Boy Names on Girls

Names that are most commonly used for boys, but sound just as cute, if not cuter, on little girls!
  1. August
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "majestic, venerable"
    • Description:

      Though associated traditionally (and fashionably) with boys, it has been used occasionally for girls as well – by Garth Brooks, Nicolas Cage, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, for example. But August is used significantly more often for girls these days than traditional feminine variations Augusta and Augustina, and makes for a fresh twist on traditional month names like April and May, as well as an updated spin on season name Autumn.
  2. Brooks
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "of the brook"
    • Description:

      A fresh and gender-neutral take on Gen Z favorite Brooke, Brooks is a stylish and sleek choice. Currently in the US Top 100 for boys, Brooks is also given to 70 girls each year. A small number at the moment, but, with Harper, Avery, Emerson and Marlowe trending upwards, that number could increase in coming years.
  3. Dawson
    • Easton
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "east facing place"
      • Description:

        Easton is a stylish Waspy-sounding surname that's climbing up the popularity charts. TV actress Elisabeth Rohm named her daughter Easton August Anthony, which seemed like a real gender bender, and now Rachel Leigh Cook has made it the middle name of her baby Charlotte. Note that Easton is now in the Top 100 for boys--for whom directional names are a real trend-- but we won't be surprised to see more and more little lady Eastons arriving.
    • Elliott
      • Origin:

        Variation of Elliot
      • Meaning:

        "Jehovah is God"
      • Description:

        While Elliott and Elliot are well-established for boys, parents are now considering both these boy names for girls, too.
    • Emmett
      • Origin:

        English; Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "truth; universal"
      • Description:

        Emmett has had an interesting and unusual gender history. A long-obscure masculinization of Emma, Emmett is now rising as a boys' name as a companion to the very popular Emma and Emily. And at the same time, Emmett itself is seen by a handful of parents as a new spin for girls on those uber-popular choices. While the Emmet spelling might still seem most masculine, the extra T in Emmett does make it seem girl-appropriate. Emmette is an even more feminine spelling. But don't be too alarmed: There were over 3000 boys named Emmett in one recent year compared to only 13 girls.
    • Elijah
      • Finley
        • Origin:

          Irish and Scottish
        • Meaning:

          "fair-haired hero"
        • Description:

          This was a 100 percent boys’ name until celebs Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon bestowed it on their daughter, recently followed by Lisa Marie Presley, who used it for one of her (female) twins. Finlay is also now among the most popular unisex names.
      • Grayson
        • Description:

          Another boys' name that shows signs of moving to the girls' camp, despite a very obvious and masculine "son" ending. If you love the sound, might we suggest Gracen instead?
      • Hudson
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "Hugh's son"
        • Description:

          Climbing the charts for boys, and has just begun to cross over for girls, despite the macho "hud" sound followed by the "son" syllable.
      • James
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "supplanter"
        • Description:

          James for a girl? Believe it or not, this is one of the boy names for girls" gaining a lot of attention these days, since Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds shocked the world by choosing it for their eldest daughter in 2014 (after his late father).
      • Jasper
        • Origin:

          Persian
        • Meaning:

          "bringer of treasure"
        • Description:

          The ancient boys' name Jasper is popular internationally in a range of forms, including Casper and Gaspard, and now Jasper is beginning to be used for girls in the US.
      • Landyn
        • Origin:

          Variation of Landon
        • Description:

          This spelling variation of Landon ranks higher for boys, but the trendy Y in the middle does give the name a feminine touch.
      • Larsyn
        • Noah
          • Origin:

            Hebrew
          • Meaning:

            "motion"
          • Description:

            Okay, this is going to be confusing...
        • Owen
          • Origin:

            Welsh
          • Meaning:

            "young warrior; well-born"
          • Description:

            Ever since singer Michelle Branch gave it to her daughter in 2005, Owen has started to be used for a small number of girls each year as well. Just 39 baby girls received the name in 2021, compared with over 8700 boys.
        • Sawyer
          • Origin:

            English occupational name
          • Meaning:

            "woodcutter"
          • Description:

            Sawyer is one of the top unisex names, used for their daughters by such parents as Sara Gilbert, co-host of The Talk and former actress on Roseanne, currently on The Conners.