Girlish Names for Boys

Peaches Geldof — one of the pioneers of unique celeb baby names — has announced that her soon-to-arrive son will be named Astala Dylan.

She explains: “I wanted a Jewish name because my fiance is a Jew and the name is the male version of Esther. We found it in a name book and liked it.”

The name caught my eye, because it’s not often that you see the -a ending in boy’s names. Let’s look at the top 100 boy names in 2010 and see how frequently it occurred.

7. Noah (though this can also be a girls’ name — Noa — in the Hebrew culture)

11. Joshua (though most kids go by the nickname Josh)

18. Elijah

77. Josiah

Off the top of my head there’s also Jonah, number 144.

That’s four out of 100. Definitely not too common.

What do you think? Would you use an -a ending name for your boy? Do you think it’s girlish?

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  1. by Chaya

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

    My little brother’s name is Judah, which is currently #326 in the US. When he was born, it was definitely far more uncommon, but it still remains a distinctly masculine name, perhaps because of the strong Biblical connotations, or because of the nickname “Jude.” I do know that Martha Stewart’s daughter named her new daughter Jude, though, this past year.
    I honestly think it depends on the name. If it’s distinctly male due to its heritage, as Noah, Elijah, and Joshua, are, then I don’t see a problem. But Astala is cutting it close, especially because it sounds a lot like Estella.