Unisex names are an increasingly popular way to go about deciding on a name for a new member of the family. They are practical, distinctive, and leave little room for gender-stereotyping.
We’ve compiled a non-alphabetical list of 50 of the best unisex names (in our opinion at least), along with their meanings and origins.
50 of the best unisex names
An old Greek name meaning ‘defender’ or ‘protector’.
The phoenix is a powerful and well-known symbol, most popular in Western cultures, especially after the Harry Potter series. Phoenixes convey meanings of resilience and strength, as upon death, these mythical creatures rise from the ashes and are reborn.
This is a very old unisex name meaning ‘delight’ in Hebrew, from the biblical Garden of Eden. It also means ‘paradise’ and ‘place of pristine or abundant natural beauty‘.
Another old gender-neutral name meaning ‘valiant’ or ‘rye clearing’.
An English name meaning ‘dark and attractive’…
A cute and gender-neutral name originating from Ireland.
A beautiful name meaning ‘player of a harp’, the melodious stringed instrument.
A very old Latin name meaning ‘revered’, ‘distinguished’ and ‘deserving of respect’. It is what we call the eighth month in English and comes from Augustus, the first Roman Emperor.
A name meaning ‘red-haired king’, and coming from many Irish kings of the original Ruairí/Ruaidhrí/Ruaidhrígh/Raidhrígh. There were many Irish rulers with this name.
This Scottish name meaning ‘crooked nose’ or ‘crooked river’ is more common for boys, but Cameron Diaz proves it can be a girl’s name, too!
Although you might instantly think of the motorcycle brand Harley Davidson, this name means ‘of the hare clearing’ or ‘where the hare dwells’.
An English name meaning ‘law enforcer’, or a ‘bailiff’.
A name given after the capital city of France. Paris Hilton and Paris of Troy are two well-known people with this name.
A medieval British name meaning ‘counsellor to elves’.
This is a modern spelling of the very old Irish and Scottish ‘Ciarán’. These unisex names mean ‘little dark-haired one’.
Meaning ‘child of Emery’.
This simple name, often seen as ‘Joe’ for guys and ‘Jo’ for gals, can be spelled either way and means ‘blessed’.
One of the more common unisex names, meaning ‘hunter’, of course!
Jesse is a name of Hebrew origin meaning ‘the Lord exists’. In the bible, Jesse was the shepherd father of King David.
According to The Bump, Kai is of Welsh, Scandi and Greek origin and means ‘keeper of the keys or the earth’. But according to Very Well Family, Kai is Hawaiian and means ‘of the sea’! Both sound great, whichever meaning.
Morgan is a Welsh name meaning ‘travelling or circling the sea’, ‘bright sea’ and ‘white sea dweller’.
Also spelled Finlay/Finnley, Finlea/Finleigh, these Irish unisex names mean ‘hero of battle with fair skin or hair’, or simply ‘fair hero’.
A more unique Anglo-Scottish name meaning ‘child of the field’.
This common and popular name means ‘independent’ and ‘free’.
This lovely name means ‘friend’ or ‘ally’ and comes from the Native American Sioux tribe.
Meaning ‘brave and powerful’.
A unisex Hebrew name meaning ‘flowing down the river’, in reference to the river in which Jesus was baptised in the bible.
Another Hebrew name meaning ‘like or close to God’. This could be a gender-neutral version of Michael or Michaela.
Originally a Scottish name meaning ‘from the Dales’ or ‘from the valley meadows’.
A French name meaning ‘free’ or ‘from the Franks’.
An Irish name meaning ‘brave in battle’. Casey Affleck is a famous actor, and Casey is a character in the popular Netflix series Atypical.
A more commonly female name meaning ‘holly garden’, with Scottish origins.
Jaime, also spelled Jamie, is another of the common unisex names meaning ‘one who comes after or replaces’. Jamie Foxx and Jamie Lee Curtis are two famous actors with this name.
A beautiful gender-neutral name after the yellow birch-like aspen, a kind of tree that grows all over the world.
However you spell Taylor/Taylah/Tailor or even Tyler, these unisex names come from the word ‘tailor’.
Another lovely nature-based unisex name from the natural stream of water flowing into the sea, a lake, or another river.
An old English name meaning ‘park keeper’.
Meaning a ‘look-out’ or ‘seeker of knowledge’.
Whether you spell it ‘Andy’ or ‘Andie’, both of these English unisex names mean ‘brave’.
Reese comes from the Welsh meaning ‘enthusiastic’, but could also translate to ‘confident’ or ‘ambitious’, according to The Bump.
A Gaelic name meaning ‘small hollow’, as in the place. The most famous person with this name is probably the X-Men character Wolverine, whose name is Logan.
This name is a descendant of the Dutch surname Schuyler. Both of the unisex names Skyler and Skylar mean ‘intelligent’ and ‘scholarly’.
A name from the small, often red-breasted, bird found on Christmas cards and in parts of Africa, North America, Europe and New Zealand. It can also be spelled Robbin or Robyn, and all of these unisex names mean ‘social’ and ‘bright’.
Although this name means ‘son of the mighty warrior’, it easily applies to girls, too.
An Irish unisex name meaning ‘fifth’ as in quintuplet. A more general meaning would be ‘descendant’, ‘descendant of the Chief’ or ‘having wisdom, intelligence and reason’.
Meaning ‘from the hedged or hay valley’. This name is English in origin.
This name has two spellings, and each of these unisex names means something completely different! Dylan is a Welsh name meaning ‘son of the sea’, whilst its Irish counterpart Dillon means ‘loyal’ and ‘like a lion’.
This traditional name means ‘Jehovah is God’, and is gaining popularity as a gender-neutral name.
Arden is an old English surname, and now a popular unisex first name, originating in Yorkshire North Riding, Chesire, and the Forest of Arden. It may carry meanings similar to ‘ardent'; very enthusiastic or passionate.
Meaning ‘lucky’. Felix the Cat was a favourite children’s television and book character.
Do you have some other great unisex names not on our list? We’d love to hear them in the comments!
Photo by Minnie Zhou on Unsplash