10 Most Common Unisex Names

One of the most unique identifiers of humanity since the beginning of time is the name. The first step to defining or figuring out who you are is in your name, which why most parents take such great care in naming their kids. And also why when people want to reinvent themselves, the first thing they do is change their names.

Initially, female names were meant to express grace and elegance, while male names portrayed character and strength. Sexist much? Yes. But as time went on, especially with the birth of twins, there was a blend between what was considered masculine and feminine. People who wanted male children but got female or vice versa started creating a bridge between male and female names and unisex names were born.

With the new millennials and the rise of the concept of gender fluidness, parents are leaning more and more towards unisex names. Below is the list of the most common unisex names today.

1. Charlie: Everyone knows someone called Charlie. From the famous Charlie Otto Puth, the musician, to Charlie Duncan and Charlie Townseed. The name initially belonged to guys with names like Charles, but eventually got a female version Charlotte. It is of German origin and means free man or free woman. More guys bear Charlie than girls, but it is one of the most popular unisex names.

2. Taylor: The two very famous people rocking that name seems to be the pretty and famous singer Taylor Swift, and football player Lawrence Taylor.

The name Taylor is of both French and English origin, and as you may have already suspected, it means traditional tailor or to cut. It was initially used to refer to people whose occupation was cutting and sewing clothes.

3. Quinn: Anyone who watched the famous American series Homeland, fall in love with the character Quinn. It is a unisex name of Irish and Gaelic origin meaning to give counsel or counsel. Although the name was initially Irish, it got rapidly adopted by the Scottish. Even though the name is unisex, it is used for more girls than guys. We have Quinn Cummings.

4. Alex: The earlier versions of this name was Alexander the Great. And he lived true to his name. Alex means the defender or warrior. We also have Alexandria and Alexis. The name is more favored by boys than girls.

5. Angel: This name exists from the concepts of religion and angels and demons. Although it is now English, it was first derived from the Greek word Angelos and Latin Angelis. More guys bear it and there is Angel Michael and Gabriel in the Bible.

6. Kyle: More boys than girls bear the name Kyle. It is of Gaelic origin meaning straight or narrow and refers to a narrow body of water between two landmasses. The famous movie, Kyle XY with a male character Kyle.

7. Avery: This name is of Old English origin, the type of English that was used in Shakespeare or the first Bible. It means the magical creature, elf and it is gotten from French words like Alfred or Aubrey and ranks one hundred and one in the United States of America. It is used for both baby girls and boys.

8. Riley: Riley’s also another name of Old English origin. It means rye clearing and it is given to more girls than guys. Rye is a grass grown extensively as a grain, a cover crop, and a forage crop. Rye grain is used for flour, bread, beer, crispbread, some whiskeys, some vodkas, and animal fodder. It can also be eaten whole, either as boiled rye berries or by being rolled, similar to rolled oats. (Wikipedia).

9. Parker: Parker was very popular in the 19th century and was given to more boys than girls and it is of old English origin. This was name was used to refer to people who were park keepers. Bearing one is a famous musician Charlie Parker.

10. Blake: Blake is another old English name which means pale or bleak and this was initially given to babies who were born with pale skin. It is a unisex name It is currently very popular in the United States.


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