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 pretty 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 baby boy names or baby girl names — so when searching for a possible boy’s name for a girl, you’ll have to do a little more legwork and keep an open mind.
Some people expect girls’ names, to be sweet, cute, or beautiful, and to look good written in curlicues, and boys’ names to sound bold, strong or stately. But now we understand better that kids will develop an equally multifaceted personality whether they’re named Alexander or Alexandra. So, forget the outdated rules.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.