350 Gender-Neutral Baby Names

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Picking a gender-neutral baby name is becoming very popular, and there are tons of reasons why parents are turning to unisex names when picking the perfect moniker for their baby-to-be.

Some just can't wait until their second ultrasound to pick the perfect baby name, so they pick a name that is gender-neutral that will fit a baby boy or girl perfectly. Some parents want to pick a name and don't want to know the gender at all, and some simply just like the sound of a gender-neutral name like Riley, Addison, Sam, or Avery. Still others like to be on top of baby name trends, and right now unisex baby names are more popular than ever, especially among more educated, urban, and progressive parents - they are funky and cool, and are still pretty unique in the grand scheme of things.

So picking a gender-neutral name doesn't have to be a political statement, it's just a growing preference among modern parents. True, your grandma might not like it, but she'll get over it!

We pulled together 350 baby names that work for boys and girls, and did the painstaking research for you. We researched the origin of each baby name, its meaning, and checked the Social Security database and digital media to see whether they are popular this year (see the popular column? That's where we show you the top gender neutral names for the year).

Here is the Complete List of Unisex Baby Names!

NameOriginMeaningPopular?
Addison
Old English
Child of Adam.
Yes
Adlai
Hebrew
My ornament.
No
Adrian
Latin
Dark one.
No
Aiden
Irish Gaelic
Fiery one.
Yes
Ainsley
Irish Gaelic
One's own meadow.
No
Alby
Irish
From Alba.
No
Alex
Greek
Defender of mankind.
No
Alexis
Greek
Helper.
Yes
Ali
Arabic
Exalted, noble.
No
Amari
African - Yoruba
Strength.
No
Amen
Egyptian
Power of the universe.
Yes
Amory
Old German
Home ruler.
No
Andie
Greek
Element Andros (man).
No
Andy
Greek
Element Andros (man).
No
Angel
Greek
Messenger/angel.
No
Archer
Old French
Bowman.
No
Arden
Latin
Ardent, fiery, enthusiastic.
No
Ari
Hebrew
Lion.
No
Ariel
Hebrew
Lion of God.
Yes
Armani
Hebrew
Castle.
Yes
Arrow
Celtic
Stream or bowman.
No
Arya
Persian
Lion.
No
Ash
Hebrew
Happy, cheerful.
Yes
Ashley
Old English
From the ash tree meadow.
Yes
Ashton
Old English
From the ash-tree village.
Yes
Aspen
English
Trembling tree.
Yes
Aubrey
Old French
Elf ruler.
Yes
Auden
Old English
Old friend.
No
August
Latin
Worthy of respect.
Yes
Austin/Austen
Latin
Great, magnificent.
Yes
Avery
Old English
Elven ruler.
Yes
Avis
Germanic
Desired.
No
Azariah
Hebrew
God has helped.
Yes
Bailey
Old English
Bailiff, law enforcer.
Yes
Baker
Old English
Occupation/baker.
No
Bay
Vietnamese
Born on Saturday.
No
Bellamy
Old French
Handsome friend.
No
Bergen
Norse
Lives on the hill.
No
Bevan
Welsh
Son of Evan.
No
Billy/Billie
English
Resolute protector.
No
Blaine
Irish Gaelic
Thin, slender.
No
Blair
Scots Gaelic
A plain.
No
Blake
Old English
Pale-skinned or Dark.
No
Blue
American
Color or sad.
No
Bobby/Bobbie
Germanic
Shining.
No
Bowie
Scots Gaelic
Blond.
No
Brady
Old English
From the broad island.
Yes
Brennan
Irish Gaelic
Descendant of Brennan.
Yes
Brent
Old English
From the steep hill.
No
Breslin
Irish Gaelic
Violent.
No
Brett
Latin
From Britain.
No
Briar
Old French
Heather.
No
Brighton
Hebrew
One who is loved.
Yes
Bronwyn
Welsh
White bosom, fair.
No
Brook
Old English
From the brook.
Yes
Brooke
Old English
Small stream.
No
Brooklyn
English
One who lives near a brook.
Yes
Caelan
Irish Gaelic
Mighty warrior.
No
Cameron
Scots Gaelic
Crooked nose.
Yes
Campbell
Scots Gaelic
Crooked mouth.
Yes
Carmel
Hebrew
Garden.
No
Carmen
Latin
Song.
No
Carroll
Old English
Man.
No
Carson
Old English
Son of the marsh- dwellers.
No
Carter/Karter
Old English
Cart driver.
Yes
Casey
Irish Gaelic
Watchful, observant.
Yes
Cassidy
Irish Gaelic
Ingenious, clever.
No
Celyn
Welsh
Holly.
No
Chandler
Old French
Candle merchant.
No
Channing
Irish Gaelic
Young wolf.
Yes
Charleston
English
Town of king Charles.
No
Charlie/Charley
English
Independent.
Yes
Chris/Kris
Greek
Carrier of Christ.
No
Christian
Greek
Anointed, Christian.
No
Clancy
Irish Gaelic
Red-haired.
No
Clarke
Anglo-Irish
Clerk.
No
Clay
Old English
From the place of clay.
No
Clayton
Old English
From the clay- estate or town.
No
Cleo
Greek
Glory, fame.
No
Cody
Old English
Pillow.
No
Corey
Irish Gaelic
From the hollow.
No
Cypress
Greek
Long-lived, adaptable.
No
Dakota/Dakotah
NAm. Indian - Dakota
Friend.
Yes
Dale
Old English
From the valley.
No
Dallas
Scots Gaelic
From Dallas, Scotland.
No
Dana/Dane
Hebrew
From Denmark.
No
Darby
Old English
From the deer park.
No
Darrel/Darryl/Daryl
French
Darling.
No
Dawson
Old English
Son of David.
No
Delta
Greek
Fourth.
No
Denver
Old English
From the green valley.
Yes
Devin
Irish Gaelic
Poet, bard.
No
Devon
Old English
From Devon.
No
Dominique
French
Of the Lord.
Yes
Dorian
Greek
From Doris.
No
Drew
Welsh
Wise.
No
Dylan
Welsh
Son of the sea.
No
Easton
Old English
From East town.
No
Eastyn
English
Area of land to the east.
No
Eddie
English
Rich in friendship.
No
Eden
Hebrew
Pleasure, delight.
No
Egypt
Greek
That troubles or oppresses.
No
Eli
Hebrew
On high, the highest.
No
Ellery
Old English
From the elder tree island.
No
Elliot/Elliott
Greek
Jehovah is God.
No
Ellis
Hebrew
For life/for God.
No
Ellison
Old English
Son of Ellis.
No
Emerson
Old German
Emery's son.
Yes
Emery/Emory
Germanic
Brave, powerful.
Yes
Erin
Irish Gaelic
From Ireland.
No
Ever
Hebrew
Strong as a boar.
No
Everest
English
Highest in the world.
No
Fabian
Latin
Possibly Bean- grower.
No
Finley
Irish Gaelic
Fair-haired warrior.
Yes
Finn
Old German
From Finland.
Yes
Florian
Latin
Blooming.
No
Flynn
Irish Gaelic
Son of the red-haired man.
No
Francis/Frances
Latin
Liberated.
No
Frankie
French
Free one/Frenchman.
Yes
Gabriel
Hebrew
Hero of God.
No
Gene/Jean
English
Wellborn.
No
Gentry
Middle English
Nobility of birth or character.
No
Gillian/Jillian
English
Youthful.
No
Glen/Glenn
Irish Gaelic
Of the secluded valley.
No
Gray/Grey
Old English
Gray haired.
No
Greer
Scots Gaelic
Watchful, alert.
No
Hadley
Old English
From the heather meadow.
Yes
Halo
Greek
Divine aura.
No
Hampton
English
One living in Hampton.
No
Harley
Old English
From the long field.
Yes
Harlow
Old English
From the army hill.
Yes
Harper
Old English
Harp player.
Yes
Haskell
English
Wisdom.
No
Haven
Old English
From the safe harbor.
No
Hayden
Old English
From the hedged valley.
Yes
Hero
Greek
Heroic warrior.
No
Holland
English
From Holland.
No
Hollis
Old English
Near the holly bushes.
Yes
Honor
Latin
Honor/virtue.
Yes
Hudson
Old English
Hugh's son.
No
Hunter
Old English
Hunter.
Yes
Indiana
English
The country India.
No
Indigo
Latin
Dark blue.
No
Jackie/Jaqui
English
God is gracious.
No
Jade
Spanish
Jade.
No
Jaden/Jayden/Jaidyn
Hebrew
Jehovah has heard.
Yes
Jael
Hebrew
Mountain goat.
Yes
James/Jamie/Jayme
Hebrew/Spanish
Supplanter.
No
Jan
Hebrew
Supplanter.
No
Jaziah
Hebrew
God helps.
No
Jean
Hebrew
Gift from God.
No
Jesse/Jessie
Hebrew
Wealthy.
No
Jody
Hebrew
Praise.
No
Joe
Hebrew
May Jehovah add.
No
Jordan
Hebrew
Descend.
Yes
Journey
Anglo-French
Day's journey.
No
Jules
French
Youthful.
Yes
Julian
Latin
Jove's child.
No
Justice
English
Just/righteous.
Yes
Kaden
Irish Gaelic
Battler.
Yes
Kadin
Arabic
Friend.
Yes
Kai
Japanese
Forgiveness, mercy.
Yes
Kamryn/Camryn
Irish Gaelic
Crooked nose.
Yes
Keegan
Irish Gaelic
Small and ardent.
Yes
Keelan
Irish Gaelic
Small, slim.
No
Keely
Irish Gaelic
Beautiful, graceful.
No
Kei
Japanese
Awe.
No
Keith/Keath
Scottish
Large forest.
No
Kelly
Irish Gaelic
Warrior.
Yes
Kelsey
Old English
Possibly from the island.
Yes
Kendall
Old English
From the valley of Kent.
Yes
Kennedy/Kennedi
Irish
Helmeted head.
Yes
Kensley
English
Clear spring.
Yes
Kerry
Irish Gaelic
Dark one or From Kerry.
No
Kevin
Irish Gaelic
Handsome.
No
Kieran
Irish Gaelic
Dark one.
Yes
Kiley
Irish Gaelic
Beautiful, handsome.
No
Kim/Kym
English
Bold family/kin.
No
Kingsley
Old English
From the king's meadow.
No
Kylar
Irish
A wood or church.
Yes
Kyle
Scots Gaelic
Narrow spit of land.
No
Kylin
Irish Gaelic
Feminine of Kyle.
No
Kyrie
Irish Gaelic
Dark.
No
Lake
Old English
Lives by a stream.
No
Landry
French
Powerful ruler.
Yes
Lane
Old English
From the lane.
No
Lee/Leigh
Old English
Dweller near the woods.
No
Lennon
Irish Gaelic
Small cloak.
Yes
Lennox
Scots Gaelic
With many elm trees.
No
Leslie/Lesley
Scottish
Garden of hollies.
No
Lincoln
Old English
From the town by the pool.
No
Linden
English
Lime tree.
No
Lindsay
Old English
From the island of linden trees.
No
Logan
Irish Gaelic
From the small hollow.
Yes
London
English
City of London.
No
Lonnie
Germanic
Ready for battle.
No
Loren
Germanic
Lives in Lourentum.
No
Lou
Polynesian
Leaf.
No
Lucian/Lucy-Ann
Latin
Bringer of light.
No
Lumi
Finnish
Light bringer.
No
Lyric
American
Of the lyre/song.
Yes
Macey/Macy
English
Villages of Normandy.
No
Mackenzie
Irish Gaelic
Son of the wise ruler.
Yes
Madison
Old English
Son of the mighty warrior.
Yes
Marley
Old English
From the meadow near a lake.
Yes
Marlo
Hebrew
Bitter (Marilyn).
Yes
Marlow
Old English
From the hill near the lake.
No
Mason
Old French
Stoneworker.
Yes
Max
Latin
Greatest.
Yes
Maxwell
Old English
From Maccus' well.
Yes
Memphis
Latin
Enduring and beautiful.
Yes
Merit
Latin
Deserving.
No
Merritt
Old English
Little famous one.
No
Micah
Hebrew
Who is like God~?
Yes
Michael
Hebrew
Who is like God~?
No
Micky
Hebrew
Who is like God~?
No
Milan
Hindu
Meeting.
No
Miller
Old English
Miller.
No
Monroe
Irish Gaelic
River delta or Red marsh.
No
Montana
Spanish
Mountain.
Yes
Morgan
Welsh
Possibly Great.
Yes
Moriah
Hebrew
God is my teacher.
No
Murphy
Irish Gaelic
Sea fighter.
Yes
Navy
English
Dark blue, warships.
No
Nevada
Spanish
Snowy.
No
Nicky
English
Victory.
No
Nico
Greek
Victorious people.
No
Nikita
Greek
Victor.
No
Noel/Noelle
French
Born at Christmas.
Yes
Oakley
Old English
From the oak tree meadow.
Yes
Ocean
English
Ocean.
Yes
Ode
African - Nigerian
Born while travelling.
No
Ore
Old English
Man of the mountains.
No
Oswin
Old English
Divine friend.
No
Owen
Welsh
Wellborn.
Yes
Paris
Old English
From Paris.
No
Parker
Old English
Park keeper.
Yes
Pat
English
Patrician, noble.
No
Payson
English
Son of peace.
No
Payton/Peyton
Old English
From a small town.
Yes
Peace
Old English
Peace.
No
Perry/Perrie
English
Dwells by the pear tree.
Yes
Phoenix
Greek
Bird reborn from ashes.
No
Piper
Old English
Pipe player.
Yes
Poet
English
One who writes verse.
No
Quincy
Old French
From the estate of the 5th son.
No
Quinn
Irish Gaelic
Wise.
Yes
Raleigh
Old English
From the deer meadow.
No
Ramsey
Scottish
Wild island.
Yes
Raphael
Hebrew
God has healed.
No
Ray
English
Behaves regally.
No
Rayne/Rain
French
Strong counselor.
Yes
Reagan
Irish
Descendant of Riagan.
Yes
Rebel
Germanic
Little respect for authority.
No
Reed
Old English
Red haired.
No
Reese
Welsh
Ardent, fiery, enthusiastic.
No
Regan
Irish Gaelic
Little king.
Yes
Reilly
Irish
Courageous.
Yes
Remi
French
Rower of a boat.
No
Remington
Old English
From the raven- family town.
No
Remy
Old French
From Rheims.
No
Rene/Renee
French
Born again or reborn.
No
Revel
English
Little respect for authority.
No
Ridley
Old English
From the red meadow.
No
Riley/Ryley
Irish Gaelic
Courageous.
Yes
Rio
Spanish
River.
No
Ripley
Old English
From the loud man's meadow.
No
River
English
River or riverbank.
No
Roan
Frisian
Raven.
No
Robin/Robyn
Germanic
Bright, shining, famous.
No
Rorey
Irish Gaelic
Red king.
No
Rory
Irish Gaelic
Red.
No
Roux ('Roo')
French
Little red one.
No
Rowan
Old English
Rowan tree.
Yes
Royal
Old French
Royal, noble.
Yes
Rudy
Germanic
Famed wolf.
No
Rumi
Japanese
Beauty, flow.
No
Ryan
Irish Gaelic
Illustrious.
Yes
Rylan
Irish
Island meadow.
No
Sage
Latin
Wise, healthy.
No
Sailor
English
Occupation/sailor.
No
Salem
Arabic
Peaceful, complete.
Yes
Sam
Hebrew
God has heard.
Yes
Samar
Arabic
Night talk.
No
Sasha
Slavic
Man's defender.
No
Sawyer
English
Occupation/wood sawing.
No
Scout
French
Gatherer of information.
No
Sean
Irish Gaelic
God is gracious.
No
Seneca
Latin
Keepers of a great place.
No
Shae
Irish
Supplanter.
No
Shannon
Irish Gaelic
Old, ancient.
No
Shawn
Hebrew
God is gracious.
No
Shay
Irish
Courteous.
Yes
Shiloh
Hebrew
The one to whom it belongs.
No
Sidney
Old English
From St Denis.
Yes
Sky/Skye
Old English
Of the Isle of Skye.
Yes
Skyler/Skylar
Dutch
Giving shelter.
Yes
Sloan/Slone
Irish Gaelic
Warriors.
No
Spencer
Old English
Provisioner.
No
Sterling/Stirling
English
High quality, pure.
No
Stevie
Greek
Crown, victorious.
No
Storm
Old English
Storm.
Yes
Sunny
Old English
Bright, happy.
No
Sutton
Old English
From the southern town.
No
Sydney
Old French
From Saint Denis.
No
Sydney/Sidney
Old English
Lives by a wide meadow.
No
Tanner
Old English
Leather tanner.
Yes
Tate
Old English
Happy, cheerful.
Yes
Tatum
English
Cheerful bringer of joy.
Yes
Taylen
French
Occupation/tailor.
No
Taylor
Old English
Tailor.
Yes
Tennessee
American Indian
Meeting place.
No
Tennyson
Old English
Son of Dennis.
No
Teri/Terry
Germanic
Smooth.
No
Texas
Caddo
Friends, allies.
No
Timber
American
Wood, strong.
No
Tobin
English
God is good.
No
Toby/Tobey
Middle English
The goodness of God.
No
Tony/Toni
English
Worthy of praise.
No
Tory/Tori
English
Victorious.
No
Tracy
Old French
Domain of Thracius.
No
Trinity
Latin
Triad.
No
Tristan
Welsh
Possibly Sad.
No
Tru/True
English
Honest.
Yes
Tyler
Old English
Maker of tiles.
No
Umber
French
Shade.
No
Unique
Latin
Only one.
No
Val
English
Strong.
No
Valentine
Latin
Strong.
No
Vesper
Latin
Evening star/prayer.
No
Vick
Latin
Conqueror.
No
Wallis/Wallace
Welsh
From Wales.
No
Wesley
Old English
From the western meadow.
No
West
Germanic
Lives in the west.
No
Whitney
Old English
From the white island.
No
Wilder
Germanic
Hunter.
No
Winn/Wynn
Welsh
Handsome.
Yes
Winter
Old English
Winter.
No
Wisdom
Greek
Wise, smart.
Yes
Wren
Old English
Wren, a bird.
No
Wyatt
Old French
Small fighter.
No
Wynne
Welsh
Fair, pure.
No
Xen
Japanese
variant transcription of Zen.
No
Xoan
Hebrew
god is good.
No
Yael
Hebrew
Strength of God.
Yes
Zephyr
Greek
West wind.
No
Zion
Hebrew
Risen up.
No

All the baby names listed here work well for girls and boys. Some of them might sound a bit more like a feminine name, and some more like a masculine name, so you'll need to use your (and your partner's!) judgment when finding the perfect baby name. Picking a unisex baby name is an important experience for moms and dads, and you might find that things get pretty controversial! Remember that annoying kid from preschool? Can't have that name! And that terrible person all over the news last year? Can't have that name!

Our advice when picking a gender neutral name is to try to steer clear of the most popular names, for a few reasons. First, your child will likely end up with the same name as another child in their class or playgroup, which can be a little annoying for parents looking for something more unique. Second, the trendy names tend to peak and then fizzle, leaving a small batch of adults with an obscure name that is no longer appreciated as much as it was. Most importantly, pick something that both you and your partner agree upon, and you can easily imagine using that name when your child is a baby, toddler, teenager, and adult. Some names are great for babies but hard to imagine with an adult, and you won't realize that until you put some thought into it. 

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