Category: Unisex Baby Names
We head into 2018 following a year of surprises: The rise of powerful women after the fall of the first female presidential candidate, unexpected heroes (and villains) on the world as well as the theatrical stage, a new emphasis on truth as well as strength.
For Nameberry’s 2018 baby name trends, that means it’s time to get serious. In the year ahead, we predict a stronger taste for heroic names for both daughters and sons, increased flexibility in using names to equalize the genders, and a more adventurous search for names that have deep roots but feel fresh in the modern world.
This week’s news includes gender-neutral names for boys, lots of creative nicknames, and inspiration from revolutionaries, Norse myth, and the internet.
Unisex names for boys
But that’s not always the case. This week you might have seen a name reveal video where the expectant parents sent a balloon to the stratosphere. They’re obviously science-lovers, which explains their son’s name: Tesla Curtis.
The Serbian surname Tesla is more popular for girls in the US: 161 in 2016 as opposed to 17 boys. It’s only started being used for boys in the last decade, but there’s no reason why it can’t go both ways.
The 36 names here were all found below the Top 1000 baby names for girls on the most recent Social Security list, though many are quite well-used. Bellamy and Scout, for instance, were each given to over 200 baby girls in 2016, putting them in spitting distance of the Top 1000.
Some of these names — Devon, Flynn, Ronan — are used much more commonly for boys than for girls. Others, such as Abilene and Jubilee, were used only for girls last year, though they are names not traditionally gendered.
If you’re looking for unique baby names that sidestep conventional gender identity for your daughter, all of these have a lot of style.
This week’s news includes biblical rarities, celebrities’ unisex choices, classic names with meaning, and French names galore.
Neglected names from the Bible
It can feel like an arms race to find a biblical name that’s wearable, distinctive and not too popular. Spoiler alert: you probably won’t find many wearable names in this article, but you might enjoy it all the same. It’s a lament for admirable characters whose names get neglected because they don’t sound great to modern English speakers’ ears – like poor Puah and Hoglah.
This week’s news includes thoughts from teenagers about their names – popular and otherwise – fashionable cosmopolitan names, and some awesome alliteration.
Emma and Sophia are all grown up! Ok, not all of them – as we know, they were the first and fourth most popular baby names in the US last year. But children given these names when they first hit the Top 10 are tweens and teenagers now, and old enough to know that their names are popular.
Is that a problem? Not for these teens. One called Sophia says, “Because my name is so common, I have given myself the task of creating a name for myself, trying to stand apart from everyone else with the same name.” Emma says, “I’m going to make everyone else wish they had a name as cool as mine.”
So if you’re worried that your child will suffer from sharing a name with lots of their peers, take heart: it doesn’t have to be that way.