Reader Jennifer reached out to me because the name she is considering should her unborn child be a boy has gained popularity with girls in recent years.
The name in question, Elliott (spelled with 2 Ts) is almost in the girls’ top 1000 and the variation Elliot (with one T) had already hit the top 1000 a couple of years ago.
In the first part of this series, I compared Elliot (with one T since that spelling is in the top 1000 for both genders) to three gender crossover names that have gone to the girls: Addison, Ashley, Aubrey.
See Part 1 here.
The comparisons with Addison and Ashley were encouraging for those who feel Elliot should stay on the “blue team”.
Addison and Ashley were never very popular on boys and spent a lot of time outside the boys’ top 1000, unlike Elliot which has been in the boys’ top 1000 for about a century.
This suggests Elliot has a solid history on the boys’ side to keep it there.
However, the findings with Aubrey weren’t as encouraging–unless you prefer Elliot on a girl.
While Aubrey was never very popular on boys, it had never left the boys’ top 1000 until 2009, when it suddenly took off on girls.
Almost a century ago, Aubrey was more popular on boys than Elliot.
Could Elliot go the way of Aubrey?
Watch my take.
My opinion is just my opinion. I would love to hear from readers on this.
Readers: In your opinion, is Elliot a boy name, girl name or unisex name?