While nous aimons a chic French name and can’t resist a worldly moniker, there’s something downright cool about a gender-swapping baby name. In the era of gender-neutral everything (see also: Target’s kids’ line), the tradition of naming our children based on gender is quickly becoming a thing of the past. But all trends aside, we think it’s pretty cool to give a girl a “boy” name (we’re looking at you, Reese and Drew).
Besides, as we’ve seen with Gwyneth Paltrow’s use of Apple, there really are no rules when it comes to naming your beautiful baby. So we say throw out the rule book and choose the moniker you think suits your child best, regardless of gender. To get your list started, we rounded up a few of our personal favorite gender-neutral baby names that suit both boys and girls. You’re welcome.
Some seriously cool guys have had this name throughout time, from the iconic James Dean to the talented James Franco, but you really ramp up the ace factor when you give it to a girl. New parents Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds knew it too when they named their little baby girl James. And with their power-couple status, we’re pretty sure you’ll see more girls with this stellar title in the future.
While historically is translates to the Old English harewood (or meadow), most modern parents would attribute this name to the famous motorcycle company Harley Davidson or entrepreneur Harley Earle, head of design at General Motors. But gone are the macho biker vibes, and in their place is a sweet little rebel with a seriously cool name. For Batman fans, you’ll know Joker’s assistant Harley Quinn, whose character is coming back to our screens in the hotly anticipated Suicide Squad.
One of my earliest film memories was watching Daryl Hannah as the gorgeous mermaid in Splash and thinking how cool she was. The name has stuck with me ever since, and I still think it’s just as iconic and cool. For me, an Australian, the name doesn’t translate nearly as well as a boy name (especially when you hear how Daryl sounds in an Aussie accent), but on a girl, it’s edgy and different, with a certain covetable je ne sais quoi.
If you’re looking for a name with some major royaltly, don’t overlook the gorgeous Stevie. According to SheKnows, this Greek baby boy name means “crown” or “victorious,” and that’s certainly true of musical icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stevie Wonder. We just love this hip moniker for a little girl. It’s also the name of one of our favorite fashion stylists from Australia, Stevie Dance, and of course the über-cool performer Stevie Nicks.
This Anglo-Saxon baby name means “wise,” and we know that certainly rings true for actress Drew Barrymore. According to Baby Name Wizard, it’s originally a short form of the Greek name Andrew, but now it commonly stands on its own. This name is a combination of sugar, spice, and all things nice, plus a totally tough vibe—just like Barrymore.
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This post was originally published on March 11, 2016. Updated by Sacha Strebe.