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Gender-Neutral Names

6 months ago, 13 Mar 00:58

By: Lisa Milbrand

Angel If you think your child is destined to be divine, consider this word name, which is among the most popularly unisex baby names. Auden Poet W.H. Auden is often the inspiration behind this baby name pick, which means "old friend." Bailey The classic Irish surname is a popular pick for boys or girls—though currently skewing slightly more toward the ladies. It means "law enforcer," making it the perfect choice for a child of police officers. Blake This short and sweet name can mean either fair-haired or dark, and can be used for both boys or girls. Its current claim to fame is actress Blake Lively. Cameron This Scottish surname is currently more popular for boys (in the top 75) than it is for girls (currently in the top 600), but it makes a charming choice for either gender. Dakota Dakota is a Sioux word meaning "friendly one," and the name of a pair of Sioux subcultures, along with a pair of states. Elliott Elliott is an English take on the Biblical classic Elijah, and shares its meaning: "Jehovah is God." Emerson This German surname, most commonly associated with the American philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, has become a fresh name pick for both boys and girls. Finley This sweet Celtic name, which means "fair-haired hero," is just starting to catch on for girls. Jordan The name of a river and a nation, Jordan also has been used pretty equally for boys and for girls for more than a decade. Lennon The late Beatle John Lennon inspires many parents to select this surname name for their son or daughter—especially rock musicians. Nashville actress Lennon Stella is perhaps the most famous person wearing Lennon as a first name. Marley This lovely pick—which means "seaside meadow"—is commonly associated with the troublesome dog in the popular movie and book Marley and Me, along with reggae legend Bob Marley and Scrooge's doomed former partner in A Christmas Carol. Morgan A Welsh name that means "sea song," Morgan was first used for a sorceress in the stories of King Arthur. It's currently used slightly more often for girls than for boys. Parker Actress Parker Posey helped popularize this surname name for girls—it means "park keeper." Quinn This short and sweet Irish moniker is a popular gender-neutral name option that leans a little more toward the ladies at the moment, thanks to its use for mean-girl Quinn Fabray on the show Glee. Remy One of the trendiest unisex baby names is this French favorite, most notably associated with the foodie rat restaurateur in Pixar's Ratatouille. Rory This charming Irish name means red-haired—but you don't have to be a ginger to sport it. While it's almost exclusively a boys' name in the UK, it's used for plenty of girls in the U.S., perhaps due to its usage as a nickname for Lorelai in the popular series Gilmore Girls. Skyler An anglicization of the common Dutch surname Schuyler (as in Hamilton's Schuyler sisters), Skyler means "scholar." It's nearly ...
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Gender-Neutral Names

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