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The 40 Best Boy Names for Girls Because Gender Is a Construct

There needs to be a third section of that baby-name book.

There have always been those parents who bucked convention by giving their baby girl a boy’s name — from George Eliot to Stevie Nicks. But while boys’ names for girls were once rebellious and rare, more and more parents are crossing the gender divide when choosing a name for a daughter. The vast majority of baby name books, websites, and name generators, however, still urge parents to choose between strong, tough baby boy names or pretty, delicate baby girl names.   But, if you do a little more legwork and keep an open mind, you might be rewarded with the perfect “boy’s name” for your baby girl.

Some people expect girls’ names, to be sweet, pretty and cute, the kind of name that looks good written in curlicues, and for boys’ names to sound bold, strong, or stately. But we now understand that kids will develop an equally multifaceted personality whether they’re named Alexander or Alexandra. These days, girl names are boy names and visa versa. So, forget the outdated rules. Take a page from the other side of the baby book, and check out these traditionally “boy” names you’ll want to consider for your daughter.

Ryan

Taylor

Frankie

Ira

Alex

Billie

Bobbie

Harper

Cory

Avery

Asher

Ari

Peyton

Blake

Parker

Greyson

Aidan

Amari

Bentley

Lane

Landon

Arlo

Chandler

Blaine

Charlie

Dale

Drew

Reagan

Noah

Dylan

Reese

Sawyer

Spencer

Bailey

Ezra

Carson

Reed

Devin

Levi

Bryson

Finn

Hayden

Riley

Chance

Ellis

Hayes

Rory

Lennon

Addison

Blair

Jayden