Names 24 Girl Names That Used to Be Boy Names  

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List of girl names that used to be boy names. This list includes baby names that are now used (almost) exclusively for girls in the U.S., but once also ranked in the Top 1000 Names for Boys, according to data by The Baby Name Wizard, Nameberry, and other sources. Remember Ashley Wilkes from Gone with the Wind? He was a boy. So was the author Evelyn Waugh. And actor Blair Underwood. Can you imagine a friend naming a baby boy Beverly today? I guess it's better than Aidynn or Jaiyss or whatever.

This list of girl names that used to be boy names does not include popular unisex names. Everyone knows Alex, Sam, Morgan, Jordan, Jamie, Jessie, Taylor, Dylan / Ryan / Logan, Robin, Bailey, Avery, Aubrey, Shelby, Casey, Terry, Leigh, and so forth are names that could be for either boys or girls (though whether they should be is really a different discussion). Instead, this list of former male names focuses on names that would be most surprising if you heard them given to a baby boy today. Like, "This is my son Stacy." And it's not Stacy Keach.

Many of these male baby names that have been appropriated by girls (and their parents) are the names of places. Lindsay, for example, comes from the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Lindsey. Beverly means something about a "beaver stream." Other names related to parentage: Alison is literally "son of Alice" (who must have been a pretty big shot to have her male child named after her instead of her husband). And if your dad's name is already Carol, why not also be a Carol? No good reason. Some of the girl names that used to be boy names in the U.S. are still popular names for boys in other countries - just not this one. In 'Merica, Hilary is a name for ladies. Lastly, Evelyn comes from the French word for "hazelnut." Isn't that cute? I would name a kid Evelyn - but only a boy kid.

Alison / Allison

Peak: The 482nd most popular name for boys born in 1896 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

 

Peak: The 282nd most popular name for boys born in 1980 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Ashley: Ashley Callus, Ashley Cole, Ashley Taylor Dawson, Ashley Giles, Ashley Hutchings, Ashley MacIsaac, Ashley Montagu, Ashley Parker Angel, Ashley Wood, Ashley Wilkes, Ashley "Ash" Williams, Ashley Young

Beverly / Beverley

Peak: The 590th most popular name for boys born in the 1880s - Think Baby Names, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Beverly: Beverley Goodway, Beverley Randolph Mason, Beverley Randolph

Blair

Peak: The 434th most popular name for boys born in 1953 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Blair: Blair Hull, Blair Kiel, Blair McDonough, Blair Peach, Blair Underwood

Carol

Peak: The 482nd (Carol) most popular name for boys born in the 1920s - Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Carol: Carol I, King of Romania; Carol II, King of Romania

Claire Peak: The 904th most popular name for boys born in the 1890s - Baby Name Wizard

Courtney

Peal: The 254th most popular name for boys born in 1977 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Courtney: Courtney Hodges, Courtney Lee, Courtney Pine, Courtney Pitt, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Courtney B. Vance, Courtney Walsh

Dana

Peak: The 166th most popular name for boys born in 1966 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Dana: Dana Altman, Dana Andrews, Dana Ashbrook, Dana Barros, Dana Beal, Dana Carvey, Dana Elcar, Dana Gioia, Dana Gould, Dana Quigley, Dana "Buck" Rinehart, Dana Rohrabacher, Dana White

Darcy

Peak: The 868th most popular name for boys born in 1968 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Darcy: Darcy Blake, Darcy Hordichuk, Darcy Ribeiro, Darcy Tucker

Doris

Peak: The 659th most popular name for boys born in the 1920s - Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Doris: Doris Miller

Evelyn

Peak: The 787th most popular name for boys born in 1907 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Evelyn: Evelyn Baring, 1st Early of Cromer; Evelyn Owen; Evelyn Waugh; Evelyn Wood

Hilary / Hillary

Peak: The 733rd most popular name for boys born in 1891 - Nameberry

Famous Men Named Hilary: Saint Hilary of Arles, Hilary of Chichester, Hilary of Poitiers, Hilary Benn, Hilary P. Jones, Hilary Putnam,  Hillary Waugh

Jocelyn Famous Men Named Jocelyn: Jocelyn "Joss" Ackland, Jocelyn Angloma, Jocelyn Thibault

Kelsey

Peak: The 634th most popular name for boys born in 1989 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Kelsey: Kelsey Begaye, Kelsey Grammer, Kelsey Patterson

Lauren

Peak: The 875th most popular name for boys born in the 1910s - Baby Name Wizard, Think Baby Names

Famous Men Named Lauren: Lauren Gale

Lesley / Leslie

Peak: The 81st most popular name for boys born in 1983 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Leslie: Leslie "Les" Aspin, Jr., Leslie Charteris, Lesley Choyce, Leslie "Les" Claypool, Leslie Frazier, Leslie Groves, Leslie "Bob" Hope, Leslie Howard, Lesley J. McNair, Leslie Moonves, Leslie Nielsen, Leslie Phillips

Lindsay / Lindsey

Peak: The 397th most popular name for boys born in 1907 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Lindsay: Lindsay Anderson, Lindsey Buckingham, Lindsay Dawson, Lindsay Hassett, Lindsay Kemp

Lynn

Peak: The 141st most popular name for boys born in 1941 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Lynn: Lynn Dean, Lynn Nolan Ryan, Lynn Swann

Peak: The 112th most popular name for boys born in the 1910s - Baby Name Wizard, Nameberry

Famous Men Named Marion: Marion Barry, Marion Butts Jr., Marion Cox, Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight, Jr., Marion Motley, Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson, Marion Michael Rounds, Marion Mitchell "John Wayne" Morrison 

Margaret Peak: The 574th most popular name for boys born in the 1890s - Baby Name Wizard, Name Playground

Meredith

Peak: The 583rd most popular name for boys born in 1907 - Nameberry,

Famous Men Named Meredith: Meredith Poindexter Gentry, Meredith Hunter, Meredith Willson

Stacy / Stacey

Peak: The 157th most popular name for boys born in 1968 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Stacy: Stacy Augmon, Stacy Compton, Stacy Jones, Stacy Keach, Jr., Stacy Keach, Sr., Stacey King

Vivian

Peak: The 472nd most popular name for boys born in 1898 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Vivian: Vivian Campbell, Vyvyan Holland, Vivian "Yabby You" Jackson, Sir Viv Richards, Vivian Stanshall, Vivien Thomas

Whitney

Peak: The 566th most popular name for boys born in 1986 - Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard

Famous Men Named Whitney: Whitney Mercilus, Whitney Willard Straight, Whitney Young