Here at My Name Label we love names. Old names, new names, names with meaning, names with pzazz, names which make you go ‘awww’… we love them all and take great joy in seeing all kinds of interesting baby names whizz through our name label printers daily.
If you’re due a baby in 2020 then you’ll perhaps be interested to hear that unisex baby names are set to be the next hot trend and seeing a rise in popularity for the new year. From classic monikers, such as Max and Robin, there are also some quirkier names coming into popularity, such as Aubrey and Quinn. We thought we’d explore some of our favourite gender-neutral baby names to give you some ingenious inspiration for your new arrival, whatever their gender may be...
10 Popular Unisex Names for 2020
Sharon Stone’s daughter was named Quinn in 2006 but since then this strong name (which means ‘chief leader’ or ‘intelligence’) has also been used for boys. Unique and interesting, the name Quinn is of Irish descent and is a strong and attractive name choice which is on the rise for both genders for 2020.
Sometimes a nickname for Julia or Julie, the name Jules has seen a rise in popularity for boys as a shortening of Julian, and also as a standalone boys name in its own right. Jules is of Latin origin meaning "youthful; soft, downy" which can also be spelt ‘Jools’, like musical Mr Holland of the same name.
Bailey is an adorable name for a baby, be that male or female. It is of Old English origin, and means "berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification". This unisex baby name is popular with both sexes but currently trends much higher for girls - maybe this will change in 2020 and it will swing back around to be more popular for boys? We'll watch our name label orders with anticipation!
Alex as a nickname for either Alexander or Alexandra has been hugely popular since pretty much forever! Alex on its own has been seeing a steady rise for both boys and girls over the years too. Alex is of Greek origin and means defender of men; protector of mankind. Why wouldn’t you want your baby to have a name with such an awesome meaning?!
Traditionally a boys’ name, Micah is now being given to girls as well and seeing a rise in the lists of most popular unisex baby names - possibly as an alternative to the increasingly popular Michaela. It means “Who is like the Lord" and is a name with a lovely ring to it. Micah gained the most popularity as a baby name in 2007, when it's usage went up by 115.19%!
Once more commonly used for girls, the name Angel is now coming into its own as a popular boys name too. Angel rose as a popular name for boys when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was popular on TV in the late nineties as it was the name of Buffy’s love interest. It means ‘angel, messenger’ and is a beautiful name for your little cherub whether girl or boy.
Charlie is a baby name which has long been thought of as a nickname for Charles, but now is commonly used as a shortening of the girls’ name Charlotte, or simply used on its own as a popular unisex name. The name is of English origin and means ‘free man’.
The name Harper is the first name of the author of the novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ as well as the name the Beckhams gave their daughter. Both of these female uses don’t make it any less popular for boys, and the unisex baby name Harper is sure to rise in popularity for boys as 2020 rolls around.
The name Remy is commonly used as a girls’ name in France and is one of those rare names which combines ancient roots with modern sleekness. Boys outnumber girls with the classic ‘Remy’ spelling, girls named Remi outnumber those named Remy. With either spelling and for either gender, it's a winning choice.
The famous moniker of a certain Mr Phoenix, the unique name River has long been associated with boys but is seeing a rise in popularity as a girls’ name too. People love names with a connection to nature and so whether for a boy or girl, River is proving more popular than ever.
The more inventive parents get with their name choices, the more unisex these names are going to be so we expect to see lots of interesting unusual names flying through our name label printers for 2020. Are you or someone you know expecting a little arrival next year? Please share your baby name ideas with us and whether unisex baby names are on your list! You can start the discussion over on Facebook or Instagram...we love to hear from you!