Strong boy names are names used mostly, if not entirely, by baby boys. In a recent post on the strongest boy names in the top 20, for instance, the strongest boy names were the names given to the highest proportion of baby boys relative to overall usage (boys+girls).
I thought I’d look at this issue from a different angle today. Instead of giving you another list of strong boy names, here’s a list of weak boy names. What makes them weak? Again, proportion. Each of these was given to at least 100 baby boys last year, but given to many more baby girls. So if you’re looking for a strongly masculine name, these are some names you’ll want to avoid.
Let’s start with names that were given to boys less than 25% of the time. (Over 75% of the babies who got these names were girls, in other words.)
These names were given to boys less than 20% of the time:
These were given to boys less than 15% of the time:
Finally, the weakest of the weak. These names were given to baby boys less than 10% of the time last year. (To put it another way, over 90% of the babies who got these names were girls.)
Keep in mind that this analysis is spelling-specific. Other variants of these names tended to be used relatively more often for baby boys. Here are a few examples:
- Peyton, 34%
- Tegan, 38%
- Emory, 40%
- Riley, 40%
- Skyler, 64%
- Reece, 70%
- Jordan, 80%
- Cameron, 89%
- Kameron, 91%
- Rhys, 95%
Spelling makes a big difference in some cases, doesn’t it?