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Unisex Baby Names

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A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

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Abbot – A Hebrew name meaning 'father'. But don't let that masculine meaning fool you, this name would work well for a boy or a girl.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Abbie

Potential nicknames for a boy: Abe

Aiden – An Irish name meaning 'little and fiery'. An alternative spelling could be Aidan. Although usually thought of as a boy's name, it was used for a female character in television show CSI:NY.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Ada

Potential nicknames for a boy: Ade, Denny.

Alijah – A Hebrew name meaning 'Yahweh is god'. An alternative spelling is Elijah.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Ali, Eli.

Arlo – A French name meaning 'free man'.

For a boy it could be short for: Charles, Carlos.

Similar names: Arla.

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Bellamy – An English/Irish name meaning 'fine friend'. An example of the feminine use of this name is Bellamy Young, actress from television show 'Scandal'. An example of a masculine use of this name is Bellamy Blake, a male character in television show 'The 100'.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Bella, Belle, Ella, Amy.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Bell.

Blake – An English name meaning 'fair-haired'. Although most commonly thought of as a boy's name, for example Blake Harrison, best known for his role in 'The Inbetweeners', it's also been recognised as of late as a girl's name too. This could be a result of Blake Lively stepping onto the scene, best known from 'Gossip Girl', however she has gone on to star in many other titles.

Bowie – A Scottish name meaning 'blonde'. This name is mostly thought of as a surname, with most references being to the late David Bowie, however it's starting to crop up as a first name, and a pretty cool one at that.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Bow.

Brett – A Beltic name meaning 'from Brittany'. If you want to put a more feminine twist into this name for a girl, adding an 'e' to make it 'Brette' might have the desired effect.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Bree

Briar – An English name meaning 'a thorny patch'. This may seem like quite a masculine choice for a gender neutral name, but sleeping beauty was actually titled 'Little Briar Rose' in some versions.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Bri.

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Cameron – A Scottish name meaning 'crooked nose'. Cameron was originally a male name used throughout Scotland, however in the US, Australia and the UK it is popularly used as a unisex name. A well known example of this used as a feminine name is actress Cameron Diaz, recognised for her roles in Charlies Angels, The Holiday and My Sister's Keeper, among many more big titles.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Cam

Potential nicknames for a girl: Cammie

Camden – A Scottish name meaning 'winding valley'. This is a relatively new name, which has had a boost as a result of multiple celebrity parents choosing this name since 2012.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Cam, Cammie.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Cam, Denny.

Charlie – A French name meaning 'free man'. This nickname has been used for years, with comic actor and filmmaker Charles 'Charlie' Chaplin going by it back in 1900. An alternative nickname for Charles is 'Chuck'.

For a boy it could be short for: Charles, Charlton.

For a girl it could be short for: Charlotte.

Colby – An English name meaning 'from a coal town'. Although it's mainly thought of as a male name, it is being increasingly used as a female name. For example, singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat has a sweet feminine twist on the name. Another variation on this name is 'Coby' – often used as a nickname for 'Jacob'. Spelling variations are used by Kobe Bryant, American basketball player, and actress Cobie Smulders, known for her role in 'How I Met Your Mother'.

For a boy it could be short for: Jacob.

For a girl it could be short for: Jacoba.

Connelly – An Irish name meaning 'love' and 'friendship'. It comes from the Irish surname 'Ó Conghalaigh' and most often seen as a surname. A spelling variation is Connolly.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Connie.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Conner/Connor.

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Dakota – An American place name meaning 'friendly one'. This name was most popular between 1993-2001, peaking at 56th most popular name in 1995. Notable example is actress Dakota Fanning who rose to fame as a child in 2005 starring in 'Hide and Seek' and 'War of the Worlds'. 

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Kota, Kody.

Devon – An English place name. It's an unusual name, often seen as a surname. It is the name of Irish actor Devon Murray, best known for his role as Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter franchise. BBC Radio 1 Presenter 'Dev' has this name with the spelling variation 'Devin'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Dev.

Drew – A Greek name meaning 'strong and manly'. Usually a shortened version of 'Andrew', this name is also used commonly for girls. For example, actress Drew Barrymore, who achieved fame as a child actress in E.T.

For a boy it could be short for: Andrew.

Dylan – A Welsh name meaning 'son of the sea'. While this name is widely thought of as a masculine name, it's been used for girls for quite a few years – Ralph Lauren named his daughter Dylan in 1974. A common spelling variation is 'Dillon', however this variation is more commonly used for boys.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Dyl/Dill.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Laney.

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Eden – A Hebrew name meaning a 'place of delight'. It's considered to be a variant of feminine name Edith and masculine name Aidan. The first recorded use of Eden as a given name is in ancient Israel from the book of Genesis.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Ede, Edie.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Denny.

Elliot – A Hebrew name meaning 'Jehovah is god'. Spelling variations include; Eliot, Elliotte, and Elliott. Although traditionally a male name, it's use for females has become more popular, potentially due to the use of it for female character Elliot Reid in television show 'Scrubs'.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Ellie, Elle.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Eli.

Ellis – A Welsh name meaning 'benevolent'. Emily Bronte wrote 'Wuthering Heights' under the male pseudonym 'Ellis Bell'. However it is far more common now for Ellis to be used as a female name also.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Ellie, Elle.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Eli.

Everett – A German name meaning 'brave boar'. A boys name that has steadily made the crossover into unisex. This could stem from the similarity it holds to names such as Eva and Evelyn.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Eve.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Rett/Rhett.

Ezra – A Hebrew name meaning 'help'. Although it would work perfectly for either gender as is, there is also the option of spelling it 'Esra' for a slightly more feminine take on the name.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Ezzie/Essie.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Ez.

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Finlay – An Irish/Scottish name meaning 'fair-haired hero'. It is spelt in Scottish Gaelic as 'Fionnlagh'. Other alternative spellings include Fionnla, and Findláech.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Fin/Fionn (both pronounced 'fin').

Flynn – An Irish name meaning 'son of the red-haired one'. Flynn Berry is the name of a female writer – best known for novel 'Under the Harrow'.

Farrell – An Irish name meaning 'courageous'. Most commonly seen as a surname, Farrell has crossed over into first name territory. Although fairly masculine sounding, it's similarity to 'Farrah' gives it that feminine touch.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Elle.

Frankie – An affectionate nickname given for a couple of different names. For a female it's likely short for Francesca, Frances or Francine, and for a male it is likely a variation of Frank or Francis. Sometimes spelt Franky.

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Garcia – A Portuguese name meaning 'bear'. If you're looking for an unusual, but lively name, this surname-turned-first name could be a strong contender.

Grady – An Irish name meaning 'noble'. More commonly thought of as a surname, this is a unique choice for either a girl or a boy.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Gray.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Ady.

Grayson – An English name meaning 'son (or daughter) of the bailiff'. An alternative spelling is 'Gracen'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Gray, Gracie.

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Hadley – An English name meaning 'heather field'. Although a seemingly masculine name, it was actually the name of Earnest Hemmingway's first wife.

Harley – An English name meaning the 'hare's meadow' – from the Old English words 'hara' (hare) and 'leah' (meadow).

Hayden – An English name meaning 'heather-grown hill'. Spelling variants include Haydn, Haydon, Haeden, and Heyden. Some notable Haydens of each gender are; Hayden Christiensen, a Canadian actor known for his role in 'Star Wars'; Hayden Panettiere, an American actress who found fame in her role on television show 'Heroes'.

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Imri – A Hebrew name with unknown meaning. An alternative spelling is 'Imry'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Im.

Ira – A Hebrew name meaning 'watchful one'. It is pronounced 'Eye-rah'. It's very similar to the Welsh female name 'Eira' (pronounced 'ay-ra' or 'eye-ra') meaning 'snow'.

For a girl it could be short for: Eirene, Irina.

Isa – An Arabic name meaning 'Jesus'. It can be pronounced 'eye-sa' or 'ee-sa'.

Alternative spellings include Issa, Esa, and Eissa.

For a girl it could be short for: Isabella, Isadora.

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January – A Latin name referring to 'Janus' who is the Roman god of doorways. It is, obviously, the name of the first month in the Gregorian calendar. But with a few notable people with this name, it is an entirely legitimate name. January Jones, actress known best for her role in 'Mad Men' is probably the most current credit to this name, however male artist January Suchodolski (1797-1875) demonstrates the versatility of this name as unisex.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Jan, Ary/Ari.

Jonah – A Hebrew name meaning 'dove'. A name mainly considered to be male, Jonah is making the crossover into unisex territory.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Jo/Joe.

Jude – A Latin name meaning 'praised'. Most notably the name of Jude Law, actor and household name, however female musician Jude Abbott demonstrates the use of this name as gender neutral.

For a girl it could be short for: Judith.

For a boy it could be short for: Judah.

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Kendall – An English name meaning 'valley of the river Kent'. The most widely known example of this name is probably Kendall Jenner, younger sibling to the Kardashian clan. However actor and singer Kendall Schmidt demonstrates its use for males.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Kenny.

Kennedy – An Irish name meaning 'misshapen head'. So the meaning is not the most fortunate, but this name is a stylish anglicised form of Irish name 'Cinnéididh'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Kenny, Edy/Edey.

Kirby – An English name meaning 'church settlement'. American actress Kirby Bliss Blanton, known for her role in 'The Green Inferno'.

Kit – An English name meaning 'pure'. An abbreviation for numerous different names, which are both male and female. Female Irish politicion Kit Ahern used the shortened version from Catherine, and male actor, and father of Macaulay Culkin, Kit Culkin shortened his name from Christopher.

For a girl it could be short for: Katherine, Kathleen, Catherine, Katerina.

For a boy it could be short for: Christopher, Kristoff.

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Langley – An English name meaning 'long meadow'. An English surname crossing over into the first name territory.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Laney.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Lyle.

Lawrence – A Latin name meaning 'from Laurentium'. It is an Anglicised version of the French name Laurent. An alternative, and potentially more feminine, spelling of this name is 'Laurence'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Laurie/Lawrie.

Leighton – An English name meaning 'meadow town'. An alternative spelling is 'Lleyton'. Leighton Meester, actress best known for her role in Gossip Girl, is a strong advocate for this name as a female given name.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Leigh.

Linden – An English name meaning 'tree of the genius Tilla'. While always considered a more masculine name, actress Florence Lindon-Travers changed perceptions when she because professionally known as 'Linden Travers'.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Lindy, Lin.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Denny.

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Marlow – An English name meaning 'drift wood'. More commonly seen as a surname, Marlow would make a stylish given name for either a girl or a boy.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Marie, Marlie, Lowrie, Arlo.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Marley, Arlo.

Max – A Scottish name meaning 'great stream'. Like the name 'Kit', Max is a nickname which can be short for various different names, both male and female.

For a girl it could be short for: Maxine, Maxwell.

For a boy it could be short for: Maximillian, Maxwell.

Micah – A Hebrew name meaning 'who is like the lord'. A variant of the more popular 'Michael', it's far more accessible as a female name. A spelling variation is 'Micha'.

Monroe – A Scottish name meaning 'mouth of the Roe river'. Another stylish surname-first-name, its more commonly used as a male given name, but this choice could be popular for females due to its nod to 50s actress Marilyn Monroe.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Mon, Minnie, Roe.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Monty.

Murphy – An Irish name meaning 'hound of the sea'. This name could easily be discounted from the gender neutral party as a male name, however Candice Bergen's character 'Murphy Brown' from the television show by the same name could change your mind.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Murph.

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Niall – An Irish name meaning 'cloud'. Widely considered a boys name, with the help of Niall Horan, one fifth of band 'One Direction' and solo singer, however there is no reason this short and delicate name cannot be used for a baby girl too.

Noah – A Hebrew name meaning 'rest' and 'comfort'. Famously known as the name of biblical figure 'Noah', who built an ark to save each kind of animal from the Deluge.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Noie (pronounced No-ee).

Norris – A French name meaning 'northerner'.  Not an obvious choice for either gender, however it comes with a selection of unique nicknames.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Norrie, Reis.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Reis, Nox/Knox.

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Oakley – An English name meaning 'wood clearing'. Alternative spellings include 'Oakeley' and 'Oakleigh'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Lee, Leigh.

Oleander – A botanical name from Australia, it's pronounced 'O-lee-anne-der'. The shrub which shares the same name is similar to the vintage olive.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Leane, Olie.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Oli, Ander(s).

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Perrin – An English name meaning 'pear tree'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Perrie/Perry.

Penn – An English name meaning 'enclosure'. Penn Badgley, most known for his roles in 'Gossip Girl' and 'Easy A', and who has recently starred in Netflix original show 'You', shares this given name.

For a girl it could be short for: Penelope

For a boy it could be short for: Pendleton.

Peyton – An English name meaning 'fighting man's estate'. It is mostly popular in America, though there is not much difference in preference as a male or a female name.

Porter – A French name meaning 'carrier'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Terry/Teri.

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Quincy – A French name meaning 'estate of the fifth son'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Quin, Quince.

Quinn – An Irish name meaning 'leader'. A nickname for various names, both male and female.

For a girl it could be short for: Quintessa, Quintia, Quincy.

For a boy it could be short for: Quinlan, Quintin.

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Reese – A welsh name meaning 'ardor'. It is an anglicised version of the Welsh male name Rhys. Although mainly thought of as a male name, its most notable namesake, male or female, is likely Reese Witherspoon, actress and household name.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Ree.

Reid – An Irish name meaning 'red-haired'. Most often seen as a surname, this will make a very unique choice for either gender.

Riley – An Irish name meaning 'courageous', which can alternatively be spelt 'Reilly '. In the UK Riley is a popular boys name, being the 40th most popular choice in 2016.

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Sawyer – An English name meaning 'woodcutter'. Although uncommon, this name has a unique twist making it a prime choice if you're looking for something a little different.

Shawn – means 'god is gracious' with unknown origins. An alternative spelling is 'Sean'. Although primarily considered a male name, it is being increasingly used as a female given name; for example, former American Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson East.

Spencer – A French name meaning 'keeper of provisions'. This name has become increasingly popular over the years, especially in the US, and peaked in 1998 when 4,619 baby boys were named Spencer.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Spence.

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Taron – A Celtic name for 'thunder'. A notable namesake is Taron Egerton, British actor who starred as Elton John in the biopic film 'Rocketman'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Ronnie/Ronny.

Teddy – A Greek name meaning 'gift of god'. It's a nickname which stems from both male and female given names.

For a girl it could be short for: Theodora, Edwina.

For a boy it could be short for: Theodore, Edward, Edwin.

Theo – A Greek name meaning 'divine gift'. It's a nickname which stems from both male and female given names.

For a girl it could be short for: Theodora.

For a boy it could be short for: Theodore.

Troian – A surname meaning 'trinity'. It is pronounced 'Troy-an' and can be spelt in this way 'Troyan'. Although unusual, this name is often known as the name of actress Troian Bellisario, who is known for her role in television show 'Pretty Little Liars', and her appearance in show 'Suits'.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Troy/Troi.

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Wallis – A Welsh name meaning 'a Celt/Welshman'. It is recognised by most as the name of Wallis Simpson, the American socialite whose intended marriage to Edward VIII led to his abdication of the throne, and who later because the Duchess of Windsor. An alternative spelling is Wallace, which could be considered a more masculine version of the name.

Potential nicknames for a girl: Wally, Lissy, Lacey.

Potential nicknames for a boy: Wally.

Whitley – An English name meaning 'whit meadow'. Its similarity to the feminine name 'Whitney', makes it a lovely unique choice for a girl. Its ability to shorten to male given name 'Whit', makes it a strong choice for a boy.

Potential nicknames for a girl or a boy: Whit, Lee, Leigh.

Wren – An English name meaning 'bird', sharing its same name with the tiny bird.

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Yale – A Welsh name meaning 'vigarous'. This name makes a studious choice, sharing its title with the Ivy League university in America.

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