30 of the coolest unisex names for your little guy… or girl

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Celebrities have started going wild for unisex names. There’s Kristen Bell with daughter Lincoln, Chris Hemsworth’s son Sasha, and the name Sailor was snatched up by Liv Tyler for her son, and Kristin Cavallari for her daughter.

You can see why post-gender names are becoming popular. They have that perfect balance of sensible + interesting, but they also dodge traditional gender norms. While most names inevitably lean slightly towards one gender or the other, the question many parents are asking now is …. boy or girl name? Who cares?

So here we go, here are some of the most popular unisex names on the circuit:

Unisex names that are short and sweet

Alex

Defending men. A strong name that is pretty evenly divided across both genders.

Drew

Strong and manly. Traditionally used as an alternative to ‘Andy’, and is now used for just as many girls as boys.  

Rio

Place of the cherry blossoms. An evocative place name, Rio also happens to be one of Japan’s most popular girl’s names.

Sky

A bright and sunny nature name that works both ways.

Gray

Spelled either Gray or Grey, this colour name is becoming increasingly popular.

Zion

Highest point. A weighty name of Hebrew origin that also sounds a bit like Ryan or Bryan.

Nico

People of victory. A fun name that is commonly heard in Italy and Spanish-speaking countries.

Lane

A small roadway or path. Mostly known as a common surname, but a short, strong name for both genders.

Jazz

A musical word name that could also work just as well as Jaz.

Jess

Although commonly known as a short form of Jessica, it’s also an unusual unisex choice.

Unisex names that are traditional, with a twist 

Cameron

Crooked nose. A Scottish male surname that has staked a claim in both male and female camps.

Charlie

Free man. A fun, tomboyish name that is now frequently used for girls.

Dylan

Son of the sea. A poetic, Welsh name that evokes artists of the past like Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas.

Alexis

Defender. An ancient saint’s name, that was originally male, but has also become firmly female.

Flynn

Son of the red-haired one. A beautifully strong name with Celtic roots.

Jordan

Flowing down. A Hebrew name that was used for children who were baptised in the river Jordan.

Harper

Harp player. An interesting, trendy name with a musical flavour.

Taylor

An occupational name that was a popular girls’ name in the 90s, but is now acceptably androgynous.

Morgan

Sea circle. A strong, forceful name that is still very common for boys in Wales

Evan

The Lord is gracious.  A Welsh version of John, and also very popular in France.

Unisex names with a difference

Valentine

Strength, health. A romantic, sentimental Shakespearean name, that is, interestingly, quite common in France and Belgium.

True

An inspirational word name for both sexes.

Storm

Evocative, unusual, and possibly hinting at a wild child temperament.

Scout

A character name from To Kill a Mockingbird, that is also an eccentric unisex choice.

Justice

An aspirational, virtuous name that has historically been more common for girls.

Ellery

Island with elder trees. A rhythmical name with a whimsical meaning.

Phoenix

Dark red. A pretty cool place name that also symbolises rebirth.

River

This gentle name is also one of the most popular nature names for girls and boys.

Timber

A strong, wood-related name that would be popular among nature-loving parents.

 

Are you thinking of any other interesting unisex names?

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