What are your favorite gender-neutral names?
There’s no two ways about it: unisex baby names are red hot right now!
The latest Top 100 lists for both boys and girls are peppered with unisex names, from once-unisex options now all but abandoned for one gender, like Evelyn and Madison, to names that are increasingly leaning one way or the other, like Aubrey and Avery, Riley and Cameron.
But there’s a difference between unisex baby names and gender-neutral ones.
Truly gender-neutral baby names are still, on the whole, a pretty rare phenomenon. Just take a look at our comprehensive list of the in the US today: only the top two or three (Charlie, Finley, Skyler) feel anywhere near mainstream. The rest of the list is populated by under-the-radar or plain invented picks, like Campbell and Ridley, Ocean and Timber, Kylin and Eastyn.
So, today we’re asking you to nominate your gender-neutral favorites — the names you like equally well for girls and boys. (You can find the thread that inspired this question.)
What’s your favorite name on Nameberry’s truly gender-neutral list?
Are there any unisex names that you prefer on the less popular gender?
Are there any 100% male names you’d consider for a daughter, or female names you’d love to use for a son?
What do you think of the trend for unisex names in general? What’s behind it, and where might it be leading?
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on July 15th, 2018 at 11:04 pm
I love a lot of gender neutral names but most of them I prefer on either girls or boys, mostly girls. The few I probably like equally for both are River, Easton, Rio, Silver, Bowie, Jagger and Arlo. Some other favourites…
On girls: Juniper, Wren, Valentine, Winter, True, Phoenix, Memphis, Arden, Scout, Baker
On boys: Pax, Sawyer, Elliot, Everest, August
on July 15th, 2018 at 11:25 pm
Let’s see… I like equally for both sexes:
Riley (although, I love the Rylee spelling for a girl too)
Sky (but Skylar for a girl and Skyler for a boy)
Beau Jean Said
on July 15th, 2018 at 11:28 pm
I love the names Robin, Jamie, Tristan and Micah much more on boys than girls; Angel, Francis/Frances and Taran equally for either gender and I think my own name, Beau, is great on a girl!
on July 16th, 2018 at 12:37 am
I prefer Winslow much more for a baby girl and Harper for a boy….
The only other names I like on either sex are, Quincy, Quinn, Avery, and Afton
on July 16th, 2018 at 1:10 am
I prefer Robin and Ariel on a boy, and Kit and Wren on a girl 🙂
on July 16th, 2018 at 1:11 am
oh, and Eliot/Elliot/Elliott on boys and Juniper on girls
on July 16th, 2018 at 1:12 am
Artemis to me is a girly name, Everest is neutral as are all month names except for May and April
on July 16th, 2018 at 1:50 am
There are several gender-neutral names I like:
Bryn(n) (prefer on a girl)
Morgan (mostly prefer on a boy)
Rory (mostly prefer on a boy)
Emerson (mostly prefer on a boy)
Winter (prefer on a girl)
Cadence (prefer on a girl)
Jamie (prefer on a boy)
Nova (prefer on a girl)
Orion (prefer on a boy)
on July 16th, 2018 at 2:33 am
When it comes to gender-neutral names I seem to like one syllable nature/word names the best; Sage, North and Wren.
on July 16th, 2018 at 3:52 am
I like quite a few unisex names however usually for one gender over the other: Brooklyn, Indy, Evelyn, Emerson, Addison, Harper, Madison and Ruby for a girl and Parker, Ryan, Casey and Owen for a boy. But here are the names I like for both genders:
on July 16th, 2018 at 5:51 am
I’m another one who likes a few unisex names but generally prefer them for one gender over the other.
on July 16th, 2018 at 6:06 am
I usually have very strong feelings about whether I like a name more for a boy or a girl. The exception to for me is the name Gray. I can and would love to see it on either gender.
on July 16th, 2018 at 7:15 am
Names I truly like equally for a boy or a girl:
on July 16th, 2018 at 7:36 am
Rowan, Kit, and River are my favorites!
on July 16th, 2018 at 8:04 am
The only names I like on both are Rowan, Sage, Quinn, Emerson, Grey, Rory, and Bellamy, and most of those I prefer on one or the other
on July 16th, 2018 at 8:10 am
I agree with lanareid and lnxn09. Nature names are gender neutral to me, and I especially like short and sweet ones.
One that hasn’t been mentioned, that I like for both boys and girls, is Dell.
on July 16th, 2018 at 8:18 am
Blake, Pierce, Hayes, & Parker are a few at like!
on July 16th, 2018 at 8:24 am
I’m solidly averse to gender-neutral and unisex names in general, but I’m biased – I’ve spent 28 years with one. I’m a Jamie, and I’ve never cared for my name very much. I have no formal alternative to default to for things like my wedding invitation (incidentally, I’m marrying a James, so we’re just stuck all the way around with that one) and I also don’t have much room for nicknames. When I’m communicating over email with someone who hasn’t met me in person, the assumption is often that I’m male, although that sometimes works in my favor. Upon learning that I’m female, many people immediately start spelling it Jaime, no matter how often I correct them. Older people have asked me what my “real” name is, since Jamie “isn’t a girl’s name.” This is definitely not a trend I understand, and none of the names I gravitate to are unisex, unless through a nickname option.
on July 16th, 2018 at 9:10 am
There are quite a few names that I appreciate on both genders, even though I usually have a slight preference for them on one gender over the other. They include unisex names like Aubrey, Camille, Lucrèce, Morgan, Hilary and Céleste and nature names such as Briar, Garnet, Juniper, Lark and Brook. There are also surname-names, particularly those ending in -ley like Ainsley, Ashley, Everley, Hayley, Oakley, Crawley, Shirley, and Harley, but also Bellamy, Harper, Merrilees, Lindsay, etc.
I know this is a controversial subject, but I don’t like gender-bending names, so I prefer seeing names like Meredith, Merryn, Finley, Finn, Elliot, Reese, Emery, and Avery on boys, and Evelyn and Emmot on girls. All -son names are male to me, so I prefer Emerson, Madison, Addison, Mackenzie, etc on boys.
on July 16th, 2018 at 9:53 am
I’m usually pretty opinionated when it comes to which sex I prefer unisex names on. I have Rowan and Parker on my girls list (and dislike them for boys) and vice versa with Finley and Emerson on my boys list. The few names I like on both sexes equally include Arlo, Kit, Kai, Charlie/Charli/Charley, and Grey.
on July 16th, 2018 at 9:59 am
There are very few names I truly like equally for both genders. Robin is the ultimate for me. Other ones I could maybe see are Kit and Sydney.
on July 16th, 2018 at 10:10 am
I mostly prefer them on boys, but I love Avery and Remy for either sex.
on July 16th, 2018 at 11:40 am
I think the best gender-neutral name is one that’s been around forever. It’s my own IRL birth-name: Chris.
It can be the shortened version for both Christopher and Christine, though mine is just Chris. I’m a girl/woman named after my great-grandfather, which didn’t really happen much in 1957. It is somewhat dated though.
on July 16th, 2018 at 12:56 pm
I am non-binary and my (chosen) name is Morgan.
on July 16th, 2018 at 1:24 pm
I think names that are short versions of a male and female name are gender neutral like Sam for Samuel or Samantha, Charlie for Charlotte or Charles, Billie/y for William or Willa/Wilhelmine.
Even if e.g Sam gets given to girls more often (just an example I don’t know the real stats) there are still so many Samuels going by Sam that this name couldn’t ever become more of a girls name or the other way around.
on July 16th, 2018 at 2:02 pm
Erin Beth Said
on July 16th, 2018 at 2:30 pm
From the list I like Campbell and Sidney best but my overall favorites that I consider gender-neutral are Rory, Kirby, Devon, and Kit. I like the idea of using Kieran for a girl.
on July 16th, 2018 at 4:58 pm
Names I like equally for any gender:
on July 16th, 2018 at 6:46 pm
I love a lot of unisex/gender neutral names, but sometimes I have a slight preference for them on one gender over the other.
Names like equally for a boy or a girl:
On girls: Aubrey, Addison, Allison, Ashley, Avery, Brooke, Briar, Evelyn, Harper, Madison, Mackenzie, Meredith, Reese, Robin, Skylar
On boys: Ashton, Carson, Corey, Eliot/Elliott, Emerson, Emery, Emmett, Hunter, Keegan, Logan, Noah, Mason, Michael, Owen, Rhys, Tyler
I like the idea of using Summer and Lotus for a boy.
on July 16th, 2018 at 8:53 pm
Gender neutral is hard, because different names are gender neutral to some people, and not to others. Like I’ve seen names on here like Logan and Michael, and I know there are girls and women who bear those names. But to me, those aren’t unisex at all. Truly unisex to me are names like Robin and Terry. I’m not a fan of unisex names, because as someone who has been waiting a long time to have kids, I want to give my children names that will help them out in life. Once at a dr.s office, there was a teen girl named Hunter there with her mother. Every time a nurse or the person at the front desk would call her up for information or instruction, they would say “he”, and Hunter’s mother would become more and more agitated and keep repeating “Hunter is a girl!”. I understand her aggravation, but she had to expect that, she named her daughter a name used primarily for boys. I wish to save my children and myself from such aggravation. Plus, I rarely hear of a name I like on both boys and girls. My cousin wants to name his son Artemis, born in a month. He will experience this himself.
on July 16th, 2018 at 10:33 pm
Shaw feels equally suited to boy or girl
on July 16th, 2018 at 11:03 pm
Love Logan and Elliot for a girl. Sage for either.
on July 17th, 2018 at 9:40 am
I like unisex and gender-bending names. I’m having a fling with Bailey right now, and I love Rowan and Shiloh and Teagan and Bellamy… to name a few. As unpopular an opinion as I know it is with most Berries, I like James or Benson on a girl and Isobel or Kiley on a boy.
I always think it’s fun to see what names people are even willing to consider unisex vs gender-bending. Even in the comments above, Michael is gender neutral; Emmot would be gender-bending on a boy; Lara, Tristan, Camille, Jack, Celeste, Denver are all one or the other. I think this just serves to highlight how subjective ideas about a name’s gender are, and should be a reminder to all of us that names and their usage aren’t fixed in stone, and that our opinions are just opinions, not empirical facts.
on July 17th, 2018 at 10:55 am
on July 17th, 2018 at 10:59 am
I’m a fan of truly gender neutral names. As in not boys names on girls. Not names with masculine meanings on girls. I like the names that are truly neutral in terms of meaning…
Madison (-son isn’t very neutral)
McKinley (Mc- is also masculine)
Phoenix (not at all gender neutral where I live)
on July 17th, 2018 at 9:56 pm
Reilly/Riley (prefer for girl)
Diaper Bagge Said
on July 18th, 2018 at 1:09 am
Romilly, Riley, Arlo, Campbell, Saylor, Sage, Avery, Jade, Bailey, Kelly, Ashton, and McCartney are all gender neutral to me. I think gender neutral names are cool, I just hate when strictly male names are forced into unisex names, Elliot and James are awkward on girls, imho.
Diaper Bagge Said
on July 18th, 2018 at 1:11 am
Oh yeah, and Fifer.
on July 18th, 2018 at 10:55 pm
I am a sucker for Mackenzie on a boy (though it falls strictly in guilty pleasure category), although I’m really not a fan of it on girls. Rory and Quinn are the only names that I feel are definitely unisex and that I like. I personally am not all that big of a fan of naming girls well-established boy’s names, such as James, Elliott, Hunter, or the like. I just feel that there are so many lovely girl’s names, and that there are plenty of non-frilly ones to pick from without having to dip into the pool of boy names. Plus, once a name goes to the girl’s side, it’s almost always written off and seen as to ‘girly’ for a boy (see Ashley, Aubrey, etc)
on July 19th, 2018 at 7:51 am
I feel like I’ve only a few unisex names which are truly unisex in my head (most seem to lean one way for me):
on July 19th, 2018 at 4:15 pm
Are to games a few that I know of and I like.
on July 22nd, 2018 at 5:04 am
I think the names I like equally for any gender are River, Phoenix, Robin, Mackenzie (though only for the nickname Kenzo) and Indigo (looooooove Indigo). Nature/word names tend to feel far more gender neutral to me than “established” names.
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