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The hottest trend in the world of baby naming at the moment is gender-neutral monikers.

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What’s that?  You may ask.  Put simply, parents today are challenging the use of traditional ‘gender’ names and creating names that can be interchangeable between male and female babies.

New parents in the public eye are certainly on board and driving this baby naming phenomenon.  For instance, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard named their eldest girl Lincoln. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose James for their daughter. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan chose to call their girl Max. Leighton Meester and Adam Brody have five-month-old Arlo, a girl.

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The trend is also growing in popularity amongst non-celebrity parents.  Names such as Amari, Karter, Pheonix, Quinn and Reese as unisex names is now commonplace within the newborns in Western society.

“As usual, baby names are reflecting a larger cultural shift,” BabyCenter’s Global Editor-in-Chief Linda Murray wrote, “Millennials are an open-minded and accepting group, and they don’t want their children to feel pressured to conform to stereotypes that might be restrictive.”

There is evidence that girls given a unisex name, such as Wyatt maybe more successful in the working world.  A 2009 Clemson University study found that women with gender-neutral names, tended to be more successful in traditionally male-dominated fields, such as law and engineering.

 

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  • I think what you name a child does have an impact on their future and says a lot about the type of family they are born into. This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry said “If you name a child Geeves, you’re pretty much setting their future up” (or words to that effect).

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  • I love gender neutral names – still having trouble picking one for our own baby tho

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  • I wonder if Evelyn will ever make a comeback as a boy’s name. I know of the author Evelyn Waugh but no one else. It’s apparently a name for both genders!

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  • When each of our children were born, we had a shortlist of names and chose when we saw them. We chose at least part of their names after loved ones in our family.

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  • lol yeah, just gotta please your self and hope that the kid will be able to stand it!

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  • Would be interesting to see the statistics from the study and the number of participants and the demographics of the study.

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  • Definitely a the parents choice. There certainly is some unusual names in the world of celebrities


    • There are now interesting and unique names across the spectrum.

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  • I think we just have to go with the times now. Its a parents decision what they name their children. Some names are a little questionable but I think i would rather have a ‘boys’ name than be called Apple or Princess or the like haha

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  • yeah it is the new trend! celeb last names as first names also

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  • I named my boy Jackson, I’ve heard it’s been one of the most popular boys names out. Except, When we chose our name we decided to go with the original spelling as we noticed a lot of other families going with the different spelling.. Jaxson, Jaxsen, Jax.. etc.

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  • I think naming a child is a very personal choice… my husband and I have chosen a very unique name for our baby girl due in April…
    Not going to reveal it just yet…

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  • That University research surely look interesting!!

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  • Lke jf

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