Badass Unisex Names That Work For Boys Or Girls (Gender Friendly)


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UPDATED: MARCH 3, 2020

Today we’re talking baby names, and to be more specific, some seriously badass unisex names that work for baby boys or girls. Whether you call them gender neutral names or non-binary baby names, it’s simply strong unisex names that can be used for males or females.

There’s been a rise in people choosing gender fluid names for their child, especially celebrities. These days it’s quite common to use strong masculine names for girls and softer, feminine boy names. Androgynous baby names work well for both boys and girls (even if they seem a little non traditional).

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Why Do Parents Choose Popular Unisex Names?


Why would someone want a unisex name, you ask?

Like I just mentioned, it’s just something that’s becoming trendy with the way the world is changing and how we look at, and understand gender/sex etc.

Some parents, simply want to wait til the birth of their baby to find out the gender so they like to have a few intersex names on hand.

Some parents want baby names that are unique and uncommon. They may not want their child to be the 5th Britney in the class.

Some people like boy names for girls and vise versa.

Whatever the reason, non gendered baby names are all the rage and on the rise!

Check out these beautiful baby names that aren’t gender specific.

Did you know they’re actually referred to as epicene baby names.

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Badass Unisex Names That Start With A

A

Ace

this English baby name can mean ‘unity’ or ‘noble’
but is most often used to describe someone who excels

Addison
this badass unisex name means son of Adam

Aiden
has Irish origins and means “fiery one”. Perfect for a rambunctious little bundle of joy! 

Ainsley
this uncommon baby name means ‘meadow’ in Galelic

Alex
This name is quite poplar for boys and girls and means defender or protector of humanity

Angel
such a sweet name for your bundle of joy that means messenger of God

Archer
I love this strong and beautiful unisex baby name that means one who wields a bow and arrow 

Arden
is a Hebrw name that means ‘a place of great beauty and solitude’ 

Ashton
this beautiful name means “ash tree town”

Aspen
this oh so boho baby name comes from Aspen trees 

Avery

 this cute name means ruler of elves 

Ari
this super cute name is suitable for a boy or girl and means ‘superior’

Ariel
this was primarly a boy name that became quite popular for girls after The Little Mermaid- and it means ‘lion of God’

Austen
this lovely name means ‘great and magnificent’


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Modern Gender Neutral Baby Names That Start With B

B

Bailey
this is an occupational name from Medieval times meaning ‘bailiff’

Bay
this short and cute  gender neutral French baby name means ‘auburn haired’

Beck
this cute name means ‘one living beside a small stream’ 

Beckett
another super cute unisex baby name and this one means bee cottage

Bentley
although we associate it with the car of the same name these days, this Old English baby name actually means ‘a clearing covered with bent grass’

Blair
comes from Gaelic dialect and means plains or fields- traditonally a boy name but has become very popular with girls 

Blake
another popular boy name that has become a favorite for girls and means ‘dark and attractive’

Brennon
this name has Irish origins and means prince or tear drop

Gender Friendly Baby Names That Start With C

C



Caelan
this beautiful name seems to have a few different meanings including: ‘slender, narrow or fine’, ‘strong warrior’ or ‘people of victory’

Callahan
this name has Irish origins and has some vague meanings but the most common are ‘lovers of church’ or ‘bright headed’

Callen
this strong unique baby name means ‘powerful in battle’

Casey
this Gaelic baby name is quite popular for boys and girls and means ‘vigilant’ or ‘watchful’

Carden
this occupational Old English name means ‘wood carder’

Carey
this feminine name can be used for boys and girls and means ‘from the fort’

Carlin
this adorable and unique baby name has Irish origins and means ‘little
champion’

Chandler

I absolutely had to include this one because I’m a die-hard Friends fan (like, had a Friends themed baby shower kinda crazy)- this name is actually an occupational name for a person who makes and sells candles

Channing
this gender neutral name can mean wise or young wolf

Charlie
this classic unisex baby name is oh so cute and means ‘free man’

Cassidy
this cute Irish name means ‘clever’ or ‘curly haired’

Cody
this one can mean a helpful person or ‘son of Odo (wealthy)’

Corey
this cute name means ‘from the round hill’

Popular Unisex Baby Name Ideas That Begin With D

D

Dallas
this is a place name and means ‘from Dallas’ (Scotland)

Dakota
this super cute and unique baby name means friends or friendly

Darcy
this unisex has a few different meanings including: dark one or from the fortress

Dawson
this was a medieval nickname and means ‘son of David’

Dean
this name also has multiple meanings depending what origin you look at but the most common are ‘monk’, ‘dignitary’ or ‘valley’

Devan
I love this unisex name! It means divine. How perfect!

Drew
this name was classically male but now is considered a masculine girl name as well and means ‘strong, manly and brave’

Dylan
another perfect name that works for boys or girls and means ‘born from the sea’- how romantic!

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Unisex Baby Names That Begin With E

E


Easton/Eastyn
this name means ‘east facing place’

 Eli
this Hebrew name means ‘my God’

Ellery
this cute English baby name means ‘joyful or happy’ (or Island of elder trees)

Ellison
this name means son of Elder

Emerson
this name means son of Emery and is associated with bravery

Emery
this beautiful unisex name has German origins and means ‘brave’ or ‘powerful’

Erin
this cute Gaelic baby name means ‘Ireland and peace’

Evan/Evin
this is a form of John in Hebrew and means ‘ God is gracious’

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Gender Neutral Baby Names That Start With F

F


Fallon

traditionally a surname but has become a fairly popular unisex first name and means leader or grandchild of a rich king

Farren
another surname turned first name- this one means adventurous- love that!

Fay(e)
this old classic means ‘confidence, trust, belief’- or add an e at the end and it means fairy

Finley
this adorable unisex baby name has Gaelic origins and means ‘fair haired warrior’

Flynn
this cute Irish name means ‘reddish (complexion)’

Frankie
this name comes from France and means ‘free one’- super cute for a boy or girl

Gender Friendly Names That Start With G

G

Gael/Gail
this sweet unisex name means joyful

Gene
is an English baby name that means ‘well born’

Gili
this short and cute name means happiness or eternal joy 

Grayson/Grey
I love this beautiful unisex baby name which means ‘son of the gray haired one’

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Non-Binary Baby Names That Start With H

H

Hadley
this English name means ‘heather field”

Harley
this Old English name means ‘hare’s meadow’

Harlow
this was traditionally a surname that means  someone who lives around a rocky area

Harper
a very popular unisex baby name that means harp player- how cute!

Hayden
this English name means ‘from the valley’

Henley
another cute name that works for boys or girls and this one means ‘high meadow’

Hollis
this cute name means ‘from the grove of holly trees’- perfect for a winter baby

Hudson
traditionally a surname-this one can mean ‘heart, mind and spirit’

Hunter
this name means just what it sounds like- one who hunts 

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Uncommon Baby Names That Work for a Boy Or Girl that Start With I

I


Iman

this name has African origins and means ‘faith’

Indie
this name can mean blue (indigo) or from India

Ira
this name means ‘watchful’ or ‘vigilant’

Isa
meaning ‘strong willed one’

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Unisex Baby Names That Star With J

J


Jace
this is a Hebrew name that means ‘the Lord is salvation”

Jackie
this unisexname means ‘god is gracious’

Jae/Jay
this is traditonally a Japanese boy name that means ‘talent’ or ‘wealth’

Jaelen/Jalen
this name has Greek origins and means ‘healer’

Jamie
this name has Scottish origins and means ‘supplanter’ 

Jaycee
this cute name means ‘healer’

Jayden
this adorable name is perfect for a boy or girl and means ‘thankful’

Jesse/Jessie
this cute name works for a boy or girl and means ‘wealth’

Jody/Jodi
this Hebrew baby name means ‘Jewess’ or ‘praised’

Joey
this is another very popular unisex name and means ‘God will increase’

Jordan
this name has religious origins and often refers to the River Jordan in Palestine

Jori
this short and cute unisex means to flow downwards

Jude
this Hebrew name means ‘praise’ 

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Androgynous Baby Names That Start With K

K

Kaelin
is a Gaelic baby name that can mean: slender, fair, rejoicer, waterfall or pool

Kai
This is a favorite of mine! Kai is a hawaiian baby name that means from the sea- many, if not most, Hawaiian baby names are gender neutral so take a look at the full list!

Kalan/Kalen
this cute name means ‘keepers of the keys’ or ‘pure’

Karel
this Slavic baby name means ‘manly’

Keegan
this is traditionally an Irish clan name and means ‘son of fire’

Kellan
depending on what origin you look at, this intersex baby name means swamp or slender

Kendall
this is an Old English baby name that comes from the River Kent and means ‘royal valley’

Kennedy
this strong intersex baby name has a bit of a funny meaning-‘misshapen head’

Kian
this short and cute baby name means ‘ancient’ or ‘God is gracious’ 

Kieran
this adorable Gaelic baby name means ‘dark one’ or ‘dark haired one’

Kingsley
this old English name means “king’s meadow’

Kyler

this badass unisex baby name has Irish origins and is a place name describing ‘the narro;’ a wood or a church’. I like the Danish meaning which is a ‘bowman’ or ‘archer’

Kyrie
this Gaelic name means ‘dark’

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Gender Fluid Baby Names That Start With L

L

Lachlan
this super cute Scottish baby name means “from the fjord-land and was used to describe Vikings 

Landry
this cute French baby name means ‘ruler’

Lane
I stole this one from Gilmore Girls (remember Rory’s BFF?)- this name means ‘from the long meadow/path’

Langley
this English baby name means ‘long meadow’

Lark
if you watch Life in Pieces on Netflix then you’ve probably heard this one- which comes from the bird of the same name and is often associated with being cheery or happy- think of the phrase ‘happy as a lark’

Lauren
this name has become fairly popular for those seeking a feminine boy name and means ‘victorious’ 

Leighton
this English baby name means ‘Herb garden-from the meadow or farm’- I’ve loved this name since Gossip Girl, anybody else?

Lennon
this name comes from the Gaelic term for ‘lover’

Lennox
this is also another Gaelic baby name and means ‘with many elm trees’

Leslie/Lesley
this name can mean ‘the garden of hollies’ or ‘the gray fort’ depending on what origin you look at 

Lex
this Greek baby name means ‘defender of men’

Lincoln/Linc
traditionally a boy name, this one has become more popular in the unisex name category these days and means Roman colony at the pool/ a lakeside colony

London
this one is after Britain’s capital city and can mean ‘fortress’

Logan
this cute Scottish name means ‘little hallow’

Lonnie
this German baby name means ‘ready for battle’

Lyric
perfect for a musical family- this name comes from the phrase ‘from the lyre-song’

Baby Names That Start With M That Work For Boys or Girls

M

Mackenzie
this adorable Scottish name means ‘born of fire’ but can also mean ‘child of the wise leader’

Madison/ Maddie
this name means ‘son of Matthew or Maude’

Maddox
this name can mean ‘fortunate’ or ‘son of Madoc’

Maitland
this name may mean ‘Matthew’s land’ or ‘meadow’

Marley
this English name means ‘pleasant seaside meadow’\

Marlow
this Old English name means ‘driftwood’

Marion
the meaning of this one isn’t certain but can mean: ‘sea of sorrow’, ‘rebelllion’ or ‘wished-for child’

Marquise
this is a French baby name meaning ‘royalty’ or a ‘royal title (ranking below duke but above an earl)’

Mason
this was originally an occupational name meaning ‘one who works with stone’

Mercer
this French baby name means ‘merchant’

Micah
this name means ‘who is like God?’

Mickie
this name also means ‘Who is like God?”- it’s usually the female version of names like Micheal

Miller
this is another occupational name that has gained popularity and means ‘grinder of grain’- this has been a popular one with celebrities

Montana
this Latin baby name means ‘mountain’

Morgan
this one is such a classic androgynous baby name and means ‘sea born’ or ‘sea song’

Munroe

this Latin baby name means ‘from the red marsh’

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Gender Friendly Baby Names that Start With N

N

Nellie/Nelly
this cute baby name means ‘shining light’ or ‘beautiful woman’

Nevada
this is a Spanish name and means ‘covered in snow’

Nikkie
this Greek baby name means ‘victory of the people’

Noel
this beautiful French name means Christmas and is often given to babies born in winter 

North
this unconventional baby name suits a boy or girl and refers to the direction or pays homage to the ‘North star’

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Gender Neutral Names That Start With O

O

Oakley
this Old English name is a place name meaning ‘oak tree’

Ocean
this hippie baby name has become popular with cruchie moms and means a body of water-the sea

Owen
this Welsh baby name means ‘young warrior’ or ‘well born’

Epicene Baby Name’s That Start With P

P

Paris
this beautiful name refers to the French capital of France and is perfect for boys or girls

Page/Paige
this adorable name comes from Medieval culture and means attendant or ‘young servant’- think Knight in training

Parker
this super cute Old English name means ‘park keeper’

Payton/Peyton
this English name means ‘fighting man’s estate’

Pax
this name has Latin origins and means ‘peaceful’ 

Perrie/Perry
this cute French baby name means ‘pear tree’

Piper
another adorable unisex baby name- this one means ‘flute or pipe player’

Phoenix
this name has a few different meanings- the common one is the legendary bird of the same name but it’s Greek meaning is ‘dark red’

Presley
this cute English name means ‘dweller at church’

Androgynous Names That Start With Q

Q

Quinn/Qhuin
this Gaelic baby name means ‘council’

Quinlan
this is another Irish baby name and it means ‘fit, shapely, strong’

Strong Unisex Names That Start With R

R

Raleigh
this gender fluid baby name means ‘roe deer’s meadow’

Ray/Rae
this cute name means ‘wise protector’

Reagan
this adorable Irish baby name means ‘little ruler’

Reese/Reece
this classic English baby name means ‘ardent or fiery’

Reign/Raine
this one is a very popular non-gendered baby name and means ‘to rule’ or ‘sovereign’

Riley/Ryleigh
this popular contemporary unisex name has Irish origins and means ‘courageous’ or ‘rye clearing’

Renley/Renly
this unique and uncommn baby name means ‘created name’

River
this Boho nature inspired baby name means just that- river- river bank or riverside

Robin/Robyn
this cute Old English name means ‘famed, bright, shining’

Rory/Rorey
this is another Gilmore Girl favorite of mine and it means ‘red king’ 

Roux
this French baby name means ‘auburn haired’

Rowan/Roan
this adorable Scottish name means ‘little redhead’

Ryder
this unique baby  name means ‘calvaryman’ or ‘ messenger’

Rylan
this English name means ‘island meadow’

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Non Gendered Baby Names That Start With S

S


Sam

this Hebrew name means ‘God is heard’

Samar
this Arabic name means ‘reward’ or ‘fruit of paradise’ and can be used for boys or girls

Sasha
this is a Russian name meaning ‘defending men’

Sawyer
this adorable old English name is an occupational name meaning ‘wood cutter’

Shae/Shay
this Gaelic baby name means ‘admirable’

Shaine/Shane/Shayne
this cute name with the alternate spellings means ‘God is gracious’

Shiloh
this is another Hebrew name and it means ‘peace’

Skylar
this cute English name means ‘noble scholar’ 

Sloan(e)
this uncommon Irish baby name means ‘little raider’

Spencer
this old English name has become popular with parents looking for unisex names and it means ‘steward’ or ‘administrator’ 

Storm
the meaning of his English name is ‘tempest’

Sutton
this androgynous baby name means ‘from the southern homestead’

Sydney
this cute name is used to describe ‘one who lives near a wide riverside meadow’ or ‘from the wide island’

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Badass Unisex Baby Names That Start With T

T


Tanner

this is another occupational Old English name and it means ‘one who works with leather’

Tatum
this Old English name can mean ‘cheerful bringer of joy’ or ‘Tate’s homestead’

Taylor
one of my favorite unisex baby names- this one means ‘cutter of cloth’

Teddy/Teddie
this Old English name is usually a nickname for Theodore which means ‘wealthy guardian’

Terrie/Terry
this name (depending on which spelling you choose) can mean ‘harvester/reaper’ or ‘power of the tribe’

Thierry
this French baby name means ‘powerful’ or ‘ruler of people’

Toni/Tony
this cute Greek name means ‘priceless one’- adorable!

True/Tru
this cute name means ‘real’ or ‘genuine’

Twain
inspired by the author- this name means ‘divided in two’

Gender Fluid Baby Names That Start With U

U


Uli
this German baby name can mean ‘noble leader’

Umber
this name has French origins and is a color name for a shade that is an Earthy color

Non Gendered Baby Names That Start With V

V


Val
this short and sweet English baby name means ‘strong’

Valen
this is another form of Val so the meaning is the same ‘strong’ or ‘powerful’

Vesper
this Latin baby name means ‘evening star’

Vie
this cute French name means ‘life’

Vinnie/Vinny
this cute Latin baby name means ‘conqueror’

Androgynous Baby Names That Start With W

W


Wesley/Westley
this cute baby name means ‘from the west meadow’

Wilder
this cute German baby name means ‘hunter’

Winter/Wynter
this is a popular baby name for those born in colder months- weather name

Wren/Wrenly
this old English name means ‘little bird’ 

Wyatt 
this English baby name can mean ‘guide’ ‘wide’ or ‘wood’

Unisex Baby Names That Start With X, Y, Z

X Y Z



Xander
this Latin name means ‘defender’

Xen
this name means ‘form of Buddhism’ (zen)

Xhex
this name is actually from a book and in the book, it means ‘beloved one’

Yanis
this Hebrew baby name means ‘gift from God’

Zephyr
this Greek name means ‘west wind’

Zoe
this Greek name means ‘life’

Tips For Choosing a Strong Badass Unisex Name For Your Baby


Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing your badass unisex name for you little boy or girl.

If you’re worried about whether people will mistake your child’s sex. You could always opt for a more masculine/feminine middle name as a way to distinguish the sex.

You could also consider alternate spellings than what you see traditionally. We often see girl versions of unisex names with an “i” ending like Toni.

The spelling is also another way to make your child’s moniker more unique (if that’s something you’re after). For instance, Rain, Raine and Reign.

If you aren’t ready to commit to a unisex name, why not think of a name that has cute unisex nicknames instead? For instance, if you decide to name your little girl Francine, an absolutely adorable unisex nickname could be Frankie!

I think it’s important to pick something that speaks to you in some way. Maybe a name you feel a connection to? Some fond memory? This way you can be fairly sure you didn’t just pick something trendy that you’ll end up hating later!

badass unisex baby names for boys or girls

Seriously Badass Unisex Names (Totally Gender Friendly)


Did you happen to find a badass unisex baby name that you loved? I didn’t realize there were so many to choose from.

I think I have over +100 unisex baby names listed above and I’m constantly updating.

Which one(s) were your favorite?

Do you have any favorite androgynous baby names that weren’t on the list?

Leave me a comment below so I can add it!




13 comments on “Badass Unisex Names That Work For Boys Or Girls (Gender Friendly)

    Tracy Blanton

    • January 4, 2020 at 8:23 am

    This is a fantastic list of baby names! I like that they’re gender-neutral.

    Donnya

    • January 4, 2020 at 10:40 am

    These are cute names ! Xen is so retro but modern , definitely on my list

    Lorena | www.lorenaylennox.com

    • January 5, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    What a great list of baby names. I love the gender neutrality of them. Definitely saving for when baby number 2 comes along!

    Jen

    • January 16, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    These are some really great suggestions! I love the idea of something more gender neutral

    Kimberlie

    • January 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I am hopeful that we will be expanding our family soon and we tend to have a huge debate3about names, so this will help me prepare my arguments and have valid rationales.

    Sandra Tanner

    • January 16, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    I love gender neutral names! My daughter is Kameron. My favorite is Parker for a girl.

    Faith

    • January 16, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Such an interesting list of names!

    Dawn

    • January 17, 2020 at 5:42 am

    My first son’s name is Morgan and I LOVE it! What a great list of gender-neutral baby names! I honestly love androgynous names. Hayden and Rory are also good ones 😉 (Yay Gilmore Girls!!)

    Franca Whyte

    • February 8, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Aww, I love the names here. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Tabitha

    • July 10, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Ok, so firstly great list – I was looking to name a book character here. I just wanted to ask since I saw it – Xhex is from Black dagger brotherhood, isn’t it? I’m so happy when I see this fandom around. Thanks for the suggestions 💜

      Cendu Param

      • July 10, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Tabitha! you’re spot on! Yes, Xhex is a nod to BDB! Absolutely love the series. It’s always so wonderful to meet another fan 😀 thanks for stopping by

    Lola goin

    • August 8, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Love this!! My faves are Blair, Taylor, and Parker!!💗👍👍

    Maya

    • October 13, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Oh my gosh thanks for this. I am non-binary and have been looking for ideas on what to change my name to when I raise enough money. So far I have Ace, Dylan, Kyrie, Quinn, and one that I’ve been thinking about for a while, Legion all on my list.

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