When we decided on a name for my first little girl, Harlan, it was so exciting. Harlan is my mother-in-law’s maiden name and when I heard it, I fell in love. As soon as I found out it was a girl, we called everyone and told them our name choice. Everyone that we told loved the name but said that they have typically seen it used as a boys name and not a girls name. Obviously the name had great significance to us and I thought it sounded like the perfect girl’s name even if it was a “boy’s” name.
When we found out we were having another girl, I wanted to use another family name. Unfortunately there weren’t many that I really loved except for Avery. Avery is my grandfather’s middle name. It’s also the middle name of my little brother. Again, it was another “boy’s” name.
I never planned for my girls to have names that are typically seen on boys, but I fell in love with them and that’s what we decided. We gave them very girly middle names, Grace and Rose, so that they do have some femininity to their full names. I really do love the trend of giving boy names for girls. I’ve collected 30 of my favorite names that are typically seen on boys but would make great girl’s names too!
Boy Names for Girls 1 of 31
Check out 30 of my favorite boy names that can be used for girls.
Ashton 2 of 31
While Ashton Kutcher might typically come to mind when you hear this name, I had a friend growing up who's sister's name was Ashton and I absolutely love it.
Avery 3 of 31
I think Avery is becoming more acceptable as a girl's name. It's been used as a boys name in my family, but I think it fits my little girl perfectly.
Blake 4 of 31
Blake Lively has done a wonderful job at making this name acceptable for girls. I really do love it.
Bobbie 5 of 31
I am seeing this name more and more on girls and I think it's great. It's spelled a little bit different from the typical way we spell it for the boy.
Cameron 6 of 31
Growing up I only saw this name on boys, but as I've gotten older, I've noticed that a lot more of my friends are naming their baby girls Cameron. Perhaps Cameron Diaz paved the way!
Casey 7 of 31
Although Casey is a name typically given to boys, I really think it has a feminine sound to it. I know a lot of fabulous girls named Casey.
Chandler 8 of 31
I had never heard this name used for a girl until a couple of months ago. As soon as I heard it, I immediately fell in love. Such a great name for a little girl.
Cory 9 of 31
I went to high school with a girl named Cory. She spelled hers with an "i" on the end rather than a "y" for a more feminine look. Either way, it makes a great name for a girl!
Danni 10 of 31
My sister's name is Danielle and we have called her Danni since she was little. I don't think I ever call her by her full name anymore, it's always Danni. Even Harlan and Avery call her "Aunt Danni." It's a great girl's name.
Drew 11 of 31
I really love the name Drew for a little girl. Drew Barrymore did a great job at making this a really great girl's name.
Dylan 12 of 31
We live down the street from Dylan's Candy Store here in New York City. The store was started by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren. It's one of Harlan's favorite places to go to in the city.
Harlan 13 of 31
This is one of my all time favorite names. I think we couldn't have given a better name to Harlan. It fits her perfectly. We always call her Har, for short.
James 14 of 31
James is becoming increasingly popular for girls. It's been known for so long as a boys name, but I think the fact that we are seeing it more on girls is a great thing. It's a nice girl's name.
Jessie 15 of 31
One of Harlan's favorite shows on the Disney Channel is Jessie, which is about a nanny taking care of kids in NYC. Now that the show is always on the television I have fallen more and more in love with this name for a girl.
Jordan 16 of 31
One of my dear friends from college is Jordan. Whenever I hear it now I always associate it with her which brings back really good memories. I really like it as a girl's name.
Kyle 17 of 31
I had a friend in college who's name was Kyle. We would always call her "girl Kyle" because her name is typically a boys name. I never thought about using it for a girl until I met her and I've really grown to like the name.
Madison 18 of 31
I think Madison is such a classic name that is perfect for any girl. I really do love it.
Maxwell 19 of 31
Jessica Simpson put this name in the spotlight after naming her little girl Maxwell. If it wasn't for her, I would have never thought of using it for a little girl. But I think it suits little girls rather well.
Parker 20 of 31
This is such a sweet name for a little girl.
Peyton 21 of 31
I've loved this name for a little girl since I started watching the show One Tree Hill when I was younger. It's always been one of my favorites.
Reagan 22 of 31
Reagan is a Celtic baby name meaning "Regal." I'd love to give my girl a name with that meaning behind it.
Reese 23 of 31
Reese Witherspoon has always been one of my favorite actresses and although I've typically only heard this name on boys, I love it as a girl's name.
Ricki 24 of 31
I'm surprised at how often I've seen this name used for a girl lately. It really does seem like such a masculine name, but it's also very fitting for a girl.
Riley 25 of 31
I used to teach sixth grade and one of my student's name was Riley. She was such a precious girl and was always so sweet and willing to go out of her way for anyone or anything. Since then, Riley has been a special girl's name that I've loved.
Ryan 26 of 31
I've always loved this name for a girl. I had several girl friends growing up with the name Ryan. I don't think I ever considered it just a boys name although it traditionally is.
Sam 27 of 31
Many people use Sam as a nickname for Samantha. I think just using Sam as their given name is a great girl's name!
Sawyer 28 of 31
This name has always been on my top 10 list for a girl's name. If we didn't use family names for both of my girls, I would have totally used this name.
Shawn 29 of 31
I knew a girl in high school with the name Shawn. I always thought it was so unique and interesting to give a girl this name.
Spencer 30 of 31
Naming your little girl Spencer will definitely make her stand out in the crowd. I actually prefer this name for a girl rather than a boy.
Taylor 31 of 31
My sister-in-law's name is Taylor and is such a beautiful girl's name.
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