Unisex Names for Boys

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Unisex names are defined as those given to the minority sex at least ten percent of the time. Unisex names for boys encompass those that originated as boy names but now are used for both genders, names that feel gender-neutral but in fact are used mostly for boys, and truly unisex names that work as well for boys as for girls. The names listed here are the Top 100 most common unisex names among baby boys, led by Ryan and Angel.

Along with Ryan and Angel, the Top 10 unisex names for boys includes Jordan, Parker, Sawyer, Rowan, Elliott, Karter, August, and River. Many of the unisex names here also make the list of most popular unisex names for girls. Asa, Kingsley, Miller, and Onyx are among the unisex names that rank on the boys’ list but not the girls’.

This list does not include girl names that are used occasionally for boys, such as Hilary, or once-unisex names that have become predominantly female, such as Ashley or Evelyn. The unisex names here are the most popular for baby boys.

Top Unisex Names for Boys

  • Alexis

    This name leapt into the female column via vixen Alexis Carrington on 'Dynasty" in the 1980s. It's more popular for girls, but it's still a widely used boys' names and is one of the most Read More 

  • Ali

    This is one of the ninety-nine attributes of Allah, deemed by Muhammad to be a recommended name for a male child. In this country, it's been primarily associated with boxing immortal Muhammad Ali,... Read More 

  • Amari

    An originally male name also used for girls, mostly because of its soft sound and vowel ending. Related to names and words in a range of languages—Yoruba, Thai, Hebrew—and with a variety of... Read More 

  • Angel

    Angel is a perennial Hispanic boys’ name, but it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer that brought it into the Anglo-male camp, where it's now heard... Read More 

  • Ari

    This short form of Ariel (or any other Ari- beginning name, such as Aristotle) stands up better as a boys’ name than its progenitor does. It is also... Read More 

  • Ariel

    Despite its distinguished pedigree and popularity in Israel, Disney's Little Mermaid cartoonized Ariel in the US, at least in some people's minds. Short form Ari has come into prominence... Read More 

  • Armani

    Although this is catching on along with other brand names, we think it's better to use a personal family name than to appropriate Giorgio's. Read More 

  • Asa

    A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal, Asa is enjoying new visibility thanks to hot young actor Asa Butterfield of Hugo fame.

    Asa was the name of an... Read More 

  • August

    August has been heating up in Hollywood – used by Mariska Hargitay, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews and Jeanne Tripplehorn for their sons, and is rapidly becoming the preferred month of the year for... Read More 

  • Avery

    Avery's a last-name-first-name being used increasingly for girls -- perhaps because of Avery's similarity to Ava and Ivory. It's still well-used for boys and is one of today's most Read More 

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