Top Unisex Names 2013

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Rowan maintains the Number One spot, as it has all year, on our list of Most Popular Unisex Names 2013.

Quinn and Kai are second and third.  Our two new entrants to the Top 20 are the celebrity-inspired North along with Arden at Number 16.

We define unisex names as names given to less than 90 percent of either gender in the U.S.  We include the gender split taken from the most recent Social Security figures, which you can view in more detail on the chart on our Unisex Baby Names home page.

Our popularity lists are tabulated by ranking the unique page views each name attracts out of the over 20 million total views of our baby name pages in 2013.  Starting in 2014, we’ll be able to calculate the number of views of our names by gender and so will rank names considered unisex with the overall girls’ and boys’ popularity lists.

One trend evident from this list is the unusual predominance of names that start with the letter R, a trend unique to unisex names, with E-starting names in second place.  Remy is the name most evenly divided in use between the sexes, with Marlowe the choice used most often for girls and Kai leaning furthest toward the male side.

Our Top 20 Unisex Names for 2013 are:

  1. Rowan – 37 percent female, 63 percent male
  2. Quinn – 68 percent female, 32 percent male
  3. Kai – 13 percent female, 87 percent male
  4. Sawyer – 17 percent female, 83 percent male
  5. Charlie – 41 percent female, 59 percent male
  6. Avery – 81 percent female, 19 percent male
  7. North**
  8. Finley – 66 percent female, 34 percent male
  9. Elliot – 17 percent female, 83 percent male
  10. Emery – 80 percent female, 20 percent male
  11. Emerson – 61 percent female, 39 percent male
  12. Rory – 31 percent female, 69 percent male
  13. Riley – 59 percent female, 41 percent male
  14. Marlowe – 88 percent female, 12 percent male
  15. River – 36 percent female, 64 percent male
  16. Arden* — 74 percent female, 26 percent maleunusual baby names
  17. Peyton – 68 percent female, 32 percent male
  18. Remy – 46 percent female, 54 percent male
  19. Sage – 66 percent female, 34 percent male
  20. Ellis – 35 percent female, 65 percent male

**All 13 babies named North on the 2012 Social Security list were male, but most views of the name on our site in 2013 were inspired by baby girl North, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Once more, we invite you to guess the next name on the list.  Every person to guess the correct Number 21 on the list wins a copy of our ebook The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names in the digital format of their choice.

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clairejustine Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 12:11 am

Parker

rachelroo81 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 12:19 am

Is #21 Ashton?

magalie Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 12:38 am

#21: Teagan?

PeacheySmiles Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:15 am

21. Hayden

MamaAlex Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:16 am

21. Carson ?

heybreezy Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:20 am

I’m going to guess 21: Harper

TammyJade Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:22 am

Mackenzie

Dantea Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:30 am

I like:

Rowan – on a boy but it’s nice on a girl
Quinn – prefer on a boy
Marlowe – on a boy. All I think of is Christopher Marlowe
River – Love it on a boy in the first and a girl in the middle
Remy – This is the name I use when I present as male ^_^
Sage – I like it in the middle on either

I just can’t get that these are unisex:

Kai — Just a boys name to me
Sawyer – Tom Sawyer
Charlie – It’s fine as a nn for a girl but weird as a full name in my opinion
Elliot — 🙁
Rory – I know Rory is your daughter but I just can’t see it on a girl!

Sorceress Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:41 am

Tristan

Khoury.jk Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:54 am

21. Teagan.

I love Elliot as a girl’s name! It’s on my list 🙂 Elle, Ellie, Leo, Lotte are all very cute nicknames that can come from Elliot. And I love it on its own.

AggieLou Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:58 am

#21. Ashton

AggieLou Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:10 am

Rowan is at the top of my list for girls, but I also like it on a boy.

Others I really like:

Kai (boy)
Sawyer (both)
Finley (both)
Elliot (both)
Remy (both)

A few of my favorites not on this list:

Wren (girl)
Carsen (girl)
Grier (girl)
Jude (both)
Micah (both)
Romilly (girl)
Spencer (both)
Colby (boy)

peacebird10 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:30 am

I gotta go with Teagan!

peacebird10 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:35 am

A few others I’m surprised not to see are Kendall, Parker, Cameron, Reese, Gray…I’d be interested in a top 50. 🙂

hixtwin4 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:39 am

My guess is Larkin for #21.

vaness1 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:46 am

Harper?

consmom Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 3:15 am

21. Ever

chellemma1 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 4:08 am

I’m going to guess that 21 is Blair

taylorlou Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 6:40 am

Aubrey?

CaitTheGreat Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 7:24 am

Artemis

larkub101 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 7:44 am

I am going with Aubrey for #21.

jessamine13 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 7:50 am

Jude

JessicaT11 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:08 am

21 Reese

ccourtneyw Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:09 am

My guess would be: 21. Reese

rainierloner Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:13 am

Harper!

seraphine Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:15 am

Teagan?

eleni_maria Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:18 am

Is it Hadley?

adelaides Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:24 am

Could it be Reese?

lynneinlove Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:33 am

Teagan!

benjs Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:39 am

21. Camden?

grackym Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:56 am

I reckon it’s Harper!

maggiefromcanada Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:59 am

I’m going to guess Darcy.

dramagrl19 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 9:04 am

21. Harper!

tfzolghadr Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 9:26 am

I’m going with Harper…

Sweetmamak Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 9:28 am

Tatum?

chachacha Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 9:30 am

Harper

Deirdre_Mary_Claire Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 9:41 am

21 Reese

pkbabies Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 9:49 am

21. Reese

julery Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:26 am

Reese

hermione_vader Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:28 am

21. Harper

lovelynames Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:45 am

101. Teagan

indiefendi Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:47 am

Emery, River, and Kai are my faves. Also Hayden is all girl to me because of Hayden Panettiere. I’m not sure what number 21 is….hmmmm.

_Liesl_ Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:50 am

I think 21 is Addison!

livia Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:05 am

21: Harlow?

Madelyn Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:14 am

Reese

namenerd8 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:15 am

Reese?

ClaireDarling Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:37 am

Avery?

iamamiam Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:44 am

Merit

mereandme Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:52 am

I’ll guess Gray

AprilRobin Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:52 am

#21 Reese?

jinglebelldaisy Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Rhys?

supersloth Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

reese

AshleyJuliette Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Skyler/skylar

niteowl13 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Aubrey?

SadieJosephine Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Rhys/Reese.

spotlightstarlit Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Reagan

JadeRain Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I would have to say Parker.

ruolan Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Blair

lilyjoy Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

#21 I will guess Jordan ??

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I’m also going to go with Wren.

luca0730 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Dylan

explorach1 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Reese

olivette Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Luca?

Names4real Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Reese

Goodkarmavt Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Hadley

sarita Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

skylar!

ella17 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I would say Indigo but it is pink on nameberry so must be considered a girls name.
So I will go for Reese please.

KateMP91 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

21. Harley

LavenderBelle Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Reese

BobiM Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

21- Addison

MrsMamaMogul Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Reese?

labelo Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

21. Parker

Saracita00 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Fable

rachelf Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I would say Shea, Reese, or Peyton.

Bayles Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Wren

KittyMomma246 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Hmm… #21 could be many things. I honestly didn’t expect most of the names on this list to be that popular! lol
I’m going to guess… Aiden/Aidan.
(I prefer it for a boy).

Rowan – love it <3 (Boy)
Quinn – like it. (Boy… but I could also use it for a girl.)
Kai – love it <3 (Boy)
Sawyer – like it (Boy)
Charlie – love it <3 (Boy)
Avery – like it (Girl)
North — meh. (either?)
Finley – ok. (Boy) I'm surprised it's more popular for girls!
Elliot – like it (Boy)
Emery – ok (Boy)
Emerson – like it (Boy) I'm surprised it's more popular for girls!
Rory – meh (Boy)
Riley – ok (Girl)
Marlowe – like it (Girl)
River – love it <3 (Boy)
Arden* — like it (Boy?)
Peyton – ok (Boy) I'm surprised it's more popular for girls.
Remy – like it (Boy)
Sage – like it (Girl)
Ellis – ok (Boy)

Rosamund Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Mackenzie

Natural Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Reese.

Hard decision between Reese, Teagan, and MacKenzie.

oboeplayer1 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Teagan

rainierloner Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

When do they announce the winners! I’m so impatient. :/

Sandersc Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Flynn

gipro2003 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Teagan

Mrs_Darling Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Hayden

misskendra Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Harper

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

My guess is Piper.

peach25 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Taylor. Or Caden, Cayden

taliface Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I’m guessing Reese.

geeknamezyo Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Harper?

winifredsnow Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Harper

peacock14 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Nobody take my future baby boy/girl twins, Emerson and Remington who will be called Emme and Remmy <3(or Halston and Holden;)
I guess Tristan too!

oakleaf6 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Avery

oakleaf6 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Oh, wait, Avery is on there! I’ll take Reese instead 🙂

dragonflynv Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I had 2 miscarriages in the last 6 months before we were able to determine the sex and we chose Carlin Avery and (a very early mc) Quinn.

Oddysee Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

21. Flynn

winterstorm1111 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I’ll guess Delaney.

dalb Says:

December 20th, 2013 at 2:00 am

Guessing Teagan

potofgold Says:

December 20th, 2013 at 3:24 am

Harper

LuluBoo Says:

December 20th, 2013 at 9:14 am

Layton

LuluBoo Says:

December 20th, 2013 at 9:15 am

Harper

luca0730 Says:

December 20th, 2013 at 9:58 am

All right, so I’m guessing because Nameberry hasn’t yet announced the #21 name, it’s because no one has guessed it… so, I’m coming in with another guess. 🙂

#21 – Cameron

Am I right, am I right?!

Pam Says:

December 20th, 2013 at 10:01 am

A lot of winners on this one! The correct #21 is Reese, with that spelling. If you guessed correctly, please email me at pam@nameberry and let me know what format — kindle, epub for ipad or nook, or pdf for your computer — you’d like your copy of Off-the-Grid Baby Names in. Thanks for guessing!

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December 30th, 2013 at 6:34 am

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anamarsrodrigues Says:

August 8th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

#21 – Parker

MiaEmilia Says:

December 4th, 2014 at 2:03 am

#21 Peyton or Payton

nameaddictmadison Says:

June 23rd, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Spencer ¿?

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