Girls’ Name? Boys’ Name? Who Cares?

unisex baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

When we named Post-Gender Baby Names as our Number 1 trend for 2016, we were mostly just guessing. Oh sure, the guess was backed up by some strong cultural trends, from marriage equality to trans recognition, as well as a raft of celebrity baby names.

But when The New York Times asked us whether we could back up the trend with, you know, actual statistics, we weren’t entirely positive what we’d find. Baby name prognosticating is as tricky as any other kind of forecasting, relying as much on instinct as on science. Our gut told us that baby names that defied gender categories were on the rise for both girls and boys. But would the numbers bear that out?

Our discovery, as reported in today’s New York Times by Alex Williams: The number of babies with truly unisex names — those most evenly split between the sexes  —  has exploded in the past ten years.  And boys are getting these post-gender names as often as girls, with 60 percent more babies getting gender-neutral names in 2015 than in 2005.

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Invent a Name Contest, 2016 Edition!

Inventing name contest

Way back in February 2015, we challenged readers to invent new names.

After all, everyone is doing it. In 2015, babies born in the US were named Summerlyn and Symphanie, Caylor and Zaylor, Baxton and Bellany.

But berries have a knack for better namecraft.

Dozens of amazing possibilities were submitted during our last round. We narrowed the finalists to a single blog post of amazing, never before heard names and crowned the victors!

It’s time for another edition of the Invent a Name contest. The rules remain the same. You can:

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Are These Sibling Names Too Similar?

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Similar sibling names

They’ve found the perfect name for a daughter. The only problem? It’s very, very similar to their son’s name. How close is too close, and does sound matter more than spelling? The Name Sage weighs in.

Caley writes:

I have a dilemma with the front-runner name if our September baby is a girl.

The name we love is Gwen. Short, sweet, simple, standalone, no other variation needed. There is nothing we do not like about this name.

The problem arises when we see it written with our son’s name, Owen.

They are clearly similar. Pronunciation-wise they are very different. However, as we approach the due date, I am worried!

We don’t like alternate spellings such as Gwyn or long-form names. Maybe we should go back to square one?

Do you think the sibset of Owen and Gwen would be no big deal or a naming faux pas?

The Name Sage replies:

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13 Terrific T Names for Girls

T girl names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

T names for girls is a category that has hardly been heard from since the days of Terry, Tammy, Tracy, Tori and Toni.  As a matter of fact, there is only one T girl in the  current Top 100 list, and that’s (the fading) Taylor at Number 76.

But there are some wonderful, offbeat, choices starting with this letter, and here is a baker’s dozen of the best.

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Newest Word Names for Boys

Newest Word Names for Boys

Last month we looked at the newest word names for girls. From Alannis Morrisette’s Onyx Solace to Nicky Hilton Rothschild’s LilyGrace, word names are everywhere – both the traditional and the unexpected.

This week the same is true, but now we’re looking at baby boy names.

A trio of high profile parents has taken their children’s names straight from the dictionary. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green made a bold choice for their third son together. A few days later, Terrence Howard and Mira Pak announced an even more daring name. And Holly Madison, mom to daughter Rainbow, also chose a word name for her new son with husband Pasquale Rotella.

Here are the nine kinds of word names for boys we’re hearing in 2016:

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