A gender neutral name means a name that you can give to a boy or girl. Some names are traditionally surnames, that were turned into first names, such as Avery and Kennedy. Some other names have switched sides and are now used for girl too, such as Dana and Leslie.
You may be considering gender neutral names for your baby to prevent gender stereotyping in his or her future, or maybe just because you like the idea of a unique and cute name! In this post we go through 21 of the top gender neutral names used nowadays.
Unique gender neutral names
Of Irish origin, this name is much more popular for boys than girls. It peaked for boys in 2010 and 2011, but is still one of the top names out there.
A name coming from Modern English, which you may have guessed comes from the flowing body of water. In the past two decades it’s a name that is just as popular for boy as for girls.
This name has French origin and means Christmas in French. It’s usually a more popular name for boys, ranking around 400 in recent years. For girls the spelling ‘Noelle’ is more common, and reached a peak of 228 in 2018.
Kai comes from Hawaii, and means ‘Of the sea’. It’s slowly been growing in popularity and was ranked 113 in 2018. It’s ranking in the top 1,000 for names for girls since 2010.
Emerson used to be a more common name for boys, but is now becoming more popular as it ranked 143 in 2019. Since 2002 it’s becoming a more popular name for girls too.
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Blair is an English and Scottish name, and means ‘child of the plains’. It’s been a name for both girls and boys since 1988.
Robin is a more popular name for girls than boys, and was a top 100 name until 1980. In the latest years its lose some ground for both genders.
Taylor has been a popular name for boys for over 100 years, and started becoming popular amongst girls in the early 1980s. It’s still trendy for both genders.
Justice is an originally Latin name meaning ‘Honest and fair’. Justice has been consistently a popular name for girls since 1994, and for boys since 1992.
Another Latin name, that has been gaining popularity over the years for both boys and girls. It ranked 170 for boys in 2018.
Originally a Dutch name meaning ‘intelligent and scholarly’. It’s been a top name for girls since 1990 and has been popular amongst boys since 1981.
List of other gender neutral names
Sydney used to be a more popular name for boys in the earlier part of the 20th century, but is now more popular for girls, with alternative spellings such as Sidney and Cidney.
Winter is currently more popular for girls than boys, with spelling variations such as Wynter and Wintar.
Cameron is of Scottish origin and is more well-known for boys than girls. It was ranked number 31 for boys in 2000, and was a popular name for girls in 1999.
Blake has been a popular name for boys since 1945, and hit the 1,000 list for girls in 1990. It’s becoming more and more popular, reaching number 269 in 2017.
Leighton has several spelling variations such as Leyton, Layton and Layten. It’s traditionally been a name for boys but recently has become popular amongst girls, since 2009.
Top unisex baby names
Many times a nickname for Julie or Julia, this name has been popular with boys over the years. In France, the name is ranking number 6 and is predicted to become a hit in the US over the next few years.
Alex as a nickname is the most common amongst gender-neutral names. Lately it’s been gaining popularity and ranks high at 128 for boys.
Kyle was typically a boys’ name, but is now being given to girls too. It’s on the rise for girls, and ranks as number 178 for boys.
Charlie was long thought as a nickname for Charles, but has recently become a popular nickname for girls with the name Charlotte. It’s currently ranked 229 for girls and 225 for boys.
The name Kennedy is both trendy and classic for both genders. It’s often thought as a girls name, ranking 54 for girls, and only at 1817 for boys.
More lists of unisex names
Nameberry has a list of the 50 most popular unisex baby names.
Mommyhood101 has a list of 350 gender neutral names.
What are your favorite gender neutral baby names?