Category: Unisex Baby Names
By Kasey Edwards
This article first appeared on Daily Life and is reprinted with the author’s kind permission.
It used to just be one of those quirks reserved for the parents of future celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Taylor Swift, Hayden Panettiere and Blake Lively, but now giving baby girls a traditional boy name is on trend.
There are even websites such as 100+ Traditionally Boy Names Perfect For a Baby Girl to help new parents with their choice.
While some of these are now accepted as girls’ names, they all started out as male names.
Names that break with convention — style and family and culture and spelling and, yes, gender — have become more and more desirable for many parents looking to reinvent baby naming.
While we’re all familiar with such trendy unisex names as Rowan, Rory, and River, there’s a new generation of choices that are more unusual and push the gender boundaries even further. Here, a dozen uncommon choices that work for a girl or a boy.
There are many names that look unisex, feel unisex….but are they really? Going by the strictest definition of the term, are these names truly used for babies of both genders?
In many cases, no. The names here, which many people consider unisex, were actually used overwhelmingly for one gender over the other. Figures are based on the 2013 US statistics, and were compiled with the help of intern Megan Garon.