iVillage.com: The Hottest Baby Name Trends for 2012

Androgynous Names That Are Really Only for Girls

While some of the hottest girls’ names still end in “a,” androgynous-sounding monikers continue to climb the charts. But unlike unisex names of generations past, (see Tatum and Mackenzie), today’s are rarely used for boys. “That’s their secret weapon,” says Wattenberg. “Surname-based girls' names like Madison, Payton and Taylor were never that common as boys' names.” Harper, which is particularly popular with the celebrity set, follows that pattern, as does Hadley and Bailey.

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