Since posting about Peyton a few months back, I’ve kept my eye out for evolving unisex names. I think I’ve got another: Avery.
Historically speaking, Avery is a male name. It has ranked among the top 1,000 baby boy names in the U.S. since 1880 (when data was first collected). It’s been a top-1,000 baby girl name since only 1989.
But in 1998, Avery ranked higher for girls (245th) than for boys (247th) for the first time. And this slight lead has since become much more pronounced: Avery ranked 66th for girls and 215th for boys in 2005.
Notably, Avery’s gender re-assignment hasn’t caused the name to become less popular for boys. In fact, its rank for boys in 2005 was its highest ever.
So, what do you think–is Avery a girl name, a boy name, or one of those rare names that works for either gender?
UPDATE: Here’s how Avery has been used (raw numbers and rankings) since I first published this post…
- 2012: 8272 girls (13th) & 1,998 boys (187th)
- 2011: 7,320 girls (18th) & 1,785 boys (201st)
- 2010: 6,667 girls (23rd) & 1,694 boys (211th)
- 2009: 6,292 girls (32nd) & 1,627 boys (223rd)
- 2008: 5,828 girls (38th) & 1,746 boys (216th)
- 2007: 5,379 girls (48th) & 1,740 boys (221st)
- 2006: 5,247 girls (52nd) & 1,791 boys (211th)