Tomboy Names for Girls

  1. Aberdeen
    • Origin:

      Scottish place-name
    • Description:

      This undiscovered Scottish port city name has a nice, upbeat feel and lots of good nickname possibilities.
  2. Arden
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "valley of the eagle; high"
    • Description:

      Arden, the name of the magical forest in Shakespeare's As You Like It, is a stylish A name with a strong, straightforward image. Another reason to love Arden: its similarity to "ardent." Arden is solidly unisex, with the current gender distribution running about 60 percent girls and 40 percent boys.
  3. Arleigh
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      Softer version of hot Harley or Marley.
  4. Averill
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "boar battle"
    • Description:

      One of the rare English surname names originally derived from a female given name: Eoforhild (Everild), meaning "boar battle". Also spelled Averill, it's an extremely rare choice today, but shares sounds with fashionable Ava and Avery.
  5. Bay
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "berry"
    • Description:

      One of the most usable of the pleasant, newly adopted nature/water names (like Lake and Ocean), especially in middle position.
  6. Bellamy
    • Origin:

      English and Irish from French
    • Meaning:

      "fine friend"
    • Description:

      Bellamy is emerging as an up-and-coming girls' name, an Irish surname-y riff on the super-popular Bella series of names. While the Bella connection makes Bellamy sound a little trendier and more popular than it really is, we see the name possibly rising through the ranks for both genders in the coming years.
  7. Brett
    • Origin:

      Celtic
    • Meaning:

      "from Brittany"
    • Description:

      One of a number of single-syllable unisex B-names, Brett was first spotted as a female name in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, via the dashing and seductive Lady Brett Ashley, who was a captivating enough character to offer naming inspiration. It combines a pleasingly brisk, executive air with a measure of femininity.
  8. Bronson
    • Calloway
      • Origin:

        English from Latin
      • Meaning:

        "pebbly place"
      • Description:

        Calloway is one of those irresistibly jaunty, animated three-syllable surnames, like Sullivan and Finnegan — but this one has the added attraction of jazzy ties to the immortal "Dean of American Jive," Cab Calloway.
    • Charlie
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Charles or Charlotte
      • Meaning:

        "free man"
      • Description:

        Charlie is one of the friendly, tomboyish male nickname names--another is Sam-- now used almost as frequently for girls: in 2015, it ranked higher on the girls list than on the boys list for the first time. That makes Charlie one of the most popular unisex names around today. The name Charlie, for females, has been jumping up the charts since it reappeared, after a 50-year hibernation, in 2005.
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        • Darien
          • Origin:

            Variation of Darien
          • Meaning:

            "rich, kingly"
        • Dash
          • Origin:

            Word name
          • Description:

            For a boy, Dash is usually short for Dashiell, but as a girl's name it just stands for energetic--and also the stores run by the Kardashian sisters..
        • Devin
          • Origin:

            Irish
          • Meaning:

            "poet"
          • Description:

            Used far more for boys with this spelling, but still has a nice impish Irish feel for a girl.
        • Douglas
          • Origin:

            Scottish
          • Meaning:

            "black water"
          • Description:

            Now a mostly-male name, in its earliest incarnation Douglas was used equally for girls and boys and could certainly make a comeback as one of the new boy names for girls".
        • Ellington
          • Origin:

            English place-name and surname
          • Meaning:

            "Ellis' town"
          • Description:

            Ellington's popularity may be inspired by jazz great Duke, but the name is used slightly more often for girls today, perhaps because of its trendy El- beginning. Like a host of other El- names, from the familiar Ella to Eleanor to the more niche Elodie and Elula, Ellington carries the popular Ellie nickname.
        • Ellison
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "son of Ellis"
          • Description:

            Updates Allison—which everyone will misunderstand it as. But it's definitely a fresh spin on the Ellie names, and a rising surname name choice for girls. It made its first appearance on the US Top 1000 in 2013.
        • Emerson
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "son of Emery"
          • Description:

            The combination of Emily and Emma's popularity -- and the fact that Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher's daughter is named Emerson -- have put this formerly strictly boys’ name, embodying the gravitas of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the limelight for girls.
        • Emery
          • Origin:

            English from German
          • Meaning:

            "industrious"
          • Description:

            The superpopularity of Emily and Emma has recently boosted the unisex Emery, especially since it became a celebrity baby name when it was chosen by Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn.