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Unisex Names 2013: The top 20 (so far)

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Rowan has taken over from Quinn as the most popular unisex name on Nameberry.

Rowan attracted the most views of all the unisex names on the site, defined as names given to at least 10% of the minority gender. Rowan, a Scottish and Irish name meaning “little redhead,” is more evenly unisex than Quinn, ranking 455 for girls and 301 for boys on the U.S. popularity list.

The other big news on our unisex list is the appearance of North, thanks to little North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. While North was used for only 12 boys and fewer than five girls according to the official U.S. tallies for 2012, the current interest is almost entirely as a girls’ name.

The unisex names ranking highest in the 14 million views of our name pages in the first nine months of the year are:

1. Rowan*
2. Quinn
3. Kai
4. Sawyer
5. Avery
6. Charlie
7. North*
8. Elliot
9. Finley
10. Emerson
11. Emery
12. Rory
13. Riley
14. Marlowe
15. River
16. Remy
17. Sage
18. Peyton
19. Ellisunusual names
20. Reese

One more prize! We’re offering a copy of The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names to the first person to guess the Number 21 unisex name on our list. The prize goes to the first correct guess only; you can choose digital or our new print format.

Congratulations to Ashthedreamer, who correctly guessed Isabel as our Number 101 girls’ name to win the name bracelet and to Sarahmezz who guessed the Number 102 boys’ name, Frederick (no one guessed Number 101 Ryker) to win a copy of our new ebook The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys.

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