Top Unisex Baby Names for 2023
Unisex baby names are increasingly popular these days. They can be given to either boys or girls. Most of the unisex baby names began as boy’s names. However, as time passed, parents started to like them so much that they decided it was OK to give a traditionally male name to their daughter. People are now cool with that, and it’s not uncommon to carry a unisex baby name. As time passed, the trend started to go in the other direction, and parents began to give female names to their sons. In the US, particularly, the popularity of unisex baby names has risen so much that some of them can be found consistently on the charts of the top baby names.
You probably wouldn’t consider unisex baby names if you have a strong traditional history in your family. If, on the other hand, you are more progressive and open-minded, you wouldn’t mind naming your lovely son Florence just because it sounds too feminine. Did you know that Florence has a totally masculine root? Just because people started using it as a female name doesn’t mean it’s feminine! In the following list of top 25 unisex baby names for 2023, we go beyond these stereotypes and present you with cool baby names that can be used for either gender and still be equally awesome.
Top 25 Unisex Baby Names
- Addison: a unisex baby name of English origin which means the child of Adam. Other variations of the name include simplifying the original name, such as Adison or Adyson. According to the official data from the Social Security Administration, Addison ranks #14 in the popularity charts of all children born in the US. This is a prime example of how popular unisex baby names are in our modern society.
- Alexis: the defender of the people, derived from Alexander the Great, the Greek leader who marched against the Persians and conquered a huge amount of land (from Italy all the way to India). Alexis is known as one of the top unisex baby names mainly because of the TV character Alexis Carrington played by Joan Collins on the famous soap opera “Dynasty.”
- Avery: means the Elf ruler. This unisex baby name has an English origin. It can also be used as a surname, for example, actor James Avery.
- Cameron: a Scottish name that means the crooked, bent nose. Celebrity baby name for Hollywood star Cameron Diaz. This unisex baby name can also be used as a surname, for example, the director of Avatar, the most successful movie in history, James Cameron.
- Casey: an Irish baby name meaning be vigilant and brave during war. It’s a unisex baby name that can be found in the top 500, a spot that it has held since the 1980s.
- Charlie: means free man and is considered one of the friendliest names! Derived from the more serious form of Charles, it’s a typically male name that gradually converted to a unisex name. Parents loved it so much that they couldn’t resist giving it to their daughters.
- Dakota: a Native American baby name that means friends or allies. Comedian, LGBT rights activist, and celebrity blogger Rosie O’Donnell chose Dakota as the name for her daughter. According to hard facts, Dakota is one of these unisex baby names that is equally split between genders. In 2022 almost the same number of baby boys and baby girls were given the name Dakota!Dominque: a French form of the Latin name Dominic. This unisex baby name represents someone who belongs to God.
- Dylan is an all-time favorite unisex baby name, which currenlty holds #31 of all babies born in the US. Dylan is a Welsh baby name that means son of the sea. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who happens to have Welsh roots) named their baby boy Dylan.
- Emerson: what started to be an English surname was then used as a name for both boys and girls. Emerson means son of Emery, and the name of the daughter of Teri Hatcher from the popular TV series Desperate Housewives.
- Finley: another Scottish name that means the fair-haired warrior. Another popular form of this unisex baby name is Finlay. It was totally masculine until the famous couple Angie Harmon, and Jason Sehorn decided to name one of their daughters Finley. Lisa Marie Presley also named one of her twin girls Finley helping to make it a bit more feminine than before!
- Harley: meaning of this English unisex baby name is the long field. Harley-Davidson is best known as a premium motorcycle manufacturer and is thus associated with a more manly image. However, Joker’s female assistant in Batman, Harley Quinn, helped to cross over to the feminine side. However, in the UK, it’s still a predominantly male name.
- Harper: the name of the daughter of Victoria and David Beckham, a unisex baby name that got super popular after the famous couple announced they were naming their baby girl Harper.
- Jadyn: another form of the popular baby name, especially for girls, Jaidyn, Jaiden, and Jaden. Not to be confused with the Star Wars hero Jedi!
- Jamie: if you are a fan of cooking, you must have heard about the British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. This cool unisex baby name is a diminutive of James. The simple form of Jeans and Joans was shot in the top 10 charts of the US baby names between 1960 and 1970. Nowadays, it’s not so common, but it’s still a hot name.
- Jordan: a Hebrew baby name that means flowing down. NBA superstar Michael Jordan left a huge mark on basketball and baby names, shooting it to unimaginable heights of popularity for both sexes. Derived from the river Jordan, it was historically fit for boys and girls alike as it was the river where Jesus Christ was baptized.
- Kamryn: a Scottish name that derives from Cameron. According to the Urban Dictionary, Kamryn is the unique combination of intelligence and beauty. For girls, it means someone kind and honest, somebody, you can trust in any circumstance.
- Micah: a distinctive form of Michael, this unisex baby name has Hebrew origin and answers the question of who resembles God? Sarah Drew, the famous actress known from the popular TV series Everwood and Grey’s Anatomy, has a son named Micah. As a boy name, Micah Sanders appeared as a character on “Heroes.”
- Morgan is an Old English / Welsh name from the circling sea. It can also have the meaning of great brightness. In the US, it reached the top 25 during the 90s and is still a popular, popular, unisex baby name. In the Arthurian legend, Morgan le Fee was a well-known sorceress and King Arthur’s half-sister.
- Parker: an occupational name that means park keeper. Charlie Parker was a very famous jazz saxophonist known as “Yardbird” or the “Bird,” something that gives a musical edge to this unisex baby name.
- Peyton: a variant of Payton, a name of Irish origin that means fighting-man’s estate. Peyton Place made this unisex baby name popular during the 60s as it was the equivalent of Desperate Housewives. Athlete Peyton Manning is the best-known representation of the male side of the name. Still, Peyton Loftis (the hero of the up-and-coming movie Lie Down) will probably get more baby girls named after her.
- Phoenix: the story goes that this mythical bird could never really die as it could resurrect from its own ashes. Thus, it always represented immortality, a great way to demonstrate your new-age beliefs! Another variant is Fenix, best known as the lead character of the gaming saga Halo.
- Reagan: a variant of the Gaelic name Regan, this Irish baby name means little king. Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, the one and only actor who managed to get the top White House job!
- Reese: a straightforward unisex baby name that means enthusiasm. Celebrity baby name for actress Reese Witherspoon, born in 1976.
- Riley: last but not least, Riley is yet another name of Irish origin that means courageous. It’s one of the unisex baby names that lean more toward girls rather than boys, as the current rate of baby girls having the name Riley has risen to 5,000 per year!