100 Gender-Neutral Names for Your Baby

Meanings, origins, popularity, and variations for 100 gender-neutral names

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A gender-neutral name is unisex, meaning you can give it to a baby girl or a boy. Some gender-neutral names like Avery and Kennedy are traditionally last names that turned into first names after enough people started using them as given names. Other names are used for any gender and/or are experiencing trends toward gender neutrality.

For example, the names Dana, Ashley, and Leslie were once mainly used for boys but are now increasingly common for girls. Names like Noah, Jodie, Kai, Charlie, Skylar, and Finely are all now frequently used for boys and girls. Plus, you can also pick any name you want for your child, regardless of the gender it is typically associated with. The important thing is to choose the name that you feel best suits your child.

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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 name, or you could be thinking about how your kid's gender identity might evolve over time. 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 or vice versa, those practices are now commonplace. So, if you do choose this type of name, your child will surely know other kids with unisex names, too.


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100 Popular and Unique Gender-Neutral Baby Names For Your Baby

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

Names A-D


  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Child of Adam
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ad, Addie, Addis, Addisen, Addisson, Addisyn, Addy, Addysen, Addyson, Adis, Adisa, Adisen, Adison, Adisynne, Adysen, Adyson
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Addison Riecke, American professional baseball player Addison Wayne Russell, American singer and songwriter Addison Scott, American actress Addison Jayne Timlin White
  • Peak Popularity: Addison was much more common a name for boys than girls 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 and 2010 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.


  • Origin: Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: Of the sea, dark one, or from Hadria
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ade, Adrean, Adreeyan, Adriann, Adrianne, Adriano, Adrien, Adrienne, Adrin, Adrion, Adryan, Ady, Aidrian, Aydrien, Aydrienne, Hadrian
  • Famous Namesakes: American NFL player Adrian Jarrard Arrington, American musician Adrian Belew, American basketball player Adrian Delano Dantley, Mexican-American baseball player Adrián González Savín, American actor and musician Adrian Grenier, American jazz musician Adrian Rollini, American musician Adrian Samuel Young
  • Peak Popularity: Adrian has been and continues to be a fairly popular boy's name. It peaked as a girls name in 1983, but fell out of the top 1000 in 1998 before making a comeback in 2000 and falling off the list again in 2001.

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


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Fiery one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adan, Aden, Ady, Adyan, Adyen, Adyn, Aedan, Aid, Aidan, Aidyn, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Aidan Gould, English singer-songwriter Aiden Samuel Grimshaw, son of actress Tracey Gold - Aiden Michael Marshall, American child actor Aiden Reid Medina, Irish-American actor Aidan Quinn, son of musician Rod Stewart - Aiden Patrick Stewart, British model and actor Aiden John Turner
  • 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.


  • Origin: English and Greek
  • Meaning: Defender or protector of humankind
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alecs, Aleix, Alek, Aleks, Alexe, Alexx, Alik, Alix, Alleks, Allex, Allexx, Allix, Alyx, Lex, Olek
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Alexandra Hetherington “Alex” Breckenridge, English actress Alexandra Elizabeth “Alex” Kingston, Baseball player Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (“A-Rod”), Canadian-American television personality George Alexander “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 137 in 2020.

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


  • Origin: French, Greek
  • Meaning: "strong and manly"
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Andee, Andi, Andie
  • Famous Namesakes: American model Andie Arthur, American pop singer and songwriter Andie Case, American comedian and actor Andrew “Andy” Roane Dick, American actor and comedian Andy Samuel Griffith, American actress and fashion model Rosalie Anderson “Andie” MacDowell, American actor and comedian David A.J. “ Andy” Samberg, American artist Andrew “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.  


  • Origin: Latin and Greek
  • Meaning: Messenger of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Anela, Ang, Angele, Angell, Angelle, Angelo, Angie, Angil, Anjel
  • Famous Namesakes: English actress Angel Leonie Coulby, American basketball player Angel Lajuane McCoughtry, American singer Angel Marie Faith, American NFL football player Angel Rubio
  • 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 2001 and a peak year for boys in 2006.

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


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: One who uses a bow and arrow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Archar, Archie, Archor, Archur, Archyr
  • Famous Namesakes: American diplomat and academic Archer Kent Blood, American historian and philanthropist Archer Milton Huntington, American actor and producer Archer King, English chemist and winner of the Nobel Prize Archer John Porter Martin
  • 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 160 in 2020. It is not as popular for girls.

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


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town of ash trees
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ashe, Ashetin, Asheton, Ashetun, Ashten, Ashtin, Ashtine, Ashtun, Ashtyn, Ashtynne
  • Famous Namesakes: Australian musician Ashton Fletcher Irwin, American actor and entrepreneur (Christopher) Ashton Kutcher, American gymnast Ashton Taylor Locklear, American singer Ashton Delilah 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.


  • 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, Aspyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of NFL player Michael Boulware - Aspen Boulware, American Broadway actress and voice actress Aspen Miller, American child actress Aspen K. Somers
  • Peak Popularity: Aspen is only recently gaining popularity. It is more common for girls than boys with 2020 being its most successful year.

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


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Revered, distinguished, deserving of respect; majestic
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Augie, Auguste, Augustus, Gus, Gussie, Gust
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of singer Garth Brooks - August Anna Brooks, American author and film executive (father of Nicolas Cage) August Floyd Coppola, son of actors Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann - August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, son of singer Dave Matthews - August Oliver Matthews, American child actor August Maturo, son of actress Jeanne Tripplehorn and Leland Orser - August Tripplehorn Orser, daughter of actress Charlize Theron - August Theron, American playwright August Wilson, daughter of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan - August Zuckerberg
  • Peak Popularity: August peaked in popularity for boys in the early 1900s. It is once again gaining popularity for both boys and girls, entering the top 1000 for girls in 2018 and reaching 155 in 2020 for boys.

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


  • Origin: English or French
  • Meaning: Ruler of elves
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aivree, Avari, Avarie, Avary, Ave, Averee, Averey, Averi, Averie, Avi, Avori, Avory, Avry
  • Famous Namesakes: American NBA basketball player Avery Antonio Bradley Jr., American actor and director, Avery Franklin Brooks, American basketball coach Avery DeWitt Johnson, American actor and comedian Avery Lawrence Schreiber
  • 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.”


  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: A public officer of justice, a bailiff
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bail, Bailee, Baileigh, Bailie, Baillie, Baily, Bay, Bayle, Bayleah, Baylee, Bayleigh, Bayley, Baylie, Bayly
  • Famous Namesakes: Canadian ice hockey player Bailey Bram, American actor Bailey Chase (Luetgert), daughter of singer Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher - Bailey Jean Cypher, son of actress Tracey Gold - Bailey Vincent Marshall, American actress Bailey Ryon, daughter of designer Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis - Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis, American actress and dancer Bailey Marie De Young
  • 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.


  • Origin: English, Scottish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Child of the plains, field, or battlefield
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaire, Blare, Blayr, Blayre
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of TV journalist Amelia Adams - Charlton Blair Adams, American actress (Bonnie) Blair Brown, American comedian Blair Butler, TV personality and golfer Blair O’Neal, American actor (David) Blair Redford, American actor Blair Erwin Underwood
  • 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 of 423 in 1988.

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


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dark and attractive
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaike, Blaque, Blayke
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor and comedian Blake Clark, American pop singer Blake Colin Lewis, American actress Blake Ellender Lively, British memoirist and poet (Philip) Blake Morrison, American country music singer Blake Tollison Shelton
  • 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 1990-1997 and then fell off and came back on in 2011. 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.


  • Origin: Celtic, English, Latin, Scottish
  • Meaning: A Breton or someone from Brittany, France
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bret, Bret, Brette, Bretton, Brit, Briton, Britt, Britte
  • Famous Male Namesakes: American singer Brett Elizabeth Anderson, American actress and comedienne Brett Butler, American actor Brett Patrick Dalton, American football player Brett Lorenzo Favre, American musician Brett Allen Scallions
  • Peak Popularity: Brett is more common for boys than girls. It peaked in popularity for both genders in 1986 (the only year it was in the top 1,000 for girls).

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


  • Origin: Scottish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Having a crooked nose
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cam, Camaeron, Camaran, Camaron, Cameran, Camerin, Camerron, Cameryn, Camey, Camie, Camira, Camiran, Camiron, Cammeron, Camran, Camren, Camrin, Camron, Camry, Camryn, Kam, Kamerin, Kameron, Kamran, Kamren, Kamrin, Kamron, Kamryn
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of singer Jimmy Buffett - Cameron Marley Buffett, American film director and producer Cameron Bruce Crowe, American actress Cameron Michelle Diaz, American actor Cameron Morrell Douglas (son of actor Michael Douglas), American musician Cameron Matthew Followill, American actress and model Cameron Richardson
  • 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.


  • Origin: Scottish, English, Irish
  • Meaning: Carr’s son or dweller of the marsh
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Carrson, Carsan, Carsen, Carsin, Carsyn, Karsen, Karsin, Karson, Karsyn
  • Famous Namesakes: American TV host Carson Jones Daly, American artist and illustrator Carson Friedman Ellis, American fashion critic Carson Lee Kressley, American football player Carson Hilton Palmer
  • 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.


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Having curly hair; clever
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Caiside, Casadee, Casadi, Casadie, Casidee, Casidi, Casidy, Cassaday, Cassadee, Cassadey, Cassadi, Cassadie, Cassadina, Cassady, Cassandre, Cassandri, Cassandry, Cassaundra, Casseday, Cassedy, Cassi, Cassiddy, Cassidee, Cassidey, Cassidi, Cassidie, Cassie, Cassity, Cassondra, Kasidy, Kassadey, Kassidi, Kassidy, Kassodey
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Cassidy Freeman, American actress Cassidy Erin Gifford (daughter of Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford), American singer-songwriter Cassidy Hugaert Haley
  • 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.


  • Origin: German, English
  • Meaning: Man, or free man; strong
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Charle, Charlee, Charleigh, Charley, Charli, Charly, Chatty, Sharli, Sharlie
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of actor David Arquette - Charlie West Arquette, English actor and director Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, American musician Charles Edward “Charlie” Daniels, American actor Charles Peckham “Charlie” Day, American actor Charlie Heaton, American jazz musician Charles “Charile” Parker, Jr., American journalist and TV host Charles Peete “Charlie” Rose, Jr., American actor Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Irwin Estévez), son of golfer Tiger Woods - Charlie Axel Woods
  • 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.


  • Origin: Native American
  • Meaning: Friendly, allies
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Daccota, Dacotah, Dakkota, Dakoda, Dakodah, Dakodah, Dakoeta, Dakotah, Dakote, Dekohta, Dekota, Dekowta
  • Famous Namesakes: American country music singer Dakota Bradley, American actress (Hannah) Dakota Fanning, son of actress Melissa Gilbert, Dakota Paul Brinkman, American actress Dakota Mayi Johnson (daughter of actor Don Johnson), daughter of Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds - Dakota O’Donnell
  • 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. 


  • Origin: Celtic, Scottish, irish
  • Meaning: Living in the field
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dal, Dalis, Dalise, Dalisha, Dalisse, Dalles, Dallis, Dallous
  • Famous Namesakes: American musician and producer Dallas Austin, son of American singer Fantasia Barrino - Dallas Xavier Barrino, American NFL football player Dallas Dean Clark, son of American musician Fred Durst - Dallas Frederick Durst, American actress Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of actor and producer Ron Howard), American professional basketball player Dallas Lauderdale, son of celebrity chefs Jamie and Jools Oliver - River Rocket Blue Dallas Oliver, American TV meteorologist Dallas Raines, American NFL football player Dallas Reynolds, American actor Dallas Mark Roberts
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God is the judge or a Dane from Denmark
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Danna, Daina, Dayna, Danah, Danae, Danula, Danalee, Dainna, Danacia, Danette, Daynah, Danuta, Danka
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Carver Dana Andrews, American journalist and CNN correspondent Dana Bash, American film producer Dana Brunetti, American actor and comedian Dana Thomas Carvey, American actress Dana Welles Delany, American singer and actress Aaliyah Dana Haughton, American singer and talk show host Dana Elaine Owens (professionally known as Queen Latifah), American political pundit Dana Marie Perino, American actress and model Dana Michelle Plato, American swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist Dana Vollmer
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A poet
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Daven, Davin, Davion, Davon, Deaven, Devan, Devann, Devaughn, Devaun, Devawn, Deven, Devin, Devinne, Devona, Devonn, Devonne, Devvon, Devyn
  • Famous Namesakes: American musician Devon Lane Allman (son of musician Greg Allman), American actress and model Devon Edwenna Aoki, American director and author DeVon Franklin, American actress Devon Odessa, daughter of American musician Joe Don Rooney and model Tiffany Fallon - Devon Olivia Rooney, American football player Devon Joshua Still, American actor and singer-songwriter Devon Werkheiser, American model Devon Windsor, American football player Devon Wylie
  • 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.


  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Great tide, the sea
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dillan, Dillen, Dillon, Dilon, Diloyn, Dylahn, Dylann, Dylen, Dylin, Dyllan, Dyllen, Dyllon, Dylon, Dylonn, Dylun, Dylynn
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Dylan Baker, son of actor Pierce Brosnan - Dylan Thomas Brosnan, son of actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones - Dylan Michael Douglas, actress Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow (daughter of Mia Farrow), American actress Dylan Nicole Gelula, American businesswoman Dylan Lauren (daughter of designer Ralph Lauren), son of singer Tommy Lee and model/actress Pamela Anderson - Dylan Lee, Irish comedian Dylan Moran, American actor Dylan O’Brien, model Dylan Frances Penn (daughter of actors Robin Wright and Sean Penn)
  • Peak Popularity: Dylan has long been popular for boys, reaching 19 in 2003 and 2004. 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.

Names E-I


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious or young warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Euan, Euen, Evane, Evann, Evans, Even, Evin, Evyn, Ewen, Eyvind, Owen
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of actress & model Jenny McCarthy - Evan Joseph Asher, American ice dancer Evan Bates, American actor Evan Handler, daughter of American actor and producer Jon Heder - Evan Jane Heder, American NFL football player Evan Blake Smith, son of American singer Bruce Springsteen - Evan James Springsteen, son of American guitarist and vocalist Paul Stanley - Evan Shane Stanley, American actress Evan Rachel Wood
  • 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.”


  • Origin: English, German
  • Meaning: Child of Emery
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Emersen, Emersyn, Emmerson
  • Famous Namesakes: Canadian hockey player Emerson Clark, American actor and producer Emerson Collins, American professional hockey player Emerson Albert Spratlen Etem, son of actress Courtney Thorne-Smith - Jacob Emerson Fishman, Canadian baseball player Emerson Frostad, American singer Emerson Hart, daughter of producer-director Shonda Rhimes - Emerson Pearl Rhimes, American guitarist Emerson Swinford, Actress Emerson Rose Tenney (daughter of actress Teri Hatcher and Jon Tenney)
  • 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.


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic, Gaeilic
  • Meaning: A hero or battle warrior with fair skin
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Findlay, Findley, Finlay, Finlea, Finleah, Finlee, Finleigh, Finli, Finlie, Finly, Finn, Finnlea, Finnley, Fynley, Fynlie, Lee, Leigh, Phynley
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of actor Daniel Baldwin - Finley Rae Martineau Baldwin , German astronomer Erwin Finlay-Freundlich, American actor Finley Jacobsen, daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presle - Finley Aaron Love Lockwood (granddaughter of Elvis Presley), son of actor Chris O’Donnell - Finley O’Donnell, Scottish musician Finley Quaye, daughter of actors Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn - Finly Faith Sehorn
  • 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.


  • Origin: French, Teutonic, Latin, English
  • Meaning: Freeman or from the tribe of Franks in France
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Frankea, Frankee, Frankey, Franki, Frankkie, Franky
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone), daughter of actress Amanda Peet - Frances Pen “Frankie” Benioff, daughter of actress Mia Farrow - Frankie-Minh Farrow, daughter of actress Drew Barrymore and Chanel heir Will Kopelman - Frankie Barrymore Kopelman, American actress Frankie Shaw, daughter of American Musician Nikki Sixx and mode/actress Donna D’Errico - Frankie-Jean Sixx, American singer Frankie Valli (born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio)
  • Peak Popularity: Frankie’s popularity reached a high for girls in 1933 and 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Child of the one with gray (grey) hair; bailiff's son
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gracen, Gracyn, Gray, Graydon, Graysen, Grey, Greydon, Greysen, Greyson, Greysun
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Grayson Hall, American singer-songwriter Grayson Hugh, American actor Grayson Russell
  • 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.


  • Origin: Latin, Scottish
  • Meaning: A watchful, vigilant guardian
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Grear, Grier
  • Famous Namesakes: British-American Actress Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson, American fantasy novelist Greer Ilene Gilman, American actress Kandace “Greer” Grammer (daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer)
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hedged valley; heather-grown hill
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hadan, Haden, Hadin, Hadon, Hadun, Hadyn, Haidan, Haiden, Haidin, Haidon, Haidun, Haidyn, Haydan, Haydin, Haydn, Haydon, Haydun, Haydyn
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Hayden Byerly, American poet and literary critic Hayden Carruth, Canadian-American actor and producer Hayden Christensen, American NFL football player Hayden Scott Epstein, American actress and singer Hayden Lesley Panettiere
  • 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


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A Huntsman or provider
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hunt, Huntar, Huntley, Huntor, Huntter, Huntur, Huntyr
  • Famous Namesakes: Scottish journalist and author (Edward) Hunter Davies, son of TV chef Guy Fieri - Hunter Fieri, American theatre actor Hunter Foster, American golfer Hunter Myles Mahan, American actor and singer Hunter Parrish Tharp, American baseball player Hunter Andrew Pence, American football player Hunter Dwight Smith, American journalist and author Hunter Stockton Thompson, American guitarist Hunter Thomsen, American actress and author 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.

Names J-N


  • Origin: Hebrew, American
  • Meaning: Thankful to God, or God has heard
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jade, Jadeen, Jaden, Jadena, Jadene, Jadeyn, Jadin, Jadine, Jadon, Jadrien, Jadyn, Jaeden, Jaedon, Jaiden, Jaidyn, Jaidynn, Jay, Jayden, Jaydin, Jaydon, Jaydyn, Jaydynn
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of profession tennis players Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf - Jaden Gil Agassi, American actor Jaden Isaiah Betts, American pop singer Jaden Michaels, American actor Jaden Piner, son of actor Christian Slater - Jaden Christopher Haddon-Slater, American actor and rapper Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (son of actors Jada Pinkett Smith and Will 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.


  • Origin: Hebrew, American
  • Meaning: Supplanter; God is gracious, son of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jack, Jackee, Jackey, Jacki, Jacky, Jacqui, Jacquie, Jaqui, Jaquie
  • Famous Namesakes: Hong Kong martial artist and actor Jackie Chan, English novelist Jacqueline “Jackie” Collins, American Olympic heptathlete Jacqueline “Jackie” Joyner-Kersee, Former first lady of the U.S. Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, American baseball player Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson, American actress (wife of Adam Sandler) Jacqueline Samantha “Jackie” Sandler, American actress Jacklyn (Jackie) Zeman
  • 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.


  • Origin: English, Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: One who comes after or replaces; supplanter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chago, Haime, Jaimee, Jaimelynn, Jaimey, Jaimi, Jaimie, Jaimito, Jaimy, Jamee, James, Jamey, Jami, Jamia, Jamie, Jamilyn, Jay, Jaymay, Jayme, Jaymee, Jaymie
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress and singer Jaime Lyn Beatty, American comedian and actor Eric Marlon Bishop (a.k.a. Jaime Foxx), son of American singer and songwriter Chester Bennington - Jaime Bennington, American actress Jamie Lee Curtis, American rapper Jaime Luis Gomez (a.k.a. “Taboo), American model and actress Jaime King, English actress Jaime Murray, American actress Jaime Elizabeth Pressly
  • 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.”


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Wealthy, or God’s gift
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jescie, Jese, Jesee, Jesi, Jess, Jessee, Jessey, Jessi, Jessie, Jessy, Jessye, Yishai
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Jesse Bradford, American singer Jessie James Decker, American actor Jesse Adam Eisenberg, American actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, American civil rights activist and politician Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. , American outlaw Jesse Woodson James, American actor Jesse Eden Metcalfe, American Olympic athlete and civil rights icon James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens, American politician and author Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos)
  • 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 518 also in 1981.

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


  • Origin: American, French
  • Meaning: Jehovah increases
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Joey, Jojo
  • Famous Namesakes: English nanny and TV personality Joanne “Jo” Frost, America singer Janet Damita Jo Jackson, American singer Jo Elizabeth Stafford
  • 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, Jo peaked in 1947 at 51 and fell off the top 1000 list of girls names after 1985.

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


  • Origin: English, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Praised; "God is gracious"; "Jehovah increases"
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jodee, Jodey, Jodi, Jodie, Jodiha, Joedy
  • Famous Namesakes: American golfer Jody Rosenthal Anschutz, American composer and performer Jody Diamond, American actress Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster, Film producer Jody Hamilton (daughter of comedian Carol Burnett), American singer Myrna Joy “Jody” Miller, American singer Jody Vanessa Watley
  • 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.


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Flowing down, descending
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jardan, Johrdan, Jordain, Jordaine, Jordani, Jordanio, Jordanka, Jordann, Jordanna, Jordanny, Jordano, Jordany, Jordayne, Jorden, Jordena, Jordenn, Jordian, Jordie, Jordin, Jordo, Jordon, Jordun, Jordy, Jordyn, Jordynn, Jori, Jorie, Jorry, Jory, Jourdan, Jud, Judd, Yardena
  • Famous Namesakes: Former infamous felon and previous stockbroker, now a motivational speaker and author, Jordan Ross Belfort, American basketball player Jordan Robert Farmar, daughter of dancer Kevin Federline - Jordan Kay Federline, American actor and singer Jordan William Fisher, daughter of American TV host Leeza Gibbons - Jordan Alexandra “Lexi” Gibbons, Irish-American inventor and vocalist Jordan Hewson (daughter of singer Bono), American basketball player Jordan Craig Hill, British actress Jordan Loughran, American actor and comedian Jordan Haworth Peele, American singer Jordin Brianna Sparks, American golfer Jordan Alexander Spieth
  • 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.


  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: A traveler or adventurer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jerney, Journee, Journi, Journie, Journy, Journye, Jurnee
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green - Journey River Green, son of musician Jamie Luis Gimez (“Taboo”) - Journey Jameson Gomez
  • 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.”


  • Origin: Latin, American, Middle English
  • Meaning: Honest and fair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Justic, Justis, Justiss, Justisse, Justiz, Justus, Justyc, Justyce, Justys, Juztice
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of actors Justin and Lindsay Hartley (Korman) - Isabella Justice Hartley, son of actor Steven Seagal - Kentaro Justice Seagal, American actor and pro wrestler Jesse “Justice” Smith Jr.
  • 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.


  • Origin: Hawaiian, Indian, German, Welsh
  • Meaning: Of the sea; keeper of the keys
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kaj, Kaja, Keh, Kei, Ky, Kye
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Kai Alexander, American Pulitzer Prize winning author Kai Bird, American actor Kai Caster, American actor Kai Chapman, American football player Kai August Forbath, American actor and professional skateboarder Kai Hillebrand, American actor Kai Lennox, American NFL player Kaimana (Kai) Nacua, American radio journalist Kai Ryssdal, American musician and producer Kai Wachi, American musician and film score composer Kai Welch, Danish-American jazz musician Kai Chresten Winding
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town of hawks or the shed town
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Keatan, Keaten, Keatin, Keatton, Keatun, Keatyn, Keeton, Keeton, Keetun, Keyton, Keytun
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor and singer Keaton Nigel Cooke, English singer-songwriter Keaton Henson, American singer-songwriter Keaton Simons, American actress Keaton Nicole Tyndall
  • 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.


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Small fiery one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Keagan, Keagen, Keegen, Keeghan, Keegon, Keegun, Kegan, Keigan
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor and writer Keegan Phillip Allen, American professional golfer Keegan Hansen Bradley, American composer and actor Keegan DeWitt, American pastry chef and TV host Keegan Gerhard, American actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key
  • 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.


  • Origin: English, Celtic, Irish
  • Meaning: Ship victory or from the fierce island
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kelcey, Kelci, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kelda, Kellsee, Kellsei, Kellsey, Kellsie, Kellsy, Kelsay, Kelsea, Kelsee, Kelsei, Kelseigh, Kelsi, Kelsie, Kelso, Kelsy, Kelsye
  • Famous Namesakes: American pop singer Kelsey Bahiyyih Bulkin, American actress Kelsey Asbille Chow, American soccer player Kelsey Laine Davis, American actor Kelsey Grammer, American actress Kelsey Keel, American TV chef Kelsey Nixon, American basketball player Kelsey Christine Plum
  • 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 through 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.


  • Origin: English, Celtic
  • Meaning: From the valley of the River Kent
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kendahl, Kendal, Kendalla, Kendalle, Kendel, Kendell, Kendelle, Kendera, Kendia, Kendyl, Kendyll, Kinda, Kindall, Kindi, Kindle, Kynda, Kyndal, Kyndel
  • Famous Namesakes: American basketball player and television sports analyst Kendall Cedric Gill, American model and TV personality Kendall Nicole Jenner, American news anchor Kendall Diane Morris, American NFL football player (Henry Alexander) Kendall Simmons, American singer and 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.


  • Origin: Scottish, Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Helmet-wearing chief
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Canaday, Canady, Kenedee, Kenedi, Kenedie, Kenedy, Kenidi, Kenidie, Kenidy, Kennadee, Kennadi, Kennadie, Kennady, Kennedee, Kennedey, Kennedi, Kennedie, Kennidee, Kennidi, Kennidy, Kynnedi
  • Famous Namesakes: American fashion journalist and essayist Kennedy Fraser, American political satirist and radio/TV personality Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (known as “Kennedy”), American actress and model Kennedy Trawick
  • 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 54 in 2014.

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.


  • Origin: Scottish, Irish, Celtic, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Having dark hair, little and dark
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ciara, Ciaran, Keimon, Keiran, Keiren, Keiron, Kiaran, Kiaron, Kiarron, Kier, Kieren, Kierian, Kierien, Kierin, Kiernan, Kieron, Kierr, Kierre, Kierron, Kiren, Kyran
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Kieran Kyle Culkin, son of American actress Julianna Margulies - Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal , American actor Kieran Mulroney, American novelist Kieran Scott
  • 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. 


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the narrow road or one who takes the narrow path
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Laen, Lain, Laina, Laine, Lainey, Laney, Lanie, Layn, Layne, Laynee
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer Lane Brody, American actor and producer Lane Carlson, American actor Lane Davies, American actor Lane Edward Garrison, American football coach Lane Monte Kiffin
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town near the meadow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lay, Layten, Layton, Laytun, Leigh, Leighten, Leightun, Leyton
  • Famous Namesakes: American football player Leighton Vander Esch, American politician Leighton A. Hope, American actress Leighton Marissa Meester, American politician Leighton Paul Schubert
  • 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.


  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Dear one, child of love, or a small cloak or cape
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lenan, Lenen, Lenin, Lennan, Lennen, Lennin, Lennyn, Lenon, Lenyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of Canadian singer Pierre Bouvier - Lennon Rose Bouvier, daughter of NFL player A.J. Hawk and Lauren Quinn - Lennon Noel Hawk, American singer Lennon Anne Murphy, American actress and comedian Maria Lennon Parham, son of actors Seth Peterson and Kylee Cochran - Lennon Henry Peterson, daughter of tennis players Robert Seguso and Carling Bassett Seguso - Lennon Shy Seguso, American actress Lennon Wynn
  • Peak Popularity: Lennon is a last name that is becoming a first name. It is a top 1,000 name for girls since 2013 and boys since 2008, and is trending upward for both.

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


  • Origin: Scottish, Celtic
  • Meaning: From the holly garden or from the gray fortress
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lee, Leigh, Les, Leslea, Leslee, Leslei, Lesleigh, Lesley, Lesli, Lesly, Leslye, Lesslie, Lezlee, Lezley, Lezli, Lezlie, Lezly
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress and model Leslie Louise Bibb, daughter of actors Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart - Leslie Howard Bogart, American singer Leslie Barbara Carter-Ashton, American artist and writer Leslie Jeanne Erganian, American actress Leslie Erin Grossman, English-born American actor and comedian Sir Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope, American actress Leslie Jean Mann, American CEO Leslie Roy “Les” Moonves, American actor and singer Leslie Odom, Jr., American novelist Leslie Marmon Silko, American actress and artist Leslie Ann Stefanson, American actress and singer Leslie Uggams
  • 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.


  • Origin: Scottish, Celtic, Irish
  • Meaning: Of the hollow; meadow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Llogen, Loagan, Loagen, Loagon, Logann, Logen, Logenn, Loggan, Loghan, Login, Logn, Logon, Logun, Logunn, Logyn, Logynn
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Logan Laurice Browning, American soccer player and coach Logan Emory, son of singer Tamar Braxton and producer Vincent Herbert - Logan Vincent Herbert, American actor Logan Wade Lerman, American NFL football player Logan Lee Mankins, American Olympic volleyball player Logan Maile Lei Tom, American actress Andrea Logan White
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: The capital of the United Kingdom
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Londen, Londin, Londun, Londyn, Londynn, Lunden, Lundon
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of television host Carson Daly - London Rose Daly, American NFL player London Levi Fletcher-Baker, daughter of rapper Manafest - London Grace Greenwood, daughter of American singer Kevin Max - London Ava Kay Max, son of American writer and television producer Jay Phillip McGraw - London Phillip McGraw, daughter of American singer Granger Smith - London Smith
  • 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.


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Of the sea
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maren, Maren, Marena, Marinn, Marren, Marrin, Maryn
  • Famous Namesakes: American conductor and violinist Marin Alsop, Tanzanian-American actress Marin Elizabeth Hinkle, daughter of actor Dennis Hopper - Marin Hopper, American actress Marin Yvonne Ireland, American actress and singer Marin Joy Mazzie
  • 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 837 on the girls top 1,000 list.

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


  • Origin: Hebrew, American, Irish
  • Meaning: One who is like or closest to God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mickee, Micki, Mickie, Micky, Miki, Mikie, Mikkie, Mycki
  • Famous Namesakes: American musician Mickey Hart (born Michael Steven Hartman), American musician Michael Allen “Mickey” Madden, American baseball player Mickey Charles Mantle, American actor and comedian Mickey Rooney, American actor and screenwriter (former boxer) Philip Andre “Mickey” Rourke Jr., American novelist Frank Morrison “Mickey” Spillane, English actress Brigitte Michael “Mickey” Sumner (daughter of musician Sting)
  • 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 through 1960. 

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


  • Origin: Latin, Spanish
  • Meaning: Of the mountains
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Montagne, Montaine, Montanna, Montayna
  • Famous Namesakes: Australian model Montana Cox, daughter of actor Judd Hirsch - Montana Hirsch, daughter of politician Gavin Newsom and actress filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom - Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom, daughter of baseball player Adam LaRoche - Montana LaRoche, daughter of actor Steven Seagal - Arisa Montana Seagal
  • 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 continued to be a top 1,000 name for girls through 2007.

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


  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Traveling or circling the sea
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maughan, Morgain, Morgana, Morgance, Morgane, Morganette, Morganica, Morgann, Morganna, Morganne, Morgen, Morghan, Morgin, Morgon, Morgun, Morgunn, Morgyn, Morrgan, Morrigan, Muirgan
  • Famous Namesakes: American football player Morgan Mark Burnett, daughter of actor/director Clint Eastwood - Morgan Colette Eastwood, British novelist Edward Morgan Forster (professionally known as E.M. Forster), American actor and film narrator Morgan Porterfield Freeman, American gymnast Morgan Elizabeth Hurd, daughter of actress and model Gretchen Mol and director and producer Tod Williams - Winter Morgan Williams, American professional golfer Morgan Pressel, American filmmaker Morgan Valentine Spurlock, American basketball player Morgan Tuck, American TV personality Morgan Ailis Webb
  • 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.


  • Origin: Latin, Spanish
  • Meaning: From the place that is covered in snow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Navada, Nev, Nevadah, Nevade
  • Famous Namesakes: American author Nevada Barr , American singer Nevada Cato, American socialite 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.


  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Christmas
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Noël, Noela, Noelani, Noele, Noeleen, Noelene, Noeline, Noell, Noella, Noelle, Nole, Noli, Nollaig, Novelo, Nowel, Nowell, Nowelle
  • Famous Namesakes: English author Mary Noel Streatfeild, Canadian actress Jillian Noel Hennessy, reality tv actress Kimberly Noel Kardashian West, American actress and comedian Noël Kristi Wells, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West - Chicago Noel West
  • 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 intermittently from 1932 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.

Names O-S


  • Origin: English 
  • Meaning: Sturdy, strong, or from where the oak trees grow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oakie, Oaklea, Oaklee, Oakleigh, Oakli, Oaklie, Oakly, Oklay
  • Famous Namesakes: American novelist Oakley Maxwell Hall, American playwright and director Oakley “Tad” Hall III, British actor Oaklee Pendergast
  • 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 more often than boys.

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


  • Origin: Welsh, Scottish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Born into high society; young warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ouen, Owain, Owan, Owenn, Owin, Owinn, Owinne, Owwen, Owyn, Owynn, Owynne
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Owen Bento, American football player Owen Gerald Daniels, American novelist Owen King (son of novelist Stephen King), Actress Owen Vanessa Elliot Kugell (daughter of American musician Mama Cass Elliot), son of actress and TV host Ricki Lake - Owen Tyler Sussman, daughter of American musician Michelle Brand - Owen Isabelle Landau, American football player Owen Marecic, American actor and producer Owen Cunningham Wilson, American novelist and historian Owen Wister
  • 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.


  • Origin: English, Greek, French
  • Meaning: From the capital city of France
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Paeris, Paerris, Paras, Paree, Pares, Parese, Parice, Parie, Parise, Pariss, Parris, Parrish, Parriss, Parrys, Parryss, Parys, Paryss
  • Famous Namesakes: American television director and producer Paris K.C. Barclay, American singer Paris Ana’is Bennett, son of American actor Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith - Paris Beckett Brosnan, American heiress and businesswoman Paris Whitney Hilton, daughter of American singer Michael Jackson - Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, Greek shipping heir Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, American football player Paris Michael Lenon, American actor and entrepreneur Paris Themmen
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Manager or keeper of the park
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Park, Parke, Parkes, Parkir, Parkman, Parkor, Parks, Parkyr
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of American singer Clay Aiken - Parker Foster Aiken, American actor Parker Fennelly, American singer Parker Gispert, American football player Parker Hall, son of actress Rosie O’Donnell - Parker Jaren O’Donnell, American actress Parker Christian Posey, American actress Parker McKenna Posey, American actor Parker Stevenson
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the town of the soldiers and warriors
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Paeten, Paeton, Paiden, Paidyn, Paiten, Paiton, Pate, Paton, Payde, Payden, Paydon, Payten, Paytin, Payton, Paytun, Paytyn, Peaton, Peighton, Peyt, Peyten, Peython, Peytin, Peytonn, Peytun, Peytyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of American singer Babyface - Peyton Nicole Edmonds, daughter of American dancer Kevin Federline - Peyton Marie Federline, American actress Peyton Elizabeth Lee, American actress and model Peyton Roi List, American NFL player Peyton Williams Manning, American actor Peyton Meyer, American founding father Peyton Randolph, American virologist and winner of the Nobel Prize (Francis) Peyton Rous
  • 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.


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Dark red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Feenix, Feenyx, Fenix, Pheenix, Pheenyx, Phenice, Phenix, Phenyx, Pheonix, Phoenicks, Phoenyx, Phynix
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of British singer/TV personality Melanie Janice Brown (Mel B) - Phoenix Chi Gulzar, son of American trainer and TV personality Jillian Michaels - Phoenix Michaels, son of American singer Nick Lachey - Phoenix Robert Lachey
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the place where the priest lives
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Preslay, Preslea, Preslee, Presleigh, Presli, Preslie, Presly, Presslee, Pressley, Pressly, Prestley, Prezlee, Prezleigh, Prezlie, Prezly, Priestley, Priestly
  • Famous Namesakes: American model Presley Chasson, American photographer and model Presley Walker Gerber (son of supermodel Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber), daughter of NFL player Jeff Garcia - Presley Garcia, Canadian model 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 (the only year that it was in the top 1,000), 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."


  • Origin: Irish, English, Celtic
  • Meaning: Quincy (fifth son's estate); descendent of Conn; chief leader; intelligence
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Quenn, Quin, Quinna, Quinne, Quiyn, Quynn, Qwinn, Qwinne
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of American actor Tom Arnold - Quinn Sophie Arnold, American basketball player and coach (William) Quinn Buckner, American ice dancer Quinn Carpenter, American writer and entrepreneur Quinn Louise Cumings, daughter of TV journalists Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Goske - Quinn Lily Wolfeld-Gosk, daughter of politician John Edwards and Rielle Hunter - (Frances) Quinn Hunter, American NFL football player Quinn Marcus Johnson, American journalist and photographer Quinn Norton, American actress and film director Quinn Shephard, son of American actress Sharon Stone - Quinn Kelly Stone
  • Peak Popularity: Quinn is more frequently given to girls. It was most popular for boys in 2009 reaching a rank of 259, 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.


  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Wise ruler or counselor
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Raine, Rainn, Rainne, Rainnie, Rayn, Rayne, Reign, Reyne
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of American musician Jason Cropper - Kiefer Rain Cropper, son of Canadian singers Corey Hart and Julie Masse - Rain Hart, American actress and comedienne Rain Pryor (daughter of comedian Richard Pryor), daughter of American singer Christina Aguilera - Summer Rain Rutler, daughter of Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski - Nina Rain Sadoski
  • 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.


  • Origin: Irish, Scottish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Little ruler, child of the king
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Raegan, Raeghan, Ragan, Raghan, Raygan, Raygen, Reaganne, Reaghan, Reegan, Regan, Reganne, Reghan, Rheagan
  • Famous Namesakes: Canadian actress Reagan Dale Neis, American actress Reagan Amyre Gomez-Preston, American competitive swimmer 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Having red hair; slender piece of grass
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Raed, Raede, Raeed, Reaad, Read, Reade, Reed, Reede, Reid, Reida, Reyd, Reyde, Rheed
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor and journalist Reed Alexander, American football player Reed Doughty, American entrepreneur and billionaire Reed Hastings, American equestrian Reed Catherine Kessler
  • 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. 


  • Origin: Welsh, English
  • Meaning: Having great passion and enthusiasm; ardor
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Reace, Rease, Rece, Reece, Rees, Reice, Reis, Reise, Reiss, Reyce, Reyes, Reyse, Rhett, Rhyce, Rhys, Rhyse, Rice, Riece, Ries, Riese, Riess, Ryese, Ryez, Ryse
  • Famous Namesakes: American NFL football player Reese Dismukes, American Olympic shot putter (Michael) Reese Hoffa, American NFL football player Reese McCall, American actress and entrepreneur (Laura Jeanne) Reese Witherspoon
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Raven's town; place on the riverbank
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rem, Remi, Reminton, Remy, Tony
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of American singer Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock - Remington Alexander Blackstock, son of American actor and comedian Joe Gatto - Remington Joseph “Remo” Gatto, American actress Remmington Elizabeth Moses, American fashion model Remington Williams
  • 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, and for boys at 425 in 2018.

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


  • Origin: English, American, German
  • Meaning: Eternal ruler, peaceful leader
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dick, Dickie, Dicky, Ric, Ricci, Rich, Richey, Richi, Richie, Rick, Ricke, Rickee, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricks, Ricquie, Riczi, Rik, Riki, Rikie, Rikkey, Rikki, Rikky, Riks, Riky, Riqui, Rishi, Ritch, Ritchie, Ritchy, Ryk, Rykk
  • Famous Namesakes: American football player Ricky Barkley Jean-Francois, English actor/comedian Ricky Dene Gervais, Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin (born Enrique Martin Morales), American singer and actor Eric Hilliard “Ricky” Nelson, American NASCAR driver Richard L. “Ricky” Rudd, American country musician Rickie Lee “Ricky” Skaggs, American actor Richard Bartlett “Ricky” Schroeder, American musician Ricky Van Shelton, American football player Errick Lynne “Ricky” Williams Jr.
  • 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.”


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic, English
  • Meaning: Courageous and brave, or from the rye field
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Reiley, Reilley, Reilly, Reily, Rhiley, Rhylee, Rhyley, Rieley, Rielly, Riely, Rilee, Rileigh, Rilley, Rillie, Rily, Rilye, Ryely, Rylea, Rylee, Ryleigh, Ryley, Rylie
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette - Coco Riley Arquette, American actress Riley Rose Campbell (daughter of actors Alan Campbell and Lauren Kennedy), daughter of NFL player Kerry Collins - Riley Collins, daughter of baseball player Ryan Dempster - Riley Elizabeth Dempster, American actress/model (daughter of Lisa Marie Presley) (Danielle) Riley Keough, American blues musician Riley “B.B.” King, daughter of actor Vin Diesel and model Paloma Jimenez - Hania Riley Sinclair, daughter of TV journalist Norah O’Donnell and chef Geoff Tracy - Riley Norah Tracy, American actress Riley Elizabeth Weston, daughter of designer Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis - Reiley Dilys Stella Willis
  • 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.


  • Origin: English, American
  • Meaning: Flowing body of water
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rivers, Riviera, Rivor, Ryver
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of American singer Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock - River Rose Blackstock, son of American actress Keri Russell - River Russell Deary, son of Aerican actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green - Journey River Green, son of American singer Taylor Handon - River Samuel Hanson, son of American singer Ameriie - River Rowe Nicholson, son of British celebrity chefs Jamie and Jools Oliver - River Rocket Blue Dallas Oliver, late American actor River Jude Phoenix, late son of American singer Granger Smith - River Kelly Smith, son of American actor Josh Stewart - River Jacob Stewart
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bright with fame, social
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Roban, Robben, Robbey, Robbi, Robbin, Robbins, Robby, Robbyn, Robee, Roben, Robene, Robenia, Robi, Robiner, Robinet, Robinette, Robinia, Robinn, Robins, Robyn, Robyna, Robynn, Robynne, Roibin
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer and dancer Robin Antin, American transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase, American musician Robin Hugh Gibb, American actress Robin Simone Givens, English novelist Robin Jarvin, American radio personality Robin Ophelia Quivers, American singer Robin Alan Thicke, American actor and comedian Robin McLaurin Williams
  • 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.


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Red ruler or chief; famous brilliance
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Roree, Rorey, Rori, Rorie, Rorrie, Rorry, Ruadhri, Ruadri, Ruaidhri, Ruaidhrigh, Ruaidri, Ruairi, Ruairidh, Ruaraí, Ruaraidh, Ruari, Ruaria, Ruaridh, Rurarai
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of English romance novelist Jackie Collins - Rory Lerman Green, American actor Rory Hugh Culkin, American hockey player Rory Brian Fitzpatrick, son of Microsoft’s Bill and Melinda Gates - Rory John Gates, American filmmaker Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy, American sportscaster Rory Markas, Scottish actor Rory McCann
  • 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.


  • Origin: Celtic, Gaelic, Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning: Little red one; tree with red berries; mountain ash
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Roane, Roanna, Roanne, Rohan, Rowann, Rowanne, Rowe, Rowen, Rowin, Rowney, Rowyn, Rowynn
  • Famous Namesakes: English actor and comedian Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, American actress Rowan Eleanor Blanchard, son of American actress Claire Danes and English actor Hugh Dancy - Rowan Dancy, daughter of actress Brooke Shields - Rowan Francis Henchy
  • 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.


  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little Ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rayan, Rayaun, Rhine, Rhyan, Rhyne, Rhyon, Rian, Rianna, Rianne, Riayn, Rien, Rion, Rionne, Ryane, Ryann, Ryanne, Ryein, Ryen, Ryenne, Ryian, Ryiann, Ryien, Ryin, Ryne, Rynn, Ryon, Ryuan, Ryun, Ryyan
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer and songwriter Ryan Adams, Canadian actor Ryan Thomas Gosling, American competitive swimmer Ryan Steven Lochte, daughter of NFL player Rodney Peete and actress Holly Robinson Peete - Ryan Elizabeth Peete, American actor (Matthew) Ryan Philippe, Canadian actor Ryan Rodney Reynolds, daughter of American actress Haylie Duff and Matt Rosenberg - Ryan Ava Erhard Rosenberg, American television host and TV personality Ryan John Seacrest, daughter of American actor Josh Steward - Ryan Justine Stewart
  • 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.


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Wise one or prophet
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sagan, Sagar, Sagen, Sager, Sagia, Saige, Saije, Saje, Salvia, Sayge
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of Australian actress Toni Collette and Dale Gelafassi - Sage Florence Gelafassi , son of actress Tracey Gold and Roby Marshall - Sage Gold Marshall, American director (son of American actor Sylvester Stallone) - Sage Moonblood Stallone, American sportscaster Sage Marie Steele, American novelist Sage Walker
  • 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.


  • Origin: Greek, Russian
  • Meaning: Defender of humankind
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dacha, Sacha, Sascha, Saschae, Saschenka, Sash, Sashae, Sashah, Sashai, Sashana, Sashay, Sashea, Sashel, Sashenka, Sashey, Sashi, Sashia, Sashira, Sashka, Sashok, Sashsha, Sashya, Sasjara, Sauscha, Sausha, Shasha, Shashi
  • Famous Namesakes: English comedian and film producer Sacha Baron Cohen, American actress (daughter of, American singer and actress Vanessa Williams and basketball player Rick Fox) Sasha Gabriella Fox, son of actor Chris Hemsworth and Spanish model Elsa Pataky - Sasha Hemsworth, daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama - Natasha “Sasha” Obama, South-African born American actress Sasha Pieterse, American actress Sasha Rebecca Spielberg (daughter of Steven Spielberg)
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A woodcutter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sauyer, Sawyar, Sawyor, Sawyr, Sawyrr, Soiyer
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer and songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, son of radio personality Todd Shapiro and model Irina Funtikova - Sawyer Shapiro, daughter of American actress Sara Gilbert and Allison Adler - Sawyer Jane Gilbert-Adler, son of director Steven Spielberg - Sawyer Avery Spielberg, late American actor Sawyer Storm Sweeten
  • 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.


  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: One who gathers information, explores, and discovers
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Scoutt, Scoutte, Scowt, Skout, Skoutte
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Scout Taylor- Compton, daughter of beach volleyball players Kerri Walsh Jennings and Casey Jennings - Scout Margery Jennings, daughter of American actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore - 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.


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Smart and having great wisdom; little wise owl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Channa, Shana, Shanan, Shanandoah, Shandy, Shane, Shane, Shani, Shann, Shanna, Shannae, Shannan, Shanneen, Shannen, Shannie, Shannin, Shannun, Shannyn, Shanon
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of American actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green - Noah Shannon Green , American author Shannon Hale, American biochemist and NASA astronaut Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid, American Olympic gymnast Shannon Lee Miller, Canadian model and actress Shannon Ashley “Shay” Garcia Mitchell , American NFL football player Shannon Sharpe, American actress and musician Shannon Marie Kahololani “Shannyn” Sossamon
  • 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.


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: God is gracious and merciful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Deshawn, Sean, Seanne, Shana, Shanna, Shanwon, Shaughan, Shaun, Shauna, Shaunie, Shaunne, Shaw, Shawnae, Shawnai, Shawne, Shawneena, Shawnette, Shawnna, Shawnne, Shawnra, Shawnta, Sheona, Siân, Sianna
  • Famous Namesakes: American rapper and entrepreneur Shawn Corey Carter (a.k.a. Jay-Z), American singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, American gymnast Shawn Machel Johnson East, Canadian singer Shawn Peter Raul Mendes, American actor and comedian Shawn Mathis 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.


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Admired and respected or like a hawk; stately and dauntless
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Schae, Shae, Shaelee, Shaelyn, Shai, Shalyn, Shaye, Shayla, Shealy, Sheann, Sheannon, Sheanta, Sheaon, Shearra, Sheatara, Sheaunna, Shey
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress and singer Shay Astar, American musician Sheldon “Shay” Haley, Canadian actress Shannon Ashley “Shay” Mitchell, American actor Shay Roundtree, American novelist and playwright Shay Youngblood
  • 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.


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Peaceful; God's gift
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shilo, Shiloe, Shylo, Shyloh
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Shiloh Thomas Fernandez, daughter of American actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, American NFL football player Shiloh Keo, Israeli model Shlomit “Shiloh” Malka, American romance novelist Shiloh Walker
  • Peak Popularity: Shiloh was new to the top 1,000 in 2007 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.


  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Intelligent and scholarly
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Schuyler, Schyler, Skila, Skilah, Skye, Skyeler, Skyla, Skylar, Skylear, Skylee, Skylena, Skyler, Skyli, Skyllar, Skylor, Skylyn, Skylynn, Skylyr, Skyra
  • Famous Namesakes: American professional basketball player Skylar Kierra Diggins-Smith, daughter of Scottish singer-songwriter Sheena Easton - Skylar Easton, American pop singer Skylar Laine (Harden), American NBA player Skylar Mays, late daughter of American musician Vince Neil - Skylar Lynnae Neil, American pop singer Skylar Star Stecker
  • 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 years were 2015 and 2016 reaching number 42.

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


  • Origin: Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: A strong protector, a warrior or invader
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sloane, Sloanne, Slone, Slonne
  • Famous Namesakes: American writer Sloane Crosley, American professional tennis player Sloane Stephens, American novelist Sloan Wilson
  • 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.


  • Origin: English, American
  • Meaning: Volatile and powerful like severe weather
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Storme, Stormee, Stormey, Stormie, Stormm, Stormy
  • Famous Namesakes: English writer Margaret Ethel Storm Jameson, Australian director and fashion designer Storm Keating, son of American singer Lisa Marie Presley - Benjamin Storm Keough, American actress Storm Reid, daughter of American musician Nikki Sixx - Storm Brieann Sixx, late American actor Sawyer Storm Sweeten
  • 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. 


  • Origin: English, French, Portuguese
  • Meaning: From the wide island or wide pasture
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cidney, Cydnee, Cydney, Cydnie, Siddaine, Siddeny, Sideny, Sidnee, Sidneigh, Sidney, Sidni, Sidnie, Sidonia, Sy, Syd, Sydel, Sydelle, Sydna, Sydnee, Sydni, Sydnie, Sydny, Sydnye, Syndona, Syndonah
  • Famous Namesakes: American silent film actor and screenwriter Sydney Ayres, daughter of American boxer Laila Ali and NFL player Curtis Conway - Sydney Jurldine Conway, American actress Sydney Margaret Penny
  • 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 were 1999-2002.

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

Names T-Z


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Maker of hide or leather
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tan, Tanar, Taner, Tanery, Tann, Tannar, Tannen, Tannir, Tannis, Tannon, Tannor, Tanny, Tany
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Tanner Cohen, American tennis player Tanner Cochran Evans, American actor Tanner James Maguire, American NFL football player Tanner Gregory Purdum, American actor Tanner Richie, American baseball pitcher Tanner Roark
  • 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 1997 and 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bringer of joy, cheery and full of spirit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Taetum, Taitem, Taitum, Tatem, Tatim, Tatom, Tatuhm, Tatym
  • Famous Namesakes: American NFL player Tatum Antoine Bell, son of American singer Luke Bryan - Tatum Christopher Bryan, American actress Tatum Danielle McCann, American actress and author Tatum Beatrice O’Neal (daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal)
  • 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 (tied with 2012) and 546 for boys.

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


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Cloth cutter, garment maker, style setter 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tae, Taelor, Taelur, Taelut, Tahlor, Tai, Tailer, Tailor, Tailour, Talor, Tay, Taye, Taylar, Tayler, Tayller, Tayllor, Taylore, Taylour, Taylr, Teyler, Teylorler, Tailer, Taylour, Tailour, Taylore
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of American singer Garth Brooks - Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks, daughter of American novelist Michael Crichton and actress Anne-Marie Martin - Taylor-Anne Crichton, daughter of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt - Taylor Nicole Earnhardt, American musician (Jordan) Taylor Hanson, daughter of actor David Hasselhoff - Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff, American actress and singer Taylor Michel Momsen, American actor Taylor Daniel Lautner, American singer-songwriter Taylor Alison 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. 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.


  • Origin: Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: Priceless and praiseworthy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Toie, Toinette, Toinon, Tola, Tona, Tonee, Toney, Tonia, Tonie, Tonik, Tonina, Tonio, Tonis, Tonny, Tono, Tonya, Tonyo, Twanette
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer Anthony Dominick “Tony” Bennett (Benedetto), British Prime Minister Anthony Charles Linton “Tony” Blair, American singer-songwriter and actress Toni Michele Braxton, American actor Antonio Salvatore “Tony” Danza (Ladanza)
  • 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


  • Origin: Celtic, Welsh
  • Meaning: Tumultuous, sad, or full of sorrow; bold
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Trestan, Tresten, Trestin, Treston, Trestton, Trestyn, Tris, Trisan, Trisden, Trissten, Tristain, Tristam, Tristann, Tristanne, Tristean, Tristen, Tristian, Tristin, Triston, Tristram, Tristyn, Tristynne, Trystan, Trysten, Trystian, Trystin, Trystn, Tryston, Trystyn, Trystynne
  • Famous Namesakes: British drummer Tristan Oliver Vance Evans, son of American actor Chris Hemsworth - Tristan Hemsworth, American singer-songwriter Tristan Ann Prettyman, son of American singer Travis Tritt - Tristan James Tritt, American actor and singer Tristan Paul Mack Wilds
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the meadow in the west
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Wes, Weslee, Wesleigh, Wesli, Weslie, Wesly, Wessley, Wesslie, Wessly, West, Westbrook, Westcott, Westleigh, Westley, Westly, Weston, Wezlee, Wezley, Whesley, Whessley
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor and director Wesley Trent Snipes, American actor Wesley Jonathan Waples, English founders of the Methodist Church John and Charles Wesley, American NFL football player Wesley Woodyard Jr.
  • 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.


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: White Island
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Whitany, Whiteney, Whiteny, Whitiny, Whitnay, Whitne, Whitné, Whitnea, Whitnee, Whitneigh, Whitni, Whitnie, Whitny, Whitnye,, Whittaney, Whittany, Whitteny, Whittney, Whittnie, Whytne, Whytney, Whytnie, Witney, Witny, Witteny
  • Famous Namesakes: Late American singer and actress Whitney Elizabeth Houston, adopted daughter of rapper Eminem - Whitney Scott Mathers, American NFL football player Whitney Mercilus, American writer John Whitney “Whit” Stillman, American investor and philanthropist Whitney Tilson, American civil rights activist Whitney Moore Young Jr.
  • 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 through 1994 and it reached its highest rank of 32 in 1986 and 1987.

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


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Born in the winter season
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Whintar, Whinter, Whintyr, Winnter, Wintar, Winters, Wintr, Wintur, Wintyr, Wynter, Wynters, Wyntur
  • Famous Namesakes: Son of American singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette and Mario Treadway - Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway, daughter of American actress Gretchen Mol and director Tod Williams - Winter Morgan Williams, American actress Winter Ave Zoli Uhlarik
  • 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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By Donna Murray, RN, BSN
Donna Murray, RN, BSN has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University and is a current member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.