Category: ambisexual names
A lot of people complain about unisex names.
We’d like to spin this controversy to a more positive place and ask which names you think truly work best for both genders. Please name names and let us know why you think your choices go both ways with the most grace.
Unisex names most popular among Nameberry’s visitors include those that lean girlward and those more favored for boys. To qualify as a unisex name for this list, a name needs to be given to at least 10 percent of the minority gender.
Check out the graphic on our new Unisex Names home page to get more specific statistics on how these names divide along gender lines. Our Number 1 unisex name Quinn, for instance, is now 68 percent female, a dramatic swing toward the girls’ side thanks to its starring role on television’s Glee. Number 2 Rowan, meanwhile, is 63 percent male.
This is a fascinating list, including names such as Charlie and Elliot that were long traditional male names and other choices such as Reese (Witherspoon) and Peyton (Manning) that are heavily identified with celebrities of one gender but are still used for babies of the other.
If you’re interested in these or other unisex names for your baby, be sure to check the gender progression over time on the chart on our Unisex Names page.
The Top 20 Unisex Names so far this year on Nameberry are:
As more and more names are crossing gender divides, with girls being named Maxwell and Monroe, and boy and girl Eastons and Wests, Sages and Sawyers, we’re not surprised to find that among the most persistent topics on the Nameberry forums are those having to do with gender–with very strong opinions being voiced. So today’s Question of the Week concerns unisex names:
Would/did you choose a name that’s given almost equally to both girls and boys?
Would/did you give your daughter a name more often used for a boy?
Would/did you give your son a name that has started drifting into the girls’ column? Does this matter to you?
Or would you only consider a name that’s distinctly masculine or feminine?
Unisex names have been around forever, back to the era when Alice, Anne, Emma and Esmé were boys’ names that morphed over to the girls’ side, and Douglas and Clarence were female names. In the sixties there were Jodys and Jamies of both genders, and now we have a whole new set of names popular for both boys and girls.
Some of the unisex names on both current lists include:
The Question of the Week is: Are any of these names among your faves, and if so, would they be used for a girl or a boy?