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Here is the companion list to Frills + Edges: Girls. These are unusual boy names (used under 100 times in the US in 2011, so they really quite rare) that fall into two categories: very masculine, or leaning towards feminine.
I found the process of sorting through these boy names to be a little more complicated than the girl names were. In the end, I decided "very masculine" meant names that I would guess won't make a crossover to the girls' side any time. Names like Earnest and Hubert would be shocking on a girl. As for the feminine, I went with names that contained elements that are more popular on the girls list, like Elia and Selah. Even if the name is historically male, they're on this list because they've already crossed over or they sound like they could.
Very masculine —
Esau — means "hairy," unfortunately
Hubert — I'd love to see Earnest, Herbert, Horace, Hubert, etc ... come back in style
Huck — although our cat is a girl Huck!
Lemuel — means "belonging to god"
Townes — I could see this one on a girl, but I just thought it was too cool to leave off
Vito — a favorite of mine, it means "life"
Very feminine —
Ashley — Ashley on a boy is so fresh, guess it'd be easier to wear in the middle name spot, though
Cary — so handsome, so overlooked
Cassidy — I suppose Vonnegut fans could go with Cassady, which does look somehow more boyish
Paisley — so surprised to see this and Nova on the boys' list
Zoey — really!
And some yin/yang combos —