These Boy Names Are Increasing in Popularity for Girls, Nameberry Says

The top names on the list? Spencer and Chandler.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Jul 2020
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In recent years, many parents have increasingly opted for names from the opposite gender for baby. According to popular baby-naming website Nameberry, names that were once exclusively male, like Madison, Harper and Avery are increasingly being counted among the most popular names for girls.

According to Nameberry, celebrities may have a role to play, as they’ve been using tradition boy names for girls more often. Two examples are James, the name Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds gave their first daughter, and Wyatt, which Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher chose for their little girl. (The starred names below denote increased usage for girls due to a celebrity.)

Without further ado, here are the traditional boy names that are now being popularly used for girls, according to Nameberry, as well as modern boy names for girls, which had become widely used for boys only in recent decades. Along with the names, Nameberry also included the number of girls in America who were given those names in 2018.

Traditional Boy Names for Girls

  1. Spencer, 244*
  2. Carson, 205
  3. Noah, 175
  4. Tyler, 164
  5. Lincoln, 163*
  6. Ira, 147
  7. Jude, 144*
  8. Austin, 127
  9. Gianni, 126
  10. Hudson, 110
  11. Jules, 99
  12. Wyatt, 97*
  13. Evan, 89*
  14. Sullivan, 83
  15. Wesley, 83
  16. Christian, 82
  17. Anderson, 79
  18. Asa, 75
  19. Beckett, 74
  20. Mason, 74
  21. Arlo, 68
  22. Asher, 68
  23. Israel, 68
  24. Everett, 66
  25. Hanan, 66
  26. Kyle, 65
  27. Atlas, 63
  28. Maxwell, 61*
  29. Landon, 60
  30. Brady, 52
  31. Jasper, 51
  32. Levi, 51
  33. James, 44*
  34. Soren, 39
  35. Jonah, 36
  36. Aiden, 35
  37. Barrett, 35
  38. Lamar, 35
  39. Julian, 34
  40. Reed, 34
  41. Judah, 32
  42. Davis, 31
  43. Sonny, 31
  44. Declan, 30
  45. Uriah, 30
  46. Blaise, 29
  47. Jackson, 29
  48. Connor, 25
  49. Owen, 25
  50. Vaughn, 24
  51. Finn, 23
  52. Liam, 23
  53. Killian, 21
  54. Miles, 21
  55. Michael, 20

Modern Boy Names for Girls

  1. Chandler, 256
  2. Campbell, 199
  3. Baylor, 185
  4. Ashton, 172
  5. Raleigh, 148
  6. Bentley, 143
  7. Grayson, 114
  8. Ramsey, 113
  9. Bowie, 112*
  10. Cooper, 109
  11. Ryder, 107
  12. Maddox, 101
  13. Dawson, 97
  14. Miller, 96
  15. Paxton, 87
  16. Lane, 84
  17. Channing, 77
  18. Jensen, 76
  19. Hayes, 71
  20. Kyler, 70
  21. Grey, 67
  22. Auden, 62
  23. Bodhi, 59*
  24. Chase, 55
  25. Tanner, 52
  26. Jameson, 51
  27. Beau, 49
  28. Madden, 49
  29. Ryker, 43
  30. Chevy, 40
  31. Tate, 38
  32. Orion, 34
  33. Windsor, 30
  34. Rivers, 27
  35. Dempsey, 26
  36. Cruz, 25
  37. Holden, 24

The growing numbers behind this trend is a positive development. It indicates, Nameberry says, that names, like many other areas of life, are moving towards a place of gender fluidity.

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