Gender-neutral baby names are extremely popular right now. Picking a name for a baby before learning the child’s gender makes things easier but it also is increasingly stylish. Many names that started out as names that were traditionally given to girls have now crossed over and become popular for boys. And conversely, names that were commonly given to boys are now given to girls.
Naming a child can be difficult and having to further narrow things down by gender is a chore that you don’t need to even consider. These 25 unisex baby names fit perfectly for both girls and boys and feel fresh and contemporary.
The name Evan was traditionally given to boys but today that is changing. Actor Evan Rachel Wood is an example of a woman with the name Evan who wears it well. Evan is an Irish name that means “youth” and would be a handsome name for your child.
Blake Lively is a female proudly boasting the name Blake. As a girl’s name, Blake hit the top 1,000 list in 1990. Its popularity is on the rise, and it reached number 269 in 2017. Blake is an English name that means “dark” or “attractive.”
Jamie Lee Curtis and Jamie Fox are two Jamies of opposite genders that both sport this special name. The name Jamie is English and is often a shortened form of Jameson or James. The name means “one who comes after.”
Prior to the 1990s, Addison was almost exclusively given to boys. However, that all changed and by 2007, Addison was more commonly given to little girls. Addison is an Old English name that means “son of Adam.”
Cameron is another name that goes either way. It has been a top 100 name for boys since 1987. It peaked for girls in 1999 and continues to be a popular choice for both boys and girls. Cameron is a Scottish name that means “crooked nose.”
The Hawaiin name Kai has been on the rise since the 1970s. The name means “of the sea.” The name was traditionally given to boys, but this is changing. It appeared in the top 1,000 names for girls showing up on the list in 2010. It also saw its most popular year in 2017 at number 808.
The daughter of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout has taken some time to take off as a name. In 2018, Scout made the top 1000 list as a name for girls and its popularity continues today. It’s a completely American name that means “one who discovers.”
Singer Whitney Houston, professional football player Whitney Mercilus are two famous Whitneys. The English name means “white” or “fresh.” The name peaked for both boys and girls in 1986. Whitney is a beautiful name and we’d love to see it make a comeback.
Archer is an attractive name that works well for both boys and girls. The English name is not new, but it’s only become popular in the US over the past decade. Traditionally this occupational name was used as a surname, but it’s now commonly a given one.
Like Archer, Hunter is another English occupational name that’s been traditionally associated with boys, but has since its favor for girls grow. Since the 1990s the name has hit the top 1000 for girls. Model and actor Hunter Schafer is an example of a 90s baby with the name.
Justice is a name that comes from Latin and means “honest” and “fair.” Justice has long-been a popular name for girls, but it began taking off for boys in 1992. This unisex name connotes integrity and would be fantastic for your child.
Frankie was a hot name for both boys and girls in the 1930s. Its popularity has declined over the past several years but with think this gender-neutral baby name is primed for a comeback. Frankie is a French name and refers to “freemen.” Actor Frankie Shaw and singer Frankie Valli are two famous Frankies who use the name.
The name is Dakota is translated to mean “friend”, “friendly” or “allies” in the Yankton-Yanktonai and Santee dialects of the Dakota language. Dakota is a name commonly associated with girls, but there’s no reason why it wouldn’t work for a boy.
Hayden is traditionally a name for boys, but it’s been gaining popularity for girls as well. Hayden Panettiere is a famous example. The name peaked in popularity for both boys and girls in 2008 and we’d love to see it take off again.
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A strong and stately name, London works well for any baby. Currently, the name is more popular for girls, but it still sits in the top 1000 for most popular boy names. For anglophile parents, it’s the perfect name.
Parker has been one of the most popular names for little boys for over 100 years. In 2018, Parker was also a very popular name for little girls and it became the 162 most popular name. Parker is an English name that means “manager.”
The name Rain is appropriate for a child of any gender and became popular for boys as spelled with two N’s like Rainn Wilson. This very unique name has yet to appear on the charts and we foresee that changing. Rain is a beautiful nature-inspired baby name that we love.
Singer Taylor Swift and actor Taylor Lautner are two famous Taylors of opposite genders. Taylor is an English name that means “garment maker.” The name was extremely popular in the 1980s and 1990s and it’s a classic unisex name.
Avery is a name with an interesting meaning: “ruler of the elves.” Avery is an English name with French origins and we think both boys and girls can become elf rulers! Singer Avery Winter and basketball player Avery Johnson are two examples.
Blair is a unique Scottish name that’s been popular for both boys and girls at different times. The name became extremely popular for girls in the 1950s and for boys in the 1980s. The name means “child of the plains.”
For girls, we hit peak Charlie in 2018. While the name has been popular for boys for a very long time it’s finally getting some love from parents who are naming their little girls with the moniker. The German name means “free man” (or woman).
Kennedy has been popular for girls since the 1990s. However, in the 1960s the name was much more popular for little boys. The name Kennedy has both Scottish and Irish origins and means “helmet wearing chief.”
The name Presley is similar to Kennedy in that it used to be more popular for boys but now it’s more popular for girls. At the turn of the 20th Century, it was an extremely favorable name for boys. Presley is a handsome name with English origins that means “from the place where the priests live.”
Quinn is an Irish name that means “descendent of the chief” and connotes wisdom and intelligence. The name peaked for boys in 2009 and it’s been in the top 100 for girls since 2015. Professional basketball player Quinn Buckner and actor Quinn Shepard are two famous examples.
Sawyer is an English name that means “woodcutter.” The name has gained popularity since the 1990s and its popularity is still enjoyed today. The name first was popular for boys, but more parents are choosing the name for girls too with it being the 216 most popular name for young ladies in 2018.
There you have it! Some excellent unisex name ideas that have enjoyed favor for both genders over the years.
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- 1 25. Evan
- 2 24. Blake
- 3 23. Jamie
- 4 22. Addison
- 5 21. Cameron
- 6 20. Kai
- 7 19. Scout
- 8 18. Whitney
- 9 17. Archer
- 10 16. Hunter
- 11 15. Justice
- 12 14. Frankie
- 13 13. Dakota
- 14 12. Hayden
- 15 11. London
- 16 10. Parker
- 17 9. Rain
- 18 8. Taylor
- 19 7. Avery
- 20 6. Blair
- 21 5. Charlie
- 22 4. Kennedy
- 23 3. Presley
- 24 2. Quinn
- 25 1. Sawyer
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