Most Popular Boy Names for Girls

New Baby Name Trend

During the late 80s and early 90s, American parents started a new baby name trend: Using traditional boys names for baby girls. It is a trend that has been sticking around since, and while the names have varied in popularity, there are a few that have stood the test of time, and are now firmly established as girls' names instead of boys' names.

Many of them originated as last names, another interesting trend that has picked up steam since the year 2000.  

Here are some of the most popular boy names for girls currently being used.


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The names Madison and Addison actually mean "son of Maude" and “son of Adam” respectively. Madison hit the girls' charts first in the 1980s, and Addison followed a few years later. Both Madison and Addison had long been on the Social Security Popular Baby Name Charts for baby boys, but are now both staples among the top girls' names.



 Avery has always been on the boy charts, though never exceptionally popular. Avery, which means "ruler of the elves," didn't make an appearance on the girls' chart until 1989 but then caught on like wildfire. She cracked the top 20 in 2011, and has been hovering just outside the top 10 since. 


Taylor first appeared on the name charts for girls way back in 1979, though it barely made the top 1000 names for that year. It began booming in popularity, and as it reached its peak as a girls' name during the 1990s. She dropped out of the top 10 in 2001, and hasn't really bounced back since then.. 


She wasn't even in the top 100 girls' names until 2011, but in 2014, Harper had shot up to No. 11. This name has always made the boys' list, but nowhere near as high as it currently ranks for girls. The best-known female American Harper is author Harper Lee. The name's meaning is pretty simple: "harp player." But it's quirky enough and just outside the most popular names, so could be a good fit for parents seeking something a little less common.


Like Madison and Addison, Riley was taken from a surname. In England, Riley means "place of a rye clearing.

Riley has regularly appeared on the name charts for boys for the past 130 years. Granted it's never been in the top 10, but it has consistently made the charts. Riley as a girls' name is well outside the top 25, but has been among the top 100 consistently for several years.

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