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  

Ashley 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, ...

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 ...

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, ...

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

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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, ...

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

Marion Peak: The 112th most popular name for boys born in the 1910s - Baby Name Wizard, NameberryFamous Men Named Marion: Marion Barry, Marion Butts Jr., Marion Cox, Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight, Jr., Marion ...

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 ...

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