If you’re not one to sweat the sex of your unborn child or to spark a massive wildfire after you do, this decade’s hottest name trend might be the one for you! Unisex or gender-neutral baby names are more popular than ever for all types of parents. With the world as it is, gender-neutral names offer your child a clean slate and allow them to draw their own lines.
We want you to think outside of the classics like Sam and Pat. You should have tons of fun picking the name for your child and getting creative. Look to nature! Econames are another huge trend at the moment and most names inspired by the great outdoors or animals have the added bonus of sounding great for boys, girls, and every other gender identity. Another perk of choosing a unisex baby name is that they, more often than not, are very handsome, cool, and appealing. We’ve taken a deep dive into these names to help you better understand the possibilities. Here are 25 gender-neutral baby names that soar.
Justice is a fashionable word name that comes from French and Latin and means… “just.” If Justice is too mainstream for you (it’s a top 500 baby name), consider the old Roman name Justus. However, we prefer the distinction of Justice.
Like its counterparts Sierra and Dakota, Montana is another Western place name that’s picking up steam. This Spanish place name means “mountainous” and would be perfect for parents looking to impart a touch of rugged, natural beauty.
Poet makes for a perfectly arty and attractive choice. This name works well both as a given first or middle name. Poet is a word name that means exactly what you think it does and carries lyrical implications. This name comes standard with one of the best nicknames ever, Po.
River is a versatile name that likes to go with the flow. River Pheonix made this name a possibility for baby boys while Kelly Clarkson chose the name for her daughter making it feel just fine for baby girls as well. This wonderful nature name has been on the rise since 2010.
True is a virtue name similar to Grace, Faith, and Hope. However, truth knows no gender! True works because it sounds similar to Drew with the added positive meaning. We adore this name and expect to see it in the top 1000 in the coming years.
Shea is an old-school Irish name that means “the stately, dauntless one.” This name can also be spelled Shay, but we prefer the warmth of Shea. This name had a moment in the seventies and eighties but fell off the charts in the mid-2000s. Bring it back, parents!
Sacha is rising in popularity for both boys and girls. Sacha is the French form of the Russian name Sasha which is somehow a short form of Alexander. Funny filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen is currently the most high-profile individual with the name. The name means “defending warrior.”
Hero is a Greek name that refers to the demi-god Hero who was female. However, we see potential for this name to work for any gender. If Hero seems too grandiose for a first name, consider at as a middle name as Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Johnson did for their daughter.
Brooklyn has become one of the most popular unisex baby names over the last few years. We have decided that its charms extend to other city names like Berlin. The name belongs to the edgy German capital and means “borderline.”
Domino is a strong name with Latin origins which means “lord.” Jazz musician Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. is a famous inspiration that’s tied to this magnificent name. You get to choose if you want to use Mino, No, Mo, or Dom as a nickname. All winners!
Actor Kit Harington helped bring this name to light for many parents in the US. It can either be a shortened form of Christopher, a Greek name, that means “bearer of Christ” or Katherine, another Greek name, that means “pure.” It’s perfectly situated and sounds nice and neat for any child.
Actor Merritt Wever spells her name with two T’s, but we’re not picky here. Merrit was originally an English surname that means “boundary gate.” We somewhat favor the spelling with one T because it’s the same as a word that means “worthy” and your little baby deserves the world!
Although many think the name Tay is a shortened form of another gender-neutral name, Taylor, Tay actually has its own special origins. This handsome name belongs to the largest river in Scotland and would be the perfect moniker for your baby. Short, sweet, and right to the point.
Nico is a gender-neutral choice that’s currently red hot with new parents. Nico can be considered a shortened form of Nicola or Nicholas with Greek origins that means “people of victory.” Right now, the name is trending for boys, but we love to hear it for any baby.
To Kill a Mockingbird‘s Scout inspired Demi Moore and Bruce Willis to choose the name for their now-grown daughter. American figure skater, Tai Babilonia chose the name for her son in 1995. This name imparts a sense of leadership and adventure.
Haven is trending toward girls at the moment thanks to Haven Kimmel, the author of the bestselling memoir A Girl Named Zippy, and Haven Denney, a medal-winning skater. Haven sounds great no matter who gets it and it’s currently on the rise, cracking the top 500 in 2014.
In the US, about 400 babies of both genders were named Salem last year. This name is a Biblical place-name and benefits from also having roots in Arabic (Salim). This handsome moniker means “safe” or “peaceful” or “complete.” This name cracked the top 1000 in 2019!
Shiloh is a unisex name that’s seen a steady rise in popularity following Angelina Jolie choosing the name for her daughter in 2007. Shiloh has Hebrew origins and means “tranquil.” The name also has significance in US history as the site of a Civil War battle in Tennessee. We urge you to think of the Hebrew origins in that regard.
Actor Sutton Foster and all of her many talents are to thank for the popularity of this posh-sounding English name that means “from the southern homestead.” The name works just as well for little boys that’s been on the rise since 2015.
Parker is an English occupational name that’s often found as a surname as well. The name means “park keeper” and thus has a natural identity. Actor Parker Posey has caused this name to rise for girls lately, but it’s still far more common for baby boys.
Well, we’ve somehow slipped into really great actors that have excellent gender-neutral names and Lake Bell is yet another example. Lake has a natural quality that so many new parents are after while also sounding similar to the established Blake (which we also love for any baby). This name hasn’t cracked the charts yet, but we expect it to in the coming years.
For whatever reason, Scottish surnames tend to make excellent gender-neutral baby names. Kennedy, Mackenzie, and Cameron all sound fabulous. Our favorite of the three is Cameron a name with a funny meaning: “crooked nose.” Cameron gets many customized spelling so feel free to get weird with it. Camron, Camryn, Kameron, Kamran, Kamron, Kamryn, and Camren are all possibilities here!
Azariah is one of the lesser-used Bible names that’s currently enjoying favor again. This Hebrew name means “helped by God.” You’ll often find this name spelled without the H for girls, but we like it just the way it is.
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Rowan is a name found in both Irish and Scottish tradition that means “little redhead.” Rowan is the name of a tree with red berries commonly found in Scotland. The tree is said to ward off witches which is why Anne Rice chose it as the name of the hero of The Witching Hour. If your baby is born with a head of red hair, you could do no better!
Yael is a Hebrew name that means “to ascend” or “mountain goat.” It’s traditionally spelled Ya’el and you’ll find both with the addition of Jael used commonly in Isreal today. If you have a Capricorn baby, go for this wonderfully versatile and fun name.
There you go! 25 gender-neutral babies that will go with the flow no matter what gender your babies are. If you dislike gender reveal stunts and parties, these names are going to be suitable to you and your little one.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Justice
- 2 24. Montana
- 3 23. Poet
- 4 22. River
- 5 21. True
- 6 20. Shea
- 7 19. Sacha
- 8 18. Hero
- 9 17. Berlin
- 10 16. Domino
- 11 15. Kit
- 12 14. Merrit
- 13 13. Tay
- 14 12. Nico
- 15 11. Scout
- 16 10. Haven
- 17 9. Salem
- 18 8. Shiloh
- 19 7. Sutton
- 20 6. Parker
- 21 5. Lake
- 22 4. Cameron
- 23 3. Azariah
- 24 2. Rowan
- 25 1. Yael
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