Unisex Names 2013: The top 20 (so far)

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Rowan has taken over from Quinn as the most popular unisex name on Nameberry.

Rowan attracted the most views of all the unisex names on the site, defined as names given to at least 10% of the minority gender. Rowan, a Scottish and Irish name meaning “little redhead,” is more evenly unisex than Quinn, ranking 455 for girls and 301 for boys on the U.S. popularity list.

The other big news on our unisex list is the appearance of North, thanks to little North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. While North was used for only 12 boys and fewer than five girls according to the official U.S. tallies for 2012, the current interest is almost entirely as a girls’ name.

The unisex names ranking highest in the 14 million views of our name pages in the first nine months of the year are:

1. Rowan*
2. Quinn
3. Kai
4. Sawyer
5. Avery
6. Charlie
7. North*
8. Elliot
9. Finley
10. Emerson
11. Emery
12. Rory
13. Riley
14. Marlowe
15. River
16. Remy
17. Sage
18. Peyton
19. Ellisunusual names
20. Reese

One more prize! We’re offering a copy of The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names to the first person to guess the Number 21 unisex name on our list. The prize goes to the first correct guess only; you can choose digital or our new print format.

Congratulations to Ashthedreamer, who correctly guessed Isabel as our Number 101 girls’ name to win the name bracelet and to Sarahmezz who guessed the Number 102 boys’ name, Frederick (no one guessed Number 101 Ryker) to win a copy of our new ebook The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys.

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augusta_lee Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Even though this entire category makes my hair curl, I’ll guess Kennedy.

mrslizzyg Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Teagan?

oboeplayer1 Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Cameron!

skarbassoona Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Taylor

Keyla Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Harper

dalb Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Parker

lnp838 Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hollis?

ty13 Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Brooklyn

HolliePop Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Teagan

seraares Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Logan/Logen

sarahmezz Says:

October 16th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Dylan

grackym Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 12:06 am

Gray

ruolan Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 12:29 am

Camden

Tressa Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 12:52 am

Lennox

cheridel Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 1:03 am

Morgan

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 1:13 am

Maybe Scout I see it mentioned quite a bit.

LydiaHumphreys Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 1:34 am

Bailey

Rosamund Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:04 am

Phoenix

cbann Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:08 am

Sydney

araminta Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:16 am

Scout

Hannah-Banana Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:17 am

Ashton?

araminta Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:18 am

Oops, didn’t see Scout had already been mentioned. I’ll change that to Luca.

Lexicon Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:23 am

Marley

sweetpeacelove Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:27 am

Eden

jxmann Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:31 am

Justice

jem Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:43 am

Jordan?

Sloane Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:43 am

Hayden

Mmgoonie Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 3:35 am

Maxwell

peacebird10 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 4:24 am

Hm, my guesses have already been guessed, so let’s go with Lincoln.

chellemma1 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 4:55 am

Blair?

Laoise Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 5:08 am

Evan?

Stelmaria Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 5:59 am

I love the name Rowan for a boy or a girl! My guess is Micah.

awesomemommyof3 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 6:06 am

Blake

Jeanne6629 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 6:17 am

Jamie?

Giinkies Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 6:30 am

Ellis

SeaZuno86 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 6:39 am

Parker?

SeaZuno86 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 6:40 am

Opps didnt see Parker was guessed… I’ll guess Zion

Ashlie1214 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 6:50 am

Addison

Natural Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 6:59 am

Madison

tenleyskye Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:10 am

Laken?

hermione_vader Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:10 am

Aubrey

sophiekihm Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:21 am

Sailor

Haili73 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:37 am

Briar

CelPhD Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:37 am

Piper

tarababy Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:40 am

I’m going to try Easton again

happyasaclam Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:42 am

Kaden

lovelynames Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:49 am

Skyler

LizabethM Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:53 am

August

Missmolly Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:54 am

Grey?

LuMary Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:58 am

Mason. Probably not for Berries, though.

spotlightstarlit Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 8:04 am

Angel

LuzVictoria Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 8:07 am

I’ll guess Evan :).

LuzVictoria Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 8:09 am

Oops- Evan was already guessed. I’ll change that to Grayson.

chagger Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 8:17 am

Alex?

juniperle Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 8:20 am

Everly

ARGoldsmith Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 8:31 am

Spencer

Pam Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 8:39 am

OK, everybody, I’m not going to let this drag on: Mrslizzyg guessed correctly, second person out of the gate: It’s Teagan.

Thanks everyone else for guessing.

Tomorrow, look for our post on 28 great names flying just under the Most Popular radar!

niteowl13 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 10:57 am

Wow! I was going to say Ryker! I can’t believe it! My brother-in-law and his wife are going to name their baby that in February.

LuMary Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Pam Says:
October 17th, 2013 at 8:39 am

“Tomorrow, look for our post on 28 great names flying just under the Most Popular radar!”

For boys, I hope Francis is flying just under the Most Popular radar, but I’ll stay tuned!

sweets12 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Marlowe and Teagan are both very girly to me.

tori101 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Ah I love Rowan so much!

#101 Harlow

Pam Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

sweets12, according to our chart here — http://nameberry.com/unisex-names — Teagan was 80% girl in 2012. Marlowe isn’t on the chart, but according to SS numbers, 102 girls were named Marlowe vs. 14 boys, making the name predominantly (but less than the 90% cutoff) girl.

AlexandraEleni Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Spencer

lleahdoll Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Ariel

visitor3 Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Pax

mkmarchand Says:

October 17th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Sloane

Malone227 Says:

October 19th, 2013 at 10:09 am

I don’t see how marlowe sounds feminine. I think of Christopher Marlowe, Philip marlowe, and captain Marlow from the heart of darkness when I hear it. Not girly sounding at all. I suppose this is what happens when the average person knows more about celebrity baby names than literature.

BlueYorkie Says:

October 21st, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Leighton? I was sure it wood be Reese but NOPE that’s 20.

benjamelissa Says:

October 22nd, 2013 at 8:19 am

Love, love, love Emery Elizabeth! Or Sawyer James. And Mallory Sage or Olivia Peyton! And Teegan is a girl from the original “Dr. Who” series.

abbiex Says:

October 22nd, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Taylor

abbiex Says:

October 22nd, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Taylor?

rhiannongrace Says:

October 24th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Aubrey

kewpiette Says:

December 10th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Lochlan

sandra80 Says:

December 17th, 2013 at 7:15 am

Spencer

ErinG Says:

January 10th, 2014 at 12:45 am

Teagan! Such a great girl’s name. I didn’t realize it was only 80% girls using that name.

kzeanah Says:

January 10th, 2014 at 6:36 am

Taylor

kzeanah Says:

January 10th, 2014 at 6:36 am

Skyler

Kltiffany Says:

August 18th, 2016 at 10:56 pm

Wyatt

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