Unisex baby names, which are names that could be for either boys or girls, are an increasingly popular choice by new and expectant parents. These gender neutral names are jumping up in the Top 100 lists, showing how cool and classic unisex baby names really are. We have teamed up with Irish company and baby sleep experts Sleepy Stars to bring you this list of classic unisex baby names.
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Androgynous names are definitely worth considering for your baby. While some may have a tradition or reputation for being more of a male or female choice, the following unisex names are all suitable for both genders.
Take a look and see which of these 60 unisex baby names is your favourite!
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Meaning “son of Adam”, Addison jumped in the popularity stakes over the last decade, reaching Top 50 for girls in the US.
One of the original surnames used as a first name, Ainsley is Scottish and means “one’s own meadow”.
Short for Alexander, Alexandra and Alexis.
Originally from both Swahili and Arabic origins, this sweet and simple name stands well on its own.
Angel is a traditional hispanic name for boys, and also a popular choice for girls.
In Hebrew, Ash means ‘happy’, while in English it refers to a tree of the same name.
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Taken from the Aspen tree, this is a solid and classic name suited to both boys and girls.
After being a solely male name, Aubrey moved over into the female name charts in the 1970s.
Another surname as a first name, Avery is a very classic choice for both boys and girls.
Bailey is an Irish, English and Scottish surname now being used as a first name.
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Meaning “determined protector”, Billy is a nickname that can stand on its own but was traditionally short for William or Wilhelmina.
Scottish in origin, Blair is a name that is more popular Stateside than in the UK and Ireland.
Bobby was a popular given name for both boys and girls from the 1930s through to the 1970s, and has been on the decline since then.
An Irish surname that become popular as a given name in the 1960s, Casey rose to its peak popularity in the 1980s and has since been a classic choice.
A classic favourite, Charlie has been a Top 10 name, particularly for boys, for many years.
Typically a male name, Chris (or Kris) has become more popular for girls.
Dana is an attractive name for both boys and girls, with the added benefit that it can’t be shortened for a nickname.
Immortalised over the years in books, movies and songs, Danny is one of the classic unisex baby names that remains popular through each decade.
Through the 1980s and 1990s, Devon was used for both sexes, but has been increasingly a male name choice in recent years.
Drew has been a solid name choice for boys on its own or as a diminutive of Andrew since the 1940s. A lesser number of girls have been given the name, although Drew Barrymore is one famous example.
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Although a Top 50 name choice for boys, the originally Welsh name Dylan is also a solid choice for girls.
Another name of Welsh origin, Ellis means “benevolent”.
Of German origin, meaning “brave and industrious”, Emery is a modern version of Emerson.
Meaning “fair-haired” in the Gaelic languages, Finley exudes the cool factor.
One of the most popular saints’ names, Francis is a very elegant name that has stood the test of time.
Typically a male name, Frankie can also be used as a girl’s name in place of (or short for) Francesca, Francine or Frances. Drew Barrymore, who herself has a unisex name, named one of her daughters Frankie.
Almost an overnight success, Harper was relatively unheard of prior to the 2000s.
One of the great relaxed, approachable and friendly unisex baby names that parents love.
More popular for boys, Jesse is also a modern twist on Jess or Jessie for girls.
A classic twist on one of the eternally popular unisex baby names, Jo is a diminutive form of Joanna, Josephine, Jonathan, Joseph, and many more.
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A unisex name meaning ‘ocean’ in Hawaiian, Kai is a fun name choice for boys or girls.
Prior to the 1960s, Kelly was seen as a male name – however, it has done a complete flip and is now predominantly used as a girl’s name.
Logan is Scottish in origin, and typically used more for boys than girls.
Typically a male name, Max has also long been used as a shortened name for Maxine. Jessica Simpson named her daughter Maxwell, while Mark Zuckerberg and his wife named their daughter Maxima.
An Old Welsh name, Morgan was traditionally a male name but hit peak popularity for girls in the 1990s.
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An eternally popular nickname for both Nicholas and Nicola, Nicky is a slow-burner as a stand-alone name for either sex.
A gorgeous unisex water-inspired baby name along with River, Lake, Brooke and Rain.
An Old English name, Parker is another occupational surname now used as a first name. While still more common for boys than girls, Parker has seen a steady increase in popularity since the 1970s.
One of the original unisex baby names, Pat will always be a classic choice.
Greek in origin and meaning ‘dark red’, the unisex name Phoenix symbolises new life and ‘rising from the ashes’.
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Strong and undoubtedly timeless, Quincy is thoroughly unique and still an unexpected choice.
Another Celtic surname as a first name, Quinn has recently become more popular for girls.
A variant of the Welsh name Rhys, this name has seen a phenomenal surge in popularity for girls since the 2000s, due in part to Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon.
A strong unisex name based on an Irish surname, Reagan has inextricable links to former US president Ronald Reagan.
Of Old Irish origin and meaning “courageous”, Reilly may also be spelt as Riley. After the popularity of Inside Out, this name could bump up in the name lists.
A French saint’s name that has found popularity around the world, Remy is about as sleek and classic as it comes.
Typically used as a boy’s name but becoming increasingly popular for girls, River is a tranquil nature-inspired name made famous by actor River Phoenix.
Unisex name Robin is the most popular of the bird names, leading Wren, Dove and Lark in name rankings.
Celtic in origin, Rory is more often a boy’s name, but found increased popularity for girls since the 2000s due to the Gilmore Girls character Rory Gilmore, a nickname for Lorelai.
Rowan is a name of Scottish/Celtic origin and a red-berried tree in the mountain ash family. While typically a male name, it is also used for girls and is becoming one of the increasingly popular unisex baby names.
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Meaning ‘wise’ and ‘healthy’, Sage is a unisex name coming from Latin origins.
Another of the classic unisex baby names, Sam is a solid choice that parents will find high in the popularity stakes.
Sasha, also spelt as Sacha or Sascha, is a largely male name in Russia either on its own or as a nickname for Alexander. The name has also grown increasingly popular for girls in the US and UK, seeing a resurgence due to the likes of the Obamas who use Sasha as a nickname for their daughter Natasha.
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This Old Irish name meaning “dauntless one” works for both genders, although may be spelt phonetically as Shay.
Sydney is the spelling more commonly used, versus the typically male Sidney. Both have fallen in popularity in recent years, but may be due a comeback.
A unisex name that has been on the periphery of popular for many years, Sky is bright and uplifting.
Traditionally a boy’s name, Spencer has become a strong choice for girls and recently broke the girls’ Top 1000 in the US.
Taylor was originally a surname, now used as a given name for both sexes.
Although waning in popularity, Tracy is a predominantly female name now despite having reached peak for boys in the 1960s and 1970s.
Winter is an Old English name by origin and dates back to the seventeenth century.
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