We want to name our baby Penelope but we can’t decide on a nickname? Help!
More mamas-to-be are becoming interested in nonbinary baby names. And there are many reasons for this.
You might be looking to raise your baby outside strict gender rules.
Or maybe the sound and meaning of a name are more important to you than the gender it is traditionally assigned to.
Or perhaps you simply want to have more choice.
Whatever your reason, nonbinary names offer you and your baby a great deal of freedom.
Before we take a look at what’s on the menu, let’s have a quick check-in with the terminology.
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“Nonbinary” is a term a person might use to describe themselves when they don’t identify fully with either of the gender categories of “male” or “female.”
Instead, they might have a gender that combines aspects of being male and female.
Or they may have a gender that is different from male or female.
Or they might see their gender as something that is constantly evolving.
Nonbinary names reflect this fluid understanding of gender.
In many cases, this means they won’t be names traditionally associated with being male or female.
But that might not always be the case.
Gender-neutral names are names that are given fairly equally to both girls and boys.
They’re not linked to one gender more than another.
Nonbinary names, on the other hand, could be any name (even one that seems more “masculine” or “feminine”) that a nonbinary person feels reflects their unique understanding of their gender identity as it exists on a spectrum.
If you’re looking for nonbinary names for your baby that will allow them more room to explore their gender identity in the future, names that don’t fall within a certain gender category can work well.
An androgynous person doesn’t outwardly present as either male or female.
That’s in contrast to nonbinary, where it’s more about how one identifies than how one appears to the outside world.
So androgynous names? Well, that’s tricky.
An androgynous person may choose to take on a nonbinary name or one that is associated with the gender they identify with.
And enby names? Enby is the same as nonbinary. (It’s how you spell out the “NB” of nonbinary.)
Ready to get going?
On our list, we’ve picked 166 enby names for your inspiration. We hope you find something you like!
First names taken from surnames are a classic source of nonbinary names.
Popular choices from recent Social Security Administration data include Avery, Cameron, and Sawyer.
Or you could go for something a bit more unusual, such as the English Perry (meaning, quite poetically, “one who dwells by a pear tree”) or the German Landis (a nickname for a highwayman!).
Other good nonbinary names can be inspired by places or geographical features.
You could celebrate your Scottish roots with Argyle (from the county of Argyll in southwestern Scotland) or Glen.
Or honor your favorite US city with names such as Indiana and Phoenix.
You could also choose a nonbinary name with a biblical flavor, such as Eden, Salem, or Zion.
Alternatively, for a really original name, just pick a compass direction. But what will it be: East, West, South, or North?
Names taken from nature can make especially unique, cute nonbinary names.
The only problem is—there are just too many to choose from!
Sweet names to make your mouth water include Berry, Fig, and Maple.
Or what about a fragrant herb like Thyme or Sage?
Tree names, such as Elm and Oak, can convey a sense of strength and wisdom, while gemstone names, such as Garnet, Onyx, or Lapis (from “lapis lazuli,” a blue stone) celebrate the precious gift of your baby.
Here are some of our favorite nonbinary names inspired by nature:
Another great source of unusual enby names is the world of science, especially astronomy and stargazing.
You’ve got sweet and simple: Star, Sun, Sky.
Or dramatic and memorable: Eclipse, Nova (from “supernova,” an exploding star), and Zenith.
You could pick an element from the Periodic Table, such as Cadmium, Copper, or Neon.
Or you could even take inspiration from the Moon and its cycle by choosing Wax or Wane as a name.
The names of colors can make beautiful nonbinary names, too.
There are so many possibilities.
After all, you have the whole paint palette to choose from.
You could try a name based on a cool, elegant shade such as Gray, Ivory, or Silver.
Or pick a color name that’s also a nature name: Moss, Plum, or Russet.
Or why not go for something really vibrant, like Lime, Purple, or Red?
Here are a handful of our favorite color-inspired names:
And, finally, here’s a random selection of other nonbinary names to consider.
If you’re musical you might like Lyric, or if you’re a fan of summer sunshine, why not August?
For a more spiritual name, you could choose Angel or Ariel.
Or maybe you just want your baby to start their life with a spot of Luck…
We hope you’ve found some names you like here, whether from the wilds of nature, the outer reaches of space, or the colors you love.
And why not chat to the other mamas on Peanut about their favorite nonbinary names?
You might just find the perfect match for your baby.