These days, gender-neutral names are exceptionally popular and have never been more fashionable or trendy. Some people put this surge in popularity down to the ever-changing views of the modern world along with the connotations and gendered opinions that exist when attached to a certain name. For some, it is extremely important in how the world views their child, especially in this day and age. However, for others, it is purely just for aesthetics.
Whatever the reason, genderless names are becoming more and more common, with more and more names becoming non-binary each year. Here are 10 gender-neutral names that are all the rage.
Charlie has been a common and popular name for a long name, especially for men. In the past, the name was associated with nobility and grace. In fact, two English kings have taken the official version of Charles, with it likely that the next King of England will be King Charles III. The female version used to stem from the longer name of Charlotte, which was then shortened to Charlie as a nickname. Both Charles and Charlotte often fall into the top 100 names. However, these days, the name is often registered as just Charlie and is much more popular with girls.
The name Jamie has been unisex for some time and is equally popular with both boys and girls. Historically, the name is said to have originated in Scotland and was used as a nickname for the also popular name of James. James, which is also gender-neutral, is much more popular with men.
However, the name has seen a recent surge in women. The Scottish meaning of Jamie is thought to be Supplanter, meaning someone who takes or overthrows something by force. Jamie can be spelled in a variety of ways, from Jamie, Jamey, and the recently seen, Jaime, in Game of Thrones.
Gray has been traditionally used as a surname for some time and is thought to have originated in the United Kingdom or Ireland. In Scottish, Gray is said to come from the Old English word, græg, meaning the color, grey, or grey hair. However, these days, the name has started being used as a first name and has seen a surge in popularity. The spelling is usually, Gray with an a, but some people do spell the name Grey like the color. The name is also popular due to the successful television show, Grey's Anatomy, a play on the legendary British textbook of the human anatomy written by Henry Gray.
Nature names have always been common, with names such as River, Sky, Leaf, and Blossom dipping in and out of popularity over the last few decades. The name River is one of the most successful, mostly due to the fact that it is genderless and is associated with water. The name peaked during the eighties and nineties which was likely due to the success of the talented and much-loved actor River Phoenix. Sadly, Phoenix tragically passed away in 1993, causing another surge in the late actor's name. After a small dip, the name suddenly peaked once again and hit its highest-ever usage in 2015.
The name Tanner first originated in Europe and was used as an occupational name for tanning skins. After a while, the name was given to men and referred to the family's trade as leather makers. The name lay dormant for some time and was only really used as a surname until the mid-70s when it became popular as a first name. These days, the name can be used for both men and women, with female Tanners becoming much more popular than male Tanners. However, although the name is becoming popular, it is still rare enough to sound unique and interesting with the name not quite hitting the top 100 baby names in the USA and Europe.
The name, Sawyer, was traditionally used as a surname, with its most famous associations that of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures Huckleberry Finn, by famed American author, Mark Twain. The name originally meant, Woodcutter, and was mostly used as a surname. After a while, Sawyer became popular as a first name, hitting a peak with the character of Sawyer on the successful television show, Lost.
These days, Sawyer is only getting more and more popular and can be used for both boys and girls. In fact, in 2019, the name was the 124th most popular name in the United States, and only looks set to continue.
Back in the day, Parker was mostly used as a surname and referred to the occupational job of park keeper. As time went on, the name was handed down to generation upon generation having no connection to the family's trade. In fact, Parker is an extremely common surname both in Europe and the USA, with famous people such as Spiderman, AKA, Peter Parker, and Camila Parker Bowels, the duchess of Cambridge. However, these days, the name is also used as a first name and is one of the most common gender-neutral names around. Furthermore, in 2019, the name entered into the top 100 most favored names of the year.
The name Reese first originated in Wales, UK, and came from the Welsh word, ardor, meaning enthusiasm. The name stayed in the realms of Wales before making it's away through Europe and across the pond to the USA.
However, it was still rare for a long time and was really only used as a middle name rather than a first name. In the early 2000s, the name peaked, mostly down to the rise and success of actress Reese Witherspoon. Interestingly, Witherspoon's given name is actually Laura Jeanne Witherspoon, with Reese her mother's maiden name. Although the name is usually associated with girls, the name has recently started to become popular for boys.
Blake is one of the oldest English names in the world and is said to originate from the Old English word of, blac, meaning black or dark hair. It has also been suggested that the name is the formation of, ap lake, the meaning of, Son of Lake. In fact, there are several theories with regard to the origination of the name, with some even believing that the name comes from Old Norse and a former village in Oslo, Norway. Due to its historic lineage, a number of famous Blakes have walked the earth. However, the most famous is the iconic British poet and painter, William Blake. These days, although the name remains popular as a surname, it is now also just as popular as a gender-neutral first name.
The name Finley first originated in Scotland and was said to mean Fionnlagh in Gaelic, meaning fair warrior or hero. The name has undergone a number of changes over the years, especially with regard to its spelling. For instance, the name can be spelled, Finley, Fynley, or even Finlay, and was even said to be the inspiration for names such as Fiona and Finnegan. At the beginning of its usage, the name was first used as a surname before evolving into a popular first name. The name is now extremely common both in the US and the UK and can be used for both boys and girls.