2013 Was the Year of Unisex Names

Rebecca Carroll —  January 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

While John & Mary still take top honors for boy’s and girl’s names respectively, unisex names are growing in popularity. Our resident trend & culture expert, Liz Powell, points out we’re seeing celebrities jumping on this trend. In the past year, Kristen Bell named her daughter Lincoln, Kim Kardashian chose North and Lisa Ling went with Jett, all selecting unisex names for their girls. What’s interesting is that as unisex names grow, there are some names that seem to trend at almost an even split between males and females, including Riley, Peyton and Rowan. We expect to see this trend grow into 2014.

We looked at the fastest rising names for females and males over the last five years. Findings showed that Chloe and Jacob were most popular over the last five years and William has also made a comeback within the under five age group.

Top 15 Most Popular Unisex Names

1. Jordan: 73% male, 27% female; most popular in Utah
2. Riley: 53% male, 47% female; most popular in Utah
3. Avery: 37% male, 63% female; most popular in North Carolina
4. Peyton: 46% male, 54% female; most popular in Mississippi
5. Alexis: 15% male, 85% female; most popular in Washington, DC
6. Angel: 68% male, 32% female; most popular in Florida

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8. Skyler: 66% male, 34% female; most popular in Utah
9. Jayden: 87% male, 13% female; most popular in North Dakota

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11. Quinn: 75% male, 25% female; most popular in Utah
12. Logan: 93% male, 7% female; most popular in Utah
13. Reese: 35% male, 65% female; most popular in Utah/Reece: 87% male, 13% female; most popular in Tennessee
14. Dakota: 78% male, 22% female; most popular in Oklahoma
15. Rowan: 59% male, 41% female; most popular in Vermont

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