100 Gender-Neutral Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular gender-neutral baby names

A gender-neutral name is unisex, meaning you can give it to a girl or a boy. Some gender-neutral names like Avery and Kennedy are traditionally last names that turned into first names. Other names, such as Dana and Leslie which were once mainly boys names are now more common for girls. 

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There are many reasons to consider a gender-neutral name when deciding what to name your child. It may be a family name. You may believe it will help to prevent gender stereotyping or sexism in your child’s future. You may like the idea of a gender fluid or non-binary name. Or, you may just think unisex names are unique, cool, cute, and fun!

Whatever the reason, more and more families are trending toward using gender-neutral names for their babies. And, while there was a time when it seemed a little odd to use a last name as a first name or to take a more traditionally male name and use it for a girl, it's now commonplace. So, if you do choose this type of name, your child will surely know other kids with unisex names, too.

100 Popular and Unique Gender-Neutral Baby Names

Here are some popular and unique gender-neutral names along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information.

Addison

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Child of Adam
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Addyson, Addisyn, Addysen, Adison, Adyson, Adysen, Addisson
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Addison Riecke, baseball player Addison Russell
  • Peak Popularity: Addison was much more common for boys before the 1990s. It began to gain traction as a girls name in the mid-90s and has seen tremendous growth in popularity since. It peaked in 2007 but continues to be a very trendy name especially for girls.

Fun Fact: There are many towns with the name of Addison throughout the United States.

Adrian

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Of the sea, dark one, or from Hadria
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adrien, Adriann, Adrianne, Adrienne, Adryan
  • Famous Namesakes: Artist Adrian Piper, Popes Adrian I – VI, football player Adrian Peterson
  • Peak Popularity: Adrian has been and continues to be a fairly popular boys name. It peaked as a girls name in 1983, but fell out of the top 1000 in 2001.

Fun Fact: “Yo, Adrian!” is an iconic movie quote from the 1976 movie Rocky.

Aiden

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Fiery one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aidan, Aden, Adyen, Adyn, Adyan, Aedan
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Aiden Quinn and Aidan Gould
  • Peak Popularity: Aiden is much more popular for boys than girls. It peaked for boys in 2010 and 2011, but continues to top the charts.

Fun Fact: A quidditch player named Aidan appears in one of the books of the hugely popular Harry Potter series.

Alex

  • Origin: English and Greek
  • Meaning: Defender or protector of humankind
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alix, Allex, Alecs
  • Famous Namesakes: Baseball player Alex Rodriguez, game show host Alex Trebek
  • Peak Popularity: Alex has been and continues to be a popular name for boys. The name hit a peak for girls in 1995 and has seen a steady decline since, no longer making the top 1000, although Alexandra is at number 125.

Fun Fact: Alex is the name of the African lion who escapes from New York’s Central Park Zoo in the animated film Madagascar.

Andy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Andi, Andie, Andee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Andie MacDowell, actor Andy Griffith, artist Andy Warhol
  • Peak Popularity: Andy has enjoyed steady popularity for boys over the last 100 years having its most popular year in 1964. Although it is also given to girls, it is a much less popular girls name.

Fun Fact: Raggedy Andy is a doll and book character. He is Raggedy Ann’s brother and a member of the National Toy Hall of Fame.  

Angel

  • Origin: Latin and Greek
  • Meaning: Messenger of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Angele, Angell, Angelle, Angil
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Angel Coulby, Professional Golfer Angel Cabrera
  • Peak Popularity: Angel is more popular for girls among English speaking parents and more popular for boys among Spanish speaking parents. It had a peak year for girls in 2003 and a peak year for boys in 2006.

Fun Fact: The four most important angels are the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.

Archer

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: One who uses a bow and arrow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Archor, Archar, Archur, Archyr
  • Famous Namesakes: Famous American Archer Alexander, Painter Archer James Oliver
  • Peak Popularity: Archer is not a new name, but its popularity is only now rising. It has been on the top 1,000 list for boys since 2009 and ranked 239 in 2018. It is not as popular for girls.

Fun Fact: The Archer is the symbol for the zodiac sign of Sagittarius.

Ashton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town of ash trees
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Asheton, Ashtun, Ashetun, Ashtin, Ashetin, Ashtyn, Ashten
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Ashton Kutcher, singer Ashton Shepherd
  • Peak Popularity: Ashton was on the top 1,000 list of boys names in the early 1900s. It has been a top 200 name for boys since 2002 reaching its highest rank of 76 in 2004. Ashton showed up on the top 1,000 girls list in 1986. It achieved a peak rank of 260 in 1989 but dropped off the top 1,000 list for girls in 2006.

Fun Fact: Chez Ashton is a fast food restaurant located in Quebec, Canada.

Aspen

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A type of tree with leaves that flutter in the slightest wind or trembling and fluttering like the leaves of the aspen tree
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aspin
  • Peak Popularity: Aspen is only recently gaining popularity. It is more common for girls than boys with 2018 being its most successful year.

Fun Fact: Aspen, Colorado is a well-known destination for ski vacations.

August

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Revered, distinguished, deserving of respect
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Auguste
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer August Alsina, playwright August Wilson
  • Peak Popularity: August peaked in popularity for boys in the late 1800s. It is once again gaining popularity for both boys and girls, entering the top 1000 for girls in 2018, and was at 170 for boys that year as well.

Fun Fact: August is from the name Augustus, the first Roman Emperor.

Avery

  • Origin: English or French
  • Meaning: Ruler of elves
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Averie, Averi, Avary, Avari, Avarie
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Avery Winter, basketball player Avery Johnson
  • Peak Popularity: Avery is a last name that is now a first name. It is on the rise in popularity in recent years. Its most popular year for girls was 2013 at number 12, and its most popular year for boys was 2017 at number 181. It is continuing to grow as a favorite name for both sexes.

Fun Fact: Avery Arable is Fern’s mischievous big brother in the beloved childhood classic “Charlotte’s Web.”

Bailey

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A public officer of justice, a bailiff
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bailee, Bailie, Baylee, Bayley, Bayleigh, Baileigh
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Bailey James, gymnast Bailey Payne
  • Peak Popularity: Bailey peaked in popularity for both boys and girls in the late 1990s. It continues to be fashionable for girls. However, it’s popularity as a boys name has declined.

Fun Fact: A bailey is part of a castle. It is the courtyard area that is surrounded and protected by strong walls.

Blair

  • Origin: English and Scottish
  • Meaning: Child of the plains, field, or battlefield
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaire, Blare, Blayre
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Blair Underwood, golfer Blair O’Neal
  • Peak Popularity: Blair is a more unique name. It saw a peak for boys in 1953 and girls in 1988. It's made a comeback for girls and ranked 432 in 2018, close to its previous high point.

Fun Fact: Blair Castle is a historical castle in Blair Atholl, Scotland.

Blake

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dark and attractive
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaike, Blayke
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Blake Shelton, actress Blake Lively
  • Peak Popularity: Blake has been consistently popular for boys since 1945. It was a top 100 name for boys from 1989 through 2015 making it to number 72 in 2012. As a girls name, Blake hit the top 1,000 list in 1990. Its popularity is on the rise, and it reached number 269 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Blake’s 7 was the name of a British sci-fi TV show that ran from 1978 to 1981.

Brett

  • Origin: Celtic, French
  • Meaning: A Breton or someone from Brittany, France
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bret, Brette
  • Famous Male Namesakes: Football player Brett Favre, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, actress Brett Butler
  • Peak Popularity: Brett is more common for boys than girls. It peaked in popularity for both genders in 1986.

Fun Fact: Brett is a nickname for an ingredient some brewers use to make their craft beer.

Cameron

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Having a crooked nose
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Camron, Cameran, Camren, Cameryn, Camryn, Kameron, Kamryn, Camrin, Camerin, Kamrin, Kamerin
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Cameron Diaz, actor Cameron Boyce
  • Peak Popularity: Cameron is more well-known for boys than girls. It has been a top 100 name for boys since 1987. Its highest rank was number 31 in the year 2000. It made the top 1,000 list for girls in 1980 with 1999 as its most popular year.

Fun Fact: Cameron is the name of a crater on the moon.

Carson

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Carr’s son or dweller of the marsh
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Carsen, Karson, Karsen
  • Famous Namesakes: TV host Carson Daly, fashion expert Carson Kressley
  • Peak Popularity: Carson is currently very trendy for boys, and it had a great year in 2018, with a new high at number 70. It started rising in popularity as a girls name in the 1990s with the most girls receiving it in 1999.

Fun Fact: Carson Drew was the father of the famous fictional sleuth, Nancy Drew.

Cassidy

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Having curly hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cassidie, Cassidi, Kassidy, Cassadee,
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Cassadee Pope, rapper Cassidy
  • Peak Popularity: Cassidy is more common for girls than boys. It peaked for boys in 1984 and girls in 1999.

Fun Fact: “Cassidy” is the name of a song by The Grateful Dead.

Charlie

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Man, or free man
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Charli, Charlee, Charley, Charly, Charleigh
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Charlie Chaplin and Charlie Sheen
  • Peak Popularity: Charlie has maintained steady popularity as a boys name for over 100 years. It is growing for girls with 2018 being its most popular year at 152.

Fun Fact: Charlie the Tuna is the well-known mascot for StarKist Tuna.

Dakota

  • Origin: Native American
  • Meaning: Friendly, allies
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dakotah, Dakoda, Dakodah, Dacotah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Dakota Fanning and Dakota Johnson
  • Peak Popularity: Dakota reached a peak for boys in 1995, and remains a popular boys name. It is equally liked for girls, peaking in 2006. 

Fun Fact: Dakota is the name of a Native American tribe, a language, and two states in the US: North and South Dakota. 

Dallas

  • Origin: English and Scottish
  • Meaning: Living in the field
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dalles, Dalisse, Dallis
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, singer Demi Lovato’s sister Dallas Lovato
  • Peak Popularity: Dallas is more frequently a boys name. It reached a high for boys in 1995 but continues to rank in popularity. Its best year for girls was 1994.

Fun Fact: Dallas is a city in Texas. It is one of the top ten largest cities in the United States.

Dana

  • Origin: English and Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is the judge or a Dane from Denmark
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Danna, Daina, Dayna, Danah
  • Famous Namesakes: Comedian Dana Carvey, former White House Press Secretary and TV news personality Dana Perino
  • Peak Popularity: While Dana is still a strong name for boys, it has become a much more common girls name in recent years. It was most popular for boys in 1954 and girls in 1971. 

Fun Fact: Queen Latifah’s real name is Dana Owens.

Devon

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: A poet
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Devyn, Devan, Deven, Devin
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional wrestler Devon Storm, American politician Devin Nunes
  • Peak Popularity: The name Devon is given to boys much more often than girls. It was most popular for boys in 1994 and girls in 1991.

Fun Fact: Devon is also the name of a county in England.

Dylan

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Great tide
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dillan, Dillon
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Dylan McDermott, writer Dylan Thomas
  • Peak Popularity: Dylan has long been popular for boys, reaching 19 in 2003. It entered the top 1000 for girls in 1993 and had a high at number 353 in 2017.

Fun Fact: In Welsh myths, Dylan ail Don was a sea-god.

Evan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God is gracious or youth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Evyn, Evin, Evane
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Evan Rachel Woods, professional baseball player Evan Longoria
  • Peak Popularity: Evan has been a top 100 boys name since 1983 reaching number 35 in 2009. While it is also a girls name, it is much less common and has not made it into the top 1,000 names for girls in the last 100 years.

Fun Fact: Evan Hansen is the main character in the Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Emerson

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Child of Emery
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Emersyn, Emersen, Emmerson
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Emerson Brooks, musician Emerson Hart
  • Peak Popularity: Emerson was a more common boys name in the early part of the 20th century. It dropped for a while and began gaining ground once again around 2000 with its most popular year in 2018 at number 143. It made the top 1,000 list for girls in 2002 and is rising in the ranks. It also had its top year in 2017.

Fun Fact: The name Emerson may also take inspiration from the American writer, poet, and thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Finley

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: A hero or battle warrior with fair skin
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Finlay, Finnley, Finlea, Finleigh, Fynley, Phynley
  • Famous Namesakes: Astronomer Finlay Freundlich, musician Finely Quaye
  • Peak Popularity: Finley is equally trendy for boys and girls. It has seen a steady increase in use since 2006. Its most popular year for girls was 2017, while it continued to rise for boys in 2018.

Fun Fact: Finley is the name of Elvis Presley’s granddaughter.

Frankie

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Freeman or from the tribe of Franks in France
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Franki, Franky
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Frankie Valli, actor Frankie Muniz
  • Peak Popularity: Frankie’s popularity reached a high for girls in 1936 and boys in 1945. It has seen a decline in use, but may be coming back.

Fun Fact: Frankie Stein is the name of Frankenstein’s daughter in the doll collection and animated show Monster High.

Grayson

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Child of the one with gray (grey) hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Greyson, Greysen, Graysen, Gracyn, Gracen, Greysun
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Grayson Hunter Goss, reality TV star Grayson Chrisley
  • Peak Popularity: Grayson has seen a steady rise as a boys name since 1984. It ranked highest in 2018 reaching number 32. It has not made the top 1,000 list for girls, yet.

Fun Fact: Grayson Stadium is a baseball stadium in Savannah, Georgia, and home of the Savannah Bananas baseball team.

Greer

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: A watchful, vigilant guardian
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Grier
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Greer Garson, comedian Greer Barnes
  • Peak Popularity: Greer is a great name for a boy or a girl. It’s also unique since it is not on the list of the top 1,000 names for either sex.

Fun Fact: The USS Greer was a United States Navy destroyer warship.

Hayden

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the hay valley
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hayden, Haydyn, Haiden, Haydn, Haydon, Haden, Haidyn, Haydin
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Hayden Panettiere, actor Hayden Christensen
  • Peak Popularity: Hayden is a traditional boys name. It has been even more popular since 1990, peaking 2007. It started gaining traction for girls in 1998 reaching a peak in 2008. It continues to be fashionable for both sexes.

Fun Fact: Hayden Fox was the main character on TV show Coach

Hunter

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A Huntsman or provider
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Huntor, Huntter, Huntur, Huntyr, Huntar
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Hunter Hayes, actress Hunter Tylo
  • Peak Popularity: Hunter has traditionally been a name for boys. It began to see a rise in popularity in the late 1970s and has been a top 100 boys name for the last 25 years reaching number 35 in 2000. It hit the top 1,000 list of girls names in 1993 and reached number 305 in 1998. It continues to be a more popular name for boys than girls.

Fun Fact: Hunter Hearst Helmsley is the professional wrestler who goes by the name of Triple H.

Jayden

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Thankful to God, or God has heard
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jaden, Jadyn, Jaeden, Jaydon, Jadon, Jaydin, Jaiden
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Jayden Bartels, actor Jaden Smith
  • Peak Popularity: Jayden first made it to the top 1,000 names for boys in 1994 and has risen steadily. It was a top 10 boys name from 2009 to 2013 reaching number 4 in 2010 and 2011. It made the top 1,000 chart for girls in 1998 topping out at a rank of 172 in 2007.

Fun Fact: Jayden Shiba is the Red Ranger and the 18th leader of the Samurai Power Rangers.

Jackie

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: God is gracious, or the son of Jack
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jacky, Jaquie, Jaqui, Jacqui, Jacquie, Jackee, Jacki
  • Famous Namesakes: Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis, actor Jackie Chan
  • Peak Popularity: Jackie has been a top 1,000 name for both genders for almost 100 years. It reached its highest rank for boys in 1935 and girls in 1961.

Fun Fact: Jackie was the name of the second lion to represent MGM Studio from 1928 to 1956.

Jaime

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: One who comes after or replaces
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jayme, Jaimey, Jaimie, Jamee, Jamey, Jaymey, Jaeme, Jaimee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Jamie Fox, actress Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Peak Popularity: Jaime saw a peak for boys in 1980 and girls in 1976. In recent years, it has gone down a little in the ranks for both sexes.

Fun Fact: If you add an apostrophe between the J and a and you get J’aime which is French for “I like” or “I love.”

Jesse

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Wealthy, or God’s gift
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jessie, Jessy, Jessey, Jessi, Jessee, Jescie, Jessye
  • Famous Namesakes: Wrestler, actor, and politician Jesse Ventura, singer Jessie James Decker
  • Peak Popularity: Jesse has been in the top 200 names for boys for over 100 years. It reached number 37 in 1981. Although it’s more often a boys name, as a girls name, it achieved a rank of 512 also in 1981.

Fun Fact: In the Bible, Jesse is the father of King David.

Joe

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Blessed or God will add or increase
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jo
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Joe Jonas, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, TV supernanny Jo Frost
  • Peak Popularity: In 1900, Joe ranked number 22 for boys. It remained a top 100 name until 1971, but there's been a steady decline since. Less common for girls, Joe peaked in 1934 and fell off the top 1000 list of girls names after 1960. The spelling Jo for girls has been much more popular with a peak rank of 51 in 1947.

Fun Fact: Jo March is one of the main characters in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Jody

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Blessed or God will add or increase
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jodi, Jodie, Jodee, Jodey
  • Famous Namesakes: Baseball player Jody Davis, singer Jody Watley, actress Jodie Foster
  • Peak Popularity: Jody was a popular boys name in the 1960s and 1970s. It has seen a steady decline and has not made the top 1,000 list for boys since 1996. Jody was also a popular name for girls from the 1950s until the 1980s when it began to fall out of favor. It dropped off the top 1,000 list for girls in 1991.

Fun Fact: The asteroid 4083 Jody orbits the sun.

Jordan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Flowing down, or the river where Jesus was baptized
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jordyn, Jorden, Jordin, Johrdan, Jordann, Jorden, Jordenn, Jordynn, Jordon, Jordun
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional golfer Jordan Spieth, singer Jordin Sparks
  • Peak Popularity: Jordan has been a top 1,000 boy name for over 100 years. It became a top 100 boys name in 1982 reaching the number 26 spot in 1997. It continues to be a top 100 name for boys. Jordan hit the top 1,000 for girls in 1978. It peaked at number 40 in 1997 and has been on a slight decline ever since.

Fun Fact: Air Jordan is the brand of athletic wear and shoes created for professional basketball star Michael Jordan.

Journey

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: A traveler or adventurer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Journee, Jurnee, Journi, Journie, Journye, Journy
  • Peak Popularity: Journey is more popular for girls than for boys. It made the top 1,000 list of girl names in 1999 and reached a rank of 231 in 2018. It is not yet on the top 1,000 list for boys.

Fun Fact: Journey is an American rock band who sings the very popular songs “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms.”

Justice

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Honest and fair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Justyce, Justis, Justiss, Justus, Juztice
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Justice Smith
  • Peak Popularity: Justice showed up as on the top 1,000 list of boy names in 1992. It had its most popular year in 1996. As a girls name Justice has been consistently in the top 600 names since it made the top 1,000 chart in 1994. Its most popular year was 1995 when it ranked at 261.

Fun Fact: Lady Justice is a statue seen at courthouses and other legal places. She holds scales to weigh the evidence and wears a blindfold to show fairness and impartiality.

Kai

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Of the sea
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kye, Kei, Keh, Ky
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Kai, fashion designer Kai Milla
  • Peak Popularity: Kai has been steadily growing in popularity since it arrived as a top 1,000 name for boys in 1979. Its top year was 2018 when it ranked 113. It’s a fairly new top 1,000 name for girls showing up on the list in 2010. It also saw its most popular year in 2017 at 808.

Fun Fact: The Kai Restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star luxury establishment in Arizona that celebrates the creativity and history of the Native American Culture.

Keaton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town of hawks or the shed town
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Keeton, Keyton, Keatun, Keatyn, Keytun
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Keaton Tyndall, musician Keaton Henson
  • Peak Popularity: Keaton made it on the boy’s top 1,000 list in 1985 and hit its highest rank in 2000 at 353. It is not on the top 1,000 list of girls names.

Fun Fact: A Keaton is a golden or yellow, foxlike creature with three tails that appears in the video game The Legend of Zelda.

Keegan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Small fiery one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kegan, Keigan, Keagan, Keegen, Keeghan
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Keegan-Michael Key, actress Keegan Connor Tracy
  • Peak Popularity: Keegan is more often a boys name than a girls name. It hit the top 1,000 list of boy names in 1979 and peaked in 2007. For girls, Keegan hasn’t yet made the top 1,000 list.

Fun Fact: Keegan is an English translation and modification of the Irish clan name MacAodhagain. They were a family who upheld the law in Medieval Ireland.

Kelsey

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Ship victory or from the fierce island
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kelsie, Kelsi, Kelsy, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kelsee, Kelci, Kellsey, Kelsay
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Kelsey Grammer, actress Kelsey Chow
  • Peak Popularity: Kelsey had a peak in popularity for boys between 1970 and 1996 with its most popular year being 1989. It has gone down since. It became popular for girls starting in 1977. It was a top 100 girls name from 1987 to 2001 and continues to be popular for girls.

Fun Fact: Diamonds were mined from the Kelsey Lake Diamond Mine in Colorado from 1996 until 2001.

Kendall

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the valley of the River Kent
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kendell, Kendal, Kendahl, Kendelle, Kendyll
  • Famous Namesakes: Reality TV star Kendall Jenner, actor Kendall Schmidt
  • Peak Popularity: Kendall has been pretty popular for boys throughout the last 100 years, although it has seen a decline since 2014. It began to rise for girls in the 1960s and reached number 116 in 2012.

Fun Fact: Kendall Mountain is a ski destination in Colorado.

Kennedy

  • Origin: Scottish, Irish
  • Meaning: Helmet-wearing chief
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kenedy, Kennedi, Kennedey, Kennedie, Kennidy, Kennedee, Kennadi, Kennady
  • Famous Namesakes: Former MTV VJ Kennedy
  • Peak Popularity: Kennedy is more often a girls name than a boys name. For boys, it saw a brief bump in popularity during the 1960s and again from 1994 to 2005. For girls, it has been very popular since 1994, It is a top 100 name for girls since 2011 and reached a rank of 58 in 2017.

Fun Fact: The Kennedy family is one of the most prominent political families in U.S. history. They are sometimes considered America’s version of a royal family.

Kieran

  • Origin: Scottish, Irish
  • Meaning: Having dark hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kieren, Kieron, Kiren, Keiran, Kierin, Kyran,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Kieran Culkin, singer Kieran Ackerman
  • Peak Popularity: Kieran had grown in popularity as a boys name since 1992. Its most popular year was 2011. It is not as common for girls.

Fun Fact: In the Indian culture, there's a similar name, Kiran, which means ray of light. 

Lane

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the narrow road or one who takes the narrow path
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lain, Laine, Layne, Laen, Layn,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Lane Davies, singer Lane Brody
  • Peak Popularity: Lane is more common for boys than girls. It has been a top 1000 boys name since 1929 with a peak in 1995. It is not on the top 1,000 list for girls.

Fun Fact: Lois Lane is a well-known comic book character and Superman’s romantic partner.

Leighton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town near the meadow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Leyton, Layton, Leighten, Layten, Leightun, Laytun
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Leighton Meester, professional football player Leighton Vander Esch
  • Peak Popularity: Leighton has traditionally been a name for boys. It made the top 1,000 names for boys 14 times between the years 1908 and 2018. It appeared on the top 1,000 names for girls in 2009, and its popularity is on the rise.

Fun Fact: Leighton Beach is a popular beach located on the Indian Ocean in Australia.

Lennon

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Dear one, child of love, or a small cloak or cape
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lennan, Lennin, Lennen, Lenin, Lenon,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Lennon Parham, singer Lennon Murphy
  • Peak Popularity: Lennon is a last name that is becoming a first name. It is a top 1,000 name for both sexes since 2013 and trending upward.

Fun Fact: John Lennon is one of the co-founders of the English rock band The Beatles.

Leslie

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: From the holly garden or from the gray fortress
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lesley, Lesli, Lezlie, Lezly, Lesly, Lezlie, Leslee, Leslea, Lesleigh,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Leslie Nielsen, actress Leslie Ann Warren
  • Peak Popularity: Leslie was a top 100 name for boys in the early 1900s. It continued to be widely used until the mid-1970s. It has declined ever since and dropped off the top 1,000 names for boys in 1998. Leslie for girls has been a top 1,000 name for the last 100 years. It was a top 200 name for most of the last 50 years.

Fun Fact: Dr. Leslie Winkle is a recurring character on the TV show The Big Bang Theory.

Logan

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Of the hollow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Logann, Login, Logun, Logen, Logyn, Logynn, Logenn,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Logan Lerman, actress Logan Browning
  • Peak Popularity: Logan has been a consistent name for boys over the last 100 years. It is recently seeing tremendous popularity and reached number 5 in 2017. Its use for girls began to grow in 1988, and it reached a rank of 293 in 2017. 

Fun Fact: Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada at an elevation of 19,551 feet.

London

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: The capital of the United Kingdom
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Londen, Lundon, Londun, Lunden
  • Famous Namesakes: San Francisco Mayor London Breed, professional football player London Fletcher
  • Peak Popularity: London is more common for girls than boys. Its best year for boys was 2010 with a rank of 504. It was a top 100 name for girls from 2011 to 2014 and remains popular.

Fun Fact: London Bridge Is Falling Down is a traditional children’s song and game.

Marin

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Of the sea
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maren, Maryn, Marrin, Marren,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Marin Hinkle, singer Maren Morris
  • Peak Popularity: Marin is more popular for girls than boys. It is a fairly unique and not a top 1,000 name for boys. It was most popular for girls in 2004 when it ranked 836 on the girls top 1,000 list.

Fun Fact: Marin Boulevard is a main road in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Mickey

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: One who is like or closest to God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Micky, Mickie, Mickee
  • Famous Namesakes: Baseball player Mickey Mantle, actor Mickey Rooney
  • Peak Popularity: Mickey has been a very common boys name for much of the last century. It peaked in popularity in 1957. It has declined since and fell off the top 1,000 list for boys in 1998. Mickey was most popular for girls in 1948 and was a top 1,000 name for girls from 1920 until 1960. 

Fun Fact: Mickey Mouse is one of the most loved and recognizable characters of all time.

Montana

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Of the mountains
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Montanna, Montayna
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Montana Slim, model Montana Cox
  • Peak Popularity: Montana is equally stylish for boys and girls. It hit the top 1,000 list for both sexes in 1993. It dropped off the list of boys names in 1999 and continues to be a top 1,000 name for girls.

Fun Fact: Montana is the fourth largest US state in area, but it ranks 44th in population.

Morgan

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Traveling or circling the sea
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Morghan, Morgen, Morgin, Morgann, Morgane, Morganne, Morgyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Morgan Freeman, actress Morgan Fairchild
  • Peak Popularity: Morgan has been a top 1,000 name for boys for over 100 years. It began gaining popularity as a girls name in the 1970s and quickly rose to a top 100 girls name reaching number 22 in 1997. It is now given a little more often to girls, but it remains popular for both genders.

Fun Fact: An Orca whale named Morgan lives at Loro Parque in Spain.

Nevada

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: From the place that is covered in snow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Navada, Nevadah, Navadah
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Nevada Barr, Dutchess of Porto Nevada Stoody Hayes
  • Peak Popularity: Nevada is more common for girls than boys. It is not currently a top 1,000 name for either gender.

Fun Fact: The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the western part of the United States. The name, Sierra Nevada, means snow covered mountains.

Noel

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Christmas
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Noelle
  • Famous Namesakes: Playwright Noel Coward, musician Noel Gallagher
  • Peak Popularity: Noel has been a more popular name for boys than girls, consistently ranking around 400 in recent decades, That spelling was also in the top 1000 for girls until 1999. The spelling Noelle is more common for girls, and reached a new peak at 228 in 2018.

Fun Fact: In medieval times, Noel was often given to a child born around Christmas.

Oakley

  • Origin: English 
  • Meaning: Sturdy, strong, or from where the oak trees grow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oaklee, Oaklie, Oakleigh, Oakli, Oakly, Oklie, Okleigh, Oklay
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Oaklee Pendergast, writer Oakley Hall
  • Peak Popularity: As a boys name, Oakley saw some popularity between 1901 and 1920. After 90 years off of the top 1,000 list, it resurfaced in 2011 and is gaining in popularity. It showed up on the top 1,000 list for girls in 2013 and is now given to girls just as often as boys.

Fun Fact: Oakley is a popular brand of designer sunglasses, eyewear, and clothing.

Owen

  • Origin: Welsh, Scottish
  • Meaning: Born into high society
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Owin, Owan, Owyn, Owain, Owwen, Owenn, Owinn, Owynn, Owinne, Owynne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Owen Wilson, professional wrestler Owen Hart
  • Peak Popularity: While it is a unisex name, Owen is much more popular for boys than for girls. It is a top 100 name for boys since 2002 reaching a rank of 23 in 2016.

Fun Fact: Jay Leno owns an early American 1916 Owen Magnetic luxury car as part of his car collection.

Paris

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the capital city of France
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Parris, Pariss, Parys, Paryss, Parice, Paeris, Paerris,
  • Famous Namesakes: Reality TV heiress Paris Hilton, director Paris Barclay
  • Peak Popularity: Paris is more often a girls name than a boys name. Its most popular year for boys was 1991, and its most popular year for girls was 2004.

Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, Paris is the Prince of Troy who kidnapped Helen to start the Trojan War.

Parker

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Manager or keeper of the park
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Parkor, Parkyr, Parkir
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Parker Stevenson, actress Parker Posie
  • Peak Popularity: Parker has been a standard boys name for over 100 years. It has become increasingly popular in recent years and is a top 100 name for boys since 2009. For girls, Parker made the top 1,000 list in 1999. It continues to rise in the ranks reaching 162 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Parker Brothers game and toy company is best known for board games such as Monopoly and Clue. It was bought by Hasbro in 1991.

Peyton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town of the soldiers and warriors
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Peyten, Peytin, Peytun, Peytyn, Paton, Paiton, Paytyn, Payten, Paiten, Paytun, Paeten, Paeton
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional football player Peyton Manning, actress Peyton List
  • Peak Popularity: Peyton has been a top 1,000 boys name since 1989 with its most popular year in 2007. It hit the top 1,000 list for girls in 1992 and reached a high at 42 in 2009.

Fun Fact: Peyton Place is the name of a novel, a film, and a soap opera.

Phoenix

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Dark red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Phoenyx, Phenix, Pheenix, Phenyx, Pheenyx, Phoenicks, Feenix, Feenyx
  • Peak Popularity: Phoenix is becoming a very trendy name for both sexes. It made the top 1,000 list for boys in 1995 and reached number 252 in 2018. It made the top 1,000 list for girls in 2003 and reached number 353 in 2018.

Fun Fact: A phoenix is a legendary immortal bird. After a long life, it burns in flames, then rises from the ashes and is born again.

Presley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the place where the priest lives
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Preslie, Presli, Preslay, Preslee, Presly, Pressly, Pressley, Presleigh, Prezly, Prezlie, Prezlee, Prezleigh
  • Famous Namesakes: Model Presley Gerber, actress Presley Smith
  • Peak Popularity: Presley was more common for boys, but is now more common for girls. It had its most popular year for boys in 1903, and its most popular year for girls in 2015.

Fun Fact: Elvis Presley was a singer and actor who had an incredible impact on music and culture. He is known as "The King of Rock and Roll."

Quinn

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Descendent of the chief or having wisdom, intelligence and reason
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Quin, Quynn, Qwinn, Quinne, Qwinne, Quenn, Quiyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional basketball player Quinn Buckner, actress Quinn Shepard
  • Peak Popularity: Quinn is more frequently given to girls. It was most popular for boys in 2009 reaching a rank of 256, and it's been a top 100 name for girls since 2015.  

Fun Fact: Tarquinn “Quinn” Blackwood is a character in The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. The series begins with the 1976 classic novel Interview with the Vampire.

Rain

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wise ruler or counselor
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Raine, Rainn, Rainne, Rayne, Rayn, Reign, Reyne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Rainn Wilson, actress Rain Phoenix
  • Peak Popularity: Rain is uncommon and unique for both genders.

Fun Fact: Rain is not only a given name, but it’s also the name of a few places, books, movies, music groups, and many songs.

Reagan

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning: Little ruler, child of the king
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rheagan, Regan, Ragan, Raegan, Raygan, Reghan, Raghan, Reaghan, Raeghan, Reganne, Reaganne,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Reagan Gomez-Preston, race car driver Regan Smith
  • Peak Popularity: Reagan is very trendy for girls. It is currently a top 100 girls name reaching number 97 in 2016. It is less popular for boys, but reached number 596 in 2004.

Fun Fact: Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of United States of America.

Reed

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Having red hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Reid, Reede, Read, Reade,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Reed Alexander, singer Reed Deming
  • Peak Popularity: Reed has been a top 1,000 boys name for over 100 years. It was most popular in 2014. It is given to girls much less often, so it's still a unique choice for girls.

Fun Fact: Clarinets, saxophones, and some other instruments use a reed in the mouthpiece to make the musical sound. The reeds come from certain types of plants. 

Reese

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Having great passion and enthusiasm
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Reece, Rhys, Ries, Reiss, Rees, Riese, Riece
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Reese Witherspoon, Olympian Reese Hoffa
  • Peak Popularity: Reese is a little more popular for girls than boys. It reached 368 for boys in 2003 and 128 for girls in 2012.

Fun Fact: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a favorite American candy made with chocolate and peanut butter.

Remington

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From an English surname
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Remi, Remy
  • Famous Namesakes: Television character Remington Steele, Remington Blackstock (son of singer Kelly Clarkson).
  • Peak Popularity: Remington is more popular for boys, ranking at a high of 245 in 2018. But it also began to rank for girls in 2014 and had a high at 362 in 2018. Remy also ranks for girls at 537.

Fun Fact: Some parents give the name Remington after the firearm manufacturer.

Ricky

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Brave leader
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ricki, Rickey, Rickie, Rickee, Rikie, Rikki, Rikky, Rikkey, Ricquie,
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Ricky Martin, actress Ricki Lake
  • Peak Popularity: Ricky is more often a boys name. It has been a top 1,000 name for boys since 1940, and its most popular year was 1959. It is also a girls name, but it's more unique.

Fun Fact: Weird Al Yankovic’s song “Ricky” is a parody of the 1982 hit song “Mickey.”

Riley

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Courageous and brave, or from the rye field
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rylie, Reilly, Reilley, Rylee, Rilee, Rileigh, Ryleigh
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional football player Riley Cooper, actress Riley Keough
  • Peak Popularity: Riley is equally stylish for boys and girls. It has been a top 1,000 boys name for over 100 years and made it onto the top 100 list for boys for one year in 2002. It has been a top 100 name for girls since 2002 and reached at high at number 22 in 2016.

Fun Fact: Disney Pixar’s film Inside Out takes place inside the head of Riley Anderson.

River

  • Origin: Modern English
  • Meaning: Flowing body of water
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor River Phoenix, River Blackstock (daughter of singer Kelly Clarkson)
  • Peak Popularity: River is just as popular for boys as for girls in the past two decades years. It reached a new high of 197 for boys and 244 for girls in 2018

Fun Fact: River has appeared as a name in "Doctor Who," "Firefly," and the Harry Potter series.

Robin

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bright with fame, social
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Robyn, Robbin, Robynn, Robynne, Robben,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor and comedian Robin Williams, singer Robin Thicke, actress Robin Wright
  • Peak Popularity: Robin is more popular for girls than boys. Its most popular year for boys was 1956 when it reached number 143. For girls, it was a top 100 name from 1953 until 1980. It has lost some ground for both genders in recent years.

Fun Fact: Robin is Batman’s crime-fighting right-hand man in the world of DC Comics.

Rory

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Red ruler or chief
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rori, Rorie, Rorrey, Rorey, Roree, Rorry, Rorri
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional golfer Rory McIlroy, director Rory Kennedy
  • Peak Popularity: Rory has been a more common name for boys, but is rising in the ranks for girls since 2008. In 2018, it was number 368 for boys and 579 for girls.

Fun Fact: In Star Wars, Rori is one of the three moons that orbit the planet Naboo.

Rowan

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning: Little red one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rowen, Rowann, Rowanne, Rowin, Rowyn, Rowynn, Roan, Roane
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Rowan Atkinson, actress Rowan Blanchard
  • Peak Popularity: Rowan is trending up for both genders. It hit the top 1,000 chart for boys in 1999 and girls in 2003. In 2018 it ranked 129 for boys and 211 for girls.

Fun Fact: Rowan is a type of ash tree that produces reddish-orange berries. It grows in the colder regions of the northern hemisphere.

Ryan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little Ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ryanne, Ryann, Rian, Ryen, Rion, Rionne, Ryon, Rhyan, Rhyon
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Ryan Gosling, TV personality Ryan Seacrest, actress Ryan Newman
  • Peak Popularity: Ryan has been an extremely popular boys name since 1971 reaching number 11 in 1986, 1990, and 1991. It is less common for girls but has consistently made the top 1,000 list of girls names since 1974.  

Fun Fact: Ryan’s Hope was an American Soap Opera that appeared on television from 1975 to 1989.

Sage

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Wise one or prophet
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Saige, Sayge, Saje, Saije
  • Famous Namesakes: Olympic snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg, professional football player Sage Rosenfels
  • Peak Popularity: Sage is a tad more common for girls than boys. It hit the top 1,000 list for boys in 1991 and girls in 1993. In 2018 it reached number 438 for boys and 307 for girls.

Fun Fact: Sage is the name of a plant that is used as an herb or spice to add flavor to many culinary dishes.

Sasha

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of humankind
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sascha, Sacha
  • Famous Namesakes: Former First Daughter Sasha Obama, actor Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Peak Popularity: Sasha is more frequently given as a girls name and more unique for boys. It has not been on the top 1,000 list for boys in the last 100 years. However, it has been a top 1,000 name for girls since 1972 with its most popular year in 1988 reaching number 147.

Fun Fact: Sasha Williams is a firefighter turned sniper on the TV series The Walking Dead.

Sawyer

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A woodcutter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sauyer, Sawyr, Soiyer
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Sawyer Sweeten, singer Sawyer Fredericks
  • Peak Popularity: Sawyer is a very trendy name for boys and girls. It hit the top 1,000 list for boys in 1991 and quickly rose in rank. It’s been a top 100 boys name since 2015. It made the top 1,000 list for girls in 2010 and rose to a rank of 216 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Tom Sawyer is a classic American fictional character created by Mark Twain.

Scout

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: One who gathers information, explores, and discovers
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Scoutt, Scowt, Skout, Scoutte
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Scout Taylor-Compton, actress Scout LaRue Willis
  • Peak Popularity: Scout is a unique name. It made the top 1000 for girls in 2018.

Fun Fact: Scout Finch is the narrator and young daughter of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Shannon

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Smart and having great wisdom
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shannen, Shannan, Shannun, Shannin, Shanon, Shannyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Shannon Woodward, professional football player Shannon Sharpe
  • Peak Popularity: Shannon is more often a girls name. It was most popular for boys in 1972 reaching a rank of 94. For girls, it was a top 100 name from 1968 to 1998 reaching number 17 in 1976. The name has lost some steam in recent years, and it has fallen off the top 1,000 list for both genders.

Fun Fact: The River Shannon is Ireland’s longest river.

Shawn

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God is gracious and merciful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sean, Shawne, Shaun, Seanne, Shawnne, Shaunne
  • Famous Namesakes: Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, actor Shawn Wayans
  • Peak Popularity: Shawn is a more well-known boys name. It was a top 100 name for boys from 1964 to 1995. Its most popular year for girls was 1971 when it reached a rank of 168.

Fun Fact: Shawn Michaels is also known as the Heartbreak Kid, and he is a legend in the world of professional wrestling.

Shay

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Admired and respected or like a hawk
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shai, Shae, Shaye, Shey
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Shay Mitchell, singer Shay Mooney
  • Peak Popularity: Shay is not very common. Its most popular year for boys was 1991 where it reached a rank of 837. For girls, it reached its highest rank of 893 in 1971.

Fun Fact: In ancient Egypt, Shai (Shay) was the God of Fate and Destiny.

Shiloh

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shilo
  • Famous Namesakes: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (child of actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie)
  • Peak Popularity: Shiloh was new to the top 1,000 in 2006 for girls and 2015 for boys. In 2018, it was number 562 for girls and 709 for boys.

Fun Fact: Shiloh was a place name in the Bible and might refer to the Messiah. In the U.S. it was the site of a major battle of the Civil War.

Skylar

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Intelligent and scholarly
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Skyler, Schuyler, Skylor, Skylear
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Skylar Astin, professional basketball player Skylar Diggins
  • Peak Popularity: Skylar has been a top 1,000 name for boys since 1981. Its most popular year was 2000 reaching number 356. It’s been a top 1,000 name for girls since 1990. Its most popular year was 2016 reaching number 42.

Fun Fact: Skylar is a character portrayed by Minnie Driver in the 1997 movie Good Will Hunting.

Sloan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: A strong protector, a warrior or invader
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Slone, Sloane, Slonne, Sloanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Sloane Crosley, professional tennis player Sloane Stephens
  • 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: Volatile and powerful like severe weather
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Storme
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Storm Reid, professional baseball player Storm Davis
  • Peak Popularity: Storm is another unique name. It made the top 1,000 list for boys from 1991 through 1997 reaching a top rank of 840 in 1995. It has not been on the top 1,000 list of names for girls in the last 100 years.

Fun Fact: Storm is a powerful fictional character and member of the X-Men who can control the weather. 

Sydney

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the wide island or wide pasture
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sidney, Cidney, Sydnee, Sidnee, Cydnee, Sydnie, Sidnie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Sidney Poitier and his daughter actress Syndey Poitier
  • Peak Popularity: Sydney was more popular for boys in the early part of the 20th century and more popular for girls in the later part of the 20th century and into the 21st century. Its most popular year for boys was 1913, and its most popular year for girls was 2002.

Fun Fact: Sydney is the largest city in Australia and a top tourist destination.

Tanner

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Maker of hide or leather
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Taner, Tannar, Tannor
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Tanner Buchanan, actor Tanner Cohen
  • Peak Popularity: Tanner is more common for boys than girls. It has been a top 1,000 name for boys since 1976 making it to number 82 in 1998. It is currently not a top 1,000 name for girls.

Fun Fact: Tanner Island is part of the Pickersgill Island chain in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean off the western coast of South Georgia Island.

Tatum

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bringer of joy, cheery and full of spirit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Taetum, Tatem, Tatim, Taitum, Taitem, Tatym
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Tatum O’Neal, professional football player Tatum Bell
  • Peak Popularity: Tatum is a little more popular for girls than boys. It reached the top 1,000 list of girls names in 1994 and boys names in 2010. Its most popular year was 2013 for both genders reaching a rank of 329 for girls and 546 for boys.

Fun Fact: Mount Tatum is part of the Alaska Range in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Taylor

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Cloth cutter, garment maker, style setter 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tailor, Tayler, Tailer, Taylour, Tailour, Taylore
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Taylor Swift, actor Taylor Lautner
  • 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. It 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

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Priceless and praiseworthy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Toni, Tonee, Toney, Tonie
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, singer Toni Braxton
  • Peak Popularity: Tony has been a standard name for boys for over 100 years. Its most popular year was 1965 when it reached a rank of 48. For girls, Tony is not a top name. However, the spelling Toni made the top 1,000 list for girls from 1923 until 2007. Its most popular year was 1968 when it reached 146.

Fun Fact: Tony Stark is a rich businessman and the alter ego of Marvel Comic’s superhero Iron Man

Tristan

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Tumultuous, sad, or full of sorrow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tristen Trysten, Tristean, Tristian, Tristann, Tristanne, Tristain, Triston, Trystan, Trystin
  • Famous Namesakes: Professional basketball player Tristan Thompson, singer Tristan McIntosh
  • Peak Popularity: Tristan is more common for boys than girls. Its most popular year for boys was 1996 when it reached number 68. Its most popular year for girls was 1996 with a rank of 592.

Fun Fact: Tristan is the name of one of the most complete skeletons of a T. Rex dinosaur ever found. It was discovered in Montana in 2010.

Wesley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the meadow in the west
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Wesli, Weslie, Weslee, Wesly, Wessly, Wessley, Whesley, Whessley, Wesleigh, Wesslie, Wezley, Westly, Westley, Westleigh
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Wesley Snipes, professional football player Wesley Woodyard
  • Peak Popularity: Wesley is a much more well-known name for boys. It has been in the top 200 boys names for at least the last 100 years. It achieved its highest rank of 66 in 1977. It is more unique for girls.

Fun Fact: John Wesley is one of the founders of the Methodist movement and the Methodist Church.

Whitney

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: White and fresh from the white island white and fresh
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Witney, Whittney, Whiteny, Whitiny, Whitany, Whitteny, Witteny, Whitnay, Witny, Whittany, Whitnee, Whitnie, Whittnie
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Whitney Houston, professional football player Whitney Mercilus
  • Peak Popularity: Whitney is currently more common for girls. It was most popular for boys in 1986 reaching a rank of 567. It’s been on the top 1,000 list of girls names since 1962 and was a top 100 name for girls from 1985 to 1994 where it reached its highest rank of 32 in 1986.

Fun Fact: The Whitney is a Museum of American Art located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, New York.

Winter

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Born in the winter season
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Wynter, Winnter, Wintar, Whinter, Whintar, Wintyr, Whintyr, Wintur
  • Famous Namesakes: Reality TV actress Winter Ramos, singer Wynter Gordon
  • Peak Popularity: Winter is currently more popular for girls than boys. It is not a top 1,000 name for boys, but it ranked 390 for girls in 2018.

Fun Fact: Winter is a famous dolphin and star of the movie Dolphin Tale.

 

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