Unisex names? Suggestions

(61 Posts)
SimplySara Sun 16-Feb-14 11:43:14

Any suggestions on nice names that would work for either a boy or a girl?

Leeds2 Sun 16-Feb-14 11:52:18

Robin. Eden. Morgan.

That's all I can think of!

AbiRoad Sun 16-Feb-14 11:55:54

Rowan
Harper and othe surname type names of this type (Parker etc), although these names are not for me
Alex
Frankie.
Charley

Littleturkish Sun 16-Feb-14 11:59:09

Max (Maxine, Maximilian, Maxwell)

Charley (Charlotte, Charlie, Charles)

Pat (Patricia, Patrick)

Madison

Billy/Billie

Can't think of any more...

Kantha Sun 16-Feb-14 12:01:34

Max
Sam
Jo(e)
Leslie/Lesley
Pat
Lee
Jan (different pronunciation)
Sasha/Sacha

Bowlersarm Sun 16-Feb-14 12:01:35

Freddy (Alfred/Frederick/Frederica)

Frances/Francis

Sam (Samantha/Samuel)

Jo(e) (Joanna/Josephine/Joseph)

mumbaisapphirebluespruce Sun 16-Feb-14 13:07:58

Phoenix
Avery

SunnyL Sun 16-Feb-14 13:13:23

Don't do it. I've got a unisex name and it irritating when growing up kids tease you for having a boys name. As an adult it is irritating because people phone and email me thinking I might be a man.

P.s. my name is listed above.

onedev Sun 16-Feb-14 13:17:04

Jamie

HoneyandRum Sun 16-Feb-14 13:24:30

Taylor

Kendall

McKenzie

Tam

HoneyandRum Sun 16-Feb-14 13:25:36

Nicky

Seminyak Sun 16-Feb-14 13:31:48

Joey
Emerson
Alex
Sydney

ToffeeJungle Sun 16-Feb-14 13:33:00

Toni / Tony
Teri / Terry
Ashley
Lee / Leigh
Drew
Cameron
Jess / Jesse

I also know a female Glenn and a male Lindsay.

Unisex names:
Ashley
Cameron
Mackenzie, Mackenna, probably other Mac.s
Jude
Storm
Jay
Hilary
Vivian
Kim
Evelyn
Misha
Bailey
Jordan
Kendal
Kellly
Kim
Meredith
Raven
Shannon
Taylor
Linden
Kestrel

Unisex nicknames:
Jessie/Jesse
Georgie
Alex/Lex/Sandy
Phil/Pip
Tom(my)
Jamie
Chris/Kit
Jem
Jas (Jasper/Jasmine)
Mel
Tony
Olly
Bobby
Andy
Jackie
Nicky
Terry
Vic
Val
Will

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Sun 16-Feb-14 13:34:04

Jordan

HoneyandRum Sun 16-Feb-14 13:35:27

I met a woman called Michael.

kasbah72 Sun 16-Feb-14 14:04:08

Robin
Cameron
Alex
Jude
Taylor

SimplySara Sun 16-Feb-14 15:11:02

Thanks for all the suggestions. I do like Avery, Rowan, Francis (Frankie), Jo (Joseph/Josephine) and Alex.

I went a-searching in the baby name sites and came up with some others but please keep suggesting...

Ainsley
Blaire
Rae/Ray
Scout
Alden
Wren
Sonny/Sunny

Also possible shortened versions of
Leonora (Leo)
Willa (Will)
Cassandra/Cassian (or Cassius) = Cass

Also, what are your thoughts on choosing a unisex name?

Newname14 Sun 16-Feb-14 15:14:08

Agree I've got a unisex life and people are always mistaking me for a he and I got teased too don't do it!!!

Martorana Sun 16-Feb-14 15:16:12

Hmm. In my experience "unisex" names are always boys names given to girls. Which is annoying. I think you should only call a girl Michael or Billy if you would call a boy Emily or Winnie.

LineRunner Sun 16-Feb-14 15:16:29

Pete
Dana
Gareth

shockednc Sun 16-Feb-14 15:25:12

Ultimately it's your decision, and many of these names are lovely. But as you've asked, I have a unisex name, mentioned a few times in this thread. I've always disliked it, it's frustrating when people assume you're a man before they meet you, it always bothered me as a child when at the start of every year the teacher will have made name tags - all the girls' names pink, the boys' names blue, my nametag would be green. Same with pencil boxes, etc. Color thing may no longer be as relevant, but it was a Big Deal when I was child. Now I always have to put my middle name on forms.

LOVE Leonora!

SimplySara Wed 19-Feb-14 12:02:20

Many thanks for the suggestions and comments. I do think that the many of the "don't do it" ones actually justify why one would want to name their child with a unisex name. It allows for the person not to be gendered pigeon-holed based solely on their name before people even meet them. I may be a bit of an optimist but I hope we are moving beyond the pink/blue divide much more than we were 20-40 years ago (i.e. when we were growing up). Yet it is still there as evident by our instance on giving our girls "cute girlie" names and our boys "strong traditional" names. I am hoping to move past this.

Martorana Wed 19-Feb-14 12:56:25

Always dubious about this from a feminist point of view- "unisex" in this context usually means "boy's"

I have never heard of a boy being given a traditional girl's name and it being called unisex.

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