45 Perfect Unisex Baby Names

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Sometimes the perfect name is one that isn't too anything. Not too feminine, not too masculine, just a perfect gender neutral combination of everything you're looking for in a name. Over the years, names can shift, and trends mean that what was once a name used exclusively for boys becomes a more popular choice for girls. And every once in a while, things can move in the other direction, with a traditionally feminine naming becoming more popular for boys as well.

Names have a lot to do with perception, and can influence the view others have of an individual. Studies have been done on the effect of names on future success or even how well kids will get along on the playground. Considering all the options, sometimes parents might see the value in choosing a name that gives their child a little more of a chance to set their own future identity, without being pre-judged.

With options from the traditional to unique, check out this list of 45 names that can work whether you're naming your baby boy or baby girl.

Adrian

While more traditionally used for boys, this name has a certain lovely lilt to it that makes it equally appealing for girls. The meaning is “dark one” but it feels light and melodic.

Andy

While traditionally thought of as a shortened form of names like Andrew or Andrea, this can also stand on its own. An alternative spelling would be Andie, as it is used for the main character in Pretty in Pink.

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Alex

Another name that is typically seen as a shortened form, it retains a lot of charm.

Brett

Even back in the 1920s, Hemingway's character Brett Ashley was demonstrating the way a woman could take over this traditionally male name.

Britt

A little more unique than the familiar Brett, this one still has room to work for both sexes.

Cameron

With an unexpected meaning (crooked nose) but a reliable charm, this one is a good example of the last name as first name trend that often works for boys or girls.

Campbell

A common last name in Scotland, this name reminds me of childhood (thanks to the soup), but still has a sophistication that works well for a child or an adult.

Casey

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Historically the name is associated with the strength of the famous train engineer, but it is also soft enough for a little girl.

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Channing

A name meaning “young wolf” that has certainly grown in popularity thanks to a certain male star.

Charlie

While often a nickname (for Charles or Charlotte), this friendly version makes a charming choice for girls or boys.

Devon

Meaning “poet”, this one sounds perfectly fitting for a boy or a girl.

Drew

Made famous as a female name by Drew Barrymore, this name, meaning “wise”, works just as well for boys.

Dylan

Meaning “born near the sea”, this name has already been associated with talented poets and songwriters, making it a special choice.

Flynn

Another Irish last-as-first option that works well for boys or girls.

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Frankie

It shouldn't be too surprising that Drew Barrymore carried on the trend of her own traditionally male first name when she named her little girl Frankie.

Gray

This one hits a lot of buttons on trends – last name as first, color name, and gender neutral.

Jamie

Sometimes used as a nickname for James, this one also works well as a standalone.

Jess

Often used as a shortened form of Jessica, this is one of the few more typically feminine names that also works well for boys. (Remember Jess from Gilmore Girls?)

Jordan

Derived from the name of the river, this one works well for deep-thinkers of any gender.

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Kendall

Traditionally reserved for boys, this one has moved more into the girl camp thanks to use by soap operas and reality stars.

Landry

Meaning “ruler”, the neutral sound of this one works for girls and boys alike.

Lane

Meaning “from the meadow path”, this works well for boys and girls who are going somewhere.

Larkin

While the similarity to the little bird lark makes it sweet, the meaning of “rough, fierce” brings it back to the middle.

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Linden

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The name of a tree, this presidential name has a lilting rhythm that works well for boys and girls.

Logan

A popular Scottish choice, and made tough by association with Wolverine, it retains a certain loveliness that works well for girls as well.

Max

A short form for Maximilian, Maxwell , or Maxine, this nickname is strong enough to stand alone.

Morgan

Meaning “circle” or “sea”, this has a natural charm for girls and boys alike.

Parker

A solid choice from the last-name-as-first-name category, it has charm enough for any little one.

Payton

Meaning “regal” or “royal”, it makes a fitting choice for a young prince or princess.

Phoenix

Derived from the immortal bird of Greek mythology, it's a magical choice for boys or girls.

Reese

Made famous as a choice for girls by Reese Witherspoon – the name is actually her mother's maiden name – it works equally well for boys.

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Remy

Traditionally a choice for boys, the melodic sound and -y ending help make it equally charming for girls.

Riley

Meaning “courageous”, it's a loveable and popular choice for girls and boys.

Rory

Meaning “red king”, it's a strong choice for boys, but also has an appeal for girls, as a stand-in for the super-feminine Aurora or Lorelei.

Rowan

Deriving from a tree with red berries, this is a fiery choice for either sex.

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Ryan

Tradition shows this strongly in the boy camp, but more recently it has grown in popularity as a choice for girls.

Sage

Meaning “wise one”, this is a fitting choice for girls or boys.

Shannon

Another Irish choice, derived from the name of the river, it's a natural choice for both sexes.

Storm

A unique choice for boys and girls alike. Worn well by the X-Men character played by Halle Berry.

Tegan

A “fair” choice for any baby, with a few spellings to choice from.

Tory

Meaning “from the hills”, it's a strong and simple choice.

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Tristan

Made famous by a knight in medieval legend, the strong name also bears a gentle sound and works well for girls and boys.

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Tyler

Similar to the popular unisex choice Taylor, this one works well for young and old alike.

Wallace

A strong last name that has potential for boys and girls.

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Whitney

While there have been some famous females with this name, it would work just as well for a boy.

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45 Perfect Unisex Baby Names

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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9 comments

  1. Profile photo of Tarah Tarah says:

    Why are so many people upset here? No one said you have to use a unisex name this is simply a list of names that folks use for male and female children. I named my oldest daughter Jordan long before it was “trendy”, it is derived from the River Jordan and we liked the name. Does it mean I want her to blend in with anyone? Hell no!

  2. Profile photo of Tiffany Tiffany says:

    My older daughter actually has a unisex name but I choose the feminine spelling her name is Aubree. It’s a name my ex and I both agreed upon but was not even considered as a boy option just for a girl there are a few other Aubrey/ Aubree/ Aubrie/Aubri’s I’ve heard of but she’s the only one at her school. I work with a woman Charlie and went to high school with a female Jordan and 2 names on my list for my daughters was Bradlee and Austyn .

  3. Profile photo of Sara Sara says:

    While I’m all for unisex names, this list is rather bogus. Picking up a boys name and just claiming it to be unisex doesn’t make it a unisex name. Especially where there are tons of unisex names out there.

  4. Profile photo of lindsay lindsay says:

    To the haters i see here, my husband and i are blessed with having our third baby. We already have 1 boy and 1 girl so we are waiting for the surprise of the gender until birth. In this instance it makes names that can be unisex extremely helpful because we don’t know which way we will be going and we are struggling to even agree on one name let alone two. Thank you to the author.

    • Profile photo of Jenna Jenna says:

      We’re having our seventh and we already have four boys and two girls. We’ve already decided on a name if it’s a girl and a name if it’s a boy and we’re both okay with either name. Do we have to name the baby in utero? Nope, we do not. We can even wait until after the baby is born and see if our name (boy or girl) works or come up with something else. I really don’t see the point of having unisex names.

  5. Profile photo of Heidi Heidi says:

    This is ridiculous. Is our future for everyone to be the same? Maybe we should all just have to wear baggy tan clothes and shave our heads and have unisex names so no one gets offended that someone looks like a man or a woman.

    • Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

      People act like this is something new. My sisters and I are all between 45 and 50 years old. My name is Darcy. There was also a guy named Darcy on my Dad’s softball team when I was growing up. My sister is Shawn, my husband’s sister married a Sean. My youngest sister is Traci and my oldest sister dated a Tracy. Unisex names have been around for many years. I think a unisex name is better than having 35 Jennifer’s in one grade. But that is just my opinion. I honestly think a girl named Charlie would make her more original than being the same as every other girl in the school. It doesn’t mean that because her name is Charlie, she will be trading her dancing shoes in for wrestling gear.

    • Profile photo of Heather Heather says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks this is ridiculous. I feel like people just try to create problems that don’t exist. It’s ok to be a boy or a girl. Who has time for all of this nonsense? Must be a way to make money from it somehow.

  6. Profile photo of Scarlett Scarlett says:

    Stupid. What next, unsex clothing, unisex make-up, unisex hair styles?

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