Favorite Unisex Names

  1. Abbott
    • Origin:

      Aramaic, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "father"
    • Description:

      This traditionally male surname name could find new life for girls thanks to its similarity to the popular Abby and Abigail.
  2. Ainsley
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "solitary meadow"
    • Description:

      This name will tick a lot of boxes for many parents: unisex; trendy sound; pretty instinctive to pronounce; and some great namesakes including British chef Ainsley Harriott and American footballer Ainsley Battles.
  3. Alexi
    • Angel
      • Origin:

        Spanish and English
      • Meaning:

        "angel, messenger"
      • Description:

        As a boys' name, Angel has two distinct name personalities. One is as a perennial favorite Hispanic boys’ name, popular in the US along with Spain, Mexico, and South America.
    • Arbor
      • Origin:

        Nature name
      • Description:

        Arbor is an original unisex tree-related choice we're sure to hear more of. Highly unusual now, Arbor takes its place alongside other new arborial names ranging from the mighty Oak (or Oakley) to the more delicate Birch to the more flowery Juniper, Acacia, and Hazel.
    • Artemis
      • Origin:

        Greek mythology name
      • Meaning:

        "safe or butcher"
      • Description:

        Artemis, one of the key figures of the female Greek pantheon, is the ancient virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, childbirth, and a protector of young girls, later associated with the moon. Artemis is the equivalent to the Roman Diana, but a fresher and more distinctive, if offbeat, choice.
    • Asher
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "fortunate, blessed, happy one"
      • Description:

        Asher—an excellent, soft and sensitive Old Testament choice—is a baby boy name on the rise, and is a Nameberry biblical favorite.
    • Auburn
      • Origin:

        Color name
      • Meaning:

        "deep reddish-brown"
      • Description:

        A strong, warm name and a strong warm color. Would make an excellent alternative to August or Aubrey.
    • Auden
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "old friend"
      • Description:

        The poetic, soft-spoken Auden has recently started to be considered as a first name option, used for both sexes, appreciated for its pleasing sound as well as its link to the distinguished modern Anglo-American poet W.H. Auden.
    • August
      • Origin:

        German form of Latin Augustus
      • Meaning:

        "great, magnificent"
      • Description:

        The name August is at its highest point since the 1890s, when it ranked among the Top 100 boy names in the US. And deservedly so, given its great meaning, historic roots, and cool nicknames.
    • Bailey
      • Origin:

        Occupational name
      • Meaning:

        "law enforcer, bailiff"
      • Description:

        Bailey -- a jaunty surname -- was first used for a female TV character in 1978 in the show WKRP in Cincinnaati, then caught on big time. Bailey's still an appealing choice, though, and a celebrity fave. Parents of daughters named Bailey include Scot Baio and Stella McCartney.
    • Bayou
      • Origin:

        Nature name
      • Description:

        A slow and sultry southern choice that's definitely cool for babies of either gender.
    • Blair
      • Origin:

        Scottish
      • Meaning:

        "dweller on the plain"
      • Description:

        One of the first generation of cool surname names, now largely used for girls in the US, but still popular for boys in its native Scotland. A prominent association for Brits is former prime minister Tony Blair, who was leader at the time of the Iraq War.
    • Brady
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "broad meadow or large-chested"
      • Description:

        The Irish name given to Miranda Hobbes's son on the dearly departed Sex and the City is a friendly and energetic choice. You well might want to make your son part of the Brady bunch.
    • Byrd
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "bird"
      • Description:

        One of the rare cases where spelling a name with a y makes it less rather than more feminine. Birdie might be the freshest choice in this aviary.
    • Cairo
      • Origin:

        Egyptian place-name, Arabic
      • Meaning:

        "the conquerer"
      • Description:

        Cairo is an exciting place name possibility with upbeat o ending. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015 and keeps heading upward.
    • Clancy
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "red-haired warrior"
      • Description:

        Clancy, one of the original crossover Irish surname names, is as energetic and appealing as ever — full of moxie, more distinctive than Casey, and also one of the less obvious of the red-headed names.
    • Columba
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "dove"
      • Description:

        Columba is an early saint's name that rhumbas to a modern beat. While the original St. Columba is male, the name sounds more appropriate for a girl in the modern world. Leave variations Colm and Callum for the boys.
    • Corin
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "spear"
      • Description:

        Corin was used by Shakespeare in As You Like It, an unusual name that could make a more distinctive alternative to Corey or Colin. It is a name used in the illustrious Redgrave family of actors.
    • Destry
      • Origin:

        French
      • Meaning:

        "war horse"
      • Description:

        Destry rides again, this time as a Western flavored baby name. Derived from the French surname Destrier, from an Anglo-Norman word meaning "warhorse", this rugged name was popularized by the 1930 novel Destry Rides Again by Max Brand, subsequently adapted for the big screen.