Category: cool unisex 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.
We define unisex names as names given to less than 90 percent of either gender in the U.S. We include the gender split taken from the most recent Social Security figures, which you can view in more detail on the chart on our Unisex Baby Names home page.
Our popularity lists are tabulated by ranking the unique page views each name attracts out of the over 20 million total views of our baby name pages in 2013. Starting in 2014, we’ll be able to calculate the number of views of our names by gender and so will rank names considered unisex with the overall girls’ and boys’ popularity lists.
One trend evident from this list is the unusual predominance of names that start with the letter R, a trend unique to unisex names, with E-starting names in second place. Remy is the name most evenly divided in use between the sexes, with Marlowe the choice used most often for girls and Kai leaning furthest toward the male side.
Our Top 20 Unisex Names for 2013 are:
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:
This year for the first time we’ve calculated a list of top unisex names 2011: names listed on Nameberry for both genders that are winning the highest number of page views.
Unisex name popularity is always tricky: Aren‘t most parents searching for top names Harper and Quinn interested in those names for girls? We believe they are, and if those two names were counted in the girls’ tally, they’d rank among the Top 20.
But in fact, some parents are interested in Harper and Quinn as boys’ names, and many of the other names on this list — Sawyer, Rory, and Riley, say — may be considered equally for both genders, while choices such as Parker or River may be used more often for boys.
Here are the top unisex names 2011 on Nameberry.
Nameberry’s Top 25 Unisex Names, 2011
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