100 Popular and Unique Gender-neutral Baby Names for Your Child

Gender-neutral Baby Names
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Gender-neutral names are unisex, which means they can be given to both male and female children. Some gender-neutral names like Kennedy and Avery are first names that were formerly traditional last names.

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Other names like Leslie and Dana which were once strictly boy names are now more common for girls. When choosing a name for your child, there are myriad reasons to consider a gender-neutral name. It may be a family name.

You may like the idea of a non-binary or gender-fluid name. You may believe that it will help to prevent sexism or gender stereotyping in your child’s future. Or, you may go for a unisex name because they are cute, cool, fun and unique.

Whatever the reasons, a lot of families nowadays are tilting toward picking gender-neutral names for their babies.

It’s now commonplace to see traditional boy names being used for girls or a last name being used as a first name, although, there was a time when such an idea seemed a little out of place.

So, if you go for this type of name, your child will surely know other children with unisex names, too.

Addison

  • Meaning: Child of Adam
  • Origin: Old English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Adison, Adyson, Addyson, Addisyn, Addisson, Addysen, Adysen
  • Famous Namesakes: baseball player Addison Russell, Actress Addison Riecke
  • Peak Popularity: Before the 1990s, Addison was more famous for boys. It began to gain footing as a female name in the mid-90s and has been rapidly growing in popularity ever since. Reaching its all-time high in 2007, it continues to be a popular name, especially for girls.
  • Fun Fact: The United States is filled with a lot of towns with the name Addison.

Adrian

  • Meaning: Dark one, of the sea, or from Hadria
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Adrien, Adriann, Adrienne, Adryan, Adrianne
  • Famous Namesakes:  football player Adrian Peterson, Popes Adrian I – VI, Artist Adrian Piper
  • Peak Popularity: Adrian has always been and continues to be more popular for boys. The name reached its highest point in the top 1000 girl name in 1983 and steadily declined until it completely fell out the list in 2001.
  • Fun Fact: “Yo, Adrian!” is a famous movie quote from the movie Rocky.

Aiden

  • Meaning: Fiery one
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Aidan, Aden, Adyan, Aedan, Adyen, Adyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Aidan Gould and Aiden Quinn
  • Peak Popularity: Aiden is trendier for boys than girls. It reached its highest for boys in 2010 and 2011 but continues to grow in popularity.
  • Fun Fact: The name Aiden appears in one of the books of the famous Harry Potter series as a quidditch player.

Alex

  • Meaning: Protector or defender of humankind
  • Origin: English and Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Alecs, Alix, Allex
  • Famous Namesakes: game show host Alex Trebek, Baseball player Alex Rodriguez
  • Peak Popularity: Alex has always been a popular boy name, and it shows no sign of losing traction. Although the variation, Alexandra, is at number 125 in the girls, Alex hasn’t been able to secure a spot in the top 1000 since it hit a peak in 1995.
  • Fun Fact: Alex the lion (or Alakay) is an African Lion and the protagonist of the Madagascar series by DreamWorks.

Andy

  • Meaning: Brave
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations &Spellings: Andee, Andi, Andie
  • Famous Namesakes: artist Andy Warhol, actor Andy Griffith, Actress Andie MacDowell
  • Peak Popularity: Andy more common for boys over the past 100 years than girls. It reached its peak in 1964.
  • Fun Fact: Andy Davis is a fictional character and the owner of Woody and Buzz in the Toy Story films.

Angel

  • Origin: Latin and Greek
  • Meaning: Messenger of God
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Angele, Angelle, Angil, Angell
  • Famous Namesakes:  Professional Golfer Angel Cabrera, Actress Angel Coulby
  • Peak Popularity: Angel is more well-known for girls among English speaking parents and more well-known for boys among Spanish speaking parents. Its most popular year for boys was 2006 and for girls was 2003.
  • Fun Fact: The archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel are the four most prominent angels.

Archer

  • Meaning: someone who uses a bow and arrow
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Archar, Archor, Archyr, Archur
  • Famous Namesakes: Painter Archer James Oliver, Famous American Archer Alexander
  • Peak Popularity: Archer is not a unique name, but it’s only just rising in popularity. It has been a top 1,000 choice for boys since 2009 and peaked at 239 in 2018. It is a unique name for girls.
  • Fun Fact: The archer is sometimes used to refer to the symbol for the zodiac sign of Sagittarius.

Ashton

  • Meaning: From the town of ash trees
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Asheton, Ashtin, Ashtun, Ashtyn, Ashten, Ashetun, Ashetin
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Ashton Shepherd, actor Ashton Kutcher
  • Peak Popularity: Ashton first featured in the top 1,000 boys list in the early 1900s. Over the last 18 years, it has been a top 200 name for boys. It reached its all-time high in 2004 at number 76. In 1986, Ashton made its debut on the top 1,000 girls list. After reaching a peak of 260 in 1989, it gradually declined in popularity, and in 2006 it fell off the 1,000 list for girls.
  • Fun Fact: there’s a fast-food restaurant in Quebec, Canada known as Chez Ashton.

Aspen

  • Meaning: the name of a tree in the poplar family with delicate leaves that quiver in the slightest wind or fluttering and trembling like the leaves of the aspen tree
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Aspin
  • Peak Popularity: Aspen is more famous for girls than boys. It made its debut in the 1990s and reached its peak in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Aspen is a well-known ski resort in Colorado.

August

  • Meaning: Distinguished, revered, deserving of respect
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Auguste
  • Famous Namesakes: Playwright August Wilson, singer August Alsina
  • Peak Popularity: August reached its all-time high for boys in the late 1800s. It is once again growing in popularity for both boys and girls, finishing at 170 for boys in 2018, and entering the top 1000 for girls that year as well.
  • Fun Fact: August was coined from the name of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus.

Avery

  • Meaning: Ruler of elves
  • Origin: French or English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Averie, Avary, Avarie, Averi, Avari
  • Famous Namesakes: Basketball player Avery Johnson, singer Avery Winter
  • Peak Popularity: Avery was a last name that is now becoming a first name. It has been gaining recognition in recent years. It peaked for girls in 2013 at number 12 and peaked for boys in 2017 at number 181. It is continuing to rise in popularity as a favourite name for both sexes.
  • Fun Fact: In the beloved childhood classic “Charlotte’s Web,” Avery Arable is Fern’s mischievous big brother.

Bailey

  • Meaning: A bailiff, a public officer of justice
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Bailee, Bailie, Bayleigh, Baileigh, Baylee, Bayley
  • Famous Namesakes: Gymnast Bailey Payne, singer Bailey James,
  • Peak Popularity: Bailey ranked highest for both sexes in the late 1990s. It continues to be trendy for girls. However, it has declined in popularity as a boys name.
  • Fun Fact: A bailey is a section of a castle. It is the outer defensive wall that surrounds and protects the courtyard area.

Blair

  • Meaning: Child of the field, plains, or battlefield
  • Origin: Scottish and English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Blare, Blayre, Blaire
  • Famous Namesakes: Golfer Blair O’Neal, actor Blair Underwood
  • Peak Popularity: Blair is a unique name. It was most famous for boys in 1953 and girls in 1988. It has newfound popularity as a girl name. In 2018 it ranked at 432, just inches away from its previous high point.
  • Fun Fact: There’s a historical site in Blair Atholl, Scotland known as Blair Castle.

Blake

  • Meaning: Dark and attractive
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Blaike, Blayke
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Blake Lively, singer Blake Shelton
  • Peak Popularity: Blake has maintained steady popularity for boys since 1945. It climbed as high as 72 in 2012. Blake hit the top 1,000 list of girl names in 1990. It continues to grow in popularity, reaching number 269 in 2017.
  • Fun Fact: Blake’s 7 was a British sci-fi TV show that aired from 1978 to 1981.

Brett

  • Meaning: someone from Brittany, France
  • Origin: French, Celtic
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Brette, Bret
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Brett Favre, actress Brett Butler, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
  • Peak Popularity: Brett is more frequently a boy’s name. It is also given to girls, but it’s not so popular. Its all-time peak year for both genders was 1986.
  • Fun Fact: Brett is a nickname given to an ingredient some companies use to brew their craft beer.

Cameron

  • Meaning: Having a crooked nose
  • Origin: Scottish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Camron, Camrin, Camerin, Cameran, Cameryn, Camryn, Camren, Kamrin, Kamerin, Kameron, Kamryn
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Cameron Boyce, Actress Cameron Diaz
  • Peak Popularity: Cameron is mostly given to boys than girls. It has been on the top 100 name for boys for over 30 years. It peaked in the year 2000 at number 31. Cameron made its debut as a girls name in 1980 with 1999 as its peak year.
  • Fun Fact: There’s a crater on the moon named Cameron.

Carson

  • Meaning: Dweller of the marsh or Carr’s son
  • Origin: Scottish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Karson, Carsen, Karsen
  • Famous Namesakes: fashion expert Carson Kressley, TV host Carson Daly
  • Peak Popularity: Carson is currently more fashionable for boys, reaching a new high in 2018 at number 72. It started gaining recognition as a girl’s name in the 1990s, with 1999 as its peak year.
  • Fun Fact: the father of Nancy Drew, the famous fictional sleuth was named Carson Drew.

Cassidy

  • Meaning: Having curly hair
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Cassidi, Cassidie, Cassadee, Kassidy
  • Famous Namesakes: Rapper Cassidy, singer Cassadee Pope
  • Peak Popularity: Cassidy is more popular for girls than boys. It peaked girls in and 1999 for boys in 1984.
  • Fun Fact: In the American Old West, Robert LeRoy “ Butch Cassidy” Parker was a bank and train robber, and the leader of a gang of notorious criminal outlaws known as the “Wild Bunch.”

Charlie

  • Meaning: Free man, or man
  • Origin: German
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Charli, Charlee, Charly, Charleigh, Charley
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Charlie Sheen and Charlie Chaplin
  • Peak Popularity: Charlie has been consistently trendy for boys for over 100 years. It is gaining traction as a girls name, with 2018 being its most successful year at number 152.
  • Fun Fact: StarKist Tuna has a well-known mascot named Charlie the Tuna.

Dakota

  • Origin: Native American
  • Meaning: Allies, friendly
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Dakotah, Dakodah, Dacotah, Dakoda
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Dakota Johnson and Dakota Fanning
  • Peak Popularity: Dakota enjoyed a peak for boys in 1995, and remains a fashionable name for boys. It is equally trendy for girls, with the most girls receiving it in 2006.
  • Fun Fact: Dakota is the name of and two states in the US: North and South Dakota, a Native American tribe, and a language.

Dallas

  • Meaning: Living in the field
  • Origin: English and Scottish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Dallis, Dalles, Dalisse
  • Famous Namesakes: Dallas Lovato (sister of singer Demi Lovato), professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page
  • Peak Popularity: Dallas is mostly given to boys than girls. Its peak year for boys was in 1995, but continues to gain traction. Its most popular year for girls was 1994.
  • Fun Fact: Dallas, Texas is one of the top ten largest cities in the United States.

Dana

  • Meaning: A Dane from Denmark or God is the judge
  • Origin: English and Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Danna, Dayna, Danah, Daina
  • Famous Namesakes: TV news personality and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, Comedian Dana Carvey
  • Peak Popularity: Dana has been gaining traction for girls in recent years. However, it’s still a strong name for boys. It’s most successful year was 1954 for boys and 1971 for girls.
  • Fun Fact: Dana Owens is Queen Latifah’s real name.

Devon

  • Meaning: A poet
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Devyn, Deven, Devin, Devan
  • Famous Namesakes: American politician Devin Nunes, Professional wrestler Devon Storm
  • Peak Popularity: The name Devon is more popular for boys than girls. Its peak year for boys was 1994 and for girls was 1991.
  • Fun Fact: There is a county in England named Devon

Dylan

  • Meaning: Great tide
  • Origin: Welsh
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Dillon, Dillan
  • Famous Namesakes:  Writer Dylan Thomas, Actor Dylan McDermott
  • Peak Popularity: Dylan has always been and continues to be a fashionable boys name, reaching 19 in 2003. It made its debut as a girls name in 1993, reaching its highest rank in 2017 at number 353.
  • Fun Fact: Dylan ail Don was a sea-god in welsh myths

Evan

  • Meaning: Youth or God is gracious
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Evyn, Evane, Evin
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional baseball player Evan Longoria, actress Evan Rachel Woods
  • Peak Popularity: over the last 30 years, Evan has been a top 100 name for boys reaching number 35 in 2009. While it’s not a unique name for girls, it is not so common and hasn’t secured a spot in the top 1,000 names for girls since the early 1900s.
  • Fun Fact: Evan Hansen is the principal character in the self-titled Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Emerson

  • Meaning: Child of Emery
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Emersyn, Emmerson, Emersen
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Emerson Hart, Actor Emerson Brooks
  • Peak Popularity: Emerson was a more fashionable boys name in the 1990s. It saw a decline in use but began gaining traction once again around 2000. It had its top year in 2018 at number 143. Emerson made it into the top 1,000 names for girls in 2002 and is growing in popularity. It ranked highest in 2017.
  • Fun Fact: Emerson was the last name of famous American poet, writer, and thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Finley

  • Meaning: A battle warrior or hero with fair skin
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Finlay, Finnley, Fynley, Phynley, Finlea, Finleigh
  • Famous Namesakes:  Musician Finely Quaye, astronomer Finlay Freundlich
  • Peak Popularity: Finley is a fashionable name for both genders. It has significantly increased in popularity since 2006. It ranked highest for girls in 2017, while it continued to gain traction for boys in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Elvis Presley’s granddaughter is named Finley.

Frankie

  • Meaning: From the Franks tribe in France, freeman
  • Origin: French
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Franky, Franki
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Frankie Muniz, singer Frankie Valli
  • Peak Popularity: Frankie reached its all-time high for girls in 1936 and for boys in 1945. It has declined in popularity in recent times, but may be coming back.
  • Fun Fact: Frankenstein’s daughter in the animated show and doll collection Monster High is named Frankie Stein.

Grayson

  • Meaning: a child of the one with gray (grey) hair
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Greyson, Gracyn, Graysen, Greysun, Gracen, Greysen
  • Famous Namesakes: Reality TV star Grayson Chrisley, actor Grayson Hunter Goss,
  • Peak Popularity: Grayson is more popular for boys and a reasonably unique name for girls. It has been rising in popularity for boys since 1984. Its highest rank was number 32 in 2018. It hasn’t shown up on the top 1,000 list for girls, yet.
  • Fun Fact: the Grayson Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Savannah, Georgia, and home of the Savannah Bananas baseball team.

Greer

  • Meaning: A vigilant, watchful guardian
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Grier
  • Famous Namesakes: comedian Greer Barnes, Actress Greer Garson
  • Peak Popularity: Greer is a fashionble name for both genders. It’s also a unique name since it doesn’t have a spot on the list of the top 1,000 names for boys or girls.
  • Fun Fact: The United States had a Navy destroyer warship named The USS Greer.

Hayden

  • Meaning: From the hay valley
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Hayden, Haidyn, Haydin, Haiden, Haydn, Haydyn, Haydon, Haden
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Hayden Christensen, actress Hayden Panettiere
  • Peak Popularity: Hayden has traditionally been a name for boys. It started to rise in popularity in the early 1990s, reaching a peak in 2007. It began gaining traction for girls in 1998 with 2008 as its peak year. It continues to be fashionable for both genders.
  • Fun Fact: Hayden fox played the lead role on the TV show Coach.

Hunter

  • Meaning: A provider or Huntsman
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Huntor, Huntar, Huntur, Huntyr, Huntter
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Hunter Tylo, singer Hunter Hayes
  • Peak Popularity: Hunter is a traditional boys name. It began to gain traction in the late 1970s and has been a regular feature in the top 100 boys name for the last 25 years. It reached its all-time high in the year 2000 at number 35. It first appeared on the top 1,000 list of girls names in 1993 and ranked highest in 1998 at number 305. It continues to be a more stylish name for both sexes.
  • Fun Fact: Professional wrestler Triple H’s full name is Hunter Hearst Helmsley.

Jayden

  • Meaning: God has heard or Thankful to God
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Jaden, Jadyn, Jaydin, Jaiden, Jaeden, Jadon, Jaydon
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Jaden Smith, Actress Jayden Bartels
  • Peak Popularity: Jayden first appeared on the top 1,000 names for boys in 1994 and has seen a steady rise since then. It was a top 10 name for boys from 2009 to 2013 ranking as high as number 4 in 2010 and 2011. It secured a spot on the top 1,000 charts for girls in 1998, reaching a new high in 2007 at number 172.
  • Fun Fact: Jayden Shiba is the Red Ranger and the Samurai Power Rangers’ 18th leader.

Jackie

  • Meaning: The son of Jack or God is gracious
  • Origin: French
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Jacky, Jacquie, Jaquie, Jackee, Jacki, Jaqui, Jacqui
  • Famous Namesakes:  Actor Jackie Chan, Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis
  • Peak Popularity: Jackie has been a top 1,000 name for boys and girls for almost 100 years. It saw a peak for girls in 1961 and boys in 1935.
  • Fun Fact: The second lion to represent MGM Studio from 1928 to 1956 was named Jackie.

Jaime

  • Meaning: One who replaces or comes after
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Jamey, Jaymey, Jayme, Jaimey, Jaeme, Jaimee, Jaimie, Jamee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Actor Jamie Fox
  • Peak Popularity: Jaime peaked highest for girls in 1976 and boys in 1980. In recent years, it has fallen a little in the ranks for both genders.
  • Fun Fact: Adding an apostrophe between the J and A will give you J’aime, which is French for “I love” or “I like.”

Jesse

  • Meaning: God’s gift or Wealthy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Jessie, Jessy, Jescie, Jessye, Jessey, Jessee, Jessi
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Jessie James Decker, actor, wrestler, and politician Jesse Ventura
  • Peak Popularity: Jesse has been a top 200 name for boys for over 100 years. It topped out at a rank of 37 in 1981. It’s not so popular for girls though it achieved a rank of 512 in 1981 as well.
  • Fun Fact: Jesse is the father of King David in the bible.

Joe

  • Meaning: God will increase or add, Blessed
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Jo
  • Famous Namesakes: TV supernanny Jo Frost, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Singer Joe Jonas
  • Peak Popularity: In 1900, Joe peaked for boys at number 22. It stayed put at the top 100 names until 1971, before witnessing a steady decline. Less common for girls, Joe ranked highest in 1934, but hasn’t been able to secure a spot in the top 1000 girl names since 1960. The variation Jo was more popular for girls, topping out at 51 in 1947.
  • Fun Fact: One of the main characters in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is named Jo March.

Jody

  • Meaning: God will increase or add, Blessed
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Jodi, Jodie, Jodey, Jodee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Jodie Foster, singer Jody Watley, Baseball player Jody Davis
  • Peak Popularity: Jody was a popular name for boys from the 1960s until the 1970s. It hasn’t been on the top 1,000 list of boys names after falling out in 1996. Jody was also popular for girls in the 1950s and 1980s before losing some steam and finally lost its spot on the top 1,000 list for girls in 1991.
  • Fun Fact: Orbiting the sun is the asteroid 4083 Jody.

Jordan

  • Meaning: the River where Jesus was baptised, or flowing down
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Jordyn, Jorden, Jordon, Jordun, Jordin, Johrdan, Jordenn, Jordynn, Jordann, Jorden
  • Famous Namesakes: singer Jordin Sparks, Professional golfer Jordan Spieth
  • Peak Popularity: Jordan earned a spot on the top 100 list of boys name in 1982, climbing as high as the 26th spot in 1997. It continues to be a top 100 favourite. For girls, Jordan first appeared on the top 1000 list in 1978 with a peak rank of 40 in 1997. It has fallen out of favour ever since
  • Fun Fact: professional basketball star Michael Jordan has a brand of athletic shoes and wears known as Air Jordan created for him.

Journey

  • Meaning: An adventurer or traveller
  • Origin: American
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Journee, Jurnee, Journye, Journy, Journi, Journie
  • Peak Popularity: Journey is more often a girls name than a boys name. It hit the top 1,000 list of girl names in 1999 and topped out at a rank of 231 in 2018. It hasn’t found its way to the top 1,000 list for boys yet.
  • Fun Fact: Journey is an American rock band who sang the trendy songs “Open Arms” and “Don’t Stop Believin.”

Justice

  • Meaning: Fair and honest
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Justyce, Justus, Juztice, Justis, Justiss
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Justice Smith
  • Peak Popularity: Justice first appeared on the top 1,000 list of boy names in 1992. It had its peak year in 1996. Since its debut on the top 1000 girl name chart in 1994, Justice has been a regular name in the top 600. Its most successful year on the list was 1995 when it peaked at 261.
  • Fun Fact: The Justice League is a motion picture and comic book series based on a team of fictional Superheroes by DC comics. Members of the league include Superman, Batman, wonder woman, the flash, etc.

Kai

  • Meaning: Of the sea
  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Kye, Ky, Kei, Keh
  • Famous Namesakes: Fashion designer Kai Milla, singer Kai
  • Peak Popularity: As a boy name Kai first appeared on the top 1000 name chart in 1979 and has been growing steadily since then. Its most popular year was 2018 with a peak rank of 113. As a girls name, Kai is relatively new, making its way to the top 1000 list in 2010. So far, its highest rank was number 808 in 2017.
  • Fun Fact: The Kai Restaurant is a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond luxury establishment in Arizona that celebrates the history and creativity of the Native American Culture.

Keaton

  • Meaning: the shed town or from the city of hawks
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Keeton, Keyton, Keatyn, Keytun, Keatun
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Keaton Henson, actress Keaton Tyndall,
  • Peak Popularity: Keaton first appeared on the top 1,000 list of boys names in 1985 and had its most popular year in 2000 at 353. It hasn’t secured a spot on the top 1000 list of girl names yet.
  • Fun Fact: A Keaton is a fictional creature in the video game The Legend of Zelda. It’s a yellow or golden, foxlike creature with three tails.

Keegan

  • Meaning: Small fiery one
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Kegan, Keegen, Keeghan, Keigan, Keagan
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Keegan Connor Tracy, Actor Keegan-Michael Key
  • Peak Popularity: Keegan is more popular for boys than for girls. It made the top 1,000 boy names chart in 1979 and ranked highest in 2007. Keegan hasn’t yet made the top 1,000 girl name chart.
  • Fun Fact: Keegan is an English variation and modification of the Irish clan name MacAodhagain. In Medieval Ireland, the MacAodhagain clan was responsible for upholding the law.

Kelsey

  • Meaning: from the fierce island or Ship victory
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Kelsie, Kelsi, Kellsey, Kelsay, Kelsy, Kelsee, Kelci, Kelcie, Kelcy
  • Famous Namesakes: actress Kelsey Chow, actor Kelsey Grammer,
  • Peak Popularity: Kelsey was a popular boys name between 1970 and 1996 with 1989 as its most successful year. It has steadily declined since then. It began gaining traction as a girl name in 1977. It was a top 100 name for girls from 1987 to 2001 and continues to be fashionable for girls.
  • Fun Fact: From 1996 to 2001 the Kelsey Lake Diamond Mine in Colorado was a hotspot for diamond miners.

Kendall

  • Meaning: From the valley of the River Kent
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Kendell, Kendelle, Kendyll, Kendal, Kendahl
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Kendall Schmidt, Reality TV star Kendall Jenner
  • Peak Popularity: Throughout the last 100 years, Kendall has been pretty popular for boys, although it has witnessed a decline in usage since 2014. It began to be a fashionable girl name in the 1960s with a peak rank of 116 in 2012.
  • Fun Fact: Kendall Mountain in Colorado is a popular ski destination.

Kennedy

  • Meaning: Helmet-wearing chief
  • Origin: Irish, Scottish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Kenedy, Kennidy, Kennedee, Kennedi, Kennadi, Kennady, Kennedey, Kennedie
  • Famous Namesakes: Former MTV VJ Kennedy
  • Peak Popularity: Kennedy is more common for girls than for boys. For boys, it enjoyed a short spike in usage during the 1960s and another from 1994 to 2005. It has been a trendy name for girls since 1994, and by 2011 it earned a spot on the top 100 girls name chart. By 2017, it attained a new high of 58.
  • Fun Fact: One of the most prominent political families in U.S. history is the Kennedy family. They are sometimes referred to as America’s version of a royal family.

Kieran

  • Meaning: Having dark hair
  • Origin: Irish, Scottish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Kieren, Kieron, Kierin, Kyran, Kiren, Keiran
  • Famous Namesakes:  Singer Kieran Ackerman, actor Kieran Culkin
  • Peak Popularity: Kieran has experienced a steady usage as a boys name since 1992. Its peak year was 2011. It is not so popular for girls.
  • Fun Fact: The Indian culture has a similar name, Kiran, meaning ray of light.

Lane

  • Meaning: One who takes the narrow path or from the narrow road
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Lain, Laine, Laen, Layn, Layne
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Lane Brody, actor Lane Davies
  • Peak Popularity: Lane is more often a boys name and a girls name. For boys, It has been a top 1000 name since 1929 with 1995 being its peak year. For girls, it is not on the top 1,000 charts.
  • Fun Fact: Lois Lane is a popular comic book character and Superman’s romantic partner.

Leighton

  • Meaning: From the town near the meadow
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Leyton, Layton, Leightun, Laytun, Leighten, Layten
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional football player Leighton Vander Esch, actress Leighton Meester
  • Peak Popularity: Leighton has been a traditional name for boys. Between 1908 and 2018, it appeared on the top 1,000 names for boys 14 times. It made the top 1,000 list of girl names in 2009 and has been gaining massive acceptance ever since.
  • Fun Fact: The Indian Ocean in Australia is known for its numerous beaches, including the popular Leighton Beach.

Lennon

  • Meaning: A small cape or cloak, child of love, or dear one
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Lennan, Lennin, Lenin, Lenon, Lennen
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Lennon Murphy, actress Lennon Parham
  • Peak Popularity: Lennon is a last name that is now gaining ground as a first name. It is a top 1,000 name for both genders since 2013 and trending upward.
  • Fun Fact: John Lennon is one of the co-founders of The Beatles, a popular English rock band.

Leslie

  • Meaning: From the grey fortress or the holly garden
  • Origin: Scottish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Lesley, Lesli, Leslea, Lesleigh, Lezlie, Lezlie, Leslee, Lezly, Lesly
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Leslie Ann Warren, actor Leslie Nielsen
  • Peak Popularity: Leslie became a top 100 boys name in the early 1900s. It continued to be a trendy name until the mid-1970s. It started ranking poorly shortly after and finally dropped from the top 1000 boys name chart in 1998. For girls, Leslie has been a top 1,000 name for the last 100 years. For most of the previous 50 years, it was a top 200 name.
  • Fun Fact: Dr Leslie Winkle is a recurring character on the popular TV show The Big Bang Theory.

Logan

  • Meaning: Of the hollow
  • Origin: Scottish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Logann, Logyn, Login, Logynn, Logenn, Logun, Logen
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Logan Browning, actor Logan Lerman
  • Peak Popularity: For boys, Logan has been a consistent name for the past 100 years. It has gained massive recognition in recent times, and in 2017 it ranked at number 5. For girls, it started gaining traction in 1988, climbing as high as 293 in 2017.
  • Fun Fact: Mount Logan is in Canada is 19,551 feet high, making it the highest mountain in the Country.

London

  • Meaning: The capital of the United Kingdom
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Londun, Lunden, Londen, Lundon
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional football player London Fletcher, San Francisco Mayor London Breed
  • Peak Popularity: London is more well-known for girls than boys. For boys, 2010 was its most popular year with a rank of 504. For girls, It was a top 100 name from 2011 to 2014 and continues to be fashionable.
  • Fun Fact: One of the most popular children’s traditional game and song is ‘London Bridge Is Falling Down.’

Marin

  • Meaning: Of the sea
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Marrin, Marren, Maren, Maryn
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Maren Morris, actress Marin Hinkle,
  • Peak Popularity: Marin is more stylish for girls than boys. For girls, its most successful years was 2004 when it topped at the rank of 836. It is a reasonably unique name for boys and is not on the top 1000 chart.
  • Fun Fact: One of the main roads in Jersey City, New Jersey, is the Marin Boulevard.

Mickey

  • Meaning: One who is closest to, or like God
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Micky, Mickee, Mickie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Mickey Rooney, baseball player Mickey Mantle,
  • Peak Popularity: Mickey has been a top 1000 boys name for much of the last century. Its most successful year was 1957. It began losing ground and finally fell off the top 1,000 boys list in 1998. For girls, Mickey was most popular in 1948 and was a top 1,000 girls name from 1920 until 1960.
  • Fun Fact: Mickey Mouse is one of the most popular and loved fictional characters of all time.

Montana

  • Meaning: Of the mountains
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Montayna, Montanna
  • Famous Namesakes: Model Montana Cox, musician Montana Slim,
  • Peak Popularity: Montana is equally trendy for boys and girls. It entered the top 1,000 list for both genders in 1993. It continues to be a trendy name for girls but dropped off the boys’ names chart in 1999.
  • Fun Fact: Hannah Montana – played by Miley Cyrus – is the lead character in the famous Nickelodeon in the teen series of the same name.

Morgan

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Circling or travelling the sea
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Morghan, Morgen, Morganne, Morgyn, Morgin, Morgane, Morgann
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Morgan Fairchild, actor Morgan Freeman
  • Peak Popularity: Over the last century, Morgan has been a top 1,000 boys name. It hit the top 1000 name for girls in the 1970s and quickly became a top 100 name for girls, reaching number 22 in 1997. It still remains a popular name for both sexes but is more often a girls name.
  • Fun Fact: Morgan is an Orca whale living at Loro Parque in Spain.

Nevada

  • Meaning: From a place covered with snow
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Navada, Navadah, Nevadah
  • Famous Namesakes: Dutchess of Porto Nevada Stoody Hayes, author Nevada Barr
  • Peak Popularity: Nevada is more frequently a girl’s name than a boy’s name. It is not currently a top 1,000 entry for either sex.
  • Fun Fact: The Sierra Nevada – meaning snow-covered mountains – is a mountain range in the western part of the United States.

Noel

  • Meaning: Christmas
  • Origin: French
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Noelle
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Noel Gallagher, playwright Noel Coward
  • Peak Popularity: Noel has been trendier for boys than for girls, consistently hovering around 400 in recent years. That spelling was also on the top 1000 girl name chart before falling out in 1999. The spelling Noelle is more often given to girls and reached a new high of 228 in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: In the medieval era, Noel was often given to children born around Christmas.

Oakley

  • Meaning: from where the oak trees grow, Sturdy, or strong
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Oaklee, Oaklie, Okleigh, Oklay, Oakly, Oklie, Oakleigh, Oakli
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Oakley Hall, actor Oaklee Pendergast
  • Peak Popularity: Oakley saw some popularity as a boys name between 1901 and 1920. It resurfaced in 2011 after 90 years off of the top 1,000 list and is rising in usage. For girls, Oakley showed up on the top 1,000 list in 2013 and is now equally a stylish name for both genders.
  • Fun Fact: Oakley is a popular brand of designer clothing, eyewear, and sunglasses.

Owen

  • Meaning: Born into high society
  • Origin: Scottish, Welsh
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Owin, Owan, Owinne, Owynne, Owyn, Owain, Owinn, Owynn, Owwen, Owenn
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional wrestler Owen Hart, actor Owen Wilson
  • Peak Popularity: While it is a gender-neutral name, Owen is more often given to boys than to girls. It is a recurring name on top 100 lists for boys since 2002, reaching a high of 23 in 2016.
  • Fun Fact: Among Jay Leno’s car collection is an early 1916 Owen Magnetic luxury car

Paris

  • Meaning: From the capital city of France
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Parris, Paeris, Paerris, Paryss, Parice, Pariss, Parys
  • Famous Namesakes: Director Paris Barclay, reality TV heiress Paris Hilton,
  • Peak Popularity: Paris is more famous for girls than for boys. It saw a rise in popularity for boys in 1991, and its peak year for girls was 2004.
  • Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, Paris is the Prince of Troy, who started the Trojan war by kidnapping Helen.

Parker

  • Meaning: Keeper or manager of the park
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Parkor, Parkir, Parkyr
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Parker Posie, actor Parker Stevenson,
  • Peak Popularity: Parker has been consistently trendy for boys since the early 1920s. It has seen a rise in usage in recent years and is a top 100 boy name since 2009. Parker reached the top 1,000 list of girls names in 1999. It continues to gain popularity reaching 162 in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Peter Parker is the lead character of the popular comic series Amazing Spider-Man.

Peyton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town of the warriors and soldiers
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Paeten, Paeton, Peytun, Paiton, Paytyn, Peytyn, Paton, Payten, Paiten, Paytun, Peyten, Peytin
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Peyton List, professional football player Peyton Manning
  • Peak Popularity: Peyton has been a top 1,000 boys name for over 25 years, reaching its all-time high in 2007. For girls, Peyton hit the top 1,000 list in 1992 and ranking highest in 2009 at number 42.
  • Fun Fact: Peyton Place is the name of a soap opera, film, and novel.

Phoenix

  • Meaning: Dark red
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings:  Feenix, Feenyx Phoenyx, Phenix, Pheenyx, Phoenicks, Pheenix, Phenyx
  • Peak Popularity: Phoenix is steadily growing as a fashionable name for both genders. For boys, it first appeared on the top 1,000 list in 1995 with a rank of 252 in 2018. For girls, it showed up on the top 1,000 list in 2003 and rose to number 353 in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: A phoenix is a mythical immortal creature. After living a long life, it bursts into flames and is then reborn from the ashes.

Presley

  • Meaning: From the place where the priest lives
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Preslie, Presli, Preslay, Preslee, Presly, Pressly, Pressley, Presleigh, Prezly, Prezlie, Prezlee, Prezleigh
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Presley Smith, model Presley Gerber
  • Peak Popularity: Presley was more popular for boys, but is now more fashionable for girls. It was most popular for boys in 1903, and for girls, its most successful year was 2015.
  • Fun Fact: Elvis Presley – known as “The King of Rock and Roll” – was an actor and actor who had a massive impact on music and culture.

Quinn

  • Meaning: Having intelligence, reason, and wisdom, or descendant of the chief
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Quin, Quynn, Quenn, Quiyn, Qwinn, Quinne, Qwinne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Quinn Shepard, professional basketball player Quinn Buckner
  • Peak Popularity: Quinn is most times a girls name than a boys name. For girls, it has been a top 100 name since 2015. Its most successful year as a boys name was 2009 at a rank of 256.
  • Fun Fact: One of the characters in the series “The Vampire Chronicles” by Anne Rice is Tarquinn “Quinn” Blackwood.

Rain

  • Meaning: Wise counsellor or ruler
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Rayne, Rayn, Raine, Rainn, Reign, Reyne, Rainne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Rain Phoenix, actor Rainn Wilson,
  • Peak Popularity: Rain is rare and unique for both sexes.
  • Fun Fact: Apart from being a given name, Rain is also the name of a few books, places, music groups, many songs and movies.

Reagan

  • Meaning: Child of the king, little ruler
  • Origin: Scottish, Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Ragan, Rheagan, Regan, Reganne, Reaganne, Raegan, Raygan, Reaghan, Raeghan, Reghan, Raghan
  • Famous Namesakes: Race car driver Regan Smith, actress Reagan Gomez-Preston
  • Peak Popularity: Reagan is very popular for girls. It secured a spot in top 100 girls name in 2016, peaking at number 97. It is less trendy for boys, but in 2004, it reached number 596.
  • Fun Fact: The 40th President of the United States of America was Ronald Reagan.

Reed

  • Meaning: Having red hair
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Read, Reade, Reid, Reede
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Reed Deming, actor Reed Alexander
  • Peak Popularity: Reed is more commonly given to boys than girls. For boys, it has been a top 1,000 name for over 100 years with 2014 as its most popular year. Its a unique name for girls.
  • Fun Fact: A reed is a piece of flat wood or metal that is added to the mouthpiece of Saxophones, Clarinets, and some other instruments to produce the musical sound. The reeds are made from certain types of plants.

Reese

  • Meaning: Having great enthusiasm and passion
  • Origin: Welsh
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Reiss, Reece, Rhys, Riese, Riece, Ries, Rees
  • Famous Namesakes: Olympian Reese Hoffa, actress Reese Witherspoon
  • Peak Popularity: Reese is a little trendier for girls than boys. Its highest point for girls was 128 in 2012 and 368 for boys in 2003.
  • Fun Fact: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a much loved American candy made with peanut butter and chocolate.

Remington

  • Meaning: From an English surname
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Remy, Remi
  • Famous Namesakes: Remington Blackstock (son of singer Kelly Clarkson), Television character Remington Steele.
  • Peak Popularity: Remington is trendier for boys, reaching its highest point in 2018 at 245. But it also began to gain traction for girls in 2014. In 2018, it ranked at a high of 362. Remy also peaks for girls at 537.
  • Fun Fact: Eliphalet Remington is the founder of Remington Arms; a firearms manufacturing company in the U.S.

Ricky

  • Meaning: Brave leader
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Ricki, Rickey, Rikkey, Ricquie, Rickie, Rickee, Rikki, Rikky, Rikie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Ricki Lake, singer Ricky Martin
  • Peak Popularity: Ricky is more popular for boys making it more unique for girls. It reached its high in 1959 but has been a top 1,000 name for boys since 1940.
  • Fun Fact: Richard “Ricky” Jared Harper is one of the Harper quadruplets in the Nickelodeon Series ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn.’

Riley

  • Meaning: From the rye field, or brave and courageous
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Rylie, Reilly, Reilley, Rileigh, Ryleigh, Rylee, Rilee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Riley Keough, Professional football player Riley Cooper
  • Peak Popularity: Riley is equally fashionable for both sexes. For boys, it has been a top 1,000 name for over a century and was a top 100 boys name in 2002. Since 2002, it has been a top 100 girls name and reached a peak of 22 in 2016.
  • Fun Fact: Riley Anderson is the main character of Disney Pixar’s film Inside Out.

River

  • Meaning: a Flowing body of water
  • Origin: Modern English
  • Famous Namesakes: River Blackstock (daughter of singer Kelly Clarkson), Actor River Phoenix
  • Peak Popularity: In the past two decades, River has been a popular name for both genders. It reached a new high of 244 for girls and 197 for boys in 2018
  • Fun Fact: River has appeared as a name in the Harry Potter series, “Doctor Who,” and “Firefly.”

Robin

  • Meaning: Social, bright with fame
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Robyn, Robbin, Robynne, Robben, Robynn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Robin Wright, singer Robin Thicke, Actor and comedian Robin Williams
  • Peak Popularity: Robin is a more popular name for girls than boys. It peaked highest for boys in 1956 at number 143. It was a top 100 name for girls from 1953 until 1980. It has less popular for both sexes in recent years.
  • Fun Fact: RobinHood is a fictional character who robs from the rich and uses the proceedings to cater to the poor.

Rory

  • Meaning: Chief or Red ruler
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Rori, Rorie, Rorry, Rorey, Roree, Rorri, Rorrey
  • Famous Namesakes: Director Rory Kennedy, professional golfer Rory McIlroy
  • Peak Popularity: Rory has been a regular boys name, but is growing in popularity for girls since 2008. It was number 579 for girls and 368 for boys in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Rori is one of the three moons that orbit the planet Naboo in Star Wars.

Rowan

  • Meaning: Little red one
  • Origin: Scottish, Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Roan, Roane, Rowyn, Rowynn, Rowanne, Rowin, Rowen, Rowann
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Rowan Blanchard, actor Rowan Atkinson
  • Peak Popularity: Rowan is enjoying a steady increase in usage for both genders. It made the top 1,000 charts for girls in 2003 and boys in 1999. In 2018 it ranked 211 for girls and 129 for boys.
  • Fun Fact: Rowan is a type of ash tree found in the colder areas of the northern hemisphere. It produces reddish-orange berries.

Ryan

  • Meaning: Little Ruler
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Rian, Ryen, Ryanne, Ryann, Ryon, Rhyan, Rion, Rionne, Rhyon
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Ryan Newman, TV personality Ryan Seacrest, Actor Ryan Gosling
  • Peak Popularity: Ryan has been a consistent boys name since 1971 ranking at the 11th spot in 1986, 1990, and 1991. For girls, it’s not so common but has consistently hit the top 1,000 girls name chart since 1974.
  • Fun Fact: Ryan Reynolds is a Canadian-American actor who is known for his roles in movies like Deadpool, Detective Pikachu, and Green Lantern.

Sage

  • Meaning: Prophet or wise one
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Saige, Saje, Saije, Sayge
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional football player Sage Rosenfels, Olympic snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg
  • Peak Popularity: Sage is a bit trendier for girls than boys. It made the top 1,000 boys name list in 1991 and girls in 1993. It reached number 307 for girls and 438 for boys in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Sage is an evergreen plant known for its savoury and peppery taste. It is often used in many culinary dishes.

Sasha

  • Meaning: Defender of humankind
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Sacha, Sascha
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, former First Daughter Sasha Obama
  • Peak Popularity: Sasha is more popular for girls than for boys. For the past 100 years, it hasn’t been a top 1000 name for boys. However, it has been a popular entry in the top 1000 girl names since 1972 peaked in the year in 1988 at 147.
  • Fun Fact: Sasha Williams is a fictional character in the TV series The Walking Dead. She is a firefighter turned sniper.

Sawyer

  • Meaning: A woodcutter
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Sauyer, Soiyer, Sawyr
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Sawyer Fredericks, Actor Sawyer Sweeten
  • Peak Popularity: Sawyer is equally fashionable for both genders. For boys, it quickly rose in ranks after its debut in the top 1,000 list for boys in 1991. It’s been a top 100 name for boys since 2015. For girls, it rose to a high of 216 in 2018 after making the top 1,000 list in 2010.
  • Fun Fact: Tom Sawyer is the main character of the classic American novel “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” written by Mark Twain.

Scout

  • Meaning: One who sources for information, explores, and discovers
  • Origin: American
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Scoutt, Skout, Scoutte, Scowt
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Scout LaRue Willis, actress Scout Taylor-Compton
  • Peak Popularity: Scout is a relatively rare name. It made its first appearance in the top 1000 for girls in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Scout Finch is the young daughter of Atticus Finch and narrator of the novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.

Shannon

  • Meaning: Having great wisdom, smart
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Shannen, Shanon, Shannun, Shannin, Shannyn, Shannan
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional football player Shannon Sharpe, actress Shannon Woodward
  • Peak Popularity: Shannon is more commonly given to girls than boys. It was a top 100 girls name from 1968 to 1998 peaking in 1976 at number 17. It reached the highest point as a boys name in 1972 at number 94. Shannon has lost traction in recent times and is no longer on the top 1,000 list for both sexes.
  • Fun Fact: The longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon.

Shawn

  • Meaning: God is gracious and merciful
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Sean, Shaun, Shawne, Shawnne, Shaunne, Seanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Shawn Wayans, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, musician Big Sean
  • Peak Popularity: Shawn is a more popular name for boys. It was a top 100 boys name from 1964 to 1995. For girls, Its most popular year was 1971 when it peaked at 168.
  • Fun Fact: Shawn Michaels is a legend in the world of Pro Wrestling. He is also known as the Heartbreak Kid.

Shay

  • Meaning: Like a hawk or admired and respected
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Shai, Shey, Shaye, Shae
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Shay Mooney, actress Shay Mitchell
  • Peak Popularity: Shay is a bit unique for both genders. For girls, its most popular year was 1971 where it ranked at 893. For boys, its highest peak rank was 837 in 1991.
  • Fun Fact: Shai (Shay) is the God of Destiny and Fate in Egyptian mythology.

Shiloh

  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Shilo
  • Famous Namesakes: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (child of actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt)
  • Peak Popularity: Shiloh made the top 1,000 list for girls in 2006 and boys in 2015. In 2018, it ranked at 709 for boys and 562 for girls.
  • Fun Fact: In the bible, Shiloh was a place name and might refer to the Messiah. It’s also a place in the United States where a major battle was fought during the Civil War.

Skylar

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Intelligent and scholarly
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Skyler, Skylor, Skylear, Schuyler
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional basketball player Skylar Diggins, Actor Skylar Astin
  • Peak Popularity: Skylar has been a top 1,000 boys name since 1981, and a top 1,000 girls name since 1990. Its highest rank as a boys name was 356 in the year 2000. Its highest rank as a girls name was 42 in 2016.
  • Fun Fact: Skylar is a fictional character played by Minnie Driver in the 1997 motion picture Good Will Hunting.

Sloan

  • Meaning: An invader, warrior or a strong protector
  • Origin: Irish
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Slone, Slonne, Sloanne, Sloane
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional tennis player Sloane Stephens, writer Sloane Crosley,
  • Peak Popularity: Sloan is more common for girls than boys. It is not on the top 1,000 list of boys names. It is a top 1,000 name for girls since 2011, and it’s gaining ground every year. In 2018, it hit number 585.
  • Fun Fact: Sloan is the name of a rock band from Canada.

Storm

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Powerful and volatile like severe weather
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Storme
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional baseball player Storm Davis, Actress Storm Reid
  • Peak Popularity: Storm is also a unique name. It hit the top 1,000 list of boys name from 1991 through 1997 climbing as high as 840 in 1995. In the last century, Storm hasn’t debuted in the top 1,000 list of girl names.
  • Fun Fact: Storm is a member of the X-Men and powerful fictional character with the ability to control the weather.

Sydney

  • Meaning: From the wide pasture or wide island
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cidney, Sidney, Sydnee, Sydnie, Sidnie, Sidnee, Cydnee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Syndey Poitier and her father actor Sidney Poitier
  • Peak Popularity: Sydney was more well-known for boys in the early 1900s and more well-known for girls in the late 1900s and into the 21st century. Its most successful year as a boys name was 1913, and its most successful year as a girls name was 2002.
  • Fun Fact: Sydney is a top tourist destination and the largest city in Australia.

Tanner

  • Meaning: Maker of leather or hide
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Taner, Tannor, Tannar
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Tanner Cohen, actor Tanner Buchanan
  • Peak Popularity: Tanner is more stylish as a boy’s name than a girl’s name. It has been a top 1,000 boys name since 1976 rising to a rank of 82 in 1998. For girls, it is currently not a top 1,000 entrée.
  • Fun Fact: One of the Islands that make up the Pickersgill Island chain is the Tanner Island and is located off the western coast of South Georgia Island in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tatum

  • Meaning: Cheery and full of spirit, bringer of joy
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Taetum, Tatem, Taitem, Tatym, Tatim, Taitum
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Tatum O’Neal, actor Channing Tatum
  • Peak Popularity: Tatum is a little more well-known for girls than boys. It made the top 1,000 girls name chart in 1994 and the boys name chart in 2010. Its most popular year for both sexes was 2013 finishing at number 329 for girls and number 546 for boys.
  • Fun Fact: one of the mountains that make up the Alaska Range in Denali National Park, Alaska is Mount Tatum.

Taylor

  • Meaning: Garment maker, cloth cutter, style setter
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Tailor, Tayler, Tailour, Taylore, Tailer, Taylour
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Taylor Lautner, singer Taylor Swift
  • Peak Popularity: Taylor has been a popular name for boys for over 100 years. It was a top 100 boys name from 1988 to 1998. Taylor began to grow in popularity for girls in the early 1980s and was a top 10 girls name from 1993 through 1999. It continues to be trendy for both genders.
  • Fun Fact: Lord & Taylor is a high-end department store that was founded in New York in 1826.

Tony

  • Meaning: Priceless, praiseworthy
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Toni, Tonee, Tonie, Toney
  • Famous Namesakes: singer Toni Braxton, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk
  • Peak Popularity: Tony has been consistently famous for boys for more than a century. It’s most successful year was 1965 where it ranked at number 48. Tony is not a top girl’s name. However, the variation Toni was a top 1,000 girls name from 1923 until 2007. Its most popular year was 1968 at number 146.
  • Fun Fact: Tony Stark – also known as Iron Man – is one of the most loved fictional characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He sacrificed his life to save the world by reversing Thanos’ “Snap” that wiped out half of the world’s population in the Avengers: End Game.

Tristan

  • Meaning: Sad, tumultuous, or full of sorrow
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Tristram, Tristen Trysten, Trystan, Trystin, Tristean, Tristian, Tristain, Triston, Tristann, Tristanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Tristan McIntosh, professional basketball player Tristan Thompson
  • Peak Popularity: Tristan is a more fashionable name for boys than girls. Its most successful year for both genders was 1996, reaching a high of 68 for boys and 592 for girls.
  • Fun Fact: Sir Tristan or Tristram was one of King Arthur’s Knights and a member of the round table.

Wesley

  • Meaning: From the meadow in the west
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Wesli, Weslie, Westley, Westleigh, Wessly, Wessley, Whesley, Whessley, Wezley, Westly, Wesleigh, Wesslie, Weslee, Wesly
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional football player Wesley Woodyard, actor Wesley Snipes
  • Peak Popularity: Wesley has been a top 200 favourite boys name for at least the last 100 years. It peaked in popularity in 1977 at the 66th spot. It is more unique for girls.
  • Fun Fact: John Wesley was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian who founded the Methodist movement and the Methodist Church.

Whitney

  • Meaning: White and fresh from the white island
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Witney, Whittney, Whitnie, Whittnie, Whiteny, Whittany, Whitnee, Whitiny, Whitany, Whitnay, Witny, Whitteny, Witteny
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional football player Whitney Mercilus, singer Whitney Houston
  • Peak Popularity: Whitney is currently more fashionable for girls. It hit the top 1,000 list of girls name in 1962 and was a top 100 girls name from 1985 to 1994. Its peak year was 1986 with a rank of 32. For boys, it’s most successful year was 1986 at the 567th spot.
  •  Fun Fact: The Whitney Museum of American Art – known informally as the Whitney – is an art museum located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, New York.

Winter

  • Meaning: Born in the winter season
  • Origin: English
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Wintar, Whinter, Wynter, Winnter, Whintyr, Wintur, Whintar, Wintyr
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Wynter Gordon, reality TV actress Winter Ramos
  • Peak Popularity: Winter is currently more well-known for girls than boys. In 2018, it reached a rank of 390 for girls, but it’s not a top 1,000 name for boys.
  • Fun Fact: Winter is a famous dolphin and a major character in the movie Dolphin Tale.
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Ekokotu Emmanuel Eguono is a mass communicator and fashion designer. When he is not behind a laptop screen or on a sewing machine, he spends his time netflixing and swimming.
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