morphed from blue to pink

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Some unisex baby names start as female names and shift over time to become more boyish, but many more begin as all-boy names and over the decades cross to the girls’ side.

The baby names here are extreme cases.  Most started life, back when the US government began recording babies’ names, as 100% male choices, and now have become mostly girls’ names.

While we were tempted to narrow the field to only those dozen names that went from 100% male to 100% female, the entire list proved just too interesting to cut.

The baby names that have morphed from blue to pink – and when they made their big switch – include:

Addison

100% male in 1880, 98% female in 2012

Jumped to 55% female in 1996

Alexis

100% male in 1882, 77% female in 2012

In 1942, Alexis leaped to 69% female from 42%

Allison

100% male in 1880, 100% female in 2012

From 1942-1948 it jumped from 52% to 80% female

Ashley

100% male in 1880, 100% female in 2012

Crossed the line in 1965 to become 64% female

Aubrey

100% male in 1880, 98% female in 2012

In 1974, tipped to 52% female

Avery

100% male in 1880, 81% female in 2012

Became 52% female in 1999

Bailey

100% male in 1880, 97% female in 2012

Began its rise in 1980 when it was 64% female

Beverly

100% male in 1880, 100% female in 2012

While Beverly started out in the US statistics as all boy, it quickly moved to the female side, becoming 55% girls by 1898.

Billie

100% male in 1880, 88% female in 2012

As early as 1890, this was 55% female

Blair

100% male in 1881, 83% female in 2012

Shift began in 1981 at 57% female

Brook

100% male in 1915, 87% female in 2012

In 1972, rose to 60% female, influenced by the more feminine Brooke

Cassidy

100% male in 1968, 96% female in 2012

In 1972, Cassidy became 59% female

Charley

100% male in 1880, 87% female in 2012

The balanced tipped in 1987 when Charley became 51% female

Dana

100% male in 1880, 92% female in 2012

In 1955 Dana became 50% female

Darcy

100% male in 1915, 94% female in 2012

Became mostly a girls’ name in 1941, at 60%

Diamond

100% male in 1897, 95% female in 2012

Though it was used as a female name early on, the continual increase began in 1976 at 57%.

Emery

100% male in 1880, 80% female in 2012

In 1996, Emery was 50/50

Gale

100% male in 1883, 100% female in 2012

Gale crossed the 50% mark in 1939

Hadley

100% male in 1906, 98% female in 2012

Hadley shifted to being a majority girls’ name consistently in 1969

Harper

100% male in 1881, 95% female in 2012

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Harper’s gender identity kept shifting but it tipped toward the girls’ side consistently starting in 1991.

Haven

100% male in 1899, 82% female in 2012

The scales tipped in 1980 at 51% female

Hilary

100% male in 1882, 100% female in 2012

In 1944, Hilary crossed the gender line toward the girls’ side for good

Kelley

100% male in 1882, 75% female in 2012

1954 marked Kelley’s crossing to the girls’ side

Kelsey

100% male in 1891, 98% female in 2012

Kelsey’s gender identity kept shifting throughout the 1950s and 1960s, but in the early 70s it crossed permanently to the girls’ side.

Kendall

100% male in 1906, 86% female in 2012

Kendall and Kendal were mostly male names until the 1980s, when they began veering into female territory, tipping permanently in the early 1990s.

Kennedy

100% male in 1912, 95% female in 2012

Kennedy was only 35% female in 1992 but the next year it jumped to 62% female

Kim

100% male in 1912, 91% female in 2012

Kim was quietly used for both boys and girls until the mid-50s, when it jumped to the female side.

Lauren

100% male in 1884, 100% female in 2012

In 1945 it crossed permanently to the girls’ side thanks to the very feminine Lauren Bacall.

Leigh

100% male in 1882, 86% female in 2012

In 1947, Leigh became 52% female.

Lesley

100% male in 1882, 100% female in 2012

Shifted in 1941 at 54%.  The Leslie spelling, interestingly, was less thoroughly male in 1880 and is less thoroughly female now; it crossed to the girls’ side in 1946.

Lindsay

100% male in 1880, 100% female in 2012

It began flirting with androgyny in the late 1940s but tipped permanently to the female side in 1966.  The Lindsey spelling crossed over in 1969.

London

100% male in 1886, 87% female in 2012

London was used for both sexes throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, but crossed mostly to the girls’ side in 1990.

Lynn

86% male in 1880, 78% female in 2012

In 1942 it was 56% female

Madison

100% male in 1880, 100% female in 2012

A quietly-used name almost always for boys until 1986, when Splash made it a female star.

Marley

100% male in 1914, 87% female in 2012

Very quietly used, mostly for boys, until the mid-1960s when it emerged as mostly a girls’ name.

Mckenzie

100% male in 1917, 99% female in 2012

There were no female McKenzies until 1975, and then by 1976 it was two-thirds female.

Mckinley

100% male in 1890, 89% female in 2012

Mckinley crossed the gender divide permanently in 1998, thanks to the popularity of both Mackenzie and Kinley.

Meredith

100% male in 1883, 100% female in 2012

Although the earliest Merediths were male, the name gained significant female use from 1910 on and crossed the gender line permanently in 1921.

Michele

100% male in 1905, 86% female in 2012

Michele’s early use as a male name can be pegged to ethnicity; it crossed to majority female I 1931 in the US.

Milan

100% male in 1885, 72% female in 2012

1996 was when Milan hit the 50% girls mark

Monroe

100% male in 1880, 78% female in 2012

This longtime male name only began a significant shift to the girls’ side in 2009.

Morgan

100% male in 1880, 89% female in 2012,

With the rise of actress Morgan Fairchild, tipped in 1980 to 60% female

Paris

100% male in 1991, 93% female in 2012

This mythological male name first achieved majority-female status in the early 1960s, but didn’t become a mostly-girls’ name until the 1980s.

Payton

100% male in 1880, 83% female in 2012

Payton and Peyton both became used more often for girls than boys in 1992, though the Payton spelling is now 83% female while Peyton is 68% female.

 

Presley

100% male in 1880, 92% female in 2012

Spiked from mostly male to 80% female in 1990

Quinn

100% male in 1915, 86% female in 2012

The Glee character made this 51% female in 2010

Reagan

100% male in 1913, 93% female in 2012

Tipped toward the female side in 1973 with the popularity of The Exorcist.

Reese

100% male in 1880, 84% female in 2012

Reese did not become used for more girls than boys until 2003, with the rise of Reese Witherspoon’s celebrity.

Sandy

100% male in 1880, 91% female in 2012

In 1935, Sandy was 50/50.

Shannon

100% male in 1881, 78% female in 2012

Shannon crossed the 50% mark for the first time in 1929 and within the next decade became primarily a girls’ name.

Shelby

100% male in 1880, 100% female in 2012

In 1936, Shelby jumped from a mostly-male to an 88% female name.

Shelly

100% male in 1882, 100% female in 2012

1937 was the year Shelly became 51% female

Skylar

100% male in 1959, 88% female in 2012

In 1994, Skylar crossed to 52% female.  The Skyler spelling has never been maority female.

Stacy

100% male in 1880, 91% female in 2012

Stacey crossed the gender line permanently in 1952.

Stevie

100% male in 1919, 83% female in 2012

Rocker Stevie Nicks tipped this name to the girls’ side in 1983

Sydney

100% male in 1880, 98% female in 2012

Sydney began to be used significantly for girls in the 1930s and crossed the halfway line permanently in the early 1940s.

Taylor

100% male in 1881, 85% female in 2012

1990 was the year Taylor became 52% female

Whitney

100% male in 1884, 99% female in 2012

Whitney crossed the line in 1962, when it jumped from 41% to 72% female.

Thanks to our intern Denise Potter for her research help in pulling together all these statistics, and to Steve Ruble for creating our awesome unisex names chart that lets all of us track the gender changes of names over time.

Photos from The Pink and Blue Project by JeongMee Yoon.

 

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oboeplayer1 Says:

September 9th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I can’t believe Meredith was at first 100% male and then 100% female! That’s a really impressive change for a name.

southern.maple Says:

September 9th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

This list makes me sad.

sarahmezz Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 1:53 am

I agree with Southern Maple – this makes me sad. But it’s an interesting list. I really wish all names ending in “-son” (i.e. Addison, Allison and Madison) would switch back to boys. The names literally mean “son of” so I don’t understand why they became girls names in the first place. I’m very surprised about Ashley, Darcy and Lindsay being (more or less) completely female nowadays since I know several men with these names and think they’re much better as boys names, too. Lauren is an interesting one – I actually have an uncle Lauren. He’s married to Loretta and I’m sure many people think they’re a lesbian couple when they see their names written lol. And Diamond? Who names their kid Diamond anyway? Lastly, another couple of interesting gender crossing names would be Evelyn, Jamie and Vivian. My husband is named Jamie and gets irked every time he hears of a female Jamie lol.

jem Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 2:04 am

I’m saddest about Aubrey, Darcy and Gale crossing over. I think they’re such strong, masculine names. Perhaps the new series The Hunger Games might tip Gale back into boy territory?

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 5:51 am

Charlotte means “free man” so I never really get what’s the difference between Charlotte and Madison.

It’s interesting to see that names like Madison, Kennedy and Hadley are more on the girl’s side than Dana. I would love to see Dana on little boys, to me is has the Ezra feel with it.

skizzo Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 5:58 am

It’s depressing how many names have lost over time…

Mclevine Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 6:01 am

I am with maple and Sarah – this is disappointing. Kendall, Charley, Morgan and Shannon are especially handsome for a boy and not very pretty for a girl. I can understand Sam for Samantha and Charley for Charlotte but as full names…no.

everbaby Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 6:08 am

I know a male Darcy and Kendall. This list is a little bit sad. I love Kelley and Shannon for a boy.

karateleshi80 Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 6:09 am

Hilary, Beverley, Lauren, Whitney, Stacy – I have yet to stumble upon males with those names, so girly! Wait another few hundreds of years and what names would be around then? For now Surnames first names are so hip.

skizzo Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 6:30 am

The good thing is most of these are still MALE in the UK: Ashley, Aubrey, Avery, Bailey (top100), Blair, Cassidy, Charley, Emery, Kendall, Kennedy, Leslie, Marley, McKenzie, McKinley, Milan, Monroe, Morgan, Presley, Quinn, Reese, Taylor

kenzing10 Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 6:41 am

My name is Kennedi and my daughter is Ellison…both sound like girl names to me!

Anotherkate Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 7:39 am

I came across a male hilary on paper yesterday at work! Wasn’t sure if it was male until I saw the birthdate in the late 1930s. Didn’t even realize it was a boy name but once I saw it in this older man it made sense. I really like it! Wonder how many Larrys out there might really be hilarys in disguise..

CelPhD Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 7:42 am

I’d be interested in the list of “unisex baby names (that) start(ed) as female choices and shift over time to become more boyish.” Mostly because I can’t think of any.

LexieM Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 7:43 am

Some of these are really depressing. I love Ashley on boys.
Though I do like Meredith on girls.

Is there going to be a follow up with girls names that are becoming uni-sex as well?
(I know this these are harder to find and not as popular but would be incredibly interesting.)

mommyesquire Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 7:58 am

I wonder wher Mallory comes out? It was traditionally male but I see it mostly on girls now.

Pam Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 8:01 am

We did a blog back in June about names that started out as more girlish and have moved toward the boys’ side. Here’s the link: http://nameberry.com/blog/unisex-baby-names-going-to-the-boys

LuMary Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 8:30 am

This is why I think great caution and foresight is in order if you’re intent on giving a boy a surname name. There may be a few safe ones like Wellington, Rutherford, Wentworth, and Grant, but after learning of Lincoln Bell, who knows?

There is a White Sox pitcher named Addison Reed, and his name, to me, has a nice male vintage appeal. But, I wouldn’t give it to a boy, personally, especially with the ‘Addie’ diminutive. He is called ‘Reeder.’

Cameron is another one that is too female for for male use, in my opinion.

Pam Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 8:31 am

Mommyesquire, Mallory is interesting. In 2012, nearly 1000 girls were named Mallory and fewer than five boys, meaning Mallory does not even appear on the SS list for boys’ names.

In 1900 there were no children named Mallory of either sex. In 1950, there were 26 of EACH sex so it was rare but exactly evenly distributed between the genders. Similar thing in 1970. Even in 1980 — only 17 girls but down to 8 boys. By 1982, 45 girls and 9 boys.

Then in 1983, the year it first made the SS list for girls and the year after Family Ties debuted, there were 689 girls named Mallory and only 10 boys. So Mallory was kind of the Miley or Marley of that moment but its burst in popularity, tied directly to a female character, was only for girls.

Thanks for taking me on that little side journey.

LuMary Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 8:44 am

I wouldn’t give Jordan to a boy either.

For a long time I thought Quinn was too female because of actress Quinn Cummings, but now I’m moving toward male on it. The shifts over time is what’s fascinating about naming patterns.

nat108 Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 8:50 am

I know right off the bat that some of these are wrong. http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/limits.html has the names beyond the top 1000. I’m guessing some of the other stats also inaccurate but the names that popped out to me that I know are not 100% female are:

16 boys named Ashley
30 boys named Madison
46 boys named Shelby

GoodHope Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 9:25 am

@nat108, I figure they probably went with “100%” if the number of boys (or girls) given the name was deemed statistically insignificant. It’s a reasonable decision, imo. If only 16 of the 4694 Ashleys born in ’12 were male, we’re looking at 0.34%. That’s just a drop in the Ashley bucket.

For me, many of these names crossed over so long ago, their use on males feels like an anachronism, and I won’t be shedding any tears over the “loss” of them.

LuMary Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 9:49 am

‘There were no female McKenzies until 1975, and then by 1976 it was two-thirds female.”

Well, there was Laura Mackenzie phillips aka Mackenzie Phillips, using the Scottish ‘Mac.’ The other ‘early’ Mackenzie I recall was indeed a boy, son of John Astin and Patty Duke Astin.

stacielynne Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 9:50 am

Lauren and Michelle surprised me but I knew Ashley and Lindsay use to be male names. My daughter, my mother and me all made this list, my moms name Beverly was a surprise, but i know my name Stacie and my daughters name Alexis are unisex.

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 10:34 am

I just don’t understand why these names are “lost”. I mean if you like them on a boy, they are totally valid names for boys. Why not move them to the other side again? It’s not the people who started using these names for gilrs who made them cross over to the other side but the people who stopped using them for boys.

GrecianErn Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 11:45 am

I’m in total agreement with TaylorBlueSkye above. It’s not just being used on girls, it’s the choice to not use them for boys. It’s not stealing so much as giving the name over.

And I’m in the minority, but most of these “boys” names are on my Girls list and not a single one except Harper is on my boys list. (I read a book with a fabulous male Harper. And I love the name.)

If either of our babies were going to be a girl, she’d have been an Emerson. Also on my short list: Hadley, Addison, Avery and Haven among others.

My sister is Shannon – much better as a girls name in my opinion.

and my husband actually has an Uncle Les, as in Leslie, born 1926. The only son among 4 “L” named children.

nat108 Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 11:59 am

@GoodHope- If they chose to round up/down then that’s fine but it should be clearly stated. As is, they are misleading their audience. Articles like this help to scare people away from these names. If someone is wavering on Shelby and they see that the name is 100% female then they are going to believe that ZERO boys were given this name. They’re thinking ‘Nobody uses this name anymore so maybe we shouldn’t either’. But if they see that the name was in fact used 46 times that is reassuring. ‘This name is not 100% girl so we aren’t alone in liking it for our son.’

alphabetdem Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I have known a male Cassidy, Quinn, Morgan, and Kelly, but only female Ashleys, Aubreys, Kelseys, Taylors, Danas, Shannons and Whitneys. OH! And I babysat a female Peyton (name taken from the football player).

I would love to meet a little male Gale. Hopefully the Hunger Games helps that one out–I think it’s so masculine, it makes me think of the wind and a forest and nature. But with all the little Abigails running out, I somehow think it won’t happen.

Marley, Harper, Hillary and Lauren are all definitely feminine to me. The rest could go either way.

Jenna5128 Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I don’t understand why anyone should feel sad regarding this list. There’s nothing stopping a parent from using any of these names for a boy or a girl. This is just another analysis of that particular name’s history. If a parent is too afraid of what others will think to use a name they really like, THAT’S what is sad. People throw around the “Boy Name Sue” cliche whist completely forgetting the message of the song, which is, having an unusual name made the protagonist a stronger, more confident person. I mean fine, name your kid Harry when you really prefer Hillary. But what message are you sending to your son? That in life, it’s better to blend in and not draw attention to yourself, lest you be ridiculed or considered “different.” What a teachable moment missed.

maggiemary Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Sidney (this spelling) will always be male to me, nothing feminine about it at all.

maggiefromcanada Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Interestingly, when I was in Newfoundland this past summer, I met a male Lindsay (in his 40s) and a male Shannon (teenager). I found it rather refreshing!

I hate to see Milan go to the girls. It’s a strong Slavic male name to me.

niteowl13 Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I know males named Aubrey, Avery, Kendall, Shannon, and Darcy. Two names that I think should be blue on here are Garnet and Arden. Growing up, I heard the name Quinn on a female character on a soap opera. I think it sounds fine for either a boy or a girl. There are a lot of these names that appeal to me for a boy only – Aubrey, Bailey, Charlie -and I cringe when I hear girls with these names. I guess it is what I am used to. Of course, I could never imagine males named Meredith or Allison these days. I wonder if there were people like me back in 1910 that cringed when they heard the name Meredith on girls!

Pemdas Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I’m glad no one uses these for boys anymore. Except for Monroe and Mckinley they all sound so feminine.

Pam Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

nat108 and others, I used the chart here http://nameberry.com/unisex-names and also looked at the actual numbers from the Social Security site to do this analysis. If the percentage of children given a certain name is less than .5 percent, it’s common practice to round that down to 0% rather than up to 1%, but you’re right, it is somewhat misleading in that in some cases there ARE a few males with that name.

As the SSA does not make public cases when a name is given to fewer than five children, there is no way of knowing in some cases — as with Beverly, say — whether there were actually four boys named Beverly or zero.

I have no agenda here, to make people use these names for boys or not, and as people have said, that is the parents’ choice. But if you are considering a unisex name for your child, it makes sense to be aware of its history and gender identity. I’ve heard several parents say they are looking for a name for their sons that is used more often for girls and for their daughters that is used more often for boys, because they want to defy gender conventions. I wish someone like that would write about it for us!

KateMP91 Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Most of the Lindsays, Emerys, Kellys, and Sidneys I know are male…but then again, I don’t know any under the age of 5. The only names on here that I would consider using for a child of mine are Darcy, Cassidy, Reese, and Sidney, but I would only ever consider them for a boy. I suppose I am several decades behind “the times” lol 🙂

lorencs3 Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

My dad is a 1953 Kim, and he was shocked to find out recently that it was a top 150 choice for boys that year, when he has always felt like it is a clearly female name. For all of you wanting to reclaim these names for boys, from my sample size of 1, my dad has always disliked having a name normally assumed to be female.

EmilyVA Says:

September 10th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Ok
first of all Bailey is still 100% dog to me or maybe just 90% dog.

Charley would still be mostly male if it wasn’t such a nickname. I bet a lot of the Charles go by Charlie/Charley. Charles is #62 for boys. Charlie as a boys’ name still exists. Charley that spelling is all tuna fish to me.

Same with Stevie. Stephen/Steven are all male. Stevie for a dude is cute nickname, but too much of a nickname for a full name.

Quinn still has potential for a boy. It’s still ranking for a boy.

Now, I think gender restrictions are becoming less rigid as the country becomes less homophobic.
Secondly I think particularly over time names that were popular for girls get old and less in (like Ashley for example) they may go back to the boys. Keep in mind Asher is becoming popular. So Ash has gone from being almost 100 Or 90% female when I was kid to in this next generation almost 90% male. (Prediction)

Interesting post.

LuMary Says:

September 11th, 2013 at 9:23 am

EmilyVA Says:

“Keep in mind Asher is becoming popular. So Ash has gone from being almost 100 Or 90% female when I was kid to in this next generation almost 90% male. (Prediction)”

There’s a good reason, though, for Asher being used for boys. It’s a biblical name. Asher is one of the names of Jacob’s (Israel’s) 12 sons, and progenitor of the tribe of Asher. Ashley has more in common with, say, Ashton than Asher. Asher’s rise might have something to do with the current popularity of A names (Atticus, Abraham, Asa, Ava, Abigail, Avery, Annabelle), or the movement away from overused biblical names (Joshua) toward fresher sounding or more offbeat (Silas, Ezra) ones. This is what I’m noticing in the evangelical subculture, at least.

tori101 Says:

September 11th, 2013 at 11:52 am

I actually think it’s kind of sad that so many brilliant boys names have been taken by the girls!! Thankfully most of these names such as Morgan and McKenzie (a name I hate) are used for boys still in the UK.

EmilyVA Says:

September 11th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

@ LuMary Actually most of the people I know who love Asher, are not particularly religious nor do they care about religious implications. It’s just a cool name.

jem Says:

September 11th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Interestingly, Darcy was in the top 100 (at #100 though) for boys in Australia 2012 (where I live)! http://www.behindthename.com/top/lists/au/2012

LuMary Says:

September 12th, 2013 at 7:17 am

EmilyVA Says:
September 11th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

“@ LuMary Actually most of the people I know who love Asher, are not particularly religious nor do they care about religious implications. It’s just a cool name.”

Oh, I agree! I wager most Americans are probably not aware of Asher’s biblical origin. I believe the name rose to its current use because of two, possibly even parallel, non-intersecting streams: ‘A’ names popularity, and a search for biblical alternatives. However, I think because of the yet very recent girl monopoly of Ashley, Asher unlikely, at this juncture, achieved its current heights without the influence of some individuals or groups of individuals with biblical literacy. Once the name became a part of American consciousness, though, its origins, which happen to be biblical, became inconsequential, and less understood. You’re right, we tend to like a name first before we exlpore its etymology.

nursesaide Says:

September 13th, 2013 at 7:55 am

There are so many beautiful girls names we didn’t need to steal from the boys. I think many of these names are too manly for any sort of girl to have. Harper, Charley? Really? What sort of monster would do that to their beautiful daughter? She’s forever doomed to the life of a tomboy.

I’m most sad about Avery! My little 7 year old brother is Avery. We constantly see these older girls walking around with a boys name. He thinks his name was a mistake. It’s just ridiculous.

About Asher. The thing is that it has that distinct male “er” ending, no soft vowel ending like most of these other cross overs. I’m sure some “trendy” parents will pick it up for their girls though. 🙁

edricearl Says:

September 14th, 2013 at 1:03 am

When I was growing up in the United Kingdom during the sixties and seventies, every Robin I knew was a boy. In the thirty-five years I have lived in the United States, almost every Robin I have met has been female. I do not know if British couples still give that name to their sons, but it appears that couples here in the U.S. only give it to their daughters.

jenjenbarnes Says:

September 19th, 2013 at 11:57 am

very interesting!

RainbowBright908 Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 9:58 am

If unisex names had anything to do with gender equality, we’d have a bunch of little boys running around named Kylie, Emma, and Isabel. Almost every name on this list was 100% male, turned 95-100% female. All these -son names for girls- Madison, Emerson, Alison, etc mean “son of.” I’ll jump on the unisex bandwagon when I meet a few dozen little boys named Rebekah.

Almost every name on this blue to pink list is a name of someone, or multiple people, I know.

I found the list of girls names that went to the boys here on nameberry. I know very few people with any of these names. It is a list of names that are either:
*uncommon or fairly new to the SSA top 1000 (i.e. Phoenix, Amari, Leshawn)
*names like Jean and Jan that have different pronunciations depending on the gender/ ethnicity (Jan is pronounced YAHN, Jean is pronounced ZHAHN), or,
*names that were once male, changed to female, and are male names again.

Very disappointing to see this gender inequality with names. I look forward to the day I hear someone name their son Blossom… and it catches on as a top 100 name.

wickedjr89 Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 4:42 am

Out of all them I can only see Addison, Bailey, Blair, Hadley (never heard it before but sounds like a boys name to me), Kennedy, Madison (maybe, I have a 9 year old girl cousin named Madison but it has the son ending and son of meaning..), Marley (had a guy friend named Marley), Mckinley, Morgan, Presley, Reagan, Shannon (only because I know a male Shannon, which at first I was like, but that’s a girls name..), Skylar, and Stevie, on a boy.

Of those only Hadley, Kennedy, Presley, Reagan and Stevie seem like only boy names for me, the rest I named I could also see on a girl.

I don’t know what to think of this except times change.

SadieJames Says:

December 22nd, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Alexis is still a boy’s name in Europe, since it is originally from Russia and France. Several little girls have been named “Alexie” in the recent years in France, because it ends in “ie” which is rather a girl-sounding names in Europe, but most people would never use it for a girl.

I’m amazed everytime I see a really boy-sounding names being used for a girl in the US. This is something very alien in France (and in a lot of European countries). No one would even think of doing so, because names’s roots are too deep in our culture, i guess.
Also, even if we have the right to name kis however we want, I doubt that the offices where the parents declare their child would allow such a thing.
I know that in Germany, switching the gender of a name is forbidden. I read that neutral or unisex names dont really exist and a boy has to have a boy name. Same for girl. Maybe it will change when people start giving more foreign names and that the state doesnt know if said names are feminine or masculine…

That’s just my vision of this topic from Europe 🙂

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March 12th, 2014 at 4:49 am

[…] (I think Glee had a part to play in all of this). That’s an extremely quick evolution, but this list shows just how many names that were considered “unisex” at some point are now firmly in […]

37 Girl Baby Names That Were Originally Used For Boys | Phactual Says:

January 14th, 2015 at 10:21 am

[…] The Wind, a main male character is named Ashley). These “girl” baby names, complied by NameBerry, started off as 100% all boy but are now given to more girls than boys. Also, check out some men […]

Alley Says:

July 31st, 2015 at 8:47 pm

I question the accuracy. My name (Allison) is a family name, was my grandmother’s in Scotland, and her grandmother’s, and back at least 2 more grandmothers. So it was not 100% male in 1880.

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December 4th, 2015 at 3:52 am

[…] Amerikaanse collega Pamela Redmond Satran geeft daar op Nameberry een mooi overzicht […]

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