Thinking of choosing a gender-neutral baby name? You’re not alone! More and more mamas are sidestepping gender stereotypes, opting for something a little more fluid and flexible.
So we’ve done some digging and created our very own list of fifty-plus gender-neutral names to help you find the perfect choice for your little peanut.
What do we mean by gender-neutral names?
When we talk about gender-neutral baby names, we simply mean names that fit both boys and girls.
Typically, these names are shortened versions of traditionally male or female names, like Andy (Andrew/Andrea) or Jackie (Jack/Jacqueline). But that’s not always the case. Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity or bravery to change the conversation around a name.
Why pick a unique gender-neutral baby name?
While gender reveals are all the rage these days, some mamas-to-be are opting to ignore the baked goods and pyrotechnics, instead keeping the surprise for the delivery room. And if that’s you, then you might want a shortlist of flexible names at the ready!
Other mamas, meanwhile, are deliberately sidestepping traditional naming conventions with one eye on their child’s future. A non-binary name could keep gender stereotyping or sexism at bay when your child is ready to enter school, college, or the workplace.
So, what are some good unisex names?
Without further ado, let’s take a look at ten trendy names for both genders:
- Alex — Greek in origin, Alex means “protector of humankind” (so, no pressure, little one…). It can be a stand-alone name or a nickname for Alexander or Alexandra. Famous namesakes include the late, great Alex Trebek, and former E.R. and Doctor Who actress Alex Kingston.
- Blake — Meaning “dark and attractive,” Blake has been a popular boy’s name since the 1940s. However, it has steadily climbed the ranks of cool girl’s names since the ‘90s, and today it has actress Blake Lively to thank for making it mainstream.
- Cameron — A Scottish/Celtic name, Cameron derives from the Gaelic “cam sròn,” which means “crooked nose.” Famous Camerons include film director Cameron Crowe and NFL quarterback Cam Newton. But when it comes to Cameron as a girl’s name entering the zeitgeist, look no further than Cameron Diaz.
- Charlie — Old German in origin, Charlie means “free man.” A classic boy’s name derived from the traditional “Charles,” Charlie has grown in popularity with parents of babies of both genders. It can also be a nickname for the girl’s name “Charlotte.” Notable Charlies include actor Charlie Sheen and TikTok sensation Charli D’Amelio.
- Dylan — A traditional Welsh name (it means “son of the sea”), Dylan has appeared in the top 20 boy’s names on numerous occasions. As a girl’s name, it spent 5 years inside the top 400 between 2014 and 2018. Famous Dylans include model Dylan Penn (daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright) and actor Dylan Sprouse.
- Frankie — Frankie – short for Francis, Frances, or Francesca – is a cute name that works for both a boy and a girl. It has a few variations, including Franky, Franki, or Frankee. Notable Frankies include singer Frankie Valli and actor Frankie Muniz, while the daughter of Drew Barrymore is also called Frankie.
- Hayden — Hayden is English in origin and means “hedged valley.” Although initially a British surname, it has since become celebrated as a unisex first name. Famous Haydens include actor Hayden Christensen and actress Hayden Panettiere.
- Leslie — Another Scottish/Celtic name, Leslie means “garden of holly.” Although more popular as a girl’s name these days, the fact that it can be shortened to “Les” makes it a strong choice for boys, too. When it comes to famous Leslies, think actresses Leslie Bibb and Leslie Mann, or the actor and singer Leslie Odom Jr.
- Robin — An English name, Robin (also spelled “Robyn”) was more commonly given as a girl’s name in the US, but the gap has narrowed in recent years. Notable Robins include the one and only Robin Williams, singer Robin Thicke, and actress Robin Tunney.
- Sasha — An always-popular Russian baby name, Sasha (also “Sacha”) is short for Alexander/Alexandra and means “defender of humankind” (seriously, no pressure, kid!). Famous Sashas include actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and Sasha Obama, daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama.
Other favorite unisex names for babies include:
Unique gender-neutral names
Beyond the obvious, there are some unique and unusual androgynous names you may not have thought about. For instance, names of places (cities or states) like Austin, London, Dallas, Dakota, Brooklyn, Paris, and Montana are popular unisex names — especially if you have a connection to the place in question.
Then you’ve got those heroic, powerful monikers. Names like Royal, Storm, Justice, Hunter, and Honor are sure to stand out.
Or what about surnames as first names? The likes of Lennon, Reagan, Murphy, Kennedy, Parker, Spencer, Taylor, and Morgan all gracefully tread the line between traditional and unusual.
And finally, how about some unisex biblical baby names? You could try Gabriel, Levi, or Eden on for size, while Azariah and Jaziah are the very definition of unique.
Is James a gender-neutral name?
Speaking of unique genderfluid names, have you considered James for a girl? Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds did when they welcomed daughter James to the family in 2014. Traditionally a boy’s name, the Hollywood couple flipped the script, naming the little girl after Ryan’s late father.
This is what we mean about being brave and creative. Naming a child is a deeply personal decision, and an important one, too. After all, your little one has to live with it. Choosing something with a strong connection to your life or your family can give your child a unisex name they can be proud of.
Gender-neutral baby names — Which one will you choose?
There you have it! 57 gender-neutral names to choose from.
Still a little unsure? Share your favorites with your fellow mamas on Peanut.
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