Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Unisex" Names--2012 SSA Analysis

As always, unisex names continue to fascinate me. Soooo......yeah, you know what's coming--a numerical analysis of unisex names. So, I compared the percentages of names that appeared on both lists, and came up with...well, a mess at first. I should have remembered from last year--the names at the very bottom really mess stuff up. :p
But, just for your amusement, the "most unisex" names from 2012 (that is--those that were given to roughly an equal percentage of boys & girls).
  1. Ryen
  2. Altair
  3. Gabriell
  4. Adama
  5. Teegan
  6. Makana
  7. Paiden
  8. Kmari
  9. Sayge
  10. Blayke
That includes all names, down to ones only given to 5 kids of the same gender. If you're confused, I looked at the percentages--for instance, Ryen was given to about 0.0016% of boys, and 0.0017% of girls last year. That's about 16 out of every million boys, and 17 out of every million girls. 
So, like I said, analyzing the full list isn't that useful. Let's just include names appearing in the boys' Top 2500:
  1. Teegan
  2. Marion
  3. Jael
  4. Linden
  5. Jules
  6. Daylin
  7. Kameryn
  8. Taylen
  9. Ocean
  10. Jackie
  11. True
  12. Jaidyn
  13. Dakota
  14. Remy
  15. Ryley
  16. Finnley
  17. Kendell
  18. Gracen
  19. Aven
  20. Jaziah
Now there're some recognizable names! I'm definitely not terribly surprised to see mostly invented names and modern spellings on here. They've not had time to get "set" in one gender or the other. Linden, Ocean,  & True aren't too much of a surprise, since nature/word names are often unisex. Marion & Remy were quite unexpected, though. 
And just to narrow things further, the most unisex names from only the boys' Top 1000:
  1. Jael
  2. Jaidyn
  3. Dakota
  4. Remy
  5. Justice
  6. Oakley
  7. Jaylin
  8. Dominique
  9. Jessie
  10. Austyn
  11. Frankie
  12. Landry
  13. Sidney
  14. Emory
  15. Emerson
  16. Charlie
  17. Skyler
  18. Kamdyn
  19. Riley
  20. Phoenix
Jessie, Sidney, & Dominique are in the Top 1000 for boys? Color me shocked! I mean, I know they're all historically male/unisex, but wow...that's kind of awesome.

And here're all the "unisex" names in both Top 1000s, from most masculine to most feminine (ratios rounded to nearest 1/2, and keep in mind that girls are much more likely to have alternate spellings):

  • Ryan (22x more popular for boys)
  • Jayden (18.5x more popular for boys)
  • Logan (16.5x more popular for boys)
  • Dylan (15x more popular for boys)
  • Blake (14x more popular for boys)
  • Cameron (13x more popular for boys)
  • Micah (12x more popular for boys)
  • Kayden (7.5x more popular for boys)
  • Kai (6.5x more popular for boys)
  • Rylan (5.5x more popular for boys)
  • Jordan (5.5x more popular for boys)
  • Parker (5x more popular for boys)
  • Angel (5x more popular for boys)
  • Sawyer (5x more popular for boys)
  • Elliot (4.5x more popular for boys)
  • Zion (4x more popular for boys)
  • Dallas (3x more popular for boys)
  • Ali (2.5x more popular for boys)
  • Hayden (2x more popular for boys)
  • River (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Amari (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Rowan (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Armani (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Casey (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Phoenix (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Skyler (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Charlie (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Landry (1.5x more popular for boys)
  • Dakota (about equal)
  • Justice (about equal)
  • Jaylin (1.5x more popular for girls)
  • Jessie (1.5x more popular for girls)
  • Sidney (1.5x more popular for girls)
  • Emory (1.5x more popular for girls)
  • Emerson (1.5x more popular for girls)
  • Riley (1.5x more popular for girls)
  • Finley (2x more popular for girls)
  • Sage (2x more popular for girls)
  • Harley (2x more popular for girls)
  • Peyton (2x more popular for girls)
  • Quinn (2.5x more popular for girls)
  • Tatum (2.5x more popular for girls)
  • Jamie (3x more popular for girls)
  • Kamryn (3.5x more popular for girls)
  • Alexis (3.5x more popular for girls)
  • Emery (4.5x more popular for girls)
  • Teagan (4.5x more popular for girls)
  • Lyric (4.5x more popular for girls)
  • Avery (4.5x more popular for girls)
  • Camryn (4.5x more popular for girls)
  • Payton (5x more popular for girls)
  • Reese (5.5x more popular for girls)
  • Taylor (5.5x more popular for girls)
  • Eden (6x more popular for girls)
  • Ariel (6x more popular for girls)
  • London (7x more popular for girls)\
  • Kendall (7.5x more popular for girls)
  • Skylar (7.5x more popular for girls)
  • Morgan (8x more popular for girls)
  • Jordyn (10x more popular for girls)
  • Rylee (11.5x more popular for girls)
  • Reagan (14x more popular for girls)\
  • Harper (18x more popular for girls)

And with all the boys' names being spotted on girls nowadays, I bet you're wondering if there're any boys' names that didn't appear on the girls' list. Of course! Over 11,000 actually. Most of the boys' list doesn't appear on the girls', which is rather reassuring. In fact, 488 out of the boys' Top 1000 doesn't appear at all on the full girls' list. I'm not listing them all.
But, I will give you the 20 most common, and 20 least common. :)


  • Adam
  • Nathaniel
  • Luis
  • Damian
  • Vincent
  • Eric
  • Diego
  • Steven
  • Antonio
  • Colin
  • Miguel
  • Mateo
  • Patrick
  • Joel
  • Edward
  • Axel
  • Grant
  • Weston
  • Kenneth
  • Mark


  • Aditya
  • Briggs
  • Immanuel
  • Malaki
  • Kase
  • Reuben
  • Yandel
  • Franco
  • Simeon
  • Anton
  • Darnell
  • Roderick
  • Deon
  • Graeme
  • Howard
  • Kael
  • Jarrett
  • Apollo
  • Denzel
  • Gilbert
If you really want the full lists, you can find them here, on Google Docs. :)