In a time when gender is fluid and parents are less inclined to gender stereotype their kids, unisex baby names are just practical and amongst the most popular names.
Plus it makes sense for couples determined not to discover the sex of their baby until they are born.
And then there are all of the famous people who have them…
You just never know how the name you choose for your baby is going to effect their future…
Unisex names that make an appearance on the top 100 most popular baby names for 2016 list for boys and girls:
Originally a boy’s name, Logan is now featured on both sides of the baby name book and has become popular for girls. Logan is thought to have been a Scottish name but it is believed Clan Logan, as they were known, split and some travelled to Ireland. The Celtic name means “little hollow” and it is claimed people named Logan are trustworthy and loyal.
Another Irish name, Riley is equally popular for both genders however has fallen victim to multiple spelling options including Rylee, Reilly and Ryleigh. These options are definitely better than the original spelling – Raghallach. The name Riley made the Cosmopolitan “Super-Cool Unisex Baby Names” list for 2016 and means “valiant” which signifies courage and determination.
An Old English name, Ryder literally means “one who rides” and seeing as girls are just as capable of riding as boys, it is a perfect unisex name. Still the controversy continues over it’s use as a girl’s name due to the obvious gag, “Ride Her” but kids will think of a way to tease regardless of a name so if you love it, go for it. Kate Hudson has a son called Ryder.
Toby is the most adorable name for a boy or a girl, or a puppy for that matter and hardly anyone realises it has religious meaning. Toby is taken from the name Tobias which means “God is good”. A popular boys’ name even in the 80s, Toby is turning out to be a classic and much more popular than its root name Tobias.
This name started out as a French surname and then began to be used as a first name for boys and girls, although for girls it is often spelled Darcey. It is also thought to be of English origin – Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice – and is still a regular feature on most popular lists.
Harper is a popular baby name for 2016, cracking the Top 10 of most lists. The trend is thought to be thanks to the new novel from To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee as well as Victoria and David Beckham naming their daughter Harper. It is derived from the word “harp” as in harp players and was originally a surname.
This name is considered more suitable for baby girls than baby boys, although it is still used for both. In fact it began as a boy’s name and derived from the term “paige boy” which was the label given to boys taking their first step towards training to be a knight during Medieval times in England.