Thursday, May 31, 2018

Unisex Names---SSA (2017)

Oh, I know it won't have changed much from last year, but I can't resist.
While they're definitely not my personal style, it is fascinating to see what names are now considered gender-benders.

Here are the most popular names given to both genders last year (all spellings were considered, however, only the most common spelling for each gender is listed):
  1. Jackson, ≈219 boys per girl
  2. Aiden / Ayden, ≈120 boys per girl
  3. Liam, ≈503 boys per girl
  4. Noah / Noa, ≈31 boys per girl
  5. Logan, ≈11 boys per girl
  6. Grayson / Gracyn, ≈24 boys per girl
  7. Mason / Maisyn, ≈29 boys per girl
  8. Kayden, ≈28 boys per girl
  9. Riley, ≈7 girls per boy
  10. James, ≈157 boys per girl
  11. Elijah / Alijah, ≈126 boys per girl
  12. Jayden, ≈19 boys per girl
  13. Michael, ≈284 boys per girl
  14. Carter, ≈12 boys per girl
  15. Evelyn, ≈1182 girls per boy
  16. Avery, ≈4 girls per boy
  17. Dylan, ≈9 boys per girl
  18. Cameron / Kamryn, ≈3 boys per girl
  19. Harper, ≈39 girls per boy
  20. Aubrey, ≈71 girls per boy
Yay, people are still naming their boys Aubrey and Avery!
It's interesting how a name apparently can't be both popular and equally unisex. The most common names with a fairly even split are Finley, Jaylen/Jaelyn, and Rhys/Reese, and none of those rank in the SSA's Top 150 for either gender. 
On that note, here are the names given to about an equal % of boys and girls (from the Top 2000 only):
  1. Armani
  2. Britton
  3. Brighton
  4. Jaylen / Jaelyn
  5. Jackie
  6. Jelani / Jalani
  7. Yuri
  8. Briar
  9. Murphy
  10. Justice
  11. Ocean
  12. Ridley
  13. Brylan / Brilynn
  14. Conley
  15. Denver
  16. Sonny / Sunny
  17. Harlan / Harlyn
  18. Huntley
  19. Wrigley
  20. Layton / Leighton
Most of the these names are still pretty uncommon, though (Brighton, for instance, was given to 171 boys and 165 girls last year), so here're the most unisex names from both genders' Top 1000:
  1. Armani
  2. Jaylen / Jaelyn
  3. Briar
  4. Justice
  5. Denver
  6. Sonny / Sunny
  7. Harlan / Harlyn
  8. Layton / Leighton
  9. Rory
  10. Seven / Sevyn
  11. Rylan
  12. Francis / Frances
  13. Royal
  14. Campbell
  15. Finley
  16. Frankie
  17. Khari
  18. Salem
  19. Dakota
  20. Rhys / Reese

Because I know you want more lists and numbers, here are all the "unisex" names from both Top 1000s, from most boyish to most girlish:
  • Noah / Noa, ≈31 boys per girl
  • Lincoln, ≈30 boys per girl
  • Mason / Maisyn, ≈29 boys per girl
  • Kayden, ≈28 boys per girl
  • Grayson / Gracyn, ≈24 boys per girl
  • Ezra, ≈19 boys per girl
  • Jayden, ≈19 boys per girl
  • Hunter, ≈17 boys per girl
  • Bentley, ≈15 boys per girl
  • Adrian / Adrienne, ≈12 boys per girl
  • Carter, ≈12 boys per girl
  • Austin / Austyn, ≈11 boys per girl
  • Logan, ≈11 boys per girl
  • Alex, ≈10 boys per girl
  • Camden, ≈9 boys per girl
  • Dylan, ≈9 boys per girl
  • Dawson / Dawsyn, ≈9 boys per girl
  • Kai, ≈9 boys per girl
  • August, ≈8 boys per girl
  • Ashton, ≈8 boys per girl
  • Zion, ≈7 boys per girl
  • Cody / Kodi, ≈7 boys per girl
  • Ryan, ≈6 boys per girl
  • Aaron / Erin, ≈6 boys per girl
  • Lane / Layne, ≈6 boys per girl
  • Carson / Karsyn, ≈6 boys per girl
  • Angel, ≈5 boys per girl
  • Micah, ≈5 boys per girl
  • Joel / Joelle, ≈5 boys per girl
  • Spencer, ≈4 boys per girl
  • Kyrie / Kairi, ≈4 boys per girl
  • Devin / Devyn, ≈4 boys per girl
  • Elliott, ≈4 boys per girl
  • Cameron / Kamryn, ≈3 boys per girl
  • Jesse / Jessie, ≈3 boys per girl
  • Drew, ≈3 boys per girl
  • Sawyer, ≈3 boys per girl
  • Parker, ≈3 boys per girl
  • Ellis, ≈3 boys per girl
  • Azaiah / Aziah, ≈3 boys per girl
  • Dallas, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Chandler, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Quincy, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Colby / Colbie, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Rowan, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Remington, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Blake, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Danny / Dani, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Daylen / Dailyn, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Jordan / Jordyn, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Kamari, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Milan, ≈2 boys per girl
  • River, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Andy / Andi, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Hayden, ≈2 boys per girl
  • Phoenix, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Lennox, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Amari, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Kymani / Kimani, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Corey / Kori, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Royal, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Rylan, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Rory, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Denver, ≈1 boy per girl
  • Armani, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Jaylen / Jaelyn, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Briar, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Justice, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Sonny / Sunny, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Harlan / Harlyn, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Layton / Leighton, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Seven / Sevyn, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Francis / Frances, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Campbell, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Finley, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Frankie, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Khari, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Salem, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Dakota, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Rhys / Reese, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Palmer, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Jael, ≈1 girl per boy
  • Taron / Taryn, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Lennon, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Shea, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Oakley, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Tatum, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Arden, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Noel / Noelle, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Casey, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Sutton, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Azariah, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Landry, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Shiloh, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Remy / Remi, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Jamie, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Bellamy, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Taylen / Taelyn, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Sage, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Robin, ≈2 girls per boy
  • Renly / Wrenley, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Emerson, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Charlie, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Alexis, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Kerry / Carrie, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Legacy, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Reign, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Eden, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Monroe, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Aris / Eris, ≈3 girls per boy
  • Scout, ≈4 girls per boy
  • Laken / Laikyn, ≈4 girls per boy
  • Ellison, ≈4 girls per boy
  • Quinn, ≈4 girls per boy
  • Lyric, ≈4 girls per boy
  • Marion / Marian, ≈4 girls per boy
  • Peyton, ≈4 girls per boy
  • Avery, ≈4 girls per boy
  • Egypt, ≈5 girls per boy
  • Tory / Tori, ≈5 girls per boy
  • Amani, ≈5 girls per boy
  • Taylor, ≈5 girls per boy
  • Courtney, ≈5 girls per boy
  • Kelly, ≈5 girls per boy
  • Indy / Indie, ≈5 girls per boy
  • Karas / Karis, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Eliyah / Elia, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Marlo / Marlowe, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Holland, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Morgan, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Kendall, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Juel / Jewel, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Ariel, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Skyler / Skylar, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Teagan, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Noor, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Oaklen / Oaklyn, ≈6 girls per boy
  • Wren, ≈7 girls per boy
  • Emery, ≈7 girls per boy
  • Riley, ≈7 girls per boy
  • Berkley, ≈7 girls per boy
  • Sky / Skye, ≈8 girls per boy
  • Kadence / Cadence, ≈9 girls per boy
  • Henley, ≈10 girls per boy
  • Aspen, ≈10 girls per boy
  • Haven, ≈10 girls per boy
  • Ivory, ≈10 girls per boy
  • Jaycee, ≈11 girls per boy
  • Sidney / Sydney, ≈12 girls per boy
  • Collins, ≈12 girls per boy
  • Marley, ≈12 girls per boy
  • Blair, ≈12 girls per boy
  • Nova, ≈12 girls per boy
  • London, ≈13 girls per boy
  • Presley, ≈14 girls per boy
  • Paris, ≈15 girls per boy
  • Kali, ≈15 girls per boy
  • Mckinley, ≈15 girls per boy
  • Kalani, ≈16 girls per boy
  • Reagan, ≈16 girls per boy
  • Sailor / Saylor, ≈16 girls per boy
  • Sloan / Sloane, ≈20 girls per boy
  • Cassidy, ≈21 girls per boy
  • Winter, ≈22 girls per boy
  • Bailey, ≈28 girls per boy
  • Kamil / Camille, ≈28 girls per boy
  • Journey / Journee, ≈30 girls per boy
  • Harper, ≈39 girls per boy
  • Loren / Lauren, ≈40 girls per boy
  • Kennedy, ≈41 girls per boy
  • Genesis, ≈43 girls per boy
  • Addison, ≈45 girls per boy
  • Aubrey, ≈71 girls per boy
  • Mackenzie, ≈100 girls per boy
  • Brooklyn, ≈100 girls per boy
  • Madison, ≈205 girls per boy
All the names given to both genders is up here, on Google Sheets (I would wager that at least some are errors, however, like the 6 boys named Penelope or the 5 girls named Abraham).

As for the stats: last year about 59% of boys and 27% of girls got "unisex" names--that is, names that were also given to the opposite gender.
However, if you remove the names most heavily skewed toward one gender, and consider only the middle 80% of names, that drops to 28% of boys and 12% of girls.
This is still a bit counter-intuitive, since when we think "unisex", we tend to think of girls with boys' names, but parents are much more likely to consider popular boys' names for their daughters than the reverse. The result is that statistically, more boys have "unisex" names than girls do--however small the chance is, you're still more likely to run into a girl Jackson than a boy Sophia. 

This does not mean that we are being overrun with girls with super-masculine names, though--only 3.5% of girls were given names that were more common on boys. Conversely, about 2.5% of boys were given names more common for girls (and those stats barely change if you consider all the data instead of the middle 80%).


Some number-free tidbits to finish:
Jordyn is the most popular girls' name that is more common on boys, followed by Kamryn, Rowan, Hayden, and Parker. The most popular boys' names that are more common on girls are Avery, Jaylen, Charlie, Finley, and Riley.
While "creative" spellings abound for both genders, a handful of unisex names were only recorded with one spelling: Royce, Sullivan, Miller, Parker, Channing, Everest, Yael, Ever, Ridley, Campbell, Palmer, Sol, Charleston, Shannon, Indigo, Monroe, Scout, Holland, and Harper