Wednesday, February 13

Edges + Frills: Boys

photos taken from my Instagram



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.

Enjoy!

Very masculine — 

Ajax
AkselAngus
Archibald
Basil
Bastian
Bauer
Benedict
Boone
Boris
Buster
Django
Dmitri
Dutch
Earnest
Esau — means "hairy," unfortunately
Ferdinand
Hawk
Herbert
Homer
Horace
Hubert — I'd love to see Earnest, Herbert, Horace, Hubert, etc ... come back in style
Huck — although our cat is a girl Huck!
Ignatius
Jedediah/Jed
Jethro
Judd
Laird
Lars
Lazarus
Lemuel — means "belonging to god"
Marius
Montgomery
Ned
Ogden
Orson
Roscoe
Rufus
Russel
Saint 
Sixto
Sylvan
Sylvester
Townes — I could see this one on a girl, but I just thought it was too cool to leave off 
Usher
Virgil
Vito — a favorite of mine, it means "life"
Wilfred
Willem
Wolfgang
Zeus

Very feminine — 

Andrea
Aria
Arley
Ashley — Ashley on a boy is so fresh, guess it'd be easier to wear in the middle name spot, though
Britt
Bryar
Carmen
Cary — so handsome, so overlooked
Cassidy — I suppose Vonnegut fans could go with Cassady, which does look somehow more boyish
Darcy
Darby
Dov 
Echo
Elia
Hadley
Holland
Isley
Ivory
Jade 
Jess
Journey
June
Kainoa
Kaya
Kelsey
Kendal
Koa
Lake
Larkin
Leslie
Loren
Noor
Nova
Paisley — so surprised to see this and Nova on the boys' list
Paris
Remi
Selah
Sena
Shalom
Shannon
Shaya
Sunny
Tory
Tracy
Trinity
Winter
Wren
Zia
Zoey — really!

And some yin/yang combos — 


Angus Lake
Ashley Willem
Bauer Holland
Benedict Tory
Cassidy Laird
Django Trinity
Elia Jedediah
Homer Zia
Huck Darcy
Ignatius Echo
Jade Bastian
Koa Wolfgang
Roscoe Ivory

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