7 Unexpected Girl Names that Used to Be Boys' Names

Photo by: Janssen Bradshaw
Vivian
Vivian is up to 141 for females as of 2012, but it was a strong presence on the list for males until 1933 when it fell off permanently.
Related: 30 nicknames that make... more 
Photo by: Janssen Bradshaw
Vivian
Vivian is up to 141 for females as of 2012, but it was a strong presence on the list for males until 1933 when it fell off permanently.
Related: 30 nicknames that make great baby names less 
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Fri, Jul 26, 2013 4:50 PM EDT
When I was ten or eleven years old, I saw Gone with the Wind for the first time. I'm sure there were many things about the movie I liked, but the thing that stood out to me was that there was a MAN named Ashley. I knew plenty of Ashleys, but I'd never known one that was male (and now, twenty years later, I've still never met a male Ashley).

When I was spending hours poring over the Social Security baby name lists before Ani was born, I was surprised to see how many names that are now considered predominately female names used to sit on the male side of the list. My husband and I loved checking the Social Security Administration's lists to see how a name's popularity had changed over the last 100 or so years. Here were 25 that surprised me most - which ones catch you off guard? - By Janssen Bradshaw

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