Gender neutrality is definitely en vogue! Hip parents, celebrities, and people looking for something unique are turning to unisex baby names that they can use for their daughter or son.
For most parents today, the choice to use a unisex name stems mostly from wanting to raise their child in a non-binary environment. These parents don't want to impose stereotypes at such an early age because expected societal gender traits, such as playing with dolls if you're a girl or playing with cars if you're a boy, could limit a child's growth and force him/her into a predetermined societal mold.
On the other hand, some parents choose family surnames and adapt them to be used as first names, like Kennedy or Reed, or they pick virtuous traits, like Honor or Justice, or a place, like Sidney, which can be used for either gender.
Following are the coolest, most unique gender neutral baby names:
Top 10 Gender-Neutral Names
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Cool Gender-Neutral Baby Names
- Arden: An English name meaning "valley of the eagle," but it also has origins in Hebrew as a word for the garden of Eden.
- Auden: Of Old English origin meaning "old friend.
- Bailey: A surname originating in the Middle Ages in England, it means "bailiff" or "enforcer of the law."
- Blair/Blaire: Meaning "plain or field," this name has Scottish-Gaelic origins.
- Blake: An Old English surname with auspicious uncertain origins. It could be derived from the Old English word "blaac," which was a nickname for someone with fair skin, or from the the word "blac," a name to call somehow with dark hair or skin.
- Breslin: An Irish surname meaning "strife."
- Briar: An English name meaning "thorned shrub," derived from the Greek word "briaros" meaning "sturdy."
- Caelan: A name of Scottish origin, meaning "people of victory."
- Cassidy: From the Gaelic word "caiside," meaning "clever" or "curly haired."
- Dale: A Middle English word for "valley."
- Denver: It means "green valley" but is also the name of a city in Colorado.
- Harlow: An English surname that originally means "rocky hill."
- Jayden: A biblical name meaning "thankful" and is of Hebrew origin.
- Kaden: An American spelling of the Gaelic name Cadain, meaning "fighter."
- Keegan: An Irish clan name meaning "little fire."
- Kieran: An Irish or Gaelic name meaning "little dark one" or "dark-haired one."
- Kylin: A variation of Kyle that means "keeper of the keys."
- Kyrie: A Greek word meaning "Lord."
- Landry: French name meaning "powerful ruler."
- Lennox: A Gaelic word that refers to a place of elm trees.
- Mason: Welsh for "one who works with stone."
- Payson: It means "Son of Peace" and is an English name.
- Rayne/Rain: Depending on how you spell it, this name could simply refer to rain, a queen (Reine), or a strong counselor (Rayne).
- Ryan: Old English for "little king."
- Sydney: A popular city in Australia, this name bears the meaning of "one who dwells near the wide riverside meadow.
- Taylan: Turkish name that means gracious, kind, or elegant.
- Wesley: Old English for "dweller near the western wood or clearing."
Popular Unisex Names
- Alex: (Greek) Defender of man; protector of mankind.
- Andie/Andy: (Greek) Short for Andrew, which means "brave."
- Billy/Billie: (English) Short for William, which means "resolute protector."
- Devin/Devon: (Celtic) Defender or poet
- Francis/Frances: (Latin) Frenchman
- Gabriel/Gabrielle: (Hebrew) God is my strength
- Gene/Jean: (Hebrew) The Lord is gracious
- Jessie/Jesse: (Hebrew) God is gracious
- Jordan: (Hebrew) To flow or descend
- Robin: (English) Famed or bright
- Sam: (Hebrew) God heard
- Sawyer: (English) Wood sawer
- Taylor: (French) Tailor
- Vick: (Anglo-Norman) Bishop
- Whitney: (Old English) White island
- Quinn/Quyn: (Gaelic) Counsel
Unique Gender-Neutral Names
- Arrow: (Celtic) Surname referring to archery. The name represents being able to find your way or hit your target.
- Darby: (English) Without envy
- Halo: (Latin) Pure light, divine
- Haskell: (Jewish) Wisdom
- Hero: (Greek) Brave one
- Journey: (Anglo-French) Day trip. The name represents someone who travels and enjoys discovery.
- Lyric: (English) Words of a song. Perfect for anyone who wants their child to grow up musically inclined.
- Merritt: (English) Wished-for child; worthy; excellence
- Ocean: (English) A large body of water. Lovely name for those who like to be associated with the sea.
- Poet: (English) Someone who writes poetry. An excellent and unique choice for a creative, artistic family.
- Rebel: (French) Someone who has an independent streak.
- River: (English) A large stream of flowing water. A hippie name perfect for your nature boy/girl.
- Sage: (French) Meaning "wise." Also the name of an aromatic herb, so it is suitable for nature lovers.
- Samar: (Arabic) Evening conversation
- Scout: (Old French) To listen
- Sloan: (Irish Gaelic) Warriors
- Storm: (Anglo-Saxon) A violent disturbance in the atmosphere. Perfect name for those who love the power of lightning, thunder, and rain.
- Tennyson: (Middle English) Son of Dennis. A great tribute to anyone who's a fan of the British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- Trinity: (English) Refers to the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. A great Christian name for those who are devoted to this virtue.
- Valdis: (Welsh) Chosen one
- Valen: (Swedish) Powerful ruler
- Wren: (Irish) Spear
- Wyatt: (English) Brave in war
- Wynne: (Irish) Wind
- Zion: (Hebrew) Highest point. This name refers to Jerusalem as the promise land.
Unisex Names Inspired by Places
Awesome Androgynous Baby Names
Common Unisex Names
- Adrian/Adrien: (Latin) Meaning "sea" or "water"
- Angel: (Greek) Divine messenger or messenger of God
- Ash: (Hebrew) Happy
- Ashley: (English) Lives in the ash tree grove
- Bobby/Bobbie: (German) Famed and bright
- Brook/Brooke: (English) Small stream
- Casey: (Irish Gaelic) Cigilant or watchful
- Chris/Kris: (Greek) Carrier of Christ
- Clarke: (English) Educated scholar or scribe
- Frankie: (English) From France or free one
- Jackie: (English) God is gracious
- Julian: (Latin) Derivative of Julias, meaning "youthful"
- Karter: (English, Irish, and Scotissh) A surname meaning one who transports things by cart
- Kelly: (Irish) Bright-headed
- Kyle: (Gaelic) Narrow and sound strait
- Leslie: (Gaelic) Garden of hollies
- Logan: (Scottish) Little hollow
- Mickey: (Hebrew) One who is like God
- Nicky: (German) Victory of the people
- Parker: (Old English) Park keeper
- Shannon: (Irish) Wise river
- Shawn: (Irish) Gift from God
- Terry: (Old English) Harvester
- Tracy: (Irish) War-like or fighter
- Tyler: (French) A surname given to families who laid tiles as an occupation
Gender-Neutral Family Names to Use as First Names
Unisex Names Based on Virtues