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Unisex Names – Gender-Neutral Baby Names
The 25 Most Popular Unisex Baby Names 2019 (From A-Z)
- Alex (A-liks)
The name Alex, pronounced (A-liks) means Defender Of The People. The origin of the name is English. Short for Alexander or Alexandra, this name may also be spelled: Alix, though quite uncommon.
Most famously known with the name Alex include: Alex Rodrigues (Baseball Player), or female American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist, Alex Morgan.
- Aubrey (AW-bree)
The name Aubrey is a unisex name. It is an English given name, from ‘Aubri’, the French form of the German name Alberich, which consists of the elements alf “elf” and ric “power”, with the meaning of “fair ruler of little people”. It is a popular female name, but was traditionally male.
In 2017 the name was the 31st most popular name of the year. Most famously known with the name Aubrey is actress Aubrey Plaza who played April Ludgate in the television series Parks and Recreation. Other famous Aubrey’s include actresses Aubrey Miller, Aubrey Anderson Emmons, and Aubrey Peeples. Actor Terrence Howard also chose this name for his daughter born in 1993. Aubrey is also the first name of Canadian actor and rapper, Drake!
- Avery (AY-ve-ree)
The name Avery is another popular baby name that can be used for a little boy or girl. Avery is a given name which was originally an English surname, that (along with Aubrey) was derived from the Old French version of the name Alfred or the Ancient Germanic name Alberich. The meaning of the name is derived from the Old English words aelf “elf” and raed “counsel”.
The name Avery has been quite trendy for a few years now. It was ranked as 14th most popular name in 2017. Most famously known with the name Avery is basketball player, Avery Bradley and pop singer, Avery Storm. A number of celebs have chose the name for their daughters, including: actress Amy Locane, writer (and son of Dr Phil) Jay Phillip McGraw, and athlete Jason Sehorn.
- Bailey (BAY-lee)
The name Bailey, pronounced (BAY-lee) means Bailiff, Steward, Law Enforcer. Derrived from the word ‘baili’, the origin of this name is English. Variations of spelling for this name include: Bailee, Baily, Baili, or Baley.
Most famously known with the name include: Bailey McKnight (YouTube Star) and Bailey Chase (TV Actor). Bailey is quite a popular name among celebs, too. Scott Baio (actor), Bill Bellamy (actor), and Melissa Etheridge (musician), have daughters name Bailey. Tracey Gold (actress) has a son named Bailey, born in 2008.
- Blake (BLAYK)
The name Blake, pronounced (BLAYK) means Pale Blond One Or Dark. The origin of the name is English. The name is growing in popularity and is perfect for a little boy or girl.
Most famously known with the name Blake include: Blake Shelton (Singer), Blake Lively (Actress) and Blake Griffin (Basketball Player). Celebrity children with the name Blake include sons of Jerry Bruckheimer (filmmaker), Rosie O’Donnell (actress/comedian/tv host), and Blair Underwood (actor).
- Bodhi (BOH-dee)
The name Bodhi is a Sanskirt name meaning “awakened” or “enlightenment”. This is a popular name for little boys, that has been growing in popularity but it has been used for little girls too!
Most famously known with the name Bodhi include: actor, Bodhi Elfman and rock singer, Bodhi Jones. It is also a popular name among celebs for their children. In 2018, actress/dancer/model, Stacy Kiebler named her son Bodhi. In 2010 actor, Oliver Hudson chose the name for his son and in 2014 actress, Megan Fox and actor, Brian Austin Green named their son Bodhi, too. Actor, Ian Somerhalder and actress, Nikki Reed named their daughter Bodhi in 2017.
- Charlie (CHAHR-lee)
The name Charlie is of English origin meaning “free man”. Although it is most commonly used as a boys name, there have been female Charlie’s popping up here and there! For a female, Charlie is often a nickname for “Charlotte” or “Charlene”, or simply, used on its own.
Most famously known with the name Charlie include: the late Charlie Chaplain (actor), Charlie Puth (singer) as well as actors: Charlie Sheen, Charlie Heaton, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Carver, Charlie Murphy, Charlie McDermott and Charlie Day. In 2018, celebs Kelli Giddish & Lawrence Faulborn and Brianna Brown & Richie Keen chose the name Charlie for their children. Celebs David Arquette, Jon Cryer, Gary Oldman, Tiger Woods, as well as Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer all chose the name Charlie for their sons. Actress, Rebecca Romijn and actor, Jerry O’Connell chose the name Charlie for their daughter in 2008.
- Drew (DROO)
The name Drew is a originally a short form of the name Andrew, which means “manly and masculine”. Drew is now commonly bestowed as an independent given name among male and female children, despite it’s masculine definition. The Anglo-saxon meaning of the name however, is “wise”.
Most famously known with the name Drew include: Drew Barrymore (Actress/Producer), Drew Brees (Football Player), Drew Carey (Game Show Host) and Drew Scott (TV Show Host) — to name a few.
- Easton (EES-ten)
The name Easton is English in origin and means “east town” or “(place) to the east of the settlement”. The name continues to rise in popularity and was ranked # 66 in 2017. It is a strong name for a boy, that will age well too. There are female’s with the name popping up, too!
Most famously known with the name Easton is country singer, Easton Corbin. Jenna Elfman (actress) and husband Bodhi Elfman (actor) named their son Easton in 2010, and in 2008, Elisabeth Rohm (actress) chose the name for her daughter.
- Emerson (EH-mer-suhn)
The name Emerson is another unisex baby name option that will work well whether you have a boy or girl. The meaning of the name is “brave, powerful”. The name has been growing in popularity over the past few years, and is expected to continue on its upward trend.
The name is quite popular among celebrity parents. Shonda Rhimes (writer/filmmaker), Teri Hatcher (actress) and Joanna Garcia-Swisher (actress), have all chose the name Emerson for their daughters. Curtis Stone (Chef/tv host), Rebecca Herbst (actress) and Courtney Throrne-Smith (actress), chose the name Emerson for their sons.
- Frankie (FRANK-ee)
The name Frankie is of French origin and means “free”. It is a common nickname for Francis, Frances, or Francine. Many parents choose to use this nickname as the given name instead for their boy or girl child.
Most famously known with the name Frankie includes: Frankie Muniz (actor), Frankie Jonas (actor), Frankie Valli (pop singer) and Frankie Sandford (pop singer). Drew Barrymore (actress) chose the name Frankie for her daughter, born in 2014.
- Harper (HAR-per)
Harper, although more recently used for both boys and girls, Harper was traditionally a boys name. It is becoming more commonly used as a girls name. The name was derived from the Middle English harp (a harp), which arose as an occupational name for a harp player.
Most famously known with the name Harper is “To Kill A Mockingbird” author, Harper Lee. It is also a popular name for many celebrity children including daughter of Victoria and David Beckham, as well as daughter to actor Neil Patrick Harris, David Grohl, and Brandon Barash and his wife, actress Kirsten Storms, and daughter of Brady Smith and his wife, actress Tiffani Thiessen.
- James (JAYMZ)
James is a classic boys name derived from the Hebrew name Jacob. It means “supplanter”. In 2017, the name ranked as the 4th most popular name for boys. Though it is most commonly a male name, some females have also been given the name.
Most famously known with the name James include: James Corden (comedian), James Franco (actor), James McAvoy (actor), James Earl Jones (actor), James Cameron (director), and James Horner (American film composer). The name is also very popular among celebs. Sarah Jessica Parker (actress) and Matthew Broderick (actor), Colin Farrell (actor), Mick Jagger (musician), and Paul McCartney (musician) have all used the name for their sons. Blake Lively (actress) and husband, Ryan Reynolds (actor) chose the name James for their daughters, born in 2015.
- Jamie (JAY-mee)
Like James, the meaning of the name Jamie is “Supplanter”. The origin of the name Jamie is English. Whether having a boy or girl, this name would be adorable for either gender! Variations in the spelling of the name include: Jaimie, Jaimee, Jaymee, and Jaymi.
Most famously know with the name Jamie include: Jamie Lee Curtis (Actress), Jamie Lynn Spears (TV Actress), Jamie Foxx (Movie Actor), Jamie Dornan (Actor) , and Jamie Oliver (Chef) — to name only a few.
- Kennedy (KEH-ne-dee)
Kennedy is a unisex name that has been climbing the list of most popular baby names in more recent years. The name is the Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic name Cinnéidigh, meaning “helmeted cheif/head”. It is most commonly used as a girls name, and ranked the 25th most popular name in 2017.
Most famously known with the name Kennedy is Kennedy Brock (musician). It is also the surname of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
- Max (MAKS)
Whether you are expecting a girl or a boy, the name Max is growing in popularity for both genders. Though most commonly used as a boy’s name, Max is of German, English and Aboriginal origin and means “greatest”.
Most famously known with the name Max include: Max Schneider (actor), Max Carver (actor), Max Charles (actor) and Max George (pop singer). The name is also very popular among celebrities for their children. Christina Aguilera (musician), Cynthia Nixon (actress), Charlie Sheen (actor), and Steven Spielberg (filmmaker), all chose the name Max for their sons — to name just a few. In 2012, Jessica Simpson (musician) chose the name Max (Maxwell) for her daughter.
- Owen (OH-ehn)
The name Owen is traditionally a Welsh name meaning “young warrior” or “well born, noble”. The name surged in popularity since the year 2000. It was ranked 28th in 2017 and is expected to climb further up the list. Thought it is most commonly used as a boy’s name, it has been used as a girl’s name on occasion, too.
Most famously known with the name Owen is Owen Wilson (actor). Noah Wyle (actor), as well as Kevin Kline (actor) and wife, Phoebe Cates (actress), chose the name Owen of their sons. Michelle Branch (musician), chose the name for her daughter in 2005.
- Parker (PAHR-ker)
The name Parker, pronounced (PAHR-ker) means “Park keeper, Gamekeeper”. The origin of the name Parker is English.
Most famously known with the name Parker include: Parker Posey (Movie Actress) and Parker Stevenson (TV Actor). Parker is also the name of musician Clay Aitken’s son (born in 2008) as well as Rosie O’Donnell’s son (born in 1995). Parker is also the name of athlete Jonathan Papelbon’s daughter (born in 2008).
- Quinn (KWIN)
The name Quinn, pronounced (KWIN) means “Descendant Of Conn”. The origin of the name Quinn is Irish. Originally an Irish surname, this name shot to popularity in several countries not so long ago, in both boys’ and girls’ lists. The name Quinn may also be spelled Quinne.
Most famously known with the name Quin include: Quinn Liebling (TV Actor), Quinn Cook (Basketball Player), Quinn Lord (Movie Actor), Quin Sheppard (Movie Actress) and Quinn McColgan (Movie Actress). Quinn is also the name of the son of actress Sharon Stone (born in 2006), and daughter of actor Coby Bell (born in 2008).
- Riley (RIY-lee)
Riley is a unisex given name, which is from the Old English ryge leah meaning “wood clearing”. The Irish Gaelic form of the name ‘Riliegh’ means “valiant”. In 2017, the name ranked as the 25th most popular baby name. Variations of the spelling include: Ryleigh, Ryley, and Rileigh.
Most famously known with the name Riley include: Riley McDonough (pop singer), Riley Keough (actress) and Riley Voelkel (actress). Howie Mandel (actor/tv host), Holly Marie Combs (actress) and Richard Blais (chef/reality tv star), all chose the name for their children. In 2018, Bachelorette alum Ali Fedowtowsky and her husband Kevin Manno, chose the name for their son born in May.
- Rowan (ROH-en)
The name Rowan, pronounced (ROH-en) means “from The Rowan Tree”. The origin of the name Rowan is English. Originating from either an Irish surname, or from the Rowan tree, this name is very popular in Canada, but has yet to grow on Australian shores. The name Rowan may also be seen spelled Rowynn.
Most famously known with the name Rowan include: Rowan Atkinson (Comedian/Actor) aka “Mr Bean”, and Rowan Blanchard (TV Actress). Rowan is also the name of actress Brooke Shields daughter (born in 2003) and son of musician Chantal Kreviazuk (born in 2003).
- Ryan (RIY-en)
The name Ryan, pronounced (RIY-en) means “Descendant Of The King”. The origin of the name Ryan is Irish. Although it is most commonly a boys name, it is growing in popularity as a girls name in more recent years. Variations in spelling may include: Ryean and Ryann).
Most famously known with the name Ryan include: Ryan Gosling ( Movie Actor), Ryan Reynolds (Movie Actor), Ryan Lochte (Swimmer), Ryan Phillipe (Movie actor/Producer) and Ryan Seacrest (Radio personality, TV host). Ray Charles (musician), Pete Sampras (athlete), and Marc Anthony (musician), have sons named Ryan. Mike Dirnt (musician) and Rodney Peete (athlete) and his wife Holly Robinson Peete (actress), have chose the name Ryan for their daughters.
- Sam (SAM)
The name Sam is of Hebrew origin and means either “name of God” or “God has heard”. Sam is often short for Samuel or Samantha, and is a popular unisex name on it’s own. In 2017, it was ranked 21’st most popular, and it is believed to possible crack the top 10 in 2019.
Most famously known with the name Sam include: Sam Smith (pop singer), Sam Hunt (country singer), Sam Heughan (actor), and Sam Claflin (actor). Michael J. Fox (actor), Sally Field (actress), Patricia Heaton (actress), and Bruce Springsteen (musician), all have a son named Sam. Tiger Woods (athlete) as well as Charlie Sheen (actor) and Denise Richards (actress), have a daughter named Sam.
- Shay (SHAY)
They name Shay, pronounced (SHAY), means Hawk. The origin of the name Shay is Gaelic/Irish and means: “admirable”. A variation on the spelling is: Shaye or Shea. The name Shay is perfect for a little boy or girl!
Most famously known with the name Shay include: Shay Mitchell (TV Actress), Shay Mooney (Country Singer), and Shay Haley (Rapper).
- Wyatt (WIY-eht)
Wyatt is a boy’s name of Old English origin and means “hard, brave”. It was ranked #25 in 2017, and the name shows no sign of slowing in popularity. Although it was most commonly a boy’s name, the name is also growing in popularity as a girl’s name, too.
Most famously known with the name Wyatt include: Wyatt Oleff (actor), Wyatt Russell (actor), and Wyatt Earp (an American law-keeper). Celebs like Sheryl Crow (musician), Rachel Uchitel (reality tv star), as well as Mila Kunis (actress) and husband, Ashton Kutcher (actor), have all chosen the name Wyatt for their sons.
Popular Unisex Baby Names