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Most Popular, Most Unisex Baby Names

March 1, 2018 Pamela Redmond
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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.

Popular Unisex Names

1 Charlie, 50-50 girls-boys
2 Finley, 58-42 girls-boys
3 Skyler, 54-46 girls-boys
4 Justice, 52-48 girls-boys
5 Royal, 42-58 girls-boys
6 Lennon, 50-41 girls-boys
7 Oakley, 52-48 girls-boys
8 Armani, 46-54 girls-boys
9 Azariah, 55-45 girls-boys
10 Landry, 53-47 girls-boys
11 Frankie, 58-42 girls-boys
12 Sidney, 56-44 girls-boys
13 Denver, 40-60 girls-boys
14 Robin, 58-42 girls-boys
15 Campbell, 56-44 girls-boys
16 Dominique, 42-58 girls-boys
17 Salem, 55-45 girls-boys
18 Yael, 40-60 girls-boys
19 Murphy, 43-57 girls-boys
20 Jael, 50-50 girls-boys
21 Ramsey, 43-57 girls-boys
22 Hollis, 50-50 girls-boys
23 Brighton, 45-55 girls-boys
24 Perry, 42-58 girls-boys
25 Gentry, 53-47 girls-boys
26 Jaidyn, 45-55 girls-boys
27 Reilly, 50-50 girls-boys
28 Jules, 55-45 girls-boys
29 Kylar, 40-60 girls-boys
30 Austen, 49-51 girls-boys
31 Ocean, 44-56 girls-boys
32 Jackie, 51-49 girls-boys
33 Storm, 49-51 girls-boys
34 Honor, 59-41 girls-boys
35 Ryley, 57-43 girls-boys
36 Marlo, 56-44 girls-boys
37 Nikita, 43-57 girls-boys
38 Ridley, 51-49 girls-boys
39 Indiana, 53-47 girls-boys
40 Taylen, 42-58 girls-boys
41 Clarke, 55-45 girls-boys
42 Kylin, 41-59 girls-boys
43 Eastyn, 40-60 girls-boys
44 Payson, 43-57 girls-boys
45 Amen, 41-59 girls-boys
46 Timber, 57-43 girls-boys
47 Cypress, 40-60 girls-boys
48 Lake, 41-59 girls-boys
49 Jaziah, 41-59 girls-boys
50 Dakotah, 56-44 girls-boys

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About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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