In 1958, the most popular baby girl and boy names were “Mary” and “Michael,” respectively. Back then, parents traditionally stuck to gender-specific names for their children. But 60 years later, things have changed significantly in the baby naming game.
When it comes to baby names today, the possibilities are endless. New parents take their inspiration from nature, favorite places, and even pop culture. But one of the biggest modern differences in baby naming is that today’s parents are more likely to reject the idea of stereotypical gender-specific names.
Although some parents choose names like “River,” “Dallas,” and “Skylar” simply for the cool factor, others hope to give their children the freedom to be gender-fluid in society and avoid being stereotyped in society, according to the New York Post.
Of course, any name can be “gender neutral if you want it to be, but if you don’t buy into the whole idea of traditional “boy” or “girl” names, you may want to consider one of these gender-neutral monikers found on .
Jaden has managed to remain among the top 20 most popular baby boy names for over 10 years, according to Baby Center. The name has Hebrew origins and means “God has heard.” Famous namesakes include Jaden Smith, son of Hollywood power couple, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith as well as pop singer, Jaden Michaels.
Riley is an Irish name which means “courageous,” which could be a reason why the Irish name is popular among American athletes, including NFL players, Riley Odoms and Riley Matheson. But your baby girl will be in good company with some superstar kiddos, including the daughters of NBA star, Steph Curry and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss.
A traditional nickname for boys named William, the name Billie works just as well for girls. And considering that she would share the name with legendary jazz singer, Billie Holiday and tennis star, Billie Jean King, they will be in some pretty awesome company.
Whether you’re inspired by the city in Texas or the popular ’80s nighttime soap opera, Dallas can be a great name for any gender.
The Welsh name means “son of the sea,” and is perfect for your water-loving kids. You can look to television for some iconic examples including “Beverly Hills: 90210’s” resident bad boy, Dylan McKay and Dylan DiMeo, the youngest daughter and resident prankster from the sitcom, “Speechless.”
The name Drew may mean “strong and manly,” but it is still a totally adorable choice for any gender. It can be a totally cool way to shorten the name Andrew or a tribute to Hollywood A-lister, Drew Barrymore.
Aubrey is an English name meaning “elf ruler.” something you may not want to brag to your friends. Instead, you can tell them you were inspired by the most famous male Aubrey in pop culture — Drake, who was born Aubrey Drake Graham.
If you’re hoping that your little one will grow up to be the next Robert Frost or Maya Angelou, why not start them off with a name that fits? The Irish meaning of the name, Devan is “poet.”
Kendall started out as a traditional boy’s name, though it has become more popular with girls in recent years. Without question, reality star and model, Kendall Jenner has helped this English name become a favorite with girls.
More than just the name of a city in Australia, Sydney is a classically gender-neutral name. From groundbreaking African-American actor, Sidney Poitier to the badass main character from Alias, Sydney is a name with serious star power.
Logan came in at number five on the Social Security Administration’s most popular boy names in 2017, but the name is just as cool for a little girl. Just ask Jason Mewes and Jordan Monsanto. Their first child, daughter Logan Lee Mewes, was born in 2015.
Jesse, a Hebrew name, means “gift,” which makes it fitting for your new little baby boy or girl. Jesse also happens to be a popular name in Hollywood with actors including Jesse Metcalfe, Eisenberg, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Meaning, “law enforcer,” your little Bailey will surely be the teacher’s pet.
The name, with Native American roots, means “friendly one,” and is a perfectly peaceful choice for your kid. Your babe will share the name with actress Dakota Fanning and Dakota Lohan, brother of Lindsay.
This gender-neutral name will set your little one up for success at school. Skylar is a variation of Schuyler, a Dutch name meaning “scholar.”