GIRLS WHO ARE BOYS, WHO LIKE BOYS TO BE GIRLS
It seems Damon Albarn was ahead of the game. Back in the ‘noughties’ when girls who liked boys to be girls… or whatever it was, the top names for boys were Thomas, James and Jack, while for girls it was Rebecca, Lauren and Jessica.
Fast-forward to twenty years (yes you are that old), and the classic names still linger in the top ten. However, today there’s a rich range of children’s names from Reuben, Riley, Darcy and Sienna making appearances in the top 100, that you can afford to go a little leftfield. But how alternative to go?
The big thing right now is ‘gender-neutral’ names, or as we like to call it – girls with boys names.
And as always, we have our American celebrity friends to thank. Glossy celebrity parents Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are the latest to jump on the trend, naming their little girl James.
They join a list of other celeb-parents who’ve done the same, including Jessica Simpson, who was ahead of the curve when she named her little girl ‘Maxwell’ a few years ago. It’s just as well her surname isn’t House…
Then there was Johnny Knoxville who called his girl ‘Arlo’ and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis who named theirs ‘Wyatt’. We aren’t sure where ‘Sailor’ sits – but Liv Tyler’s boy goes by this unusual name.
I’m a big fan of alternative names – the originality and personality it gives your kid makes them stand out from the 10,000 baby George and Charlotte’s out there.
So, if you’re thinking of alternative names for your child, here’s some inspiration…
You say Charlotte (Ranked no.11)
We say Scarlett (Ranked no.42)
You say Miley (Ranked no. 388)
We say Silas (Ranked no.116)
You say George (Ranked no. 157)
We say Ringo (So cool, it’s not ranked)
You say Florence (Ranked no. 86)
We say India (Ranked no. 972)
You say Rose (Ranked no. 224)
We say Azalea (Ranked no. 631)