18 Unisex Baby Names

If you and your partner aren’t exactly seeing eye to eye on baby names, picking a unisex option could cut the number of baby name battles in half. (I know that would have saved us a little unexpected angst!) But don’t worry that you’ll be stuck with something bland and boring if you opt for one name. These days lots of totally cute monikers are appearing on both sides of the aisle. Check out our picks of the best unisex baby names. 

1. Angel 
This beatific name is one of the most long-standing unisex options. 

2. Avery
This red-hot girls’ name — currently clocking in at #13 on the top baby names list for 2014 — has also become popular for boys. It means ruler of the elves.  

3. Cameron 
Hilarious Cameron from “Modern Family” helped give this name its current buzz. Cameron skews heavily toward the boys, at least for now. 

4. Charlie 
This nickname for Charles is nearly equally popular for boys and girls as a name as its own right. 

5. Emerson 
A cute surname pick, Emerson means industrious, and surprisingly, is more popular for girls now than boys. 

6. Finley 
One of a whole slew of charming unisex Irish names, Finley means “fair-haired,” and currently hits in the top 200 for either sex. 

7. James 
James for a girl? It’s been used in the middle spot by several celebs, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose it as the first name for their daughter.

8. Jordan 
Jordan is a geographic name — a river and country in the Middle East — that’s a favorite for both boys and girls. (It’s currently skews more toward boys, as a top consistent top 100 choice.)

9. Marley 
This surname that means meadow has been long popular for girls, but just hit the top 1,000 for boys within the last five years. 

10. Parker 
Another surname favorite, Parker still skews slightly toward the boys’ camp. 

11. Quinn 
An Irish favorite that means “leader,” it’s consistently in the top 400 for both boys and girls. 

12. Riley 
Basically, if it has a “ley” ending, it seems to be fair game for either sex. Currently, Riley skews more heavily toward the girls. 

13. River 
This nature-themed name has been a long-standing favorite for boys, but hit the top 1,000 for girls within the past five years.

14. Rowan 
Another “red-head” name with Irish and Scottish origins, Rowan is a top 500 pick for both boys and girls .

15. Rory 
A vibrant Irish name that means red-haired, Rory’s a sweet unisex option. 

16. Sage 
This herb and greenish hue has been equally popular for boys and girls. 

17. Sawyer
The surname of Mark Twain’s famed boy hero is a top 50 pick for boys, but still in the top 400 for girls. 

18. Skyler/Skylar 
This variant spelling of the Dutch name Schuyler actually has nothing to do with the atmosphere — it means scholar. Thanks to Breaking Bad, it’s become a much more popular option for both boys and girls. 


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