87 Best Gender Neutral Names MOST POPULAR in 2021 (Modern & Unique)

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Gender neutral names are unisex by nature, meaning you can give them to girls and boys as well.

In this article, I have curated the best 87 gender-neutral names ever, and have them checked with historians and etymologists to ensure their suitability to both sexes.

You’ll find modern and unique gender neutral names, soft gender-free names, mystical gender-fluid names, Spanish-influenced unisex names, and even fantasy gender neutral names.

Furthermore, to help you decide on the most suitable gender-neutral name for your baby, I’ve included the origin of the name and the meanings behind these beautiful and popular gender neutral names.

Finally, each unisex name on my list has a list of celebrities that carried or still have that name and some fun facts around each name.

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And, if you do not have time to go through all 87 names, these are the top 10 gender-neutral names of 2021 you can use for both, baby girls and baby boys:

Before we start, remember that names, just like the language of a country, keep morphing and reshaping all the time.

There was a time when using the last name as a first name, or giving a traditional girl name to a boy was considered odd.

Nowadays, such practices are very popular, with names like Kennedy or Avery – once known as last names – used as first names and even unisex.

The same with Dana and Leslie; once boys names, nowadays both names are more common as girl names.

Without further ado, these are the best 87 gender-neutral names in 2021 (in alphabetical order).



1. Aiden

Origin

Irish, Gaelic

Meaning

The gender neutral name Aiden, meaning “little fire,” has roots in Irish mythology. In the Gaelic language, Aodh is the name of the Celtic god of sun and fire. Aed is taken from the word Aodh.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Adan, Aden, Ady, Adyan, Adyen, Adyn, Aedan, Aid, Aidan, Aidyn, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin

Famous Namesakes

  • Aidan Gould: American actor
  • Aiden Samuel Grimshaw: English singer-songwriter
  • Aiden Zhane: American drag performer most known for competing on the twelfth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Peak Popularity

Aiden is still a more popular name for boys than girls. The name peaked (for boys) in 2011 and continues to top the name charts.

Fun Fact: Often found in fantasy books, Aidan was the name of a quidditch player that appeared in one of the books of the hugely popular Harry Potter series.

2. Andy

Origin

Greek, Scottish

Meaning

Andy is a variation of Andrew’s name and is based on the Scottish “-ie” diminutive ending. With a mystical origin, Andrew is derived from the Greek name Andreas, meaning “manlike” or “brave”.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Andee, Andi, Andie, Andey

Famous Namesakes

  • Andie Arthur: American model
  • Andie Case: American pop singer and songwriter
  • Andrew “Andy” Warhol: American artist
  • Andy Murray: Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE is a British professional tennis player from Scotland.

Peak Popularity

Andy has enjoyed steady popularity for boys over the last 100 years. Although it is also given to girls, Andy became a popular unisex name from 2015 and onwards.

Fun Fact: Andrew was the name of Jesus’ first disciple, and Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Greece, Russia, and Scotland.

3. Ashton

Origin

English

Meaning

The gender neutral name means ‘from the town of ash trees’

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Ashe, Ashetin, Asheton, Ashetun, Ashten, Ashtin, Ashtine, Ashtun, Ashtyn, Ashtynne

Famous Namesakes

  • Ashton Fletcher Irwin: Australian musician
  • Ashton Kutcher: American actor and entrepreneur
  • Ashton Delilah Shepherd: American singer

Peak Popularity

Ashton was on the top 1,000 list of boys’ names in the early 1900s and achieved a peak rank of 260 in 1989. The name reached the top 1,000 names for girls in 2006 and has since become one of the most popular gender neutral names of these times.

Fun Fact: While Ahston comes from the old English æsc ‘ash tree’ + tun ‘settlement’, describing war towns and scarcity of resources, there’s a fast-food restaurant chain in Quebec, Canada called ‘Chez Ashton’.

4. Aubrey

Origin

German, French

Meaning

From a Norman French form of the Germanic name Alberic, composed of ‘alb’, meaning “elf, supernatural being” and ‘ric’, meaning “power” and taken to mean “ruler of elves”.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Aubry, Aubree, Aubrie, Awbery, Aobry, Aobrey

Famous Namesakes

  • Aubrey Huff: Baseball player who helped guide the San Francisco Giants to a World Series title in 2010.
  • Aubrey Plaza: Aubrey Christina Plaza is an American actress, comedian, and producer.
  • Aubrey De Grey: University of Cambridge graduate, computer, math, and AI scientist, and world-renown expert in anti-aging.

Peak Popularity

Considered by etymologists as a fairly rare name, Aubrey has become one of the most popular gender neutral names over the last five years.

Fun Fact: According to a People magazine interview, Aubrey Plaza loves both, men and women: “I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it.”

5. Blair

Origin

English, Scottish, Celtic

Meaning

Child of the plains, field, or battlefield

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Blaire, Blare, Blayr, Blayre

Famous Namesakes

  • Charlton Blair Adams: Son of TV journalist Amelia Adams –
  • Blair Brown: American actress (Bonnie)
  • Blair O’Neal: TV personality and golfer
  • Blair Erwin Underwood: American actor

Peak Popularity

A popular gender free name nowadays, in the past Blair was used as a popular boy and girl name – for over 100 years.

Fun Fact: Blair Castle is a historical castle in Blair Atholl, Scotland.

6. Brooklyn

Origin

Dutch

Meaning

From the Dutch town name Breukelen (broken land), in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Nowadays, the name Brooklyn is a gender-neutral name that means broken land or pretty brook, first anglicized to Brookland and then Brooklyn.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Brooklynn, Brooklyne, Brookleen, Brookelynn

Famous Namesakes

  • Brooklyn Beckham: Brooklyn Joseph Beckham is an English model and photographer and the eldest son of English former footballer David Beckham and English singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham.
  • Brooklyn Sudano: American actress, singer, and dancer.
  • Brooklyn Nelson: American theatre, film, and voice actress.
  • Brooklyn Decker: American model and actress best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated.

Peak Popularity

A name that combines two other popular names (Brook and Lynn), this was a popular boy’s name for the last 100 years. Nowadays, Brooklyn is a very popular gender free name, used by celebrities worldwide.

Fun Fact: In 2015, Nick and Vanessa Lachey named their baby girl Brooklyn. So did Tiki Barber and Traci Johnson. Also, Brooklyn is a borough in New York City, NY, U.S.

7. Cameron

Origin

Scottish, Celtic

Meaning

Cameron is a name of Scottish origin, originating from the Gaelic word “cam sron” which means “crooked nose” or “cam abhainn” which means “crooked river.”

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Cam, Camaeron, Camaran, Camaron, Cameran, Camerin, Camerron, Cameryn, Camey, Camie, Camira, Camiran, Camiron, Cammeron, Camran, Camren, Camrin, Camron, Camry, Camryn, Kam, Kamerin, Kameron, Kamran, Kamren, Kamrin, Kamron, Kamryn

Famous Namesakes

  • Cameron Marley Buffett: Son of singer Jimmy Buffett
  • Cameron Bruce Crowe: American film director and producer
  • Cameron Michelle Diaz: American actress
  • Cameron Matthew Followill: American musician
  • Cameron Richardson: American actress and model

Peak Popularity

In the past, Cameron was more known for boys than girls and a top name for boys since 1987. But, since 2000, Cameron has seen a lot of usage in girls’ names, becoming very popular as a gender free name since 2015.

Fun Fact: Cameron is the name of a crater on the moon. Also, Scottish people with the name Cameron can trace roots back to Cameron, an area in Lennox, an area in Fife, or an area near Edinburgh.




8. Charlie

Origin

English, German

Meaning

Name of English origin meaning “free man”. Charlie derives, of course, from the classic name Charles which, in turn, comes from a German word meaning “free man.”

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Charle, Charlee, Charleigh, Charley, Charli, Charly, Chatty, Sharli, Sharlie

Famous Namesakes

  • Charlie West Arquette: Son of actor David Arquette
  • Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin: English actor and director
  • Charles Edward “Charlie” Daniels: American musician
  • Charles Peckham “Charlie” Day: American actor
  • Charlie Heaton: American actor
  • Charles “Charile” Parker Jr.: American jazz musician
  • Charles Peete “Charlie” Rose Jr.: American journalist and TV host
  • Charlie Sheen: American actor (born Carlos Irwin Estévez)
  • Charlie Axel Woods: Son of golfer Tiger Woods

Peak Popularity

Charlie has maintained steady popularity as a boy’s name for over 100 years. However, its adoption is growing with girls and 2018 was the name’s most popular year at 152.

Fun Fact: Charlie became very popular in France during the Middle Ages due to the fame of Charles the Great, also known as Charlemagne.

9. Dakota

Origin

Native American

Meaning

Coming from North American people of the northern Mississippi valley and the surrounding plains, Dakota means friendly, or allies.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Daccota, Dacotah, Dakkota, Dakoda, Dakodah, Dakodah, Dakoeta, Dakotah, Dakote, Dekohta, Dekota, Dekowta

Famous Namesakes

  • Dakota Bradley: American country music singer
  • Dakota Fanning: American actress (Hannah)
  • Dakota Paul Brinkman: Son of actress Melissa Gilbert
  • Dakota Mayi Johnson: American actress (daughter of actor Don Johnson)
  • Dakota O’Donnell: Daughter of Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds

Peak Popularity

Dakota was a popular baby boy name over the last 50 years or so. Nowadays, Dakota is a great name for girls and boys alike, given its unique historical and mystical origin.

Fun Fact: Dakota is also the name of a Native American tribe, a language, and two states in the US: North and South Dakota.

10. Dallas

Origin

Celtic, Scottish, Irish

Meaning

Skilled, living in the field

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Dalles, Dallis, Dallous, Dal, Dalis, Dalise, Dalisha, Dalisse

Famous Namesakes

  • Dallas Austin: American musician and producer
  • Dallas Dean Clark: American NFL football player

Peak Popularity

Dallas is a very interesting unisex name, used quite frequently in the past as a boy’s name. The name reached a high in the 80s – most likely thanks to the American TV series Dallas.

Fun Fact: Dallas is a city in Texas and one of the top 10 largest cities in the United States.

11. Dana

Origin

English

Meaning

It means ‘Dane from Denmark’ but also ‘God is the judge.’

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Danah, Danna, Daina, Dayna, Danah, Danae, Danula, Danalee, Dainna, Danette, Daynah, Danuta, Danka

Famous Namesakes

  • Dana Bash: American journalist and CNN correspondent
  • Dana White: UFC president
  • Dana Welles Delany: American actress
  • Aaliyah Dana Haughton: American singer and actress

Peak Popularity

Dana was a popular name for boys starting with the 50s, which chanced to become a popular name for girls from the 80s. Nowadays, Dana is one of the most used gender neutral names for gender fluid babies.

Fun Fact: Queen Latifah’s real name is Dana Owens.

12. Devon

Origin

English

Meaning

A poet

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Daven, Davin, Davion, Davon, Deaven, Devan, Devann, Devaughn, Devaun, Devawn, Deven, Devin, Devinne, Devona, Devonn, Devonne, Devvon, Devyn

Famous Namesakes

  • Devon Lane Allman: American musician
  • Devon Edwenna Aoki: American actress and model
  • Devon Odessa: American actress

Peak Popularity

A name more popular (in the past) with boys than with girls, Devon is much loved unisex

Fun Fact: Devon is a beautiful county in England, UK, with lovely towns and villages.

13. Eldeah

Origin

Hebrew, French

Meaning

Without a doubt, the most unique name on this gender neutral names list, Eldeah is made by combining two powerful words together: El (God) and Deah (Knowledge). There’s also a European (French) variation of the name: Eldea.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Eldea, Eldeya, Eldeea, Aldea, Eldia, Deea, Dea

Famous Namesakes

  • Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg: Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine – the only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg was nicknamed Eldea when very little. The name is very dear to Alexandra and is to be used only by those very close to her.

Peak Popularity

As modern parents search for unique gender neutral names, the usage of beautiful combinations with powerful meanings is also on the rise. Symbolizing wisdom, knowledge, high intellect, awareness, inside-outside beauty, and love, Eldeah is one of the most popular names right now, reaching the top 10 gender neutral names in 2021.

Fun Fact: Barbara Joan Gordon, the superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics was initially called Eldeah Joan Gordon by the writer Gardner Fox and later changed to Barbara by the editor Julius Schwartz, who deemed the name too unique for those times.

14. Emerson/Emery

Origin

English, German

Meaning

Child of Emery

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Emersen, Emersyn, Emmerson

Famous Namesakes

  • Emerson Clark: Canadian hockey player
  • Emerson Collins: American actor and producer
  • Emerson Albert Spratlen Etem: American professional hockey player
  • Jacob Emerson Fishman: Son of actress Courtney Thorne-Smith
  • Emerson Frostad: Canadian baseball player
  • Emerson Hart: American singer
  • Emerson Pearl Rhimes: Daughter of producer-director Shonda Rhimes
  • Emerson Swinford: American guitarist
  • Emerson Rose Tenney: Actress (daughter of actress Teri Hatcher and Jon Tenney)

Peak Popularity

Emerson was used as a common boys name in the early part of the 20th century and reached peak popularity as a girl name in 2017. Nowadays, a very popular gender neutral name.

Fun Fact: The name Emerson may also take inspiration from the American writer, poet, and thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson.

15. Finley

Origin

Scottish, Celtic, Gaelic

Meaning

Scottish: from the Gaelic personal name Fionnlagh (Old Irish Findlaech), composed of the elements fionn ‘white’, ‘fair’ (see Finn) + laoch ‘warrior’, ‘hero’, which seems to have been reinforced by an Old Norse personal name composed of the elements finn ‘Finn’ + leikr ‘fight’, ‘battle’, ‘hero’.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Findlay, Findley, Finlay, Finlea, Finleah, Finlee, Finleigh, Finli, Finlie, Finly, Finn, Finnlea, Finnley, Fynley, Fynlie, Lee, Leigh, Phynley

Famous Namesakes

  • Finley Rae Martineau Baldwin: Daughter of actor Daniel Baldwin
  • Erwin Finlay-Freundlich: German astronomer
  • Finley Jacobsen: American actor
  • Finley Aaron Love Lockwood: Daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presle (granddaughter of Elvis Presley)
  • Finley O’Donnell: Son of actor Chris O’Donnell
  • Finley Quaye: Scottish musician
  • Finly Faith Sehorn: Daughter of actors Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn

Peak Popularity

Finley is a modern gender-free name that has seen rising popularity from 2017 onwards.

Fun Fact: Finley is the name of Elvis Presley’s granddaughter.




16. Frankie

Origin

French, Teutonic, Latin, English

Meaning

Translating as Freeman or ‘from the tribe of Franks in France’, the name Frankie is a gender-neutral name that means Free, or Truthful.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Frankea, Frankee, Frankey, Franki, Frankkie, Franky, Frank, Frances, Francis, Francesca

Famous Namesakes

  • Frankie Avalon: American singer (born Francis Thomas Avallone)
  • Frances Pen “Frankie” Benioff: Daughter of actress Amanda Peet
  • Frankie-Minh Farrow: Daughter of actress Mia Farrow
  • Frankie Barrymore Kopelman: Daughter of actress Drew Barrymore and Chanel heir Will Kopelman
  • Frankie Shaw: American actress
  • Frankie-Jean Sixx: Daughter of American Musician Nikki Sixx and mode/actress Donna D’Errico
  • Frankie Valli: American singer (born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio)

Peak Popularity

While becoming a popular gender neutral name for babies, Tatum was used a lot in the past as a name for girls, rather than boys.

Fun Fact: Mount Tatum is part of the Alaska Range in Denali National Park, Alaska.

17. Hayden

Origin

English

Meaning

Hedged valley; heather-grown hill

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Hadan, Haden, Hadin, Hadon, Hadun, Hadyn, Haidan, Haiden, Haidin, Haidon, Haidun, Haidyn, Haydan, Haydin, Haydn, Haydon, Haydun, Haydyn

Famous Namesakes

  • Hayden Byerly: American actor
  • Hayden Carruth: American poet and literary critic
  • Hayden Christensen: Canadian-American actor and producer
  • Hayden Scott Epstein: American NFL football player
  • Hayden Lesley Panettiere: American actress and singer

Peak Popularity

A traditional boy’s name, popular since 1990, Hayden started gaining traction as a name for girls around 2010. Nowadays, it is a unisex name fashionable for both sexes.

Fun Fact: Hayden Fox was the main character on the TV show Coach.

18. Hunter

Origin

English

Meaning

A Huntsman or provider

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Hunt, Huntar, Huntley, Huntor, Huntter, Huntur, Huntyr

Famous Namesakes

  • Hunter Davies: Scottish journalist and author (Edward)
  • Hunter Fieri: Son of TV chef Guy Fieri
  • Hunter Foster: American theatre actor
  • Hunter Myles Mahan: American golfer
  • Hunter Parrish Tharp: American actor and singer
  • Hunter Andrew Pence: American baseball player
  • Hunter Dwight Smith: American football player
  • Hunter Stockton Thompson: American journalist and author
  • Hunter Thomsen: American guitarist
  • Hunter Tylo: American actress and author

Peak Popularity

A traditional name for boys in the past, Hunter has an equal use as a name for boys and girls in 2021.

Fun Fact: Hunter Hearst Helmsley is a professional wrestler who goes by the name of Triple H.

19. Jayden

Origin

Hebrew, American

Meaning

Thankful to God, or God has heard

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Jade, Jadeen, Jaden, Jadena, Jadene, Jadeyn, Jadin, Jadine, Jadon, Jadrien, Jadyn, Jaeden, Jaedon, Jaiden, Jaidyn, Jaidynn, Jay, Jayden, Jaydin, Jaydon, Jaydyn, Jaydynn

Famous Namesakes

  • Jaden Gil Agassi: Son of profession tennis players Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
  • Jaden Isaiah Betts: American actor
  • Jaden Michaels: American pop singer
  • Jaden Piner: American actor
  • Jaden Christopher Haddon-Slater: Son of actor Christian Slater
  • Jaden Christopher Syre Smith: American actor and rapper (son of actors Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith)

Peak Popularity

A very popular nonbinary name, there’s something very cool about Jayden. A fairly modern name, Jayden is seeing a lot of popularity in 2021.

Fun Fact: Jayden Shiba is the Red Ranger and the 18th leader of the Samurai Power Rangers.

20. Jackie

Origin

Hebrew, American

Meaning

Supplanter; God is gracious, son of God

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Jack, Jackee, Jackey, Jacki, Jacky, Jacqui, Jacquie, Jaqui, Jaquie

Famous Namesakes

  • Jackie Chan: Hong Kong martial artist and actor
  • Jacqueline “Jackie” Collins: English novelist
  • Jacqueline “Jackie” Joyner-Kersee: American Olympic heptathlete
  • Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: Former first lady of the U.S.
  • Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson: American baseball player
  • Jacqueline Samantha “Jackie” Sandler: American actress (wife of Adam Sandler)
  • Jacklyn (Jackie) Zeman: American actress

Peak Popularity

Jackie has been a top 1,000 name for both genders for almost 100 years now, and continues to climb the ladder as a popular gender free name.

Fun Fact: Jackie was the name of the second lion to represent MGM Studio from 1928 to 1956.

21. Jaime

Origin

English, Spanish, Hebrew

Meaning

One who comes after or replaces; supplanter

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Chago, Haime, Jaimee, Jaimelynn, Jaimey, Jaimi, Jaimie, Jaimito, Jaimy, Jamee, James, Jamey, Jami, Jamia, Jamie, Jamilyn, Jay, Jaymay, Jayme, Jaymee, Jaymie

Famous Namesakes

  • Jaime Lyn Beatty: American actress and singer
  • Eric Marlon Bishop (a.k.a. Jaime Foxx): American comedian and actor
  • Jaime Bennington: Son of American singer and songwriter Chester Bennington
  • Jamie Lee Curtis: American actress
  • Jaime Luis Gomez: American rapper (a.k.a. “Taboo)
  • Jaime King: American model and actress
  • Jaime Murray: English actress
  • Jaime Elizabeth Pressly: American actress

Peak Popularity

Jaime saw a peak for girls in the 70s, and for boys in the 80s. In recent years, the name has started to regain popularity as a gender fluid name.

Fun Fact: If you add an apostrophe between the J and a and you get J’aime which is French for “I like” or “I love.”

22. Jesse

Origin

Hebrew

Meaning

Wealthy, or God’s gift

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Jescie, Jese, Jesee, Jesi, Jess, Jessee, Jessey, Jessi, Jessie, Jessy, Jessye, Yishai

Famous Namesakes

  • Jesse Bradford: American actor
  • Jessie James Decker: American singer
  • Jesse Adam Eisenberg: American actor
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson: American actor
  • Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.: American civil rights activist and politician
  • Jesse Woodson James: American outlaw
  • Jesse Eden Metcalfe: American actor
  • James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens: American Olympic athlete and civil rights icon
  • Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos): American politician and author

Peak Popularity

Jesse has been in the top 200 names for boys for over 100 years. It reached number 37 in 1981. Although it’s more often a boys name, as a girls name, it achieved a rank of 518 also in 1981.

Fun Fact: In the Bible, Jesse is the father of King David.

23. Jo

Origin

American, French

Meaning

Jehovah increases

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Joey, Jojo

Famous Namesakes

  • Joanne “Jo” Frost: English nanny and TV personality
  • Janet Damita Jo Jackson: American singer
  • Jo Elizabeth Stafford: American singer

Peak Popularity

In 1900, Joe ranked number 22 for boys. It remained a top 100 name until 1971, but there’s been a steady decline since. Less common for girls, Jo peaked in 1947 at 51 and fell off the top 1000 list of girls names after 1985.

Fun Fact: Jo March is one of the main characters in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.




24. Jody

Origin

English, Hebrew

Meaning

Praised; “God is gracious”; “Jehovah increases”

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Jodee, Jodey, Jodi, Jodie, Jodiha, Joedy

Famous Namesakes

  • Jody Rosenthal Anschutz: American golfer
  • Jody Diamond: American composer and performer
  • Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster: American actress
  • Jody Hamilton: Film producer(daughter of comedian Carol Burnett)
  • Myrna Joy “Jody” Miller: American singer
  • Jody Vanessa Watley: American singer

Peak Popularity

Jody was a popular boys name in the 1960s and 1970s. It has seen a steady decline and has not made the top 1,000 list for boys since 1996. Jody was also a popular name for girls from the 1950s until the 1980s when it began to fall out of favor. It dropped off the top 1,000 list for girls in 1991.

Fun Fact: The asteroid 4083 Jody orbits the sun.

25. Jordan

Origin

Hebrew

Meaning

Flowing down, descending

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Jardan, Johrdan, Jordain, Jordaine, Jordani, Jordanio, Jordanka, Jordann, Jordanna, Jordanny, Jordano, Jordany, Jordayne, Jorden, Jordena, Jordenn, Jordian, Jordie, Jordin, Jordo, Jordon, Jordun, Jordy, Jordyn, Jordynn, Jori, Jorie, Jorry, Jory, Jourdan, Jud, Judd, Yardena

Famous Namesakes

  • Jordan Ross Belfort: Former infamous felon and previous stockbroker, now a motivational speaker and author
  • Jordan Robert Farmar: American basketball player
  • Jordan Kay Federline: Daughter of dancer Kevin Federline
  • Jordan William Fisher: American actor and singer
  • Jordan Alexandra “Lexi” Gibbons: Daughter of American TV host Leeza Gibbons
  • Jordan Hewson: Irish-American inventor and vocalist (daughter of singer Bono)
  • Jordan Craig Hill: American basketball player
  • Jordan Loughran: British actress
  • Jordan Haworth Peele: American actor and comedian
  • Jordin Brianna Sparks: American singer
  • Jordan Alexander Spieth: American golfer

Peak Popularity

Jordan has reached peak popularity following Michael Jordan’s stellar carrier in basketball. And surprisingly, the name was (still is) more popular with girls than with boys, more currently used as a fantasy gender neutral name.

Fun Fact: Air Jordan is the brand of athletic wear and shoes created for professional basketball star Michael Jordan.

26. Journey

Origin

English, Latin

Meaning

A traveler or adventurer

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Jerney, Journee, Journi, Journie, Journy, Journye, Jurnee

Famous Namesakes

  • Journey River Green: Son of actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
  • Journey Jameson Gomez: Son of musician Jamie Luis Gimez (“Taboo”)

Peak Popularity

Journey is more popular for girls than for boys. It made the top 1,000 list of girl names in 1999 and reached a rank of 231 in 2018. It is not yet on the top 1,000 list for boys.

Fun Fact: Journey is an American rock band that sings the very popular songs “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms.”

27. Jude

Origin

Greek, Hebrew

Meaning

Jude is a gender-free name of Latin origin meaning “praised”. According to the New Testament, Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus.

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Judah, Jayde, Jade, Judith, Jaida, Jayda, Jada, Jewd

Famous Namesakes

  • Jude Law: David Jude Heyworth Law is an English actor.
  • Jude Demorest: American actress famous for her role as Candace in the 2014 version of the TV show Dallas.
  • Jude Flores: TikTok video creator with an account username “judefloreesss.” Jude is known for lip-syncing and comedy content.

Peak Popularity

The name Jude first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in the year 1954 and it got a big push in usage between 1968 and 1969 after the Beatles released their single “Hey Jude” in August of 1968.

Fun Fact: ‘Hey Jude’ song was written by Paul McCartney for John Lennon’s son Julian as a gesture of kindness and goodwill following the break-up of his parent’s marriage (Lennon left Julian’s mother to be with Yoko Ono).

28. Justice

Origin

Latin, American, Middle English

Meaning

Honest and fair

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Justic, Justis, Justiss, Justisse, Justiz, Justus, Justyc, Justyce, Justys, Juztice

Famous Namesakes

  • Isabella Justice Hartley: Daughter of actors Justin and Lindsay Hartley (Korman)
  • Kentaro Justice Seagal: Son of actor Steven Seagal
  • Jesse “Justice” Smith Jr.: American actor and pro wrestler

Peak Popularity

Justice showed up as on the top 1,000 list of boy names in 1992. It had its most popular year in 1996. As a girls name Justice has been consistently in the top 600 names since it made the top 1,000 chart in 1994. Its most popular year was 1995 when it ranked at 261.

Fun Fact: Lady Justice is a statue seen at courthouses and other legal places. She holds scales to weigh the evidence and wears a blindfold to show fairness and impartiality.

29. Kai

Origin

Hawaiian, Indian, German, Welsh

Meaning

Of the sea; keeper of the keys

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Kaj, Kaja, Keh, Kei, Ky, Kye

Famous Namesakes

  • Kai Alexander: American actor
  • Kai Bird: American Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Kai Caster: American actor
  • Kai Chapman: American actor
  • Kai August Forbath: American football player
  • Kai Hillebrand: American actor and professional skateboarder
  • Kai Lennox: American actor
  • Kaimana (Kai) Nacua: American NFL player
  • Kai Ryssdal: American radio journalist
  • Kai Wachi: American musician and producer
  • Kai Welch: American musician and film score composer
  • Kai Chresten Winding: Danish-American jazz musician

Peak Popularity

While Kay has a lot of history behind as a name for boys and girls, more recently the name has started to reach a lot of popularity as a gender neutral fantasy name.

Fun Fact: The Kai Restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star luxury establishment in Arizona that celebrates the creativity and history of the Native American Culture.

30. Keaton

Origin

English

Meaning

From the town of hawks or the shed town

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Keatan, Keaten, Keatin, Keatton, Keatun, Keatyn, Keeton, Keeton, Keetun, Keyton, Keytun

Famous Namesakes

  • Keaton Nigel Cooke: American actor and singer
  • Keaton Henson: English singer-songwriter
  • Keaton Simons: American singer-songwriter
  • Keaton Nicole Tyndall: American actress

Peak Popularity

Keaton made it on the boy’s top 1,000 list in 1985 and hit its highest rank in 2000 at 353. It is not on the top 1,000 list of girls names.

Fun Fact: A Keaton is a golden or yellow, foxlike creature with three tails that appears in the video game The Legend of Zelda.

31. Keegan

Origin

Irish, Celtic

Meaning

Small fiery one

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Keagan, Keagen, Keegen, Keeghan, Keegon, Keegun, Kegan, Keigan

Famous Namesakes

  • Keegan Phillip Allen: American actor and writer
  • Keegan Hansen Bradley: American professional golfer
  • Keegan DeWitt: American composer and actor
  • Keegan Gerhard: American pastry chef and TV host
  • Keegan-Michael Key: American actor and comedian

Peak Popularity

Keegan is more often a boys name than a girls name. It hit the top 1,000 list of boy names in 1979 and peaked in 2007. For girls, Keegan hasn’t yet made the top 1,000 list.

Fun Fact: Keegan is an English translation and modification of the Irish clan name MacAodhagain. They were a family who upheld the law in Medieval Ireland.




32. Kelsey

Origin

English, Celtic, Irish

Meaning

Ship victory or from the fierce island

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Kelcey, Kelci, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kelda, Kellsee, Kellsei, Kellsey, Kellsie, Kellsy, Kelsay, Kelsea, Kelsee, Kelsei, Kelseigh, Kelsi, Kelsie, Kelso, Kelsy, Kelsye

Famous Namesakes

  • Kelsey Bahiyyih Bulkin: American pop singer
  • Kelsey Asbille Chow: American actress
  • Kelsey Laine Davis: American soccer player
  • Kelsey Grammer: American actor
  • Kelsey Keel: American actress
  • Kelsey Nixon: American TV chef
  • Kelsey Christine Plum: American basketball player

Peak Popularity

Kelsey had a peak in popularity for boys between 1970 and 1996 with its most popular year being 1989. It has gone down since. It became popular for girls starting in 1977. It was a top 100 girls name from 1987 through 2001 and continues to be popular for girls.

Fun Fact: Diamonds were mined from the Kelsey Lake Diamond Mine in Colorado from 1996 until 2001.

33. Kendall

Origin

English, Celtic

Meaning

From the valley of the River Kent

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Kendahl, Kendal, Kendalla, Kendalle, Kendel, Kendell, Kendelle, Kendera, Kendia, Kendyl, Kendyll, Kinda, Kindall, Kindi, Kindle, Kynda, Kyndal, Kyndel

Famous Namesakes

  • Kendall Cedric Gill: American basketball player and television sports analyst
  • Kendall Nicole Jenner: American model and TV personality
  • Kendall Diane Morris: American news anchor
  • Kendall Simmons (Henry Alexander): American NFL football player
  • Kendall Schmidt: American singer and actor

Peak Popularity

Kendall has been pretty popular for boys throughout the last 100 years, although it has seen a decline since 2014. It began to rise for girls in the 1960s and reached number 116 in 2012.

Fun Fact: Kendall Mountain is a ski destination in Colorado.

34. Kennedy

Origin

Scottish, Irish, Celtic

Meaning

Helmet-wearing chief

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Canaday, Canady, Kenedee, Kenedi, Kenedie, Kenedy, Kenidi, Kenidie, Kenidy, Kennadee, Kennadi, Kennadie, Kennady, Kennedee, Kennedey, Kennedi, Kennedie, Kennidee, Kennidi, Kennidy, Kynnedi

Famous Namesakes

  • Kennedy Fraser: American fashion journalist and essayist
  • Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (known as “Kennedy”): American political satirist and radio/TV personality
  • Kennedy Trawick: American actress and model

Peak Popularity

Kennedy is more often a girls name than a boys name. For boys, it saw a brief bump in popularity during the 1960s and again from 1994 to 2005. For girls, it has been very popular since 1994, It is a top 100 name for girls since 2011 and reached a rank of 54 in 2014.

Fun Fact: The Kennedy family is one of the most prominent political families in U.S. history. They are sometimes considered America’s version of a royal family.

35. Kieran

Origin

Scottish, Irish, Celtic, Gaelic

Meaning

Having dark hair, little and dark

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Ciara, Ciaran, Keimon, Keiran, Keiren, Keiron, Kiaran, Kiaron, Kiarron, Kier, Kieren, Kierian, Kierien, Kierin, Kiernan, Kieron, Kierr, Kierre, Kierron, Kiren, Kyran

Famous Namesakes

  • Kieran Kyle Culkin: American actor
  • Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal: Son of American actress Julianna Margulies
  • Kieran Mulroney: American actor
  • Kieran Scott: American novelist

Peak Popularity

Kieran had grown in popularity as a boys name since 1992. Its most popular year was 2011. It is not as common for girls.

Fun Fact: In the Indian culture, there’s a similar name, Kiran, which means ray of light.

36. Lane

Origin

English

Meaning

From the narrow road or one who takes the narrow path

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Laen, Lain, Laina, Laine, Lainey, Laney, Lanie, Layn, Layne, Laynee

Famous Namesakes

  • Lane Brody: American singer
  • Lane Carlson: American actor and producer
  • Lane Davies: American actor
  • Lane Edward Garrison: American actor
  • Lane Monte Kiffin: American football coach

Peak Popularity

Lane is more common for boys than girls. It has been a top 1000 boys name since 1929 with a peak in 1995. It is not on the top 1,000 list for girls.

Fun Fact: Lois Lane is a well-known comic book character and Superman’s romantic partner.

37. Leighton

Origin

English

Meaning

From the town near the meadow

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Lay, Layten, Layton, Laytun, Leigh, Leighten, Leightun, Leyton

Famous Namesakes

  • Leighton Vander Esch: American football player
  • Leighton A. Hope: American politician
  • Leighton Marissa Meester: American actress
  • Leighton Paul Schubert: American politician

Peak Popularity

Leighton has traditionally been a name for boys. It made the top 1,000 names for boys 14 times between the years 1908 and 2018. It appeared on the top 1,000 gender neutral names in 2009, and its popularity is on the rise.

Fun Fact: Leighton Beach is a popular beach located on the Indian Ocean in Australia.

38. Lennon

Origin

Irish

Meaning

Dear one, child of love, or a small cloak or cape

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Lenan, Lenen, Lenin, Lennan, Lennen, Lennin, Lennyn, Lenon, Lenyn

Famous Namesakes

  • Lennon Rose Bouvier: Daughter of Canadian singer Pierre Bouvier
  • Lennon Noel Hawk: daughter of NFL player A.J. Hawk and Lauren Quinn
  • Lennon Anne Murphy: American singer
  • Maria Lennon Parham: American actress and comedian
  • Lennon Henry Peterson: Son of actors Seth Peterson and Kylee Cochran
  • Lennon Shy Seguso: Daughter of tennis players Robert Seguso and Carling Bassett Seguso
  • Lennon Wynn: American actress

Peak Popularity

Lennon is a last name that is becoming a first name. It is a top 1,000 name for girls since 2013 and boys since 2008, and is trending upward for both.

Fun Fact: John Lennon is one of the co-founders of the English rock band The Beatles.

39. Leslie

Origin

Scottish, Celtic

Meaning

From the holly garden or from the gray fortress

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Lee, Leigh, Les, Leslea, Leslee, Leslei, Lesleigh, Lesley, Lesli, Lesly, Leslye, Lesslie, Lezlee, Lezley, Lezli, Lezlie, Lezly

Famous Namesakes

  • Leslie Louise Bibb: American actress and model
  • Leslie Howard Bogart: Daughter of actors Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
  • Leslie Barbara Carter-Ashton: American singer
  • Leslie Jeanne Erganian: American artist and writer
  • Leslie Erin Grossman: American actress
  • Sir Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope: English-born American actor and comedian
  • Leslie Jean Mann: American actress
  • Leslie Roy “Les” Moonves: American media executive
  • Leslie Odom, Jr.: American actor and singer
  • Leslie Marmon Silko: American novelist
  • Leslie Ann Stefanson: American actress and artist
  • Leslie Uggams: American actress and singer

Peak Popularity

Leslie was a top 100 name for boys in the early 1900s. It continued to be widely used until the mid-1970s. It has declined ever since and dropped off the top 1,000 names for boys in 1998. Leslie for girls has been a top 1,000 name for the last 100 years. It was a top 200 name for most of the last 50 years.

Fun Fact: Dr. Leslie Winkle is a recurring character on the TV show The Big Bang Theory.




40. Logan

Origin

Scottish, Celtic, Irish

Meaning

Of the hollow; meadow

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Llogen, Loagan, Loagen, Loagon, Logann, Logen, Logenn, Loggan, Loghan, Login, Logn, Logon, Logun, Logunn, Logyn, Logynn

Famous Namesakes

  • Logan Laurice Browning: American actress
  • Logan Emory: American soccer player and coach
  • Logan Vincent Herbert: Son of singer Tamar Braxton and producer Vincent Herbert
  • Logan Wade Lerman: American actor
  • Logan Lee Mankins: American NFL football player
  • Logan Maile Lei Tom: American Olympic volleyball player
  • Andrea Logan White: American actress

Peak Popularity

Logan has been a consistent name for boys over the last 100 years. It is recently seeing tremendous popularity and reached number 5 in 2017. Its use for girls began to grow in 1988, and it reached a rank of 293 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada at an elevation of 19,551 feet.

41. London

Origin

English

Meaning

The capital of the United Kingdom

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Londen, Londin, Londun, Londyn, Londynn, Lunden, Lundon

Famous Namesakes

  • London Rose Daly: Daughter of television host Carson Daly
  • London Levi Fletcher-Baker: American NFL player
  • London Grace Greenwood: Daughter of rapper Manafest
  • London Ava Kay Max: Daughter of American singer Kevin Max
  • London Phillip McGraw: Son of American writer and television producer Jay Phillip McGraw
  • London Smith: Daughter of American singer Granger Smith

Peak Popularity

London is more common for girls than boys. Its best year for boys was 2010 with a rank of 504. It was a top 100 name for girls from 2011 to 2014 and remains popular.

Fun Fact: London Bridge Is Falling Down is a traditional children’s song and game.

42. Marin

Origin

Latin

Meaning

Marin is a variant of the Latin name ‘Marinus’ derived from Latin, meaning “marine; of or pertaining to the sea.”

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Maren, Maren, Marena, Marinn, Marren, Marrin, Maryn

Famous Namesakes

  • Marin Alsop: American conductor and violinist
  • Marin Elizabeth Hinkle: Tanzanian-American actress
  • Marin Hopper: daughter of actor Dennis Hopper
  • Marin Yvonne Ireland: American actress
  • Marin Joy Mazzie: American actress and singer

Peak Popularity

Marin is a more popular name for girls than boys. It is fairly unique and not a top 1,000 name for boys. It was most popular for girls in 2004 when it ranked 837 on the girls top 1,000 list.

Fun Fact: Marin Boulevard is the main road in Jersey City, New Jersey.

43. Mickey

Origin

Hebrew, American, Irish

Meaning

One who is like or closest to God

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Mickee, Micki, Mickie, Micky, Miki, Mikie, Mikkie, Mycki

Famous Namesakes

  • Mickey Hart (born Michael Steven Hartman): American musician
  • Michael Allen “Mickey” Madden: American musician
  • Mickey Charles Mantle: American baseball player
  • Mickey Rooney: American actor and comedian
  • Philip Andre “Mickey” Rourke Jr.: American actor and screenwriter (former boxer)
  • Frank Morrison “Mickey” Spillane: American novelist
  • Brigitte Michael “Mickey” Sumner: English actress (daughter of musician Sting)

Peak Popularity

Mickey has been a very common boys name for much of the last century. It peaked in popularity in 1957. It has declined since and fell off the top 1,000 list for boys in 1998. Mickey was most popular for girls in 1948 and was a top 1,000 name for girls from 1920 through 1960.

Fun Fact: Mickey Mouse is one of the most loved and recognizable characters of all time.

44. Montana

Origin

Latin, Spanish

Meaning

Of the mountains

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Montagne, Montaine, Montanna, Montayna

Famous Namesakes

  • Montana Cox: Australian model
  • Montana Hirsch: Daughter of actor Judd Hirsch
  • Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom: Daughter of politician Gavin Newsom and actress filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom
  • Montana LaRoche: Daughter of baseball player Adam LaRoche
  • Arisa Montana Seagal: Daughter of actor Steven Seagal

Peak Popularity

As a gender free name of Spanish origin, Montana is equally stylish for boys and girls. Once in the top 1,000 names for girls (2010), the name is more popular in America than Asia.

Fun Fact: Montana is the fourth largest US state in area, but it ranks 44th in population.

45. Morgan

Origin

Welsh

Meaning

Traveling or circling the sea

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Maughan, Morgain, Morgana, Morgance, Morgane, Morganette, Morganica, Morgann, Morganna, Morganne, Morgen, Morghan, Morgin, Morgon, Morgun, Morgunn, Morgyn, Morrgan, Morrigan, Muirgan

Famous Namesakes

  • Morgan Mark Burnett: American football player
  • Morgan Colette Eastwood: Daughter of actor/director Clint Eastwood
  • Edward Morgan Forster: British novelist (professionally known as E.M. Forster)
  • Morgan Porterfield Freeman: American actor and film narrator
  • Morgan Elizabeth Hurd: American gymnast
  • Winter Morgan Williams: Daughter of actress and model Gretchen Mol and director and producer Tod Williams
  • Morgan Pressel: American professional golfer
  • Morgan Valentine Spurlock: American filmmaker
  • Morgan Tuck: American basketball player
  • Morgan Ailis Webb: American TV personality

Peak Popularity

Morgan has been a top 1,000 name for boys for over 100 years. It began gaining popularity as a girls name in the 1970s and quickly rose to a top 100 girls name reaching number 22 in 1997. It is now given a little more often to girls, but it remains popular for both genders.

Fun Fact: An Orca whale named Morgan lives at Loro Parque in Spain.

46. Nevada

Origin

Latin, Spanish

Meaning

From the place that is covered in snow

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Navada, Nev, Nevadah, Nevade

Famous Namesakes

  • Nevada Barr: American author
  • Nevada Cato: American singer
  • Nevada Stoody Hayes: American socialite

Peak Popularity

Another Spanish gender neutral name, Nevada used to be a more common name for girls than boys.

Fun Fact: The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the western part of the United States. The name, Sierra Nevada, means snow-covered mountains.

47. Noel

Origin

French, Latin

Meaning

Christmas

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Noël, Noela, Noelani, Noele, Noeleen, Noelene, Noeline, Noell, Noella, Noelle, Nole, Noli, Nollaig, Novelo, Nowel, Nowell, Nowelle

Famous Namesakes

  • Mary Noel Streatfeild: English author
  • Jillian Noel Hennessy: Canadian actress
  • Kimberly Noel Kardashian West: Reality tv actress
  • Noël Kristi Wells: American actress and comedian
  • Chicago Noel West: Daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Peak Popularity

Noel has been a more popular name for boys than girls, consistently ranking around 400 in recent decades, That spelling was also in the top 1000 for girls intermittently from 1932 until 1999. The spelling Noelle is more common for girls, and reached a new peak at 228 in 2018.

Fun Fact: In medieval times, Noel was often given to a child born around Christmas.




48. Oakley

Origin

English

Meaning

Sturdy, strong, or from where the oak trees grow

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Oakie, Oaklea, Oaklee, Oakleigh, Oakli, Oaklie, Oakly, Oklay

Famous Namesakes

  • Oakley Maxwell Hall: American novelist
  • Oakley “Tad” Hall III: American playwright and director
  • Oaklee Pendergast: British actor

Peak Popularity

As a boys name, Oakley saw some popularity between 1901 and 1920. After 90 years off of the top 1,000 list, it resurfaced in 2011 and is gaining in popularity. It showed up on the top 1,000 list for girls in 2013 and is now given to girls more often than boys.

Fun Fact: Oakley is a popular brand of designer sunglasses, eyewear, and clothing.

49. Owen

Origin

Welsh, Scottish, Celtic

Meaning

Born into high society; young warrior

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Ouen, Owain, Owan, Owenn, Owin, Owinn, Owinne, Owwen, Owyn, Owynn, Owynne

Famous Namesakes

  • Owen Bento: American actor
  • Owen Gerald Daniels: American football player
  • Owen King: American novelist (son of novelist Stephen King)
  • Owen Vanessa Elliot Kugell: Actress (daughter of American musician Mama Cass Elliot)
  • Owen Tyler Sussman: Son of actress and TV host Ricki Lake
  • Owen Isabelle Landau: Daughter of American musician Michelle Brand
  • Owen Marecic: American football player
  • Owen Cunningham Wilson: American actor and producer
  • Owen Wister: American novelist and historian

Peak Popularity

While it is a unisex name, Owen is much more popular for boys than for girls. It is a top 100 name for boys since 2002 reaching a rank of 23 in 2016.

Fun Fact: Jay Leno owns an early American 1916 Owen Magnetic luxury car as part of his car collection.

50. Paris

Origin

English, Greek, French

Meaning

From the capital city of France

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Paeris, Paerris, Paras, Paree, Pares, Parese, Parice, Parie, Parise, Pariss, Parris, Parrish, Parriss, Parrys, Parryss, Parys, Paryss

Famous Namesakes

  • Paris K.C. Barclay: American television director and producer
  • Paris Ana’is Bennett: American singer
  • Paris Beckett Brosnan: Son of American actor Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith
  • Paris Whitney Hilton: American heiress and businesswoman
  • Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson: Daughter of American singer Michael Jackson
  • Paris Kasidokostas Latsis: Greek shipping heir
  • Paris Michael Lenon: American football player
  • Paris Themmen: American actor and entrepreneur

Peak Popularity

Paris is more often a girls name than a boys name. Its most popular year for boys was 1991, and its most popular year for girls was 2004.

Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, Paris is the Prince of Troy who kidnapped Helen to start the Trojan War.

51. Parker

Origin

English

Meaning

Manager or keeper of the park

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Park, Parke, Parkes, Parkir, Parkman, Parkor, Parks, Parkyr

Famous Namesakes

  • Parker Foster Aiken: Son of American singer Clay Aiken
  • Parker Fennelly: American actor
  • Parker Gispert: American singer
  • Parker Hall: American football player
  • Parker Jaren O’Donnell: Son of actress Rosie O’Donnell
  • Parker Christian Posey: American actress
  • Parker McKenna Posey: American actress
  • Parker Stevenson: American actor

Peak Popularity

Parker has been a standard boys name for over 100 years. It has become increasingly popular in recent years and is a top 100 name for boys since 2009. For girls, Parker made the top 1,000 list in 1999. It continues to rise in the ranks reaching 162 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Parker Brothers game and toy company is best known for board games such as Monopoly and Clue. It was bought by Hasbro in 1991.

52. Peyton

Origin

English

Meaning

From the town of the soldiers and warriors

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Paeten, Paeton, Paiden, Paidyn, Paiten, Paiton, Pate, Paton, Payde, Payden, Paydon, Payten, Paytin, Payton, Paytun, Paytyn, Peaton, Peighton, Peyt, Peyten, Peython, Peytin, Peytonn, Peytun, Peytyn

Famous Namesakes

  • Peyton Nicole Edmonds: Daughter of American singer Babyface
  • Peyton Marie Federline: Daughter of American dancer Kevin Federline
  • Peyton Elizabeth Lee: American actress
  • Peyton Roi List: American actress and model
  • Peyton Williams Manning: American NFL player
  • Peyton Meyer: American actor
  • Peyton Randolph: American founding father
  • Francis Peyton Rous: American virologist and winner of the Nobel Prize

Peak Popularity

Peyton has been a top 1,000 boys name since 1989 with its most popular year in 2007. It hit the top 1,000 list for girls in 1992 and reached a high at 42 in 2009.

Fun Fact: Peyton Place is the name of a novel, a film, and a soap opera.

53. Phoenix

Origin

Greek

Meaning

Dark red

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Feenix, Feenyx, Fenix, Pheenix, Pheenyx, Phenice, Phenix, Phenyx, Pheonix, Phoenicks, Phoenyx, Phynix

Famous Namesakes

  • Phoenix Chi Gulzar: Daughter of British singer/TV personality Melanie Janice Brown (Mel B)
  • Phoenix Michaels: Son of American trainer and TV personality Jillian Michaels
  • Phoenix Robert Lachey: Son of American singer Nick Lachey

Peak Popularity

Phoenix is becoming one of the most popular gender neutral names in 2021. It made the top 1,000 list for boys in 1995 and reached number 252 in 2018. It made the top 1,000 list for girls in 2003 and reached number 353 in 2018.

Fun Fact: A phoenix is a legendary immortal bird. After a long life, it burns in flames, then rises from the ashes and is born again.

54. Presley

Origin

English

Meaning

From the place where the priest lives

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Preslay, Preslea, Preslee, Presleigh, Presli, Preslie, Presly, Presslee, Pressley, Pressly, Prestley, Prezlee, Prezleigh, Prezlie, Prezly, Priestley, Priestly

Famous Namesakes

  • Presley Chasson: American model
  • Presley Walker Gerber: American photographer and model (son of supermodel Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber)
  • Presley Garcia: Daughter of NFL player Jeff Garcia
  • Presley Smith: Canadian model

Peak Popularity

Presley was more common for boys but is now more common for girls. It had its most popular year for boys in 1903 (the only year that it was in the top 1,000), and its most popular year for girls in 2015.

Fun Fact: Elvis Presley was a singer and actor who had an incredible impact on music and culture. He is known as “The King of Rock and Roll.”

55. Quinn

Origin

Irish, English, Celtic

Meaning

Quincy (fifth son’s estate); descendent of Conn; chief leader; intelligence

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Quenn, Quin, Quinna, Quinne, Quiyn, Quynn, Qwinn, Qwinne

Famous Namesakes

  • Quinn Sophie Arnold: Daughter of American actor Tom Arnold
  • William Quinn Buckner: American basketball player and coach
  • Quinn Carpenter: American ice dancer
  • Quinn Louise Cumings: American writer and entrepreneur
  • Quinn Lily Wolfeld-Gosk: Daughter of TV journalists Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Goske
  • Frances Quinn Hunter: Daughter of politician John Edwards and Rielle Hunter
  • Quinn Marcus Johnson: American NFL football player
  • Quinn Norton: American journalist and photographer
  • Quinn Shephard: American actress and film director
  • Quinn Kelly Stone: Son of American actress Sharon Stone

Peak Popularity

Quinn is more frequently given to girls. It was most popular for boys in 2009 reaching a rank of 259, and it’s been a top 100 name for girls since 2015.

Fun Fact: Tarquinn “Quinn” Blackwood is a character in The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. The series begins with the 1976 classic novel Interview with the Vampire.




56. Rain

Origin

English, Latin

Meaning

Wise ruler or counselor

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Raine, Rainn, Rainne, Rainnie, Rayn, Rayne, Reign, Reyne

Famous Namesakes

  • Kiefer Rain Cropper: Daughter of American musician Jason Cropper
  • Rain Hart: Son of Canadian singers Corey Hart and Julie Masse
  • Rain Pryor: American actress and comedienne (daughter of comedian Richard Pryor)
  • Summer Rain Rutler: Daughter of American singer Christina Aguilera
  • Nina Rain Sadoski: Daughter of Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski

Peak Popularity

From all popular baby names on this list, Rain is uncommon and unique for both genders.

Fun Fact: Rain is not only a given name, but it’s also the name of a few places, books, movies, music groups, and many songs.

57. Reagan

Origin

Irish, Scottish, Celtic

Meaning

Little ruler, child of the king

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Raegan, Raeghan, Ragan, Raghan, Raygan, Raygen, Reaganne, Reaghan, Reegan, Regan, Reganne, Reghan, Rheagan

Famous Namesakes

  • Reagan Dale Neis: Canadian actress
  • Reagan Amyre Gomez-Preston: American actress
  • Regan Smith: American competitive swimmer

Peak Popularity

Reagan is very trendy for girls. It is currently a top 100 girls name reaching number 97 in 2016. It is less popular for boys, but reached number 596 in 2004.

Fun Fact: Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States of America.

58. Reed

Origin

English

Meaning

Having red hair; a slender piece of grass

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Raed, Raede, Raeed, Reaad, Read, Reade, Reed, Reede, Reid, Reida, Reyd, Reyde, Rheed

Famous Namesakes

  • Reed Alexander: American actor and journalist
  • Reed Doughty: American football player
  • Reed Hastings: American entrepreneur and billionaire
  • Reed Catherine Kessler: American equestrian

Peak Popularity

Reed has been a top 1,000 boys name for over 100 years. It was most popular in 2014. It is given to girls much less often, so it’s still a unique choice for girls.

Fun Fact: Clarinets, saxophones, and some other instruments use a reed in the mouthpiece to make the music sound. The reeds come from certain types of plants.

59. Reese

Origin

Welsh, English

Meaning

Having great passion and enthusiasm, ardor

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Reace, Rease, Rece, Reece, Rees, Reice, Reis, Reise, Reiss, Reyce, Reyes, Reyse, Rhett, Rhyce, Rhys, Rhyse, Rice, Riece, Ries, Riese, Riess, Ryese, Ryez, Ryse

Famous Namesakes

  • Reese Dismukes: American NFL football player
  • Michael Reese Hoffa: American Olympic shot putter
  • Reese McCall: American NFL football player
  • Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon: American actress and entrepreneur

Peak Popularity

Reese is a little more popular with girls than boys. It reached 368 for boys in 2003 and 128 for girls in 2012.

Fun Fact: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a favorite American candy made with chocolate and peanut butter.

60. Remington

Origin

English

Meaning

Raven’s town; place on the riverbank

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Rem, Remi, Reminton, Remy, Tony

Famous Namesakes

  • Remington Alexander Blackstock: Son of American singer Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
  • Remington Joseph “Remo” Gatto: Son of American actor and comedian Joe Gatto
  • Remmington Elizabeth Moses: American actress
  • Remington Williams: American fashion model

Peak Popularity

Remington is more popular for boys, ranking at a high of 245 in 2018. But it also began to rank for girls in 2014 and had a high at 362 in 2018. Remy also ranks for girls at 537, and for boys at 425 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Some parents give the name Remington after the firearm manufacturer.

61. Ricky

Origin

English, American, German

Meaning

Eternal ruler, peaceful leader

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Dick, Dickie, Dicky, Ric, Ricci, Rich, Richey, Richi, Richie, Rick, Ricke, Rickee, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricks, Ricquie, Riczi, Rik, Riki, Rikie, Rikkey, Rikki, Rikky, Riks, Riky, Riqui, Rishi, Ritch, Ritchie, Ritchy, Ryk, Rykk

Famous Namesakes

  • Ricky Barkley Jean-Francois: American football player
  • Ricky Dene Gervais: English actor/comedian
  • Ricky Martin (born Enrique Martin Morales): Puerto Rican pop singer
  • Eric Hilliard “Ricky” Nelson: American singer and actor
  • Richard L. “Ricky” Rudd: American NASCAR driver
  • Rickie Lee “Ricky” Skaggs: American country musician
  • Richard Bartlett “Ricky” Schroeder: American actor
  • Ricky Van Shelton: American musician
  • Errick Lynne “Ricky” Williams Jr.: American football player

Peak Popularity

Ricky is more often a boys name. It has been a top 1,000 name for boys since 1940, and its most popular year was 1959. It is also a girls name, but it’s more unique.

Fun Fact: Weird Al Yankovic’s song “Ricky” is a parody of the 1982 hit song “Mickey.”

62. Riley

Origin

Irish, Celtic, English

Meaning

Courageous and brave, or from the rye field

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Reiley, Reilley, Reilly, Reily, Rhiley, Rhylee, Rhyley, Rieley, Rielly, Riely, Rilee, Rileigh, Rilley, Rillie, Rily, Rilye, Ryely, Rylea, Rylee, Ryleigh, Ryley, Rylie

Famous Namesakes

  • Coco Riley Arquette: Daughter of actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette
  • Riley Rose Campbell: American actress (daughter of actors Alan Campbell and Lauren Kennedy)
  • Riley Collins: Daughter of NFL player Kerry Collins
  • Riley Elizabeth Dempster: Daughter of baseball player Ryan Dempster
  • Danielle Riley Keough: American actress/model (daughter of Lisa Marie Presley)
  • Hania Riley Sinclair: American blues musician Riley “B.B.” King, daughter of actor Vin Diesel and model Paloma Jimenez
  • Riley Norah Tracy: Daughter of TV journalist Norah O’Donnell and Chef Geoff Tracy
  • Riley Elizabeth Weston: American actress
  • Reiley Dilys Stella Willis: Daughter of designer Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis

Peak Popularity

Riley is equally stylish for boys and girls. It has been a top 1,000 boys name for over 100 years and made it onto the top 100 list for boys for one year in 2002. It has been a top 100 name for girls since 2002 and reached its high at number 22 in 2016.

Fun Fact: Disney Pixar’s film Inside Out takes place inside the head of Riley Anderson.

63. River

Origin

English, American

Meaning

Flowing body of water

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Rivers, Riviera, Rivor, Ryver

Famous Namesakes

  • River Rose Blackstock: Daughter of American singer Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
  • River Russell Deary: Son of American actress Keri Russell
  • Journey River Green: Son of American actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
  • River Samuel Hanson: Son of American singer Taylor Handon
  • River Rowe Nicholson: Son of American singer Ameriie
  • River Rocket Blue Dallas Oliver: Son of British celebrity chefs Jamie and Jools Oliver
  • River Jude Phoenix: Late American actor
  • River Kelly Smith: Late son of American singer Granger Smith
  • River Jacob Stewart: Son of American actor Josh Stewart

Peak Popularity

River is just as popular for boys as for girls in the past two decades years. It reached a new high of 197 for boys and 244 for girls in 2018.

Fun Fact: River has appeared as a name in “Doctor Who,” “Firefly,” and the Harry Potter series.




64. Robin

Origin

English

Meaning

Bright with fame, social

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Roban, Robben, Robbey, Robbi, Robbin, Robbins, Robby, Robbyn, Robee, Roben, Robene, Robenia, Robi, Robiner, Robinet, Robinette, Robinia, Robinn, Robins, Robyn, Robyna, Robynn, Robynne, Roibin

Famous Namesakes

  • Robin Antin: American singer and dancer
  • Robin Chase: American transportation entrepreneur
  • Robin Hugh Gibb: American musician
  • Robin Jarvin: American actress Robin Simone Givens, English novelist
  • Robin Ophelia Quivers: American radio personality
  • Robin Alan Thicke: American singer
  • Robin McLaurin Williams: American actor and comedian

Peak Popularity

As one of the unique gender neutral names, Robin is more popular for girls than boys. Its most popular year for boys was 1956 when it reached number 143. For girls, it was a top 100 name from 1953 until 1980. It has lost some ground for both genders in recent years.

Fun Fact: Robin is Batman’s crime-fighting right-hand man in the world of DC Comics.

65. Rory

Origin

Irish, Celtic, Gaelic

Meaning

Red ruler or chief; famous brilliance

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Roree, Rorey, Rori, Rorie, Rorrie, Rorry, Ruadhri, Ruadri, Ruaidhri, Ruaidhrigh, Ruaidri, Ruairi, Ruairidh, Ruaraí, Ruaraidh, Ruari, Ruaria, Ruaridh, Rurarai

Famous Namesakes

  • Rory Lerman Green: Daughter of English romance novelist Jackie Collins
  • Rory Hugh Culkin: American actor
  • Rory Brian Fitzpatrick: American hockey player
  • Rory John Gates: Son of Microsoft’s Bill and Melinda Gates
  • Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy: American filmmaker
  • Rory Markas: American sportscaster
  • Rory McCann: Scottish actor

Peak Popularity

Rory has been a more common name for boys, but is rising in the ranks for girls since 2008. In 2018, it was number 368 for boys and 579 for girls.

Fun Fact: In Star Wars, Rori is one of the three moons that orbit the planet Naboo.

66. Rowan

Origin

Celtic, Gaelic, Irish, Scottish

Meaning

Little red one; tree with red berries; mountain ash

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Roane, Roanna, Roanne, Rohan, Rowann, Rowanne, Rowe, Rowen, Rowin, Rowney, Rowyn, Rowynn

Famous Namesakes

  • Rowan Sebastian Atkinson: English actor and comedian
  • Rowan Eleanor Blanchard: American actress
  • Rowan Dancy: Son of American actress Claire Danes and English actor Hugh Dancy
  • Rowan Francis Henchy: Daughter of actress Brooke Shields

Peak Popularity

Rowan is trending up for both genders. It hit the top 1,000 chart for boys in 1999 and girls in 2003. In 2018 it ranked 129 for boys and 211 for girls.

Fun Fact: Rowan is a type of ash tree that produces reddish-orange berries. It grows in the colder regions of the northern hemisphere.

67. Ryan

Origin

Irish

Meaning

Little Ruler

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Rayan, Rayaun, Rhine, Rhyan, Rhyne, Rhyon, Rian, Rianna, Rianne, Riayn, Rien, Rion, Rionne,, Ryane, Ryann, Ryanne, Ryein, Ryen, Ryenne, Ryian, Ryiann, Ryien, Ryin, Ryne, Rynn, Ryon, Ryuan, Ryun, Ryyan

Famous Namesakes

  • Ryan Adams: American singer and songwriter
  • Ryan Thomas Gosling: Canadian actor
  • Ryan Steven Lochte: American competitive swimmer
  • Ryan Elizabeth Peete: Daughter of NFL player Rodney Peete and actress Holly Robinson Peete
  • Matthew Ryan Philippe: American actor
  • Ryan Rodney Reynolds: Canadian actor
  • Ryan Ava Erhard Rosenberg: Daughter of American actress Haylie Duff and Matt Rosenberg
  • Ryan John Seacrest: American television host and TV personality
  • Ryan Justine Stewart: Daughter of American actor Josh Steward

Peak Popularity

From all gender neutral names listed here, Ryan has been an extremely popular boys name since 1971 reaching number 11 in 1986, 1990, and 1991. It is less common for girls but has consistently made the top 1,000 list of girls names since 1974.

Fun Fact: Ryan’s Hope was an American Soap Opera that appeared on television from 1975 to 1989.

68. Sage

Origin

Latin

Meaning

Wise one or prophet

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Sagan, Sagar, Sagen, Sager, Sagia, Saige, Saije, Saje, Salvia, Sayge

Famous Namesakes

  • Sage Florence Gelafassi: Daughter of Australian actress Toni Collette and Dale Gelafassi
  • Sage Gold Marshall: Son of actress Tracey Gold and Roby Marshall
  • Sage Moonblood Stallone: American director (son of American actor Sylvester Stallone)
  • Sage Marie Steele: American sportscaster
  • Sage Walker: American novelist

Peak Popularity

Sage is a tad more common for girls than boys. It hit the top 1,000 list for boys in 1991 and girls in 1993. In 2018 it reached number 438 for boys and 307 for girls.

Fun Fact: Sage is the name of a plant that is used as an herb or spice to add flavor to many culinary dishes.

69. Sasha

Origin

Greek, Russian

Meaning

Defender of humankind

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Dacha, Sacha, Sascha, Saschae, Saschenka, Sash, Sashae, Sashah, Sashai, Sashana, Sashay, Sashea, Sashel, Sashenka, Sashey, Sashi, Sashia, Sashira, Sashka, Sashok, Sashsha, Sashya, Sasjara, Sauscha, Sausha, Shasha, Shashi

Famous Namesakes

  • Sacha Baron Cohen: English comedian and film producer
  • Sasha Gabriella Fox: American actress (daughter of, American singer and actress Vanessa Williams and basketball player Rick Fox)
  • Sasha Hemsworth: Son of actor Chris Hemsworth and Spanish model Elsa Pataky
  • Natasha “Sasha” Obama: Daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama
  • Sasha Pieterse: South-African born American actress
  • Sasha Rebecca Spielberg: American actress (daughter of Steven Spielberg)

Peak Popularity

Sasha is one of those gender neutral names that are more frequently given as a girl’s name and more unique for boys. It has not been on the top 1,000 list for boys in the last 100 years. However, it has been a top 1,000 name for girls since 1972 with its most popular year in 1988 reaching number 147.

Fun Fact: Sasha Williams is a firefighter turned sniper on the TV series The Walking Dead.

70. Sawyer

Origin

English

Meaning

A woodcutter

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Sauyer, Sawyar, Sawyor, Sawyr, Sawyrr, Soiyer

Famous Namesakes

  • Sawyer Fredericks: American singer and songwriter
  • Sawyer Shapiro: Son of radio personality Todd Shapiro and model Irina Funtikova
  • Sawyer Jane Gilbert-Adler: Daughter of American actress Sara Gilbert and Allison Adler
  • Sawyer Avery Spielberg: Son of director Steven Spielberg
  • Sawyer Storm Sweeten: Late American actor

Peak Popularity

Sawyer is one of the trendies gender neutral names used for both boys and girls. It hit the top 1,000 list for boys in 1991 and quickly rose in rank. It’s been a top 100 boys name since 2015. It made the top 1,000 list for girls in 2010 and rose to a rank of 216 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Tom Sawyer is a classic American fictional character created by Mark Twain.

71. Scout

Origin

American

Meaning

One who gathers information, explores, and discovers

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Scoutt, Scoutte, Scowt, Skout, Skoutte

Famous Namesakes

  • Scout Taylor- Compton: American actress
  • Scout Margery Jennings: Daughter of beach volleyball players Kerri Walsh Jennings and Casey Jennings
  • Scout LaRue Willis: Daughter of American actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore

Peak Popularity

Scout is one of the unique gender neutral names. It made the top 1000 for girls in 2018.

Fun Fact: Scout Finch is the narrator and young daughter of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird.




72. Shannon 

Origin

Irish, Celtic, Gaelic

Meaning

Smart and having great wisdom; little wise owl

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Channa, Shana, Shanan, Shanandoah, Shandy, Shane, Shane, Shani, Shann, Shanna, Shannae, Shannan, Shanneen, Shannen, Shannie, Shannin, Shannun, Shannyn, Shanon

Famous Namesakes

  • Noah Shannon Green: Son of American actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
  • Shannon Hale: American author
  • Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid: American biochemist and NASA astronaut
  • Shannon Lee Miller: American Olympic gymnast
  • Shannon Ashley “Shay” Garcia Mitchell: Canadian model and actress
  • Shannon Sharpe: American NFL football player
  • Shannon Marie Kahololani “Shannyn” Sossamon: American actress and musician

Peak Popularity

Shannon is more often a girls name. It was most popular for boys in 1972 reaching a rank of 94. For girls, it was a top 100 name from 1968 to 1998 reaching number 17 in 1976. The name has lost some steam in recent years, and it has fallen off the top 1,000 list for both genders.

Fun Fact: The River Shannon is Ireland’s longest river.

73. Shawn

Origin

Irish, Celtic

Meaning

God is gracious and merciful

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Deshawn, Sean, Seanne, Shana, Shanna, Shanwon, Shaughan, Shaun, Shauna, Shaunie, Shaunne, Shaw, Shawnae, Shawnai, Shawne, Shawneena, Shawnette, Shawnna, Shawnne, Shawnra, Shawnta, Sheona, Siân, Sianna

Famous Namesakes

  • Shawn Corey Carter (a.k.a. Jay-Z): American rapper and entrepreneur
  • Shawn Colvin: American singer-songwriter
  • Shawn Machel Johnson East: American gymnast
  • Shawn Peter Raul Mendes: Canadian singer
  • Shawn Mathis Wayans: American actor and comedian

Peak Popularity

Shawn is a more well-known boys name. It was a top 100 name for boys from 1964 to 1995. Its most popular year for girls was 1971 when it reached a rank of 168.

Fun Fact: Shawn Michaels is also known as the Heartbreak Kid, and he is a legend in the world of professional wrestling.

74. Shay

Origin

Irish, Celtic

Meaning

Admired and respected or like a hawk; stately and dauntless

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Schae, Shae, Shaelee, Shaelyn, Shai, Shalyn, Shaye, Shayla, Shealy, Sheann, Sheannon, Sheanta, Sheaon, Shearra, Sheatara, Sheaunna, Shey

Famous Namesakes

  • Shay Astar: American actress and singer
  • Sheldon “Shay” Haley: American musician
  • Shannon Ashley “Shay” Mitchell: Canadian actress
  • Shay Roundtree: American actor
  • Shay Youngblood: American novelist and playwright

Peak Popularity

Shay is not very common amongst gender neutral names. Its most popular year for boys was 1991 where it reached a rank of 837. For girls, it reached its highest rank of 893 in 1971.

Fun Fact: In ancient Egypt, Shai (Shay) was the God of Fate and Destiny.

75. Shiloh

Origin

Hebrew

Meaning

Peaceful; God’s gift

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Shilo, Shiloe, Shylo, Shyloh

Famous Namesakes

  • Shiloh Thomas Fernandez: American actor
  • Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt: Daughter of American actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
  • Shiloh Keo: American NFL football player
  • Shlomit “Shiloh” Malka: Israeli model
  • Shiloh Walker: American romance novelist

Peak Popularity

A current front-runner name, Shiloh was new to the top 1,000 in 2007 for girls and 2015 for boys.

Fun Fact: Shiloh was a place name in the Bible and might refer to the Messiah. In the U.S. it was the site of a major battle of the Civil War.

76. Skylar

Origin

Dutch

Meaning

Intelligent and scholarly

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Schuyler, Schyler, Skila, Skilah, Skye, Skyeler, Skyla, Skylar, Skylear, Skylee, Skylena, Skyler, Skyli, Skyllar, Skylor, Skylyn, Skylynn, Skylyr, Skyra

Famous Namesakes

  • Skylar Kierra Diggins-Smith: American professional basketball player
  • Skylar Easton: Daughter of Scottish singer-songwriter Sheena Easton
  • Skylar Laine (Harden): American pop singer
  • Skylar Mays: American NBA player
  • Skylar Lynnae Neil: Late daughter of American musician Vince Neil
  • Skylar Star Stecker: American pop singer

Peak Popularity

Skylar has been a top 1,000 name for boys since 1981. Its most popular year was 2000 reaching number 356. It’s been a top 1,000 name for girls since 1990. Its most popular years were 2015 and 2016 reaching number 42.

Fun Fact: Skylar is a character portrayed by Minnie Driver in the 1997 movie Good Will Hunting.

77. Sloan

Origin

Irish, Celtic

Meaning

A strong protector, a warrior or invader

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Sloane, Sloanne, Slone, Slonne

Famous Namesakes

  • Sloane Crosley: American writer
  • Sloane Stephens: American professional tennis player
  • Sloan Wilson: American novelist

Peak Popularity

Sloan is more common for girls than boys. It is not on the top 1,000 list of boys names. It is a top 1,000 name for girls since 2011, and it’s gaining ground every year. In 2018, it hit number 585.

Fun Fact: Sloan is the name of a rock band from Canada.

78. Storm

Origin

English, American

Meaning

Volatile and powerful like severe weather

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Storme, Stormee, Stormey, Stormie, Stormm, Stormy

Famous Namesakes

  • Margaret Ethel Storm Jameson: English writer
  • Storm Keating: Australian director and fashion designer
  • Benjamin Storm Keough: Son of American singer Lisa Marie Presley
  • Storm Reid: American actress
  • Storm Brieann Sixx: Daughter of American musician Nikki Sixx
  • Sawyer Storm Sweeten: Late American actor

Peak Popularity

Storm is another unique name. It made the top 1,000 list for boys from 1991 through 1997 reaching a top rank of 840 in 1995. It has not been on the top 1,000 list of names for girls in the last 100 years.

Fun Fact: Storm is a powerful fictional character and member of the X-Men who can control the weather.

79. Sydney

Origin

English, French, Portuguese

Meaning

From the wide island or wide pasture

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Cidney, Cydnee, Cydney, Cydnie, Siddaine, Siddeny, Sideny, Sidnee, Sidneigh, Sidney, Sidni, Sidnie, Sidonia, Sy, Syd, Sydel, Sydelle, Sydna, Sydnee, Sydni, Sydnie, Sydny, Sydnye, Syndona, Syndonah

Famous Namesakes

  • Sydney Ayres: American silent film actor and screenwriter
  • Sydney Jurldine Conway: Daughter of American boxer Laila Ali and NFL player Curtis Conway
  • Sydney Margaret Penny: American actress

Peak Popularity

Sydney was more popular for boys in the early part of the 20th century and more popular for girls in the later part of the 20th century and into the 21st century. Its most popular year for boys was 1913, and its most popular year for girls was 1999-2002.

Fun Fact: Sydney is the largest city in Australia and a top tourist destination.




80. Tanner

Origin

English

Meaning

Maker of hide, or maker of leather

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Tan, Tanar, Taner, Tanery, Tann, Tannar, Tannen, Tannir, Tannis, Tannon, Tannor, Tanny, Tany

Famous Namesakes

  • Tanner Cohen: American actor
  • Tanner Cochran Evans: American tennis player
  • Tanner James Maguire: American actor
  • Tanner Gregory Purdum: American NFL football player
  • Tanner Richie: American actor
  • Tanner Roark: American baseball pitcher

Peak Popularity

Tanner is more common for boys than girls. It has been a top 1,000 name for boys since 1976 making it to number 82 in 1997 and 1998. It is currently not a top 1,000 name for girls.

Fun Fact: Tanner Island is part of the Pickersgill Island chain in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean off the western coast of South Georgia Island.

81. Tatum

Origin

English

Meaning

Bringer of joy, cheery and full of spirit

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Taetum, Taitem, Taitum, Tatem, Tatim, Tatom, Tatuhm, Tatym

Famous Namesakes

  • Tatum Antoine Bell: American NFL player
  • Tatum Christopher Bryan: Son of American singer Luke Bryan
  • Tatum Danielle McCann: American actress
  • Tatum Beatrice O’Neal: American actress and author (daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal)

Peak Popularity

Tatum is a little more popular for girls than boys. It reached the top 1,000 list of girls names in 1994 and boys names in 2010. Its most popular year was 2013 for both genders reaching a rank of 329 for girls (tied with 2012) and 546 for boys.

Fun Fact: Mount Tatum is part of the Alaska Range in Denali National Park, Alaska.

82. Taylor

Origin

English

Meaning

Cloth cutter, garment maker, style setter

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Tae, Taelor, Taelur, Taelut, Tahlor, Tai, Tailer, Tailor, Tailour, Talor, Tay, Taye, Taylar, Tayler, Tayller, Tayllor, Taylore, Taylour, Taylr, Teyler, Teylorler, Tailer, Taylour, Tailour, Taylore

Famous Namesakes

  • Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks: Daughter of American singer Garth Brooks
  • Taylor-Anne Crichton: Daughter of American novelist Michael Crichton and actress Anne-Marie Martin
  • Taylor Nicole Earnhardt: Daughter of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt
  • Jordan Taylor Hanson: American musician
  • Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff: Daughter of actor David Hasselhoff
  • Taylor Michel Momsen: American actress and singer
  • Taylor Daniel Lautner: American actor
  • Taylor Alison Swift: American singer-songwriter

Peak Popularity

Taylor has been a popular name for boys for over 100 years. It was a top 100 boys name from 1988 to 1998. It began to grow in popularity for girls in the early 1980s and was a top 10 girls name from 1993 through 1999. It continues to be one of the most trending gender neutral names for both genders.

Fun Fact: Lord & Taylor is a high-end department store that was founded in New York in 1826.

83. Tony

Origin

Latin, Greek

Meaning

Priceless and praiseworthy

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Toie, Toinette, Toinon, Tola, Tona, Tonee, Toney, Tonia, Tonie, Tonik, Tonina, Tonio, Tonis, Tonny, Tono, Tonya, Tonyo, Twanette

Famous Namesakes

  • Anthony Dominick “Tony” Bennett (Benedetto): American singer
  • Anthony Charles Linton “Tony” Blair: British Prime Minister
  • Toni Michele Braxton: American singer-songwriter and actress
  •   American actor

Peak Popularity

Tony has been a standard name for boys for over 100 years. Its most popular year was 1965 when it reached a rank of 48. For girls, Tony is not a top name. However, the spelling Toni made the top 1,000 list for girls from 1923 until 2007. Its most popular year was 1968 when it reached 146.

Fun Fact: Tony Stark is a rich businessman and the alter ego of Marvel Comic’s superhero Iron Man.

84. Tristan

Origin

Celtic, Welsh

Meaning

Tumultuous, sad, or full of sorrow; bold

Alternative Spellings & Variations

restan, Tresten, Trestin, Treston, Trestton, Trestyn, Tris, Trisan, Trisden, Trissten, Tristain, Tristam, Tristann, Tristanne, Tristean, Tristen, Tristian, Tristin, Triston, Tristram, Tristyn, Tristynne, Trystan, Trysten, Trystian, Trystin, Trystn, Tryston, Trystyn, Trystynne

Famous Namesakes

  • Tristan Oliver Vance Evans: British drummer
  • Tristan Hemsworth: Son of American actor Chris Hemsworth
  • Tristan Ann Prettyman: American singer-songwriter
  • Tristan James Tritt: Son of American singer Travis Tritt
  • Tristan Paul Mack Wilds: American actor and singer

Peak Popularity

From all androgynous and gender neutral names, Tristan is more common for boys than girls. Its most popular year for boys was 1996 when it reached number 68. Its most popular year for girls was 1996 with a rank of 592.

Fun Fact: Tristan is the name of one of the most complete skeletons of a T. Rex dinosaur ever found. It was discovered in Montana in 2010.

85. Wesley

Origin

English

Meaning

From the meadow in the west

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Wes, Weslee, Wesleigh, Wesli, Weslie, Wesly, Wessley, Wesslie, Wessly, West, Westbrook, Westcott, Westleigh, Westley, Westly, Weston, Wezlee, Wezley, Whesley, Whessley

Famous Namesakes

  • Wesley Trent Snipes: American actor and director
  • Wesley Jonathan Waples: American actor
  • John and Charles Wesley: English founders of the Methodist Church
  • Wesley Woodyard Jr.: American NFL football player

Peak Popularity

Wesley is a much more well-known name for boys. It has been in the top 200 boys names for at least the last 100 years. It achieved its highest rank of 66 in 1977. It is more unique for girls.

Fun Fact: John Wesley is one of the founders of the Methodist movement and the Methodist Church.

86. Whitney

Origin

English

Meaning

White Island

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Whitany, Whiteney, Whiteny, Whitiny, Whitnay, Whitne, Whitné, Whitnea, Whitnee, Whitneigh, Whitni, Whitnie, Whitny, Whitnye,, Whittaney, Whittany, Whitteny, Whittney, Whittnie, Whytne, Whytney, Whytnie, Witney, Witny, Witteny

Famous Namesakes

  • Whitney Elizabeth Houston: Late American singer and actress
  • Whitney Scott Mathers: adopted daughter of rapper Eminem
  • Whitney Mercilus: American NFL football player
  • John Whitney “Whit” Stillman: American writer
  • Whitney Tilson: American investor and philanthropist
  • Whitney Moore Young Jr.: American civil rights activist

Peak Popularity

Whitney is currently more common for girls. It was most popular for boys in 1986 reaching a rank of 567. It’s been on the top 1,000 list of girls names since 1962 and was a top 100 name for girls from 1985 through 1994 and it reached its highest rank of 32 in 1986 and 1987.

Fun Fact: The Whitney is a Museum of American Art located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, New York.

87. Winter

Origin

English

Meaning

Born in the winter season

Alternative Spellings & Variations

Whintar, Whinter, Whintyr, Winnter, Wintar, Winters, Wintr, Wintur, Wintyr, Wynter, Wynters, Wyntur

Famous Namesakes

  • Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway: Son of American singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette and Mario Treadway
  • Winter Morgan Williams: Daughter of American actress Gretchen Mol and director Tod Williams
  • Winter Ave Zoli Uhlarik: American actress

Peak Popularity

Winter is currently more popular for girls than boys. It is not a top 1,000 name for boys, but it ranked 390 for girls in 2018.

Fun Fact: Winter is a famous dolphin and star of the movie Dolphin Tale.




Why Choose a Gender-Neutral Name for your Baby?

There are many personal and practical reasons to consider a gender-neutral name for your child.

Unisex baby names ( also known as gender neutral names), suitable for both boys and girls are one of the hottest baby-naming trends right now.

To some, the idea of a gender-fluid or non-binary name sounds, modern, fresh, cool, and even unique.

Others want to avoid and prevent gender stereotyping or sexism in the child’s future.

BabyCenter further states that unisex baby names are preferred by modern, forward-thinking parents.

That’s because non-binary baby names give the children a fresh start and the chance to define their identities freely, as they grow up and mature.

Now, if you too want to give your newborn a better chance for future success by gifting them a gender-neutral name, this article is for you.

Without further ado, these are the best 81 popular and unique gender-neutral names in 2021 (in alphabetic order).

Conclusion

As stated at the begging of this list of androgynous and gender neutral names, just like languages, names evolve and change all the time.

For example, Ashton, Alexis, Blake, Casey, Marion, Harper, Parker have initially been used as girl names.

Over time, these names have become boys’ names, and nowadays we see them used as brand names by gender-free labels and gender-neutral clothing designers.

BabyCenter has also seen a recent trend of names that flipped from the blue column to the pink one: Stevie, Max, Drew, Tyler, and Ryan, once thought of as boy names only are now gaining ground with the girls.

Finally, we are seeing the influence of brands and movie characters impacting parents’ choice for gender-free names.

As such, new gender neutral names such as Oakley, Landry, Armani, Azariah, Royal, Rowan, Baylor, Quartz, and Phoenix have started to gain ground.

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