Though American childhood has become frustratingly divided into the world of pink and blue — often with the blessing of parents — there’s one area of kids’ lives which is becoming a little less divided along gender lines: names.
Based on the latest statistics from the Social Security Administration, there are now more kids names in the top 1000 that appear on both the male and female lists than a decade ago. In 2009, 68 popular baby names were on both lists, up from 60 back in 1999.
Is this progress? Confusion? Stubbornness? A lack of creativity? Or is this more about bringing more boys’ names over to the girls’ side but not vice-versa (kind of like girls can wear overalls but boys can’t wear skirts … unless you’re this boy or this boy)?
Maybe a bit of all of that. You decide.
Here’s are the top 20 unisex names of 2009, put together by Neil Street, co-publisher of Baby Names Garden, a compendium of baby names. (If you’re in the market, be sure to check out Babble’s Baby Names section to help your search.)
My middle child has a unisex name — Frances — though I sort of forget boys can be named Francis, too, because of the different vowel there toward the end. Did you give your child a unisex name? Did you know it was for both boys and girls when you made your decision? Did you want a name that didn’t call out gender?
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