Many parents love the surprise and anticipation of finding out their baby’s sex at birth. Those who opt to wait until the baby has arrived sometimes choose not just the perfect first names of both genders, but also unisex names. Not only do gender-neutral names fit regardless of whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, they’re also great for people who choose not to define their gender identity. We’ve compiled the most common unisex names in the US for you here.
Of course, unisex names aren’t as common as those that can be clearly assigned to a gender, but US babies are often given androgynous names. An analysis of US national statistics reveals various favorites: Avery, Riley and Jordan, for example, are very popular. We’ve classified unisex names as names that aren’t just officially for both boys and girls, and which have been given to children of both sexes in the US over the decades.
In the US, the most common gender-neutral names derived from boys’ names. Names such as Ashley, Sidney and Avery have all evolved to become unisex names over time. However, the opposite isn’t the case: Boys were seldomly given traditional female names. In the 21st century, the use of gender-neutral names rose steeply for both girls and boys. This may be due to the popularity of celebrities with unisex names but has also been influenced by greater recognition of transgender identities and more inclusive cultural trends, among other things.
If you wish to give your child a unisex name, you’re definitely spoiled for choice. The best way to tackle this is to create a large list of possible first names right from the start. You can then gradually expand or cross names off the list. The main criteria you should keep in mind are the meaning and the sound of the name. After all, this first name is going to form a cohesive unit with your last name. In our magazine, we’ve put together some other helpful tips and tricks, so you can find the perfect name.