Their Name is Nonbinary
Nonbinary names seem especially fitting in this Year of They, the pronoun named 2019’s Word of the Year by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.
The gender identity of many names is constantly shifting, but this elite group of names is given near-equally to baby boys and baby girls. (Most names are not exactly even, but we looked for names that were at least 40-60).
While many people see certain names as more gender-neutral — or more male or more female — than others for qualitative or historical reasons, the 24 names on this list are quantifiably the most truly gender-neutral choices right now.
These are the Top 10 baby names that, according to Social Security statistics, were used near-equally for boys and girls in 2018.
Charlie — Charlie has made great strides toward gender parity in recent years. In 1960, Charlie was less than 5% female. Today, it’s the only really popular name — in the Top 250 for both girls and boys — that is used very close to evenly. While Charlie can of course be a short form for both the Top 10 Charlotte and the classic Charles, the short form used on its own is the true top nonbinary name.
Emerson — Emerson is almost as widely-used as River, but the gender balance is tipped in the other direction, with about 60 percent of the baby Emersons girls. Ironic, for a name that started out as strictly male. But the Em beginning is reminiscent of Number 1 girl names Emma and Emily.
Tatum — Tatum‘s popularity is completely driven by celebrity, first by (female) Tatum O’Neal and more recently by (male) Tatum Channing. This is one name that has become used far more often than it was a generation ago for baby boys.