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There’s nothing quite like the search for the perfect baby name. You might find yourself intently watching the credits of every TV show or casually eavesdropping on conversations at your local cafe. Going into pregnancy, some (very prepared) mamas might have the perfect name already picked out. Or perhaps using a particular name is a family tradition. But what if you’re looking for something different? Perhaps you’re considering a unisex baby name and are wondering what names can be male or female?
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Waiting for inspiration to strike can seem like an endless task, but never fear, mama. Whatever your reason for researching unisex baby names, we’ve got you covered. So keep reading for an awesome list of the best unisex baby names around.
Unisex baby names are names that can be given to a boy or girl and are a great choice for various reasons. Maybe you’re choosing not to find out the gender of your baby but want to lock in a name ahead of their arrival. After all, those monogrammed towels and personalized nursery decor items aren’t going to order themselves…
Maybe you’re wanting to give your child a non-binary start in life to possibly reduce the chance of sexism in their future. If you just want them to have fluidity with their gender, choosing a unisex name means they won’t have to deal with the constraints of a traditional girl’s or boy’s name later in life. Maybe you just love a certain name regardless of gender or are looking for something cool and unique. We hear ya!
Lots of parents are choosing unisex names, so although it’s a relatively new trend at the moment, by the time your little one is off to school, we’re pretty sure there will be plenty of other kids with unisex names in their class.
What makes a good unisex name? As with any name choice, it’s important that the name flows well with your surname and whatever middle name you choose. Practice saying it out loud, writing it down, and checking that the initials don’t spell out anything awkward!
Some unisex baby names originated as family surnames, so they can have a more formal vibe, which is great if you imagine your little peanut growing up to be a big boss one day. Other gender neutral baby names can have a more modern or unique style. Unisex names with a whimsical sound that might be inspired by nature are a perfect choice too if you’re imagining your baby being more free-spirited. Many names that are now considered unisex started out as a name that was specifically for one gender — in particular, using traditional boy names for girls has become more common. Celebrities are doing it left, right, and center, so why shouldn’t we all?!
So here it is, our roundup of the best 138 genderless names for your little peanut.
If you like the idea of a unisex baby name but don’t want anything too out there — or one you’ll have to spell out every time you say it — choosing a popular name is a good idea. As you’ll see, there are plenty to choose from!
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If you’re looking for a shorter list of more unique or individual unisex baby names, look no further. Although gaining in popularity, these are still really rare and interesting names. So, what are some unique unisex names? Here are our favorites:
If you’re planning a life of outdoor adventures for your new arrival, or are a lover of the great outdoors, choosing a name inspired by nature or your favorite place is a great choice. Many of these gender-neutral names are new on the baby name scene, so they are also perfect if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.
Using a traditional or famous surname as your baby’s name is a distinctive and timeless choice. Perhaps your favorite musician, actor, or TV character is the inspiration, or maybe it’s a name from the history books of your own family. We love how striking these unisex names can be.
Whatever you decide on for your baby name, it’s best not to rush the decision. Don’t forget, you’ll be saying this name on repeat for the rest of your life, so it’s got to be something you love! Good luck!
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