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Updated: February 2, 2012 7:09 AM | By LIZ BRUCKNER
A List of Cute Unisex Baby Names We Love, From Alex to Peyton to Charlie and More

Looking for a middle-of-the-road moniker that isn’t so gender specific? Here are some of the most popular and most charming androgynous choices out there, perfect for boys and girls

Looking for a middle-of-the-road moniker that isn’t so gender specific? Here are some of the most popular and most charming androgynous choices out there, perfect for boys and girls (© Image: bespoke (flickr/CC))
  • Looking for a middle-of-the-road moniker that isn’t so gender specific? Here are some of the most popular and most charming androgynous choices out there, perfect for boys and girls (© Image: bespoke (flickr/CC))
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  • Rowan (© Photo: Edgar Barany (flickr/CC))
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Meaning “counsel”, of Irish origin.

A popular unisex name, it’s still predominately used among male babies, though its usage in Glee and other big, mainstream television shows is quickly changing that.

Information is current as of the original date of publication.

Feb 3, 2012 2:02AM
Hey guess what? Most of the names aren't actually visible on the page.  Graphic design epic fail!

Feb 3, 2012 12:59AM
Really River? ... why not Apple?
Harper, River, Rowan didn't even make the list of Top 100 (IN CANADA) yet you say these are popular? This article looks like something someone didn't research and did 5 minutes before deadline (notice the lack of name meaning). Open a web browser and do some research.MSN is really dropping the ball lately.

a boy named Sue

Feb 3, 2012 12:12PM
 My favourite uncle died from cancer at age 52. his name was Tony. I was blessed with a daughter a year or two after his death and yes I named her Toni. Something wrong with that? There should be some kinda meaning and thought put into each name that is picked by the parent or parents regardless if it can be used for a boy or girl. Just sayin'...
Feb 3, 2012 4:22PM
Why is the only name Quinn? Shouldn't there be more?
Feb 3, 2012 4:01PM
Gotta agree with @bluegirl2122 here.  When you're a child Charlie, Alex, Chris...they're cute little nicknames. but really? Think ahead. Your daughter/son, in 10 20 30 years will not appreciate being an assumed Charles or  Alexander...or Cassandra for the dudes.
Feb 3, 2012 11:45AM
I hate it when people use boy's names on girls.  Seriously, we can't use Elizabeth or Emily for boys so leave the boys names for boys.  Even worse is parents who try to "feminize" a boy's name like Aydynn or Austyn.  I have seen these names. 
Feb 3, 2012 8:40PM
As far as I am concerned, people should be able to name their child whatever they want without people saying anything. How is anyone supposed to know or why is it anyones business the reasons behind why they name their kids what they name them. People are entitiled to their opinion yes, but why does it have to be broadcasted for everyone. Some people say hurtful things and a child is a blessing regardless of what name people pick for them!!!!!!!!
Feb 3, 2012 9:27AM
Bi-functional names can present interesting situations.  I was married to a Russian man whose name is Alexi.  People from my home town asked my relative if I was gay -  Alexi being a common name for females in North American recently.  Interestingly, this question would never arise in Russia since the name Alexi is fundamentally rooted as a male name in the Russian Orthodox faith.  I mentioned the situation to a friend in Russia - I thought she would never stop laughing! 
Feb 3, 2012 1:53PM
Ask a woman if they appreciate their unisex names. Most will attest in adulthood that it's something they appreciate and may have helped them get ahead in life. There is only 2 ways you can mess up picking a name, 1 you can't pronounce it properly, or 2, you can't spell it either. Simple!
Feb 3, 2012 6:53PM
It took me till picture six but on the tab above were you would type the address each picture it's right up there 
Feb 3, 2012 7:51AM

charlie can go witch ever way cause my baby girl is a charlie


Feb 3, 2012 6:54AM
Man, you know how many times people read my name off a list and think I'm a boy?! Casey.......c'mon thats more of a unisex name than half of these on the list!
Apr 6, 2012 12:03PM

Lets face it, this first child could be named anything and it wouldn't matter as she is STUNNING!

However she seems to totally suit the name chosen and hopefully she will love it as an adult.

Kind of makes me wish I had had a child now...sigh


Mar 14, 2012 3:13PM

Well as a person who was blessed with a wacky name from day one and changed it a couple of times since to even wackier ... it is nice to see a creative edge in naming children, my kids have both "tradional" (boring) names and creative weird spelled names ... all given the option to change it if they like and I'll pay for the name change once! 

Its an opportunity to be unique, to give your child that "stand out in a crowd" kinda feeling.  Most celebrities change their names to something unique and marketable, so parents get the first chance at that.  Like raising your child with pink or blue, old tradions belong only to Christmas, move up with the times, be creative and stand out!!!!

Feb 3, 2012 11:09AM

In the '70's I named my girls Julie and Sheri.

If I were having my babies now; I would call them Paige and Brooke.


I did luck out with the "Brooke" (grandaughter's name)


But, my love for boys names have NEVER changed; It is still  Kenny and Troy. Wonder why that is? Just a thought.

Feb 3, 2012 11:43AM

I dont agree how they used "Sasha" name as a separate name.  Sasha is a short form or non-official form of the name Aleksandre or Aleksandra.  None of the birth forms will have Sasha as a baby's name.  The official do****ents will say Aleksandre or Aleksandra and it is widely known thats it is the same as Sasha.  Please dont name one kid Alex and another Sasha, it is the same name!  Just like Nataliya and Natasha, Maria and Masha, Mikhail and Misha, Daria and Dasha, Aleksej (diff spelling Alexi) and Aleosha....same name! In Russia and most of former USSR, most of the names have a non-official name/ nick name that goes with it.


P.S.  Agree with BeenThere12

Feb 3, 2012 11:24AM

I agree with you Janice.

Just the part about the name on the resume; not knowing if the person applying, is a male or a female. I would ditch it too.

Feb 3, 2012 11:13AM

 Names I truly detest is one that can be used for a BOY or a GIRL.


AND, the name, Colin sends chills down my spine. It sounds like colon to me, everytime I hear it.


Feb 3, 2012 1:57AM
Really.... like really really.. why cant boys be boys and girls be girls... when I was in the position of hiring people if I could not tell if it was a boy or a girl... I ditched the resume...just sayin'.... there are sexual preference jobs... lets just admit it... even if i'm straight... I still don't want a gay guy seeing me naked.... even though it doesn't matter to them....
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