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Many gender-neutral baby names are not truly unisex, meaning they're used predominantly for one sex and only rarely for the other.

I'm thinking of names like Addison and Madison, which started as boys' names but are now used nearly exclusively for girls, and names like James, in the Top 10 for boys but receiving a lot of attention as the middle name for a couple of high profile celebrity baby girls.

But which names are most evenly split between the sexes, so that they can truly be called gender-neutral? We analyzed all unisex names to find the most popular choices with at least a 40-60 split in either direction.

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The number one truly unisex name is, surprisingly, Charlie, which started as a boys' nickname-name but is now used exactly evenly for girls and boys. Surname-names Finley and Skyler rank second and third, with word-names Justice and Royal rounding out the top five.

Here, the top 50 truly androgynous baby names, with the gender split by percentage, according to recent Social Security statistics.


1. Charlie, 50-50 girls-boys

2. Finley, 58-42 girls-boys

3. Skyler, 54-46 girls-boys

4. Justice, 52-48 girls-boys

5. Royal, 42-58 girls-boys

6. Lennon, 50-41 girls-boys

7. Oakley, 52-48 girls-boys

8. Armani, 46-54 girls-boys

9. Azariah, 55-45 girls-boys

10. Landry, 53-47 girls-boys

11. Frankie, 58-42 girls-boys

12. Sidney, 56-44 girls-boys

13. Denver, 40-60 girls-boys

14. Robin, 58-42 girls-boys

15. Campbell, 56-44 girls-boys

16. Dominique, 42-58 girls-boys

17. Salem, 55-45 girls-boys

18. Yael, 40-60 girls-boys

19. Murphy, 43-57 girls-boys

20. Jael, 50-50 girls-boys

21. Ramsey, 43-57 girls-boys

22. Hollis, 50-50 girls-boys

23. Brighton, 45-55 girls-boys

24. Perry, 42-58 girls-boys

25. Gentry, 53-47 girls-boys

26. Jaidyn, 45-55 girls-boys

27. Reilly, 50-50 girls-boys

28. Jules, 55-45 girls-boys

29. Kylar, 40-60 girls-boys

30. Austen, 49-51 girls-boys

31. Ocean, 44-56 girls-boys

32. Jackie, 51-49 girls-boys

33. Storm, 49-51 girls-boys

34. Honor, 59-41 girls-boys

35. Ryley, 57-43 girls-boys

36. Marlo, 56-44 girls-boys

37. Nikita, 43-57 girls-boys

38. Ridley, 51-49 girls-boys

39. Indiana, 53-47 girls-boys

40. Taylen, 42-58 girls-boys

41. Clarke, 55-45 girls-boys

42. Kylin, 41-59 girls-boys

43. Eastyn, 40-60 girls-boys

44. Payson, 43-57 girls-boys

45. Amen, 41-59 girls-boys

46. Timber, 57-43 girls-boys

47. Cypress, 40-60 girls-boys

48. Lake, 41-59 girls-boys

49. Jaziah, 41-59 girls-boys

50. Dakotah, 56-44 girls-boys

Originally posted on Nameberry.

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