Friday, February 3, 2012

The Girls Didn't Win!

(yes, this is another post on unisex naming. What can I say?--the topic both intrigues and frustrates me!)

Often, when a boys' name becomes very popular, parents start to think it looks good for little girls as well. In many cases, the name becomes unisex, and then solely feminine (grrrrrr.....).
But, in a few cases, the names remained unisex, or failed to catch on for girls completely! So, I guess this is mostly a post of encouragement for parents considering names like Ryan, Dylan, Cameron, Rory, Austin, Emerson, etc--just because you may hear whispers of girls with that name (or even fully verifiable reports), doesn't mean it's doomed to "go to the girls!"

  • Adrian--originally unisex, has been exclusively male for quite a while
  • Andrew--charted for girls in the 80s
  • Blake--briefly charted for girls in the 90s
  • Brett--briefly charted for girls in the mid-80s
  • Channing--briefly charted for both sexes in the late-80s; reappeared for boys in 2010
  • Christian--originally unisex, has been exclusively male for quite a while
  • Corey/Cory--charted for girls from the 70s to mid-90s
  • Dale--peaked at #237 on the SSA charts for girls in 1952--about as popular as Willow or Nayeli in 2010
  • Darian--actually was more popular for girls in the mid-90s
  • Devin/Devon--remains more popular for boys despite charting for girls since the 70s
  • Freddie--ranked on the SSA charts for girls until the mid-50s
  • George--ranked on the SSA charts for girls until the mid-50s
  • Hollis--briefly charted for girls in the 50s
  • Hunter--peaked at #304 for girls in 1998--about as popular as Iris or Kenley in 2010
  • Jason--charted for girls from the early-70s to mid-80s.
  • Julian--originally unisex, has been exclusively male for quite a while
  • Kevin--charted for girls through the 60s/70s
  • Kyle--charted for girls through both the 50s and 80s
  • Logan--remains more popular for boys despite charting for girls since the late-80s
  • Michael--charted for girls from the late-30s through mid-90s
  • Micah--continues to gain popularity despite charting for girls since the early-80s
  • Nicholas--briefly charted for girls in the mid-80s
  • Ralph--briefly charted for girls in the late-20s
  • Richard--charted for girls from the 20s to mid-70s.
  • Robert--peaked at #314 for girls in 1929--about as popular as Rowan or Sloane in 2010.
  • Ronald--charted for girls periodically from the 30s-50s. 
  • Toby--actually charted for girls first (in 1933) and didn't become more popular for boys until 1942
  • Tyler--peaked at #238 for girls in 1993--about as popular as Kenzie or Tatum in 2010
  • Willie--charted for girls until the 70s