Category: popular unisex names
Unisex baby names, when they begin to veer toward use for one gender more than the other, typically move to the girls’ side.
But not always. Thanks to the wonderful chart by Steve Ruble that we are delighted to feature on our new unisex baby names home page, we can see how the gender ratio of unisex names morphs over time. And an increasing number of unisex baby names names are turning decidedly more blue.
The multi-ethnic Amari was two-thirds female in 2000, soon after in entered the U.S. Top 1000, and now has reversed course and is 63% male.
Nickname-names Artie, Donnie, and Frankie along with many others were a fad for girls back in 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records: They were 85% female at that time. By 1950 all three names were given to half girls and half boys, and today have become virtually all-male.
Ashton tarted out as a quietly but consistently-used boys’ name. Then in the late 1980s it had a flurry of use for girls; in 1986, 1,200 children were given the name, 79% of them female. But now Ashton is 94% male.
Carey and Kerry have both been used quietly since the 1880s, for decades almost always for males. But in the 1970s and early 80s that switched and the names both became two-thirds female. And now it’s switched back so that 72% of the children named Carey and 66% of those named Kerry are boys.
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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Now we bring you our full list of Top Names 2011, the 100 most popular for girls and boys as well as the 25 most-searched unisex names, based on Nameberry’s figures for the first six months of the year.
Remember, these are the names that are getting looked at the most on Nameberry, not yet the names people are using the most for their babies. The Social Security Most Popular Names list comes out in May and is based on births the year before, so the most recent data is for 2010.
With our 2011 list, we’re gauging the names that are attracting the most interest right now, which we believe will translate into actual name choices over the coming years. Consider this list a predictor of future baby name trends.
Warning: These lists are really long. But we know the Berries can never get enough.
Here are the Top 100 for girls and boys and the Top 25 unisex names: