->'''Mama Jacobs:''' What did you say your name was? Brandon? Butch?\\
'''Charlotte "Chuck" Charles:''' Chuck?\\
'''Mama Jacobs:''' Chuck! I knew it was something unladylike.
-->-- ''Series/PushingDaisies'', "Girth"

Basically, a girl or woman has a boy's name (or nickname). Frequently used to indicate some form of masculinity in the character; if not, expect the character to be very feminine and lament her name.

One commonly offered explanation for a girl having one is that [[HeirClubForMen her parents wanted a boy]].

Many Japanese names are equally appropriate for men and women; tomboyish characters will frequently have one of these. At least two characters named "Megumi" [[GenderBender were once boys]], for example.

If the character is appearing for the first time, the others may have PronounTrouble, where everyone expects this Charlie Somebody person to be a guy, and are surprised when she isn't.

This can become AnAesop if said Charlie Somebody is in a traditionally male-oriented profession; for instance, the ''Series/StepByStep'' episode where J.T. immediately dismisses female mechanics, before handing his car over to "Sam", who is apparently the best mechanic in town. The [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude message]] can quickly get {{Anvilicious}} if done more than once in a series.

Sometimes a variation of the EmbarrassingFirstName. Can potentially lead to ActuallyIAmHim, and a good way to help disguise the fact that SamusIsAGirl until the right moment. The SuperTrope is GenderBlenderName.

This is a language-dependent trope: it's rather common in languages like English, but in others is impossible to do. For example, in [[UsefulNotes/SpanishLanguage Spanish]] most names have explicit masculine and feminine forms (and those that don't are either exclusively male or exclusively female), so this trope can't be used without it becoming extremely strained, to say the least.

One genre that is RIPE with this trope involve shows where a female is in an occupation that is typically considered a man's job (female cops, firefighters, soldiers, etc.) One of the most common is contrasting the incredibly girly Mackenzie with the very masculine nickname Mack.


* '''Sam'''
** There are girls named Sam on ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', ''Series/WithoutATrace'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', ''Series/MySisterSam'', ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' and ''VideoGame/RedFaction'' (yes, even in video games). Usually shortened from Samantha, in which case it can be taken as an indication that the character ''wants'' to have one of these.
** Sam Carter from ''Series/StargateSG1'' also got a SamusIsAGirl moment in her first appearance. When an alien asks what the name means, she jokingly replies that it means "My dad wanted a boy."
** In ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam Beckett 'leaped' into a Samantha, who all the other characters addressed as 'Sam'.
** ''Series/WithoutATrace'''s Samantha doesn't like being called "Sam" (or at least didn't at first), in no small part because her last name is [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon Spade]].
** Fresh [=Sam(antha)=] sighting: ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub''. (And it's [partially, at least] from the same company as ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', too.)
** ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' bounty hunter Samus Aran could fit the trope as well. Of course, the manual for the original game ''says'' she's male (the decision to make her female came about halfway through the game's development), but SamusIsAGirl.
** Salome Fredericks in Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' gave herself the nickname "Sam" to [[WholesomeCrossdresser fit in better with the boys]] online. This fact causes Orlando Gardiner to undergo some angst when he seeks his buddy "Sam" out in RealLife and accidentally uncovers the truth.
** There's no reason to believe the dog in ''Film/IAmLegend'' is a girl until it gets revealed that "Sam" is actually "Samantha."
** Sam of ''Series/ICarly'' is very rarely referred to as her full name. She's the TomboyAndGirlyGirl to her friend Carly and her identical twin sister Melanie.
** One also shows up in ''Literature/AmericanGods''. Shadow asks her if she's a boy Sam or a girl Sam, because they were in the dark when she introduced herself and her voice was deep enough that he thought she could have been a preadolescent boy.
** The English dub of ''Anime/{{Medabots}}'' had Samantha as the [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses tough-as-nails]] leader of the Screws Gang.
** In ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'', Sam is Charlie's LoveInterest[=/=]OddFriendship.
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Chris make friends with a Sam who dressed in overalls and a hat, making him extremely confused when Sam kissed him. Of course it turned out to be a Samantha, but Chris was still kind of uncomfortable until she told him to think of her as a boy.
* '''Alex''':
** ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' also has a girl named Alex.
** ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'''s Alex is a girl.
** ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' had Alex Cabot and ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' had Alex Eames. Granted, though, they were named after series creator Dick Wolf's niece or grandchild or something who had the name Alex(andra).
** ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' had DA Alex Cahill.
** Alexandra Margarita Russo in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.
** ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' had a lesbian character named Alex.
** [[VideoGame/EternalDarkness Alexandra Roivas]]. Likely chosen because Alexander means [[MeaningfulName "I defend"+ "man"]].
** Alex on ''Series/{{Lost}}'', whose gender was not given until the first season finale. When we first learned of her, Rousseau simply said, "Alex was my child." In season 5, we learned she'd have been Alexander if she'd been a boy.
** Alex D from ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar''. The name is purposefully ambiguous so that the player can choose to play a male or female character without needing voice actors to re-record their lines with a different player name.
** The player's girlfriend in the ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' module series ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'' is Alexandra de Velan, who prefers Alex and [[spoiler:serves as the brains behind an attempt to overthrow the leadership of the most important district of the duchy of Burgundy and have it defect to the French.]]
** Alyx from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
** When Alex Meade on ''Series/UglyBetty'' had a sex change, she changed her name to Alexis, which makes no sense at all since both names are androgynous. Then again, "Alexandra" wouldn't have the same classic soap connotations.
** In the Swedish 1950 film ''Girl With Hyacinths'', the protagonist is trying to find out why a young girl killed herself. The only clue is the name of a lover, Alex. At the end of the film, the protagonist is rather stunned to discover that [[TwistEnding Alex is a woman]].
** Semi-plot point in ''Webcomic/{{Building 12}}''.
** Alex Forrest from ''Film/FatalAttraction''; feminist criticism points out that the film has her punished for infiltrating environments traditionally reserved for men, with her name itself being an example.
** ''Series/AshesToAshes'' has DI Alex Drake. Gene Hunt had been expecting a male DI when he first saw her paperwork.
** Wen Spencer's fantasy novel ''Tinker'' centers around a girl named Alexander Graham Bell. She prefers to go by her (also tomboyish) nickname, Tinker.
*** Tinker doesn't sound tomboyish when combined with her surname, though.
** ''VideoGame/StarTrekVoyagerEliteForce'' names the player character Alex Munroe, allowing choice of either male or female models, then proceeds to [[LastNameBasis only address them as "Munroe"]], rendering the first name a moot point.
** ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'' has the family planning to adopt an Alex Fernandez as an exchange student. Thanks to a computer glitch, the family don't realise Alex is a girl until she arrives at the house.

[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Jo on ''Manga/BurstAngel'' may count as such, especially because she's a [[TheStoic Stoic]] ActionGirl and also a mecha pilot.
* Nagisa in ''Manga/ChouKuseNiNarisou''... which turns out to be a blessing, as she spends much of the series [[WholesomeCrossdresser disguised as a boy]].
* There's a very boyish-looking girl named Edward on ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', a very odd person who chose her own name (in full: Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV). According to her father, her real name is Françoise, which is nearly an androgynous name--it's exclusively female, but easily confused with its male counterpart François unless you know how French pronunciation works. Then again, her father is a bit unhinged and thought she was a boy when he was re-introduced to her.
* ''Manga/TheDayOfRevolution'' has a brother and sister named Makoto and Mikoto (Makoto is the girl.)...and a GenderBender protagonist named Megumi as well, though in this case she actually pronounced her name "Kei" when she was a boy. (Isn't kanji fun?)
* Mizuhara Makoto from ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''. His problem is that ''he'' looks ''just like'' the rather tomboyish Fatora, who is missing and he has to pose as.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', Tohru is our main character. In a flashback, her grandfather wonders about her masculine name, and Kyoko says that Katsuya, her father, picked it to 'bring out her hidden flavor', like adding salt to something sweet to enhance the flavor. Also [[spoiler: Akito]] has a man's name, but there's [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender another reason for this]].
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Possibly the case of]] [[LadyOfWar Olivier Milla Armstrong]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. While it is somewhat possible the author was going for "Olivia", the katakana writing is indeed with a "e" sound, making her name a masculine one. Which is quite fitting.
* Nagisa in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', Itsuki in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' and Hibiki in ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure''.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', the female fairy of the wind is named Baron.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]'', the female pilot for the Gundam is Christina Mackenzie, which commonly is shortened to Chris in-series. The Gundam itself has a tomboyish name, Alex, but given that it is a robot, it doesn't invoke the trope.
* Claes (a common boys' name in Nordic countries) from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' was so named because her Handler didn't want to make his relationship with her "personal" by giving her a girl's name. Petrushka and Rico are also boy's names, given to two other girls.
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' has a female character named Riff. Not to mention [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "Larry" Vincent]].
* ''Manga/LastExile'' has a girl named Al (short for Alvis), and another named Alistair.
* Ayumu from ''Manga/{{Life}}'' has a male name, which she hates for that reason and thinks doesn't fit her. She has short hair for most of the manga and can easily pass as a boy a lot of the time, but she's actually very feminine.
* Elliot Chandler from ''Anime/MaiOtome0Sifr''.
* Haman Karn from ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' is named for a male figure from [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Esther]], the Persian king's EvilChancellor. It's pretty appropriate since she's an iron-fisted dictator ruling on behalf of a child.
* Nachi in ''Mugen Densetsu Takamagahara Dream Saga'' is a transsexual, but in the parallel world, was born female and still has her masculine name.
* Fujioka Haruhi of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is mistaken by most people to be male, partially due to her tomboyish personality and speaking style (and short haircut) but also because "Haruhi" is a GenderBlenderName.
* In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', while "Yellow" (Japanese pronunciation, ''ierou'') is by no means a real name in any language, it sounds very masculine to Japanese ears, as "''ie''" and "''rou''" are both common suffixes to male names. Fittingly, Yellow goes around [[SamusIsAGirl masquerading]] [[{{Bifauxnen}} as a boy]] for the first two arcs she appears in.
* Ukyo, from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', is often mistaken for a boy when people first meet her. Her name doesn't help since it's male (although very old, so people might not know)
* Oscar François de Jarjayes from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' -- her father very much wanted a son and decided to name and raise her as a boy.
* Makoto and Haruka in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the latter of whom is actually mistaken for male by much of the cast. TheNineties English dub of the [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]] weirdly averted this by renaming Haruka "Amara," a very feminine name which still leads to her being mistaken for a guy. In some supplemental material that preceded the dub, Haruka was called Alex, which made more sense.
* [[KingIncognito Seth]] of ''Manga/TrinityBlood''. "Did your parents want a boy?" "I have two older brothers, you'd think they'd had enough."
* One of the oldest examples is Ryuunosuke Fujinami from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Also one of the original {{Bifauxnen}} and a WholesomeCrossdresser to boot. As a rule, ''-suke'' is masculine, it's almost like ''-son'' (Jacobson, etc.) in English. This is due to the fact her father is one of the most extreme examples of 'wanted a boy' in fiction -- he forces her to act, talk, dress and pretend to be a boy when she wants to be feminine but can't manage it because of her upbringing.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Michael Tree in the ''ComicBook/MsTree'' comics.
* Franchise/ArchieComics:
** In ''Dilton's Strange Science'', TeenGenius Dilton Doily invites a fellow prodigy named Danny to his house. True to the trope entry, he experiences PronounTrouble when he opens the door and discovers that his guest is a ''girl'' named Dann''i''.
** Come to think of it, Veronica's nickname also fits this trope, as "Ronnie" can be short for "Ronald" and she also gets called "Ron" sometimes. Subverted in that she is a huge GirlyGirl. Veronic's best friend Elizabeth is better known by her equally feminine nickname, "Betty", but is a tomboyish WrenchWench.
* Yukio in Marvel's ComicBook/XMen books. That the [[LesYay ronin good friend]] of Storm uses a boy's name has led to speculation that it is not her real name. In the limited series ''Wolverine: Soultaker'', her other [[FriendsWithBenefits good friend]] Logan wonders if her actual name might not be the similar-sounding, but unambiguously feminine "Yukiko".
** After the death of Dark Phoenix, Cyclops left the ComicBook/XMen for a time, and decided to apply for employment on a ship. The first person he sees aboard is a pretty young woman.
--> '''Cyclops:''' Excuse me, I'm looking for Captain Lee Forrester. I heard he was hiring crew.
--> '''Woman:''' My name is Lee Forrester -- Aletys to my relatives -- and you heard right.
* In the 1980s ComicBook/CaptainAmerica fell in love with and for a time was engaged to Bernie (short for Bernadette) Rosenthal.
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' with Tommi Ryder, a 'supermodel-turned-lawyer with a dangerous secret' protests that the 'i' makes her name feminine. Amusingly, her (male) love interest's name is Jody.
** Said Jody also makes fun of said statement.
---> "Like Butchi or Hanki or Gregori?"
* ''ComicBook/TopTen'' has WrenchWench Robin Slinger and Jacqueline "Jack" Kowalski, who is a slightly butch lesbian.
* Wilhelmina "Will" Vandom from ''[[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]''
* Barbara 'Bobbi' Morse-Barton, AKA ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}, Former New Avenger, founding West Coast Avenger, and the exwife of Hawkeye.
* In ''ComicBook/WelcomeToTheJungle'', Harry is thrown for a loop when the zookeeper named "Will" he's looking for turns out to be a woman. She says it's because she doesn't want to go by "Willamena".
* One of the two buddy cop protagonists of ''ComicBook/TheFuse'' is the rather androgynous (though so far straight) Sergeant Klementina "Klem" Ristovych.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''The Show That Never Ends'', a Franchise/HarryPotter fanfic, one of Harry's coworkers [[spoiler:and Remus's eventual love interest]] is a woman who goes by Diz. It is later revealed that her full name is Disraeli Taylor; her mother was a historian. In fact, her sisters' names are Churchill and Dickens, and her brothers are Tennyson and Darwin.
* Charlie Duncan of ''Fanfic/SapphireEleanorRoseSuzetteDeMontVsCanon''. Her full name is Charlotte, but no one ever calls her that--very fitting of an ActionGirl.
* In "Elite Senshi" a fanfiction spin off of Naruto and Sailor Moon, Megumi is the token tomboy.
* In the ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' [[GameMod romhack]] [[VideoGame/EquestriaBound EquestriaBound]], one of the default names you can give to the main character Dinky (a female unicorn) is the name of the character she replaces, Ness (a male teenaged human).
* ''Fanfic/HopToIt'' has Jacquelyn "Jack" Smith, who chooses to go by this after getting tired of people guessing (correctly) that she's named after ''Series/CharliesAngels'' star Jaclyn Smith.
* ''Fanfic/PackStreet'' has Charlie Foxtrot [[LadyLooksLikeADude the barely-feminine vixen]]. Her real name is Charlotte.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Downplayed in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', but the most tomboyish fairy is called Merriweather. That has historically been a boys' name, and in fact is usually what the nickname 'Merry' is short for.

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* The female flight attendant in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' is named Randy.
* Hank Mahoney from ''Film/TheBroadwayMelody''. This weird name is apparently meant to contrast no-nonsense, take-charge Hank from her prettier, more feminine, more obedient sister Queenie.
* In the comedy film ''Film/ButImACheerleader'', one of the main characters is girl called Graham. Fits the stereotype by being a rather butch lesbian.
* Inverted in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' with Peter Sellers' character Evelyn Tremble.
** Evelyn as a male name wasn't ''completely'' unknown in the mid-20th century (most obviously, Creator/EvelynWaugh), but it was pretty uncommon.
* In ''Film/{{Crooklyn}}'', the main girl's name is Troy, which isn't even a unisex name.
* The Howard Hawks[=/=]Creator/LeighBrackett Western ''El Dorado'' (1966) has the very tomboyish Joey [=MacDonald=] (full name: Josephine), played by Michele Carey.
* A semi-tomboyish name starts all the trouble in ''Film/EuroTrip'': The protagonist Scotty freaks out when his German pen-pal [[strike:Mika]] Mieke comes on to him. Scotty reacted poorly because he thought [[strike:Mika]] Mieke was a male name (along the lines of Mike/Michael), but it's actually a female name, roughly equivalent to Michelle. Scotty's German is also bad enough that he can't tell between masculine and feminine tenses. His younger brother, who's taking Intro to German, is quickly able to set him straight.
* The eponymous character in the movie and the series ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
* Regi from ''Film/HandsAcrossTheTable''.
* ''Film/HMPulhamEsq'': Harry's girlfriend is named "Marvin". Possibly appropriate as Marvin is a go-getting career woman rather than a conventionally feminine wife-to-be, which is why they eventually break up.
* ''Film/TheHole'''s resident AlphaBitch is a Frances who only goes by 'Frankie'.
* In ''Film/HussarBallad'' the main character's name, Shura, can be short for either Alexander (male) or Alexandra (female), and thus is itself gender-neutral. She is never addressed by her full first name.
* Randall "Randy" Dean, the butch teenage lesbian of ''The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love'', probably named after Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry by her very pro-life/anti-abortion mother.
* TheFilmOfTheBook Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'' has a girl named "Daniel Huxton" mentioned as having been killed off-screen by Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
* The eponymous character in ''Michael O'Hara the Fourth''. Michael was the traditional first name of the eldest boy in each generation. When Michael O'Hara III's first child -- a daughter -- was born, he learned that his wife would not be able to bear any more children. Because "there has always been a Michael O'Hara", he named the girl Michael. In the movie, he says he thought people would would call her Michelle. Instead she is very tomboyish and everyone calls her 'Mike'.
* George from ''Film/APlaceInTheSun'' calls his girlfriend Alice "Al". This is probably to contrast frumpy Alice with her BettyAndVeronica rival, the gorgeous Angela.
* In ''Film/InThisOurLife'', both Timberlake sisters have very masculine names: Roy and Stanley.
* In the 1966 film ''This Property Is Condemned'', one of the characters is a young girl named Willie (her parents wanted a boy).
* Sidney of the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' films. She's also nicknamed 'Sid' by her friends. The [[Film/Scream4 fourth film]] also has a LadEtte called Kirby.
* Arguably, Saavik in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies: there was a definite pattern to Vulcan names in [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] (men are called Spock, Sarek, Surak etc.; women are called T'Pau, T'Pring, T'Lar etc.) and she had a name that fitted the male pattern. (Since then, we've seen Vulcans whose names don't fit either pattern, but at the time...)
** The character was originally conceived of as male, and wasn't switched to a woman until later drafts. They kept the name, though. The EU explained her name as being of Romulan origin (referring to a cat analogue) rather than Vulcan -- the character was written to be half-Romulan in the script, but it wasn't stated on screen.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Episode VII -- Film/TheForceAwakens'' has Rey. It's hinted that it [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname may not be her real name]].
* ''Film/{{SWAT}}'''s Officer Chris Sanchez is OnlyKnownByHerNickname in the film, leading to a SamusIsAGirl moment when the first thing we learn about her is that she beat the crap out of a GangBanger. Hondo, recruiting for his SWATTeam, is very surprised to learn that Sanchez (played by Creator/MichelleRodriguez) is a SpicyLatina a good foot-and-a-half shorter than him.
-->'''Hondo:''' Sorry, wrong room.\\
'''Sanchez:''' Who were you looking for?\\
'''Hondo:''' Chris Sanchez.\\
'''Sanchez:''' I'm Chris Sanchez?\\
'''Hondo:''' ''You're'' Chris Sanchez?
* Yukio from ''Film/TheWolverine''.
* Mickey Lobel in ''Film/TroubleWithTheCurve''.
--> '''Johnny:''' So, what's "Mickey" short for? Michelle?\\
'''Mickey:''' Mickey is short for Mickey. As in my father's favorite [baseball] player, Mickey Mantle.\\
'''Johnny:''' Aha. [''{{beat}}''] Lucky it wasn't Yogi Berra.
* In ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'', the main character's tomboy best friend goes by her last name, Watts. At the end of the first draft of the screenplay it's revealed that her first name is actually Susan, but this never happens in the finished film.

* In the ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'' books, Steve Carella's wife Theodora is known to all as "Teddy".
* In the ''Literature/{{Airhead}}'' series by Meg Cabot, the main character is geeky high-schooler Emerson Watts. She goes by the name of Em, mostly anyway.
* Jack Starbright, housekeeper to ''Literature/AlexRider'' (and the closest thing he has to family after his uncle dies). The first book mentions that Alex wonders what it's short for, but he never asks.
* Gabriel Landry in ''Literature/AllThatGlitters'' by Creator/VCAndrews. This appears to be a rather odd {{Retcon}}, since the other books in the series name her as "Gabrielle".
* ''Literature/AuntDimity'': The Pym sisters' great-grandniece is named Aubrey Aroha Pym (she's descended from their older brother Aubrey Jeremiah Pym). She is commonly called "Bree".
* It's never commented on, but Beldaran in the prequels of the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}.'' To explain it comes in two parts. The male disciples of the god Aldur get the prefix "Bel", meaning beloved, attached to their names, while female disciples get the feminine form "Pol". Secondly, the name without the prefix, "Daran", is used by her son and several of her descendants as a perfectly serviceable masculine name.
* In one ''Literature/BerensteinBears'' book, Sister Bear is being bullied by a classmate named Tuffy. Brother Bear heads off to give Tuffy a piece of his mind, is flabbergasted when he sees Tuffy coming out of the ''girls''' bathroom, and quietly slinks away with her taunting him for not doing anything to her because [[WouldntHitAGirl he can't bring himself to beat up a girl]].
* The heroine of Creator/RobinMcKinley's novel ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' insists on being addressed as Harry. It's not until halfway through the book that her real name is revealed as Angharad.
* Temperance Brennen's sister Harry (Harriet) in the ''Literature/{{Bones}}'' series of crime novels.
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'''s lead female is a tomboy with BoyishShortHair called Leslie. The book was written in the 1970s when Leslie was more common as a boys' name, and didn't take off as a name for girls until a decade later. To further blur the line, the leading male is called Jess. It's probably for the above reason that the film adaptation (taking place in 2007) de-emphasises Leslie's tomboy nature.
* Tom Gay (real name Lucinda Muriel) in the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' books. And Joey Bettany, of course.
* Sets up all the action in Swedish tween book ''Literature/DarfinkarOchDonickar'' (which translates roughly as "idiots and crazies," only the words used are very uncommon). Simone (French female name) is forced to move when her single mother finds a new man. Angry about it, she cuts off her hair. The next day, her new teacher introduces her as "the new boy, Simon." She runs with it.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}:''
** The "oops, we wanted a boy" version occurs with reference to the name Nigella.
** Inverted with the wizard Denephew Boot, so called because his 'simple country folk' parents wanted a girl, who they were planning to call Denise.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' companions in the ExpandedUniverse include Bernice "Benny" Summerfield (Virgin novels), Samantha "Sam" Jones (BBC Books novels), Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair (DWM comic strip) and Charlotte "Charley" Pollard (Creator/BigFinish audios).
* Karrin Murphy of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' goes by her last name. This is true in the TV series as well, although there she's a Connie rather than a Karrin. The change was made because Chicago's real-life police department contains an officer whose actual name is Karen Murphy.
* George from ''Literature/TheFamousFive'' (shortened from Georgina, in the first book she uses it as part of an OutOfCharacterAlert ploy).
** In the European Portuguese localization, this becomes Zé (a local male name), taken from her surname (Maria José).
* Inverted in Enid Blyton's ''Literature/TheFarawayTree'' trilogy, the main characters are two sisters and their older brother called Jo -- traditionally a girl's spelling. In later editions, it has been altered to Joe.
* Haruka [[spoiler:(Hokuto)]] in ''[[LightNovel/DotHackAIBuster .hack//AI Buster]]''. [[spoiler:Besides having a masculine real name, she also turns out to be the user named after Creator/WilliamButlerYeats.]]
* In Laurie King's mystery novels about police officer Katarina Cecilia Martinelli, she determinedly uses the nickname "Casey" on the job. Personal friends can call her Kate, though. [[spoiler:And she's a lesbian, whose significant other is a female psychiatrist named Lee. It is not revealed until late in the first book, ''A Grave Talent'', that Lee is female.]]
* Lady Michelle Henke in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is known as "Mike" to her friends.
* OlderThanRadio: The character Jo in the book ''Literature/LittleWomen'', who was also a {{tomboy}}.
* ''Literature/MaloryTowers'' has both the series' heroine, Darrell Rivers, and late arrival Bill (short for Wilhelmina) Robinson, a very horsey tomboy who has six brothers and who quicky becomes best friends with the [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl somewhat girly girl]] the Hon. Clarissa Carter.
* [[Literature/MaximumRide Max Ride]] is a girl. But you sure wouldn't ''know'' it if you watched her fight...
* Henry (short for Henrietta) in Michelle Cooper's ''Literature/MontmarayTrilogy''.
* Mary Minor Haristeen, goes by "Harry" in ''Literature/MrsMurphyMysteries''. Harry's official job is being the town postmistress, but she's also an OutdoorsyGal and amateur sleuth whose dog and cat (Tucker and Mrs. Murphy) help her solve crimes.
* George from the ''Literature/NancyDrew'' books, who is proud of her unusual name. In early books she's a {{tomboy}}, but not in later books. Some fans would go so far as to say she was a lesbian.
* Billie Jo in ''Literature/OutOfTheDust'', due to her father [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent wanting a boy instead]].
* The title character of Catherine Gilbert Murdock's YA fantasy ''Literature/PrincessBen'' (it's short for Benevolence).
* Both the girls in ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren''. The protagonist is named Roberta but nicknamed 'Bobbie' by everyone. Her younger sister is Phyllis but called 'Phil' by her siblings.
* In ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'', Miss Violet Blake's birth name is Dallas, the city where she was born. Rather unfitting, since she's decidedly a girly-girl. Luckily changing one's name is extremely easy and common in this setting, even for teenagers.
* In Charlotte Bronte's book ''Literature/{{Shirley}}'', the title character is given the name Shirley by her father, who wanted a son. This led to the name becoming a female name, and consequently modern readers need to be reminded of this. In fact, the book is the reason Shirley became a popular girls' name.
* Scout from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird,'' which is her nickname -- her full name is Jean Louise Finch. Needless to say, you only find that out in scenes where her aunt is trying to put her in dresses or other "formal" settings are happening.
* Inverted to amusing effect in Connie Willis's ''Literature/UnchartedTerritory''. A group of explorers learns they're getting a new intern named Evelyn Parker. The men are all excited to have a new woman in the group. Turns out that in Britain Evelyn can be a man's name, and Ev's parents were traditionalists. Cue disappointment from the men and snickers from the women, especially when it turns out Ev is young, handsome, and single. And straight.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radclyffe Radclyffe's]] lesbian romance novels often features female characters with male names: Michael Lassiter, Sloan, Dellon Mitchell, Cameron Roberts...
* In Radclyffe Hall's 1928 novel ''Literature/TheWellOfLoneliness'', the lesbian heroine's first name is Stephen.
* In ''Literature/ParadoxBound'', as a young boy, Eli encounters a strange-looking kid named Harry, who drives off in a customized Ford Model A. As a teen, Eli once encounters Harry, but then is shocked when Harry happens to bend over, and he gets a good look down his shirt and sees a pretty nice pair of boobs. Then he starts to notice other things he glossed over, such as hip movements and feminine facial features. Yes, "Harry" is short for "Harriet", although she prefers Harry. She later admits that he assumed she was a boy not just because he's inattentive. She deliberately dresses in masculine clothing, especially since [[spoiler:for much of American history, a woman traveling alone might be in danger]].
* In ''Literature/RiverOfTeeth'', Regina Archambault prefers to go by the nickname Archie, even though she has a very femine demeanor and way to speak. It is eventually revealed that she is gender-fluid and occasionally identifies as male.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/AaronSorkin: His shows usually have one of these among the main characters: Dana (''Series/SportsNight''), C.J. (''Series/TheWestWing''), Jordan (''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'').
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': Sydney Bristow, the main character. Her friends even call her "Syd".
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Winifred "Fred" Burkle. In one episode, her name causes [[GrandTheftMe an old guy in Angel's body]] to [[MistakenForGay mistake Angel for gay]]. Refreshingly, Fred is not sassy or conspicuously empowered (that role is taken by a character named Cordelia, itself an inversion of this trope).
** Doyle's ex-wife is also called Harriet, but nicknamed 'Harry'.
* ''Series/AshesToAshes'': Alex Drake runs into the PronounTrouble variant in the very first episode; none of her outrageously sexist 1981 coworkers had ever ''met'' their new DI before she wound up in their station slightly unhinged and dressed as a hooker for [[FanService totally plot-related reasons]]....
* ''Series/BlackAdderII'': Nursie is revealed to have the first name "Bernard". She also has sisters named Eric, Basil and Donald. Nursie is not particularly tomboyish, but certainly is insane, so this all could be her imagination. "Bob", however, ''is'' tomboyish. Or tries to be. Of course, [[SweetPollyOliver her name probably isn't really Bob]].
* Creator/BryanFuller:
** All of his shows seem to have female protagonists with male names/nicknames:
** ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' has a girl named George (Georgia), and her sister, Reggie (Regina). Maybe their parents had a thing for feminine names with masculine short forms?
** In ''Series/PushingDaisies'', leading lady Charlotte Charles is called Chuck (which is a derivative to Charles meaning "man"...), which is this and a PunnyName put together.
** ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'' has a female main character named Jaye.
** ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' has Freddie (short for Fredericka) Lounds, who is a GenderFlip of a character from the [[Literature/RedDragon the source material]] with the same name.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'''s eighth season had a female character called Billie. We never find out if this is short for anything. Her sister Christy is a borderline example. In America, it's a girls' nickname. But elsewhere it can be a male nickname too (being short for both 'Christopher' and 'Christina').
* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' for a while had Francesca 'Frankie' Baldwin. Not particularly Tomboyish in personality -- she was something of a trophy wife -- but definitely with a fiery temper.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'': The female main character was named Max. This was also an OnlyOneName. Also, one season 2 episode had a girl named Ralph.
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek'': The ultimate example would have to be Joey, who played the {{tomboy}} angle straight for the first couple seasons and grew increasingly girly as time went on. This is directly related to the Jo in ''Literature/LittleWomen'', as this character is Joey's (and her mom's) favorite and the reason she's called Josephine like the girl in said book.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The classic series has companions Josephine "Jo" Grant, Melanie "Mel" Bush and Dorothy "Ace" [=McShane=].
** The new series has Billie "Bill" Potts, who has both her full first name ''and'' nickname qualifying for this trope.
* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'': "Doctor Mike", a.k.a. Dr. Michaela Quinn. There's actually a purpose to this, though. The writers felt it was necessary to explain why the townspeople accept the woman who is coming to be their doctor: they thought she was a man. Communication being what it was, her name was telegraphed to them, as telegraphs were, with no spaces, upper and lower cases, or punctuation. They're expecting "Michael A. Quinn". If her name had been Alice, or something, the viewer is meant to presume they would have cabled back saying "Forget it."
* ''Series/EastEnders'' has Ronnie Mitchell, whose name is a shortening of Veronica.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': Also has a Jo, who gets surly when people call her Josephina.
* ''{{Series/Extras}}'': Somewhat parodied where Andy Millman goes to Ian Mackellen to audition for his new play. It ends up being a play about homosexual loves, something that is not apparent to him until "Fran" is revealed to be a man. Everyone in the audition room other than Mackellen and Andy appear to have tomboyish names if they are female or girl names if they are male. Things get ridiculous when one of the women in the room is referred to as "George".
* ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'': Jo, while Jo-with-no-E is a girl's name, she was mistaken for a boy in the first episode, and is based off Jo from ''Literature/LittleWomen''.
* ''Series/FlashForward2009'': Charlie Benford. It's unknown whether that's short for something more traditionally feminine.
* ''Flashman'': Pink Flash is named Lou!
* ''Series/FullHouse'': There is DJ, who is the oldest daughter but the abbreviated initials are at best gender-neutral, if not leaning towards being boyish-sounding. It stands for Donna-Jo (not Joanna, not Josephine, just Jo).
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Lorelai Leigh Gilmore goes by the nickname Rory (a name which is usually reserved for boys) to distinguish herself from her mother and great-grandmother, both of whom are also named Lorelai Gilmore.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'': Charlie and Teddy are used as names for girls. It's even lampshaded in some episodes. This trope was {{enforced}} in this case, so as not to place the series in the GirlShowGhetto.
* ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'''s resident tomboy is named Rikki Chadwick.
* ''Series/HarrysLaw'': Harry Korn looks like she'll kill anyone who calls her Harriet.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Has Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Jr., who practically embodies the "my dad wanted a son" excuse. He literally raised her as a boy until her teen years.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie, an officer and attorney in the US Marine Corps.
* Creator/JaymaMays: Played girls named Charlie on both ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and ''Series/UglyBetty'' in the same season. Not much chance for confusion, though, since while the ''UB'' Charlie [[spoiler:is a recurring love interest of a main character]], the ''Heroes'' Charlie [[spoiler:was a one-shot who was killed off by the main villain. She was ''also'' the love interest of a main character though...]]. For the record, her full name is Charlene [[spoiler:and in a later season, she comes BackFromTheDead]].
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': ADA Alex Cabot, and her replacement Casey Novak, both from this show.
* ''Liveman'': Megumi Masaki was not only the first blue female, but the only female in dark blue tone. Funny enough, her actress is also named Megumi.
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': Mike Forrester in "Jack of Lies" and "The Widowmaker". Mike is short for Michelle and she is a tomboyish botanist with a passion for mountain climbing.
* ''Series/MadAboutYou'': The characters Paul (male) and Jamie (female) are often referred to as "Paulie" and "James".
* ''Series/{{MAD TV}}'': TheDitz Dr. Kylie Johnson was the victim of a typo at least once, or rather at least one of her patients was a victim of such.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Gary, the owner of the shoe store where Al Bundy works, is a woman. Al spent his first twenty years of work at the shop believing she was a man. (He never met her until being told she'd come to inspect the shop. In fact, he once considered the possibility of Gary not even existing.)
* ''Series/TheMentalist'': InvertedTrope: Patrick Jane is generally referred to as Jane.
* ''Series/MidnightCaller'': Devon King.
* ''Series/OneLifeToLive'': Andrea "Andy" Harrison. And she's a cop also, joining the police force after leaving an abusive husband.
* ''Series/OneSaturdayMorning'': The live-action segments of this Disney block originally starred a girl named Charlie.
* ''Series/PicketFences'': Had officer Maxine "Max" Stewart (Lauren Holly).
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' really ran with this. Of the two primary female rangers on the show, one is "[[OneLetterName Z]]" (short for Elizabeth) and one is "Syd" (short for "Sydney"). They were a rather tough TomboyAndGirlyGirl duo (with Z as the Tomboy and Syd as the Girly Girl), in some cases tougher than the boys, and Z is [[{{Bokukko}} extremely tomboyish]], MamaBear regarding Sam [[spoiler: the future Omega Ranger]] issues aside. On the A-squad, the end credits reveal its [[spoiler:Red]] Ranger, female, to be named Charlie, and she's tougher still. Kat Manx, by contrast, was the team's engineer and avoided direct combat unless forced.
* ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' had Ronny, short for Veronica.
* Spencer of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' subverts this trope -- while a she is a BadassBookworm, she is also very girly (bordering on FilleFatale territory).
* ''Series/{{Reba}}'': Van has an aunt whose name is Floyd.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson. Just about everybody calls her "Charlie". In fact, Sebastian Monroe has been the only one to go out of his way to call her "Charlotte", as shown in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine Nobody's Fault But Mine]]", and "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E19ChildrenOfMen Children of Men]]".
** ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', which shares a creator with ''Revolution'', also features a character who goes by the name Charlie (she uses several aliases, though her real name is never given). She is a PlayfulHacker[=/=]HollywoodNerd and her name is likely a ShoutOut to ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'''s Charlie.
* Andy of ''Series/RookieBlue'', whose full name is Andrea.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Elliot Reid, named after her father who wanted a boy. But let's not also forget that J.D. usually ends up sleeping with girls with androgynous names, including Alex, Dani, Jamie, Jordan and Kim. Might have something to do with the "[[UnusualEuphemism lanyards]]" he made with his bunkmate at summer camp.
** Elliot accuses another doctor of copying her because she, Veronica, starts going by the nickname Ronnie.
** JD's original name was Joanna for the first three years of his life, as his parents were expecting a girl, and couldn't think of a proper boy's name for a while. While his name was changed to John, many of the jokes about him are about how stereotypically girly he is.
* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'': Dylan.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': In this BBC series, John Watson's sister is called Harry. Having learned her name and the fact that she used to be married to a woman, Sherlock makes an almost-accurate series of deductions regarding John's "brother". John then reveals that "Harry" is short for "Harriet".
* ''Series/{{Sisters}}'': Had a whole family of masculine girl names: Alex, Teddy, Georgie, Frankie, Charley. However, this was not used to indicate masculinity, but that their father always wanted a boy. Ironically, they are all nicknames -- the real names are decidedly feminine. Alex's daughter Reed is also an example, although hers is more of a unisex name.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': Has Franky, short for Francesca.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'': Wade Welles.
* ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'': Has a Spencer, though she's pretty far from being a tomboy.
* ''Series/StepByStep'': Al (short for Alicia). Season 6 also introduces a female character named Sam. Both characters are ''very'' tomboyish (at least Al was, before her GirlinessUpgrade).
* ''Series/StrangerThings'': The red-headed {{tomboy}} introduced in the second season is named Max, which is short for Maxine. Upon first seeing her name, the boys think she is a boy before meeting her the next day.
-->'''Mr. Clarke''': Class, please welcome, all the way from sunny California, the latest passenger to join us on our curiosity voyage, Maxine.
-->'''Max''': It's Max.
-->'''Mr. Clarke''': Sorry?
-->'''Max''': Nobody calls me Maxine. It's Max.
* ''Series/StrongMedicine'': Dr. Andy Campbell. Lana addresses her as "Andrea", assuming that it's short for this, but Andy corrects her and tells her that Andy is her full name, bestowed by a father who had of course, been wanting or expecting a boy.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has Max, the tomboyish friend of the eponymous twins. A RunningGag has Moseby constantly mistake her for a boy.
** The spinoff series, ''The Suite Life on Deck'', has {{tomboy}} farm girl Bailey Pickett. She {{exploit|ed trope}}s this trope to enroll in Seven Seas High as a boy.
* ''Series/SuperHumanSamuraiSyberSquad'': One of the main characters is a girl named Sydney and she was at least once expected to be a boy because of her name.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': Alex Taylor, a female firefighter who hates being treated differently due to being female.
* ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'': Had a female vicar called Geri (short for Geraldine), leading to confusion with traditionalist parishioners expecting a male vicar.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'': Josh was expecting a meeting from Joey Lucas. Not only is Joey unexpectedly female, but she's also deaf and has a male translator. There is some confusion as the translator says "I'm Joey Lucas" and nobody realizes for a little while that he's speaking for the deaf woman.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Reversed with a male character named Vyvyan. When they go to the pub, where Vyvyan's mum is working behind the bar, Rick jumps at the chance to ask "Why did you give him a girl's name?" At which point Vyv smashes a bottle over Rick's head.

* A rather famous inversion: Music/JohnnyCash's "A Boy Named Sue". The original poem was written by Creator/ShelSilverstein.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one ''Homer, the Reluctant Soul'' strip, Homer (who has been incarnated as the daughter of an Irish couple en route to Ellis Island) is about to be given a Tomboyish Name suggested by her Father... but her Mother, being more sensible, names her Honor (Homer's name during a female incarnation). Honor thinks to herself, "Drat. I kind of liked 'Fisk'".
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': The mother of the Fox household is named Andy (short for Andrea).

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Wrestling/MickieJames is a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Champion]]. Granted, this is wrestling, and stranger things have happened than a man holding a women's belt, but she is a woman. What's more is that Mickie is her given name, and her previous ring name was 'Alexis'.
* Former WWE ring announcer Mike [=McGuirk=] (real name Michelle).
--> '''Wrestling/BobbyHeenan''': Mike?! What's her brother's name -- Sally?
--> '''Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon''': I don't know... maybe her father wanted a boy.
--> '''Bobby Heenan''': Looks like he almost got one...
* If you heard the name "AJ," you wouldn't expect [[Wrestling/AJLee a cute young woman]] to come [[SkipOfInnocence skipping]] out, would you? AJ fits the trope by being notably different from the standard WWE Diva in that she is seemingly sweet and innocent but enjoys traditionally boy things like comic books and video games, in addition to be a damn good wrestler who [[OneOfUs has been way into wrestling since childhood]]. ("AJ," of course, comes from her real name of '''A'''pril '''J'''eanette.) [[Wrestling/AJStyles There's another AJ in professional wrestling]] but that one is male.
* Almost happened with AJ's best friend {{Wrestling/Kaitlyn}}, who was named 'Ricki Vaughn' in developmental. She said she actually wanted a tomboyish ring name -- but the office changed it to Kaitlyn when she was called up to appear on NXT.
* {{Invoked| Trope}} by Wrestling/{{Chikara}} {{tag team}} [[Music/PaulSimon You Can Call Me Al]] (Alere Little Feather and Allison Danger)
* Wrestling/BellaTwins use a TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic. The Tomboy of the duo uses the name Nikki.
* NXT brings us {{Wrestling/Bayley}}, though she's not particularly tomboyish or feminine. Her character is a super friendly CuddleBug who wants to be friends with everyone.
* For a while, an FCW Diva went by 'Wesley Holiday' before being given more feminine names like Courtney Taylor and Beverly.
* In her brief stint in WWE, Alicia Webb played Ken Shamrock's sister Ryan.

* The title character of the George M. Cohan musical ''Billie''. She and her show would be completely forgotten if ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_M! George M!]]'' hadn't reused the title song, in which she divulges that [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude her parents had wanted a boy]].
* In the musical ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'', Winnifred tells the Prince he can call her by her nickname. He guesses, "Winnie?" She corrects him, and a minute later, he's summoned everybody to hear his "Song of Love": "I'm in love with a girl named Fred!"

* In the late eighties, Hasbro created their own fashion doll line as a replacement for ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', with the title character being called ''MAXIE''!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The {{Bifauxnen}} bouncer/bartender from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' goes by the name of "King" (no last name).
* And Makoto from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''! Maybe this one's gaining ground as a girl's name.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' brought us a female disc jocky named ''Toni''.
* And yet another Makoto, from the ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster IdolM@ster]]'' series, who becomes an idol in order to find a more feminine side of herself.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'':
** Kairi. Though it is technically a gender-neutral name in Japan, it is really rarely used as a girl's name. Yet, the main DamselInDistress of the game ''KingdomHearts'' has this name, and she displayed a somewhat tomboyish personality.
* One of ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'''s playable characters is the tomboyish Et, short for Etward. As a child, she decided her little brother's name was better and forced him to switch with her. The fact that this typifies his relationship with her and he grew up as Enna (short for Ennarcia) is only the start of the poor kid's problems.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Ashley "Ash" Williams, who is alternately referred to by the full and shortened versions.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', one of the teammates that Shepard must pick up is a convict named Jack. When you release Jack from cryo-stasis, the other party members are surprised to find a shaven young woman of a smallish frame covered in tattoes [[{{Stripperiffic}} and little else]]... Who proceeds to single-handedly go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge across the ship and tear it to pieces.
* Atlas, the controller of Model F from ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'', is actually a girl.
** Also inverted in the same game; Thetis, who shares a name with Achilles' mother in Greek lore, is a male who controls Model L, the only female biometal.
* Elias from the original ''VideoGame/PanelDePon''.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** [[spoiler:Naoto Shirogane]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. This has a larger effect in fooling you because [[spoiler:up until her gender reveal, she's always referred as a young boy-detective and dresses like a boy too.]]
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' gives us [[StudentCouncilPresident Makoto Niijima]], whose interest in Aikido helps to vent the myriad pressures of her day-to-day life.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** After acquiring all eight badges in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' or ''Emerald'', a player can find an older women named Jay on the second 'floor' of Meteor Falls.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the Viridian Gym in the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' versions, with male trainers named Arabella and Bonita.
** The female protagonist of ''Crystal'' is called "Kris", which sounds like "Chris". It's never specified in the games if this is short for anything, though a [[Manga/PokemonAdventures few]] [[Manga/PokemonGoldenBoys adaptations]] put it as short for "Crystal". [[TheyCallHimSword Kris also happens to be a kind of knife.]]
* Ridley Silverlake from ''VideoGame/RadiataStories''. When Jack runs into her in his Radiata Knights trial at the beginning of the game, he's dismayed to learn that she's a girl.
* The first ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' game has three mechanics who can upgrade Clank. Their names are Al, Bob, and Ed. Guess which one's the girl? [[spoiler: It's Ed, short for Edwina, as she is called in the credits]]
* In ''Franchise/TheSims'' video game, any sim can be given any name, so girls can be given boyish names and boys can be given girly names. Some of the premade tomboys have more masculine names, too. (I.E. The sorority in ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' has a level 10 female jock named Ashley DeSorrento) Boyd and Blair Wainwright are a premade example of a father and daughter with surnames as their first names, and there are female sims with such names as Tuesday Sears and Autumn Cusack and Sunny Bakshi.
* Since there were several "Makoto"s mentioned in the Anime & Manga section, there should be at least some mention of the one from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter III 3rd Strike''. [[TheDanza Her VA is also named Makoto, as well.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has Chris, captain of the Zexen Knights.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' has Wendel, who gets mistaken for a guy by Nico, your ship's lookout. This is notable mainly because Nico's vision and perception are praised almost every time the subject comes up -- in fact, Wendel has been trying to become Nico's apprentice ''because'' of his fantastic eyesight.
* Harold Berselius of ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny 2'', who is in fact often mistaken as a man by people who have yet to meet her.
** And then there's Corrine, the summon spirit in [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]]. Corrine is typically a female name, and the spirit itself has a high-pitched, feminine voice. However, there are some instances Corrine is referred to as male, [[spoiler: as well as taking into account that Corrine would eventually become Verius, who is definitely male in name and voice]]. [[ViewerGenderConfusion This is even more confusing]] as what Corrine's relation to [[spoiler: Verius]] is never agreed upon in Symphonia's many iterations [[spoiler: as sometimes Corrine is a different persona from Verius and could potentially be female when Verius is male, or Corrine ''is'' Verius where Corrine could have been too young (in voice) to pass as a young male rather than outright female]].
** Pascal from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', too. ThemeNaming with her sister suggests that she was named after mathematician Blaise Pascal (who, if the whole ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' Blaise Zabini [[UnsettlingGenderReveal gender reveal]] incident is to be believed, had a GenderBlenderName in ''his'' own right).
* ''Yuugi'' Hoshiguma from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The name means "a game", as in chess or go ([[Anime/YuGiOh or cards]]), and it has a masculine tone to it. [[TheLadette She looks and acts masculine too]], and in fan works is usually [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl contrasted]] against the girly GreenEyedMonster Parsee for effect.
** Shou Toramaru. Not only is her given name masculine, her surname uses a male suffix!
* In ''VideoGame/AWitchsTale'', Princess Hansel is a girl despite having a boy's name.
* Chromie from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is a bronze dragon who preferred lesser form is a female gnome. While most female bronze dragons have names ending in "ormi" her full name is Chronormu, and "ormu" is the ending associated with male bronze dragons. This led many to speculate that she was in fact a male dragon who preferred to take femmale shape (which, [[{{GIRL}} given the game]], would be wholly appropriate) but WordOfGod eventually clarified that she just had a tomboyish name.
* Reversed (sort of) in the DatingSim ''X-Change Alternative'', with main character Kaoru. Since he is rather short of stature, rather pretty and... not blessed down below, it seems a little cruel of his parents to have given him a girl's name. Later on, it's revealed that he's genetically intersexed, so it's assumed his parents were just hedging their bets. Meanwhile, he's been [[GenderBender gender bent]]...
* Ken Marinaris in ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders: The 2nd Runner'' but her large breasts make it clear that she is very much a woman.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The Fujibayashi twins, Kyou and Ryou, in ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}''.
* In the opening sequence of ''Go! Go! Nippon!'', the (male) [[HelloInsertNameHere main character]] reflects on how he's taking his first trip to Japan and that he'll be staying with two brothers, Akira and Makoto, who he met in an international chat room. Only after he arrives and meets them in person does he realize they're ''[[TomboyAndGirlyGirl sisters]]''. Makoto even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]], admitting that Makoto and Akira are more common as boy's names.
* Makoto in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' is called out on having a "boy's name". [[spoiler:She did take the name from someone else, but that person was also a female.]]
* This was actually a plot point in the final case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. [[spoiler: A female character is accused of murder when the hired gun who did the killing names her as his client. He makes a crucial mistake when he claims that he met his client in person and calls the client a "he". The woman has a masculine name (Adrian Andrews). Phoenix points out that if the killer had actually met Adrian in person, he would've called her a "she"]]. [[UpToEleven Even her Japanese name]] [[spoiler: Kamia Kyrio]], invokes this.
** In ''Dual Destinies'', this is invoked too, with [[spoiler: Robin [[MeaningfulName Newman]], a girl who has been raised her entire life as a boy]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Three of the four ([[GenderBender formerly male]]) main characters in ''[[http://cheer.thewotch.com/ Cheer!]]'' have gender-ambiguous names (Sam, Jo and Alex), even though these are all different from their original male names.
* Ariel (pronounced as the more masculine R-E-L rather than Air-E-L) from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', ironically, she is sent to a boys school (because of exceptional circumstances) and one of her (male) classmates is more effeminate than her. Also, it later turns out she is blessed with shape shifting abilities, so she could basically be anything, though her attempt to do "something interesting" and make herself physically male with them didn't work.
** There's also Chrys'tel, who's usually just called Chrys, but only by human standards. She's not particular tomboyish, however.
* Parley from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'''s first name is George. [[EmbarrassingFirstName She's deeply embarrassed by this name]], although there's a pretty good story behind it. Mainly, her father is a psychic and he filled the birth certificate beforehand. He got everything right except the gender, but they found it so funny that they decided to keep it as is. She's also fairly tomboyish, as she's introduced handing a random student his ass with a zweihander. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Not to mention all the roughhousing she does with Andrew.]]
* ''Webcomic/LemmeAddams'': Starring the ActionGirl of the same name.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' has Ash Upton. WordOfGod has it her full name (at least [[RetGone in this timeline]]) is Ashley, which isn't much of an improvement. Of course she [[GenderBender used to be a boy]] anyway.
* Hank, the lesbian werewolf in ''Webcomic/TheNightBelongsToUs''.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': when Captain Tagon decides to hire a new medical officer, the first thing he notices are her rather large physical assets. He only notes that her name is 'Edward' (due to her incredibly stupid parent's poor choice of names) after deciding to hire her (but before actually looking at her professional credentials).
* [[http://sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4926 In a flashback]], Tangerine of ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' rejected girlie stuff and the name Angie to climb a tree and call herself "Tange".
* In ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'', a webcomic featuring TwoGuysAndAGirl, "Guy" is [[CaptainObvious the girl]]. She says early in the strip that it's a nickname, and if anyone knows what her name actually is, they'd be wise not to tell.
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' has Bud, which is [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude luckily]] a nickname. Her actual first name is Acacia, which doesn't shorten well, so she goes by a shortened version of her last name (Budur).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Codex from ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' has the real name Cyd. She specifies that it's not short for anything.
* With Wiki/{{Killerbunnies}}, along with being [[GenderBlenderName gender blender names]], have Thomasina "Tommie" Evans and Mikie, which like the WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg example, is short for Michealenne, both of which are feminine forms of the males names Thomas and Micheal.
** We also have Milo, which is typically seen as a boy's name, unless one takes into account [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY it is pronounced "Mee-loh]]" and is Hawaiian for "hibiscus", a kind a of flower.
** Iglika's nickname is "Ike", which is more or less a shorter form of her name. There is also Frankie, whose real name is "Francinia", and Corrine, who is also called "Cori".
* Tex from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. It's short for her codename, Agent Texas; her real name Allison is a lot more feminine. [[spoiler:Technically, Allison Church died a long time ago. Agent Texas is an AI programmed to think like her]].
* Billie Wilson, who actually is a {{tomboy}}, in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Since she also hangs with Toni Chandler and Nikki Reilly, this could cause problems if they weren't all hot superheroines. And Sam Everheart, extremely-competent female security officer at Whateley Academy, with her own secret to hide. Not really a true example since all four of these characters are [[GenderBender former boys]] who chose feminized versions of their former male names or nicknames as the case may be.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'': Nikki Wong embodies this trope. Short-cut, purple-dyed hair: check! Grungy wardrobe: check! Sarcastic sense of humor and badass personality: Double check! Name that can apply to Nickolas but instead applies to Nicole: check!
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': 'Smellerbee'? That's a rather odd name for a young man." "Maybe that's because ''I'm a girl.''"
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': The SecretKeeper was also named Max (short for 'Maxine').
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': In one episode, Poison Ivy appears to have gone straight and gotten married. Batman observes some heartwarming interactions between Pam and her stepsons, Chris and Kelly, but realizes something's up when Robin says he knows the "husband" and his ''daughters''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'' has a Nikki, although Nikki Darling seems to be only half-boyish.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Inverted with Mandark, whose real name is "Susan". This was actually a {{retcon}} in later seasons. His original name was masculine.
* Disney's ''Famous Five On The Case'': George's daughter is named Jo (shortened from Jyoti).
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': Frances "Frankie" Foster.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Kahn, Hank's Asian neighbor, named his daughter after him. Kahn Junior told Bobby that was because [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude he wanted a son]]. However, she often goes by Connie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'':
** Subverted. Leni sounds like a man's name (Lenny), however, Whomever has ''that'' name ISN'T OneOfTheBoys. [[DumbBlonde Leni]] is [[ShoutOut named after]] Lennie from ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
** Lynn is a PassionateSportsGirl whose name is a GenderBlenderName. Her full name is "Lynn Jr. Loud" and she's named after her father.
** The episode "'L' for Love" reveals that Luna has a crush on someone named "Sam". The very end of the episode [[SamusIsAGirl reveals]] that [[BiTheWay Sam is a girl]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'': Michelanne "Mike" Mazinsky.
* ''Toys/MonsterHigh'': [[PunnyName Frankie Stein]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Applejack. It sounds like she has a ''boy's'' name, which led to a considerable amount of gender confusion back in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials G1]] where she had a [[TomboyishVoice low pitched voice]].
** Rainbow Dash's name sounds feminine, but is often shortened to just "Dash", which sounds somewhat masculine.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Producing Parker}}'' has Parker Kovak
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' with Spinelli, a tomboy who goes by her last name because she's embarrassed about her "girly" first name, Ashley. It's especially "girly" on this show because there's a club consisting entirely of AlphaBitch girls with this name (who seem to equate the name with popularity), and one episode was about the consequences when the Ashleys found out her real name and forced her to join their club. Ironically, Ashley was once considered a boy's name (such as in ''Gone With the Wind''), and some well-known guys do have Ashley as a name (like Ashley Cole). [[Franchise/EvilDead Sometimes, they go by "Ash".]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' has a girl named Reggie (short for Regina).
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has [[TheBrute Jasper]]. She's named after a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper gemstone]] whose name just happens to also be a male given name.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' stars Izzy, which may or may not be short for Isabella. ''Revenge of the Island'' has Jo, who is a straight-up tomboy, disliking anything even ''remotely'' girly and is often [[BrawnHilda confused for a guy]] by DumbJock Lightning.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' features Sam and Alex. However Alex is the only {{Tomboy}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': In one episode, the guys on the gang are excited about meeting a pair of male roller-coaster designers called Chris and Terry, while the girls are unimpressed...until they turn out to be ''sisters'' called Chris and Terri.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'': The leader of the Guardians, Will Vandom, is a girl like the others. In the cartoon it'a short for Wilma, but in the original comics it was short for Wilhelmina.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Actresses with Tomboyish names include Creator/BilliePiper, Creator/HaydenPanettiere, MichaelLearned, Creator/GlennClose, [[JamieKing James "Jamie" King]], Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, ChristopherNorris and Creator/SeanYoung.
* Series/{{ER}} actress Michael Michele. What, was Michelle Michele too punny?
* Michael Learned, from ''Series/TheWaltons.''
** Her birth name was "Michael Michele Williams". Even better: she was named after her mother's best friend, a woman named "Michael."
* Barack Obama's mother, who went by her middle name Ann, was named Stanley after her father. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYA_wfuL4GQ Probably where this reporter's confusion came from.]]
* Creator/AnneRice was for some time Howard Allen O'Brien.
* A bizarre twist on this trope: over the last hundred years, Ashley has gone from being a male name to a female one. (Not to anyone who has seen ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'')
** As has Meredith, though that could be more the transition from Wales to the U.S. than time...
** Not to mention Madison; the name's popularity as a female name has been credited to its appearance as a name chosen by the mermaid in ''Film/{{Splash}}''.
** As mentioned above, Shirley was a distinctly male name until 1849, when a book came out featuring a female protagonist who had been named Shirley (because her father had wanted a boy), thereby popularizing the name for girls instead.
** Andrea is a common men's name in Greece and Italy (the equivalent of Andrew) and a sometimes common girl's name elsewhere. It is derived from the Ancient Greek name Andreas, which is rooted in ''andreia'' "manliness".
** "Lee" (not that Chinese surname) and any names that end in "-lee" or a variation thereof were at one point exclusively male.
** When Howard Hawks hired Leigh Brackett to co-write the screenplay for ''Film/TheBigSleep'' (with Creator/WilliamFaulkner), he was surprised at their first meeting to find the writer he hired was a woman.
* There's a well known human rights lawyer in Britain called Gareth Peirce, although she changed her name legally. "Gareth" was originally her middle name.
* Music/FleetwoodMac:
** Born a Stephanie, Music/StevieNicks has gone by Stevie for most of her life. She had difficulty pronouncing her name when she was young, and the nickname stuck.
** Inverted with Lindsey Buckingham, who is male.
* An inversion occurs in the nickname of a West German striker who played in the 1966 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]] final, Lothar "Emma" Emmerich.
* Brett Anderson. No, [[NamesTheSame not the guy who sings for Suede]], or the pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, but the girl who fronts The Donnas.
* Porn actress Daryn Darby.
* Former [[Music/RobZombie White Zombie]] bassist Sean Yseult.
* Actress Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh. Her first name isn't, but her middle name definitely is.
* [[http://www.caymanilika.net/ Cayman Ilika]], named for the Cayman Islands, where her parents spent their honeymoon.
* Justifiablely averted in Germany where parents are banned from assigning names that doesn't clearly designate their child's gender.
** Can still happen with middle names. Just ask actor KlausMariaBrandauer or comedian Markus Maria Profitlich.
** Not uncommon in some countries for Roman Catholic men to have María as a middle name. See also German author Erich Maria Remarque (who changed his middle name in honour of his mother), Spanish politician José María Aznar, Spanish golfer José María Olazábal, French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen. In this case, however, "José María" is considered a "compound name", as both names will be used together. If someone referred to Mr. Aznar as "María Aznar" or even "J. María Aznar", people will assume the speaker is referring to somebody else (a female).
** In Spanish, at least, the combined name "María José" is also common. Again, it's exclusively a female name.
* ESPN Sportscenter anchor Chris McKendry is a woman as is MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing.
** Chris Evert counts too.
* Rare Japanese example with English masculine nicknames can go to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Ieiri Leo Ieiri]], a Japanese singer and a songwriter. Her real name wasn't revealed in public.[[note]]The name was inspired by the protagonists in ''Film/TheProfessional'' as well as ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.[[/note]]
* [[http://talent.tpsonline.org/index.php?action=view_single&Image_Number=17589&membernumber=6717 Tsige (pronounced "Ziggy") Tafesse.]]
* Princess Michael of Kent. She isn't technically a princess in her own right, but is referred to as one due to her husband's title and for some odd reason that meant she's known by her husband's first name as well. Her full name is actually [[OverlyLongName HRH Baroness Marie-Christine Anne Agnes Hedwig Ida, Princess Michael of Kent]].
** This was also common practice in the royal house of Prussia, where the consorts of lesser princes were referred to by the name of their husbands. Empress Victoria (daughter of Queen Victoria) was sometimes referred to as "Empress Frederick" after the death of her spouse, Frederick III, possibly to avoid confusion with her daughter-in-law, Empress Auguste Viktoria.
* [[Creator/LaurenBacall The]] [[Creator/HumphreyBogart Bogarts]] named their daughter "Leslie Howard Bogart" after the late Leslie Howard, who insisted to the studio that Creator/HumphreyBogart reprise his stage role in the movie adaptation of ''"The Petrified Forest"'', which [[StarMakingRole boosted his career]].