101 Nonbinary Name Ideas [Unisex Names & Meanings]

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101 Nonbinary Baby Name Ideas

Looking for the perfect nonbinary name for your future baby? Check out this list of 101 unisex names with meanings and their popularity rankings. The list is broken down by unique names, modern names, classic names and cute names.

More and more parents today are opting for nonbinary names for their babies. First, unisex baby names are a great option to give your future baby flexibility. Parents hope that gender neutral names can reduce the preconceptions and sexism their child may face in the future. A nonbinary baby name can be a small steps in giving your child individuality.

Nonbinary names also carry a coolness factor, being unexpected and sometimes a little edgy. As parents seek more creativity and freshness in names, many popular names are too new to be associated with a gender. Parents have also opened up to more informal names and nicknames as given names. Nicknames are often unisex because they are originate from both male and female formal names.

Both of our babies have one unisex name in their names. For us, we wanted to reflect our belief in gender equity and give our kids the space to determine their own gender identity.

Below you’ll find 101 nonbinary name ideas. Think of it as a snapshot in this moment in baby name history. Baby name fashion is unpredictable and many unisex names ultimately settle into being a boy or girl name. First I give a few examples of these gender neutral name popularity trends.

Then we dive into the unisex name list, broken down by classic names, soft and sweet names, modern names and unique gender neutral names.

And don’t forget to check out my other lists on unisex names:

Example Nonbinary Name Popularity Trends

Very few names remain truly nonbinary over time. Identifying a unisex baby name is capturing a moment in time when a name was used for both boys and girls. Here are four trends often observed with gender neutral names:

Baby name popularity trend for androgynous name Blake

1. Transitioning From One Sex to the Other: Many androgynous names start as a name for one sex before transitioning to the other. Most often, male names transition to female names. Names we think of a feminine today, such as Lindsey or Ashley, actually started as boy names.

Once a name starts being given to girls, many parents of boys will shy away from it. We can catch some names in the middle of the transition, such as Blake pictured above. Right now it is decidedly nonbinary, ranking #199 for girls and #205 for boys, but likely will trend towards becoming a girl name in the future.

Name popularity data for unisex name Finley

2. New Popularity Rise: Sometimes newly popular names are so new that they aren’t yet associated with a gender. These names enjoy a moment in time where they are nonbinary.

Will these names remain unisex or shift to one sex? It is almost impossible to predict which way a nonbinary name will go when you are picking it today. An example of this trend is the newly popular Finley, pictured above, which ranks almost equally in popularity between boys (#265) and girls (#211).

Baby name trend popularity data for nonbinary name Landry

3. Rare or Unique Picks: Some names are so rare or unique that they are not associated with either sex. Given their rarity, these gender neutral names are less likely to have a critical mass swing them towards one gender or another.

That said, it is not always possible to predict the changing winds in baby name fashion. Today’s rare nonbinary may be topping the boy or girl chart in a few years. An example of a name still in unisex obscurity is Landry, given to only 220 boys (Rank #989) and 269 girls (Rank #962) in 2021.

Baby name popularity trend for the gender neutral nonbinary name Robin

4. Previously Popular Names – Lastly, some names have their heyday as popular monikers for both boys and girls and then settle back into an ‘uncommon unisex zone.’ You hear the name and can picture either a man or a woman given its previous history.

Today these unisex names are rare enough that they do not lean feminine or masculine. Robin is a perfect example of a name returning to nonbinary after its prime, as graphed above. A popular name in the 50’s, today it ranks #916 for girls and #896 for boys.

You can check out more baby names’ popularity by checking out our name trend data tool.

Cute Nonbinary Name Ideas

Examples of cute nonbinary baby names

Cute nonbinary names are soft and approachable. Below you’ll find a mix of established nonbinary names like Jamie and new hits like Remy. Nickname unisex names like Stevie have been rising fast, especially among girls. Expect to see more little Ollie’s and Freddie’s on the playground in coming years.

Meaning(F) Rank(M) Rank
Ariel(lion of God)222560
Ashton(ash tree)147
Avery(ruler of elves)19210
Bailey(berry clearing)162
Blake(dark, white)199205
Dell(small valley)
Drew(strong)815509
Elisha(God is salvation)870
Ellery(joyful)
Frankie(free)593
Freddie(peaceful ruler)
Jamie(supplanter)698624
Jules(youthful)
Kit(bearing Christ)
Lane(pathway)261
Mica(loved friend)
Misha(resembles God)
Ollie(olive tree)
Perry(pear tree)
Remy(oarsman)550357
Rory(red king)396295
Sasha(defender)571
Stevie(crown)284
Sully(south meadow)
Toby(God is good)
Val(valiant)

Classic Unisex Names

Examples of classic unisex name ideas

Classic gender neutral names have established history for both girls and boys. While they may trend towards one sex or the other over time, most people know both males and females with these nonbinary names.

While names like Celeste and Aubrey may sound female leaning, they make lovely names for a boy. Celeste is a gender neutral name in Italy and Aubrey originated as a male name that girls began adopting in the 1970’s.

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Meaning(F) Rank(M) Rank
Adrian(sea)61
Alexis(defender)341472
Aubrey(elf ruler)65
Augustine(magnificent)617
Bellamy(good friend)765621
Beryl(gemstone)
Blair(plain)315
Celeste(heavenly)322
Charlie(free person)127189
Dana(God will judge)
Dylan(of the sea)56744
James(supplanter)5
Logan(little hollow)31021
Max(greatest)159
Morgan(of the sea)205612
Quinn(wise)80405
Reagan(little king)126
Reese(ardent)147701
Riley(wood clearing)37246
Robin(bright)916896
Ryan(little king)49566
Shawn(God is gracious)508
Taylor(tailor)192643
Tory(victory)
Yael(mountain goat)

Personalized Baby Name Items

Once you’ve found the perfect gender neutral baby name idea, check out these cute ideas for baby name you can customize with their name.

Modern Nonbinary Name Ideas

Examples of modern nonbinary names

Any nonbinary given name already has a contemporary feel but some androgynous names sound even more fresh. If you’re looking for a modern nonbinary name consider some of these names below. Unisex name Channing feels posed for a comeback and I love the name Winn with the nickname of Winnie for either sex.

Meaning(F) Rank(M) Rank
Ace(one, unity)156
Ainsley(meadow)363
Bryce(swift, freckled)250
Cary(pure)
Casey(vigilant)446
Channing(wolf cub)
Corey(from a hollow)553
Darcy(dark)
Fallon(leader)725
Finley(fair-haired warrior)211265
Grey(pleasant)716
Harlow(rock hill)238
Harper(harpist)10
Joss(one of Goths)
Marlowe(driftwood)896
Monroe(mouth of the river)525
Parker(park keeper)11593
Peyton(warrior’s estate)99471
Rowan(red-haired)241106
Sloan(warrior)574
Spencer(steward)315
Sutton(south town)244541
Tatum(cheerful)279385
Winn(friend)
Wren(passerine bird)251

Unique Gender Neutral Baby Names

Unique gender neutral baby name ideas

Unique nonbinary names are very on trend with parents seeking creativity and individuality in their baby name. Given their newness, these gender neutral names are less likely to have settled into being associated with either sex.

Unique names also have a better likelihood of remaining unisex as they are given to fewer babies. I think Cove is likely to pick up steam and would make a rare and fun middle name. Kirby would also be adorable on either gender.

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Meaning(F) Rank(M) Rank
Arden(eagle valley)
Belen(house of bread)826
Briar(shrub)515713
Brynn(hill)362
Cove(bay, inlet)
Dakota(friend)270344
Denver(green valley)776505
Ellis(benevolent)594321
Emery(industrious)89764
Hadley(heather field)112
Harley(hare’s field)306923
Kennedy(misshapened head)70
Kirby(settlement by church)
Landry(ruler)962989
Palmer(pilgrim)329990
Presley(priest’s meadow)212
Roux(red)
Sage(wise)179427
Scout(explorer)829
Shiloh(peace)410581
Sky(sky, cloud)717
Skylar(raider)74
Waverly(aspen tree meadow)749
Winter(winter season)324
Zephyr(gentle breeze)

Conclusion: Choosing a Unisex Baby Name

Nonbinary names are great ways to give your baby flexibility and individuality in their name. However, as the winds of naming fashion blows, it is impossible to predict the future trajectory of a gender neutral name. As parents take more freedoms in naming, hopefully we’ll see more names stay in the truly unisex territory.

Finally, I’d be remise in not acknowledging that nonbinary and masculine names are given to girl babies far more often than feminine and unisex names are given to boy babies. Names associated with boys are seen as strong or unique; and for girls, an androgynous name is a means to mitigating future sexism when the name is on the top of a resume.

However, this inherently says that names perceived as feminine aren’t as formidable or desirable as boy names. Once girls start receiving a name, we also often see boy parents stop using it. I hope one day soon we see boys named Juno as much as we see girls named James.


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