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Unisex Baby Names: But Are They Really?

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Unisex names are attracting more and more attention for babies of both sexes – but “unisex” doesn’t always mean “gender-neutral”.

Nameberry generally defines unisex names as those given to the minority sex at least 10% of the time. But although those names may qualify as unisex in statistical terms, chances are that in the real world, they will be perceived as “gendered” to at least some degree.

Sometimes, this is a desirable trait. Many parents love the tailored style of unisex names, but would still like a name that leans feminine or masculine for their child.

For other parents in search of a truly gender-neutral baby name, it can be useful to know which unisex names qualify… and which to avoid.

Today, we’re looking at the names at the extreme ends of the unisex spectrum. All of these choices were given to the majority sex at least four times as often as the minority sex, making them statistically unisex – but not gender-neutral.

Figures are based on the latest SSA baby names data, and names within each category are listed in ascending percentage order.

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Names That Are 80-85% Female

  1. Kerrington

  2. Egypt

  3. Echo

  4. Palmer

  5. Peyton

  6. Imaan

  7. Ripley

  8. Quinn

  9. Greer

  10. Riley

  11. Regan

  12. Davie

  13. Misha

  14. Rain

  15. Harley

  16. Swayze

  17. Auburn

  18. Loxley

  19. Scottie

  20. Aubry

  21. Hanalei

  22. Darby

  23. Taylor

  24. Monroe

  25. Aster

  26. Ezri

  27. Lyric

  28. Jadore

  29. Afton

  30. October

  31. Silver

  32. Sailor

  33. Sparrow

  34. Vega

  35. Victory

  36. Morgan

  37. Ariam

  38. Kansas

  39. Germany

  40. Josey

  41. Holland

  42. Berkeley

  43. Amore

  44. Avri

  45. Diem

  46. Artemis

  47. Island

  48. Amani

  49. Galaxy

  50. Nyx

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Names That Are 85-90% Female

  1. Jovi

  2. Maven

  3. Cadence

  4. Raine

  5. Reese

  6. Aiko

  7. Sequoia

  8. Mattison

  9. Eris

  10. Sloan

  11. Lotus

  12. Kendall

  13. Scotland

  14. Navy

  15. Amour

  16. Roux

  17. Loyalty

  18. London

  19. Charley

  20. Guadalupe

  21. Nitya

  22. Angeles

  23. Noa

  24. Yari

  25. Wren

  26. Akira

  27. Marley

  28. Irie

  29. Kamara

  30. Roma

  31. Jamiah

  32. Azul

  33. Henley

  34. Unique

  35. Aseel

  36. Remi

  37. Sinai

  38. Aspen

  39. Lark

  40. Noor

  41. Joni

  42. Blessing

  43. Izel

  44. Kerrigan

  45. Bayan

  46. Dana

  47. Haven

  48. Fallon

  49. Hartley

  50. Chesney

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Names That Are 80-85% Male

  1. Leone

  2. Kanai

  3. Garland

  4. Noel

  5. Brogan

  6. Copeland

  7. Miko

  8. Chosen

  9. Zephyr

  10. Garner

  11. Bryer

  12. Teddy

  13. Memphis

  14. Spencer

  15. Zealand

  16. Maui

  17. Cortland

  18. Myers

  19. Roosevelt

  20. Gray

  21. Prescott

  22. Ekam

  23. Loyal

  24. Exodus

  25. Shaya

  26. Esa

  27. Tiger

  28. Lynx

  29. Callahan

  30. Parrish

  31. Jorah

  32. Percy

  33. Harland

  34. Jahari

  35. Riot

  36. Merlin

  37. Evans

  38. Pearson

  39. Radley

  40. Cove

  41. Finlay

  42. Gianni

  43. Kiran

  44. Kota

  45. Keller

  46. Avi

  47. Summit

  48. Rye

  49. Jordan

  50. Carlisle

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Names That Are 85-90% Male

  1. Marlin

  2. Emrys

  3. Blaise

  4. Hampton

  5. Slater

  6. Eliot

  7. Shaw

  8. Evren

  9. Angel

  10. Pryor

  11. Hagen

  12. Devon

  13. Corbyn

  14. Sterling

  15. Tobin

  16. Rome

  17. Amaru

  18. Cassiel

  19. Layton

  20. Jessiah

  21. Rey

  22. Kamar

  23. Aviel

  24. Mercer

  25. Cartier

  26. Nile

  27. Murray

  28. August

  29. Hart

  30. Makari

  31. Welles

  32. Maxime

  33. Morrison

  34. Bennet

  35. Valor

  36. Asa

  37. Nikola

  38. Koa

  39. Aramis

  40. Hero

  41. Roan

  42. Huxley

  43. Braven

  44. Azaiah

  45. Steele

  46. Vaughn

  47. Ajani

  48. Boston

  49. Rayan

  50. Townes

With thanks to Nameberry editor Sophie Kihm for her brilliant statistical analysis.

About the Author

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from where to find a cool vintage boy name to why some names become popular memes. As Nameberry's head moderator, she also helps to keep our active forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England's smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at emma@nameberry.com.

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