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Unisex Names: Our Top 20 for 2013 (so far)

July 9, 2013 Pamela Redmond
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The top unisex names among Nameberry’s visitors include those that lean girlward and those more favored for boys.  To qualify as a unisex name for this list, a name needs to be given to at least 10 percent of the minority gender.

Check out the graphic on our new Unisex Names home page to get more specific statistics on how these names divide along gender lines.  Our Number 1 unisex name Quinn, for instance, is now 68 percent female, a dramatic swing toward the girls’ side thanks to its starring role on television’s Glee.  Number 2 Rowan, meanwhile, is 63 percent male.

Names such as Sawyer and Kai are predominantly male, edging toward our 90% cutoff, while choices such as Avery and Emery are more than 80% female.

This is a fascinating list, including names such as Charlie and Elliot that were long traditional male names and other choices such as Reese (Witherspoon) and Peyton (Manning) that are heavily identified with celebrities of one gender but are still used for babies of the other.

If you’re interested in these or other unisex names for your baby, be sure to check the gender progression over time on the chart on our Unisex Names page.

The Top Unisex Names so far this year on Nameberry are:

1.  Quinn

2.  Rowan

3.  Sawyer

4.  Kai

5.  Avery

6.  Charlie

7.  Emery

8.  Emerson

9.  Elliot

10. Finley

11. Rory

12. Riley

13. Marlowe

14. River

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16. Remy

17. Ellis

18. Teagan

19. Reese

20. Peyton

The first reader to correctly guess Unisex Name Number 21 wins a copy of our new e-book, The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names.

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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