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:
- Rowan – 37 percent female, 63 percent male
- Quinn – 68 percent female, 32 percent male
- Kai – 13 percent female, 87 percent male
- Sawyer – 17 percent female, 83 percent male
- Charlie – 41 percent female, 59 percent male
- Avery – 81 percent female, 19 percent male
- Finley – 66 percent female, 34 percent male
- Elliot – 17 percent female, 83 percent male
- Emery – 80 percent female, 20 percent male
- Emerson – 61 percent female, 39 percent male
- Rory – 31 percent female, 69 percent male
- Riley – 59 percent female, 41 percent male
- Marlowe – 88 percent female, 12 percent male
- River – 36 percent female, 64 percent male
- Arden* — 74 percent female, 26 percent male
- Peyton – 68 percent female, 32 percent male
- Remy – 46 percent female, 54 percent male
- Sage – 66 percent female, 34 percent male
- Ellis – 35 percent female, 65 percent male
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.