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Gender Neutral Boys’ Names

gender-neutral boy names

By Abby Sandel

For years, conventional wisdom dictated that boys were named after their fathers and grandfathers. But today, boys are just as likely to be named after the important women in their lives.

Along with that shift comes a willingness to think differently about boys’ names. We’ve noted the rise of boy-girl equivalents, like Emma and Emmett, before. Now we’re more seeing boys with middle names that might have been reserved for girls just a few years ago.

If you’ve grown weary of celebrity birth announcements with names like James, Arlo, and Wyatt for girls, this could be a hopeful sign. As many berries have pointed out, names aren’t really unisex unless they can be used for both boys and girls equally.

From Anne Hathaway’s inventive smoosh to the tWitch Boss’s nature name pick, let’s look at the baby names in the news in recent weeks – and the way parents are choosing boy baby names that are fresh and new.

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Name Sage--4 sisters

Patricia writes:

We are due with our fourth daughter in May and are so excited.

She will be welcomed by big sisters Ailey (I-Lee) Carolyn, Juliana Allison, and Brynn Margaret.

Our inspiration for their names came from our love of our Scottish/Irish heritage and girlie classic names. All of their middles are family names. Middle name options for this baby include Rachel, Susan, Dorothy, River, and Jane.

We need help naming this daughter. Nothing seems right! Ideally we want it to be soft and feminine but something you don’t hear all the time. It’s been hard because I don’t want names to sound similar (like Brynn and Quinn). If possible we’d like to go into meeting her with at least two names to pick from.

Names we considered but ruled out have been Teagan, Nina, Eleanor, and Samantha. We’re also considering Dylan. Do you have any ideas up your sleeve for us? We are so stumped!

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x names for boys

By Abby Sandel

The Jolie-Pitts started it.

Angelina Jolie adopted a seven-month-old baby from Cambodia in 2002 and named him Maddox. Three of her children with Brad Pitt now have X-ending names: Maddox, Pax, and Knox.

Last month, the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne welcomed twins Lennox and Phoenix, another example of brothers’ names united by the letter X.

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jimmy-fallon-daughter

By Abby Sandel

Celebrities have the power to turn unusual or outmoded baby names into contemporary hits. Many of the baby names in the Top 100 have Hollywood roots, from Ava to Violet, Jayden to Wyatt, and once-bizarre names from Hazel to Huckleberry have come to seem normal after celebrities chose them. Which new celebrity baby names will have the most influence on the name trends of tomorrow?

Our choices for the newest star names:

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star wars baby names

Lauren writes:

I’ve got a little naming dilemma. A favorite family name, and one that goes well with my daughter’s name, is used in the new Star Wars movie … for one of the bad guys.

The spelling is different (thankfully), but can I name my baby something pronounced Kylo given how evil the character is? We would use the nickname Ky/Kai.

We have other family names in our pocket as well – they are just more common, like Oliver, Henry, and Lincoln.

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