Category: Unisex Baby Names
Irish baby names only continue to get more popular in the US, with Liam, an Irish short form of William, at Number 2 on the boys’ list, all forms of Aiden continuing to be widely-used, and surname-names Riley and Kennedy popular for girls.
But what is the next wave of Irish baby names prime to emigrate beyond their Emerald Isle? What new names can you use, whether you’re looking to honor your Irish heritage or simply love the sound of Irish names? Luckily, the supply of fresh and appealing Irish names seems never-ending.
Here, the new crop of Irish baby names to consider in 2018.
Banned baby names: Liam and Marseille
You’ve probably heard the saying that when a dog bites a man, it’s not news, but when a man bites a dog, that’s news. This week we may have found the baby name equivalent.
When parents call their son Liam, it’s not news. Thousands of boys called Liam are born every year, all over the world. When parents call their daughter Liam, though, it’s more noteworthy. And when those parents are French and the local authorities try to reject the name, then it’s news.
Many unisex baby names are not truly unisex, meaning they’re used predominantly for one sex and only rarely for the other.
I’m thinking of names like Addison and Madison, which started as boys’ names but are now used nearly exclusively for girls, and names like James, in the Top 10 for boys but receiving a lot of attention as the middle name for a couple of high profile celebrity baby girls.
But which names are most evenly split between the sexes, so that they can truly be called genderless names? We analyzed all unisex names to find the most popular choices with at least a 40-60 split in either direction.
The Number 1 truly unisex name is, surprisingly, Charlie, which started as a boys’ nickname-name but is now used exactly evenly for girls and boys. Surname-names Finley and Skyler rank second and third, with word-names Justice and Royal rounding out the Top 5.
Here, the Top 50 truly androgynous baby names, with the gender split by percentage according to the most recent Social Security statistics.
Which unusual baby names today are most likely to be the hit names of the future?
We looked at Nameberry’s statistics for the past month versus the same period a year ago and put together this list of 60 names – 25 for girls, 25 for boys, and 10 unisex – that are attracting the most fresh attention among our visitors.
This is the most unique group of hot names we’ve discovered yet, with baby namers showing a strong appetite for the exotic, the unfamiliar, and the adventurous.
Chicago, of course, makes a lot of sense as a choice for Kanye, who grew up in the Windy City and talks about it often. Kanye’s hit Homecoming includes the line, “I’m talking about Chi-town.”
Chi, pronounced like chai as in tea, can make a cute, simple nickname that fits with the one-syllable names of the couple’s other two children, daughter North and son Saint.