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Popular and unique baby names in each U.S. state, 2022

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Which baby names were the most popular in each U.S. state in 2022?

And which names appeared in the data for just one state last year?

Here are all the answers! (Any unique name that also popped up in last year’s post is in boldface.)

Alabama (AL)

  • Alabama’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Alabama’s top boy name: William
  • Alabama’s 5 unique girl names: Justyce, Adleigh, Crimson, Kamori, Khylee
    • The University of Alabama’s football team is called the Crimson Tide.
  • Alabama’s 5 unique boy names: Bankston, Chapman, Chipper, Treyvon, Wheeler

Alaska (AK)

  • Alaska’s top girl name: Aurora/Charlotte (tie)
  • Alaska’s top boy name: Oliver
  • No unique girl names.
  • Alaska’s 1 unique boy name: Paxson

Arizona (AZ)

  • Arizona’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Arizona’s top boy name: Liam
  • Arizona’s 5 unique girl names: Zo, Payson, Ariza, Naelani, Neema
  • Arizona’s 1 unique boy name: Payson
    • Payson (used for both genders above) could be a reference to the Arizona town of Payson.

Arkansas (AR)

  • Arkansas’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Arkansas’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Arkansas’s 1 unique girl name: Camari
  • No unique boy names.

California

  • California’s top girl name: Olivia
  • California’s top boy name: Liam
  • California’s top 10 unique girl names: Mehar, Quetzalli, Emiko, Nare, Yamila, Mei, Mannat, Rayleen, Ajooni, Caia (total of 535)
  • California’s top 10 unique boy names: Arjan, Narek, Lino, Maceo, Zenith, Tigran, Pranav, Sahib, Ashot, Sayed (total of 391)

Colorado

  • Colorado’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Colorado’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Colorado’s 1 unique girl name: Ezmae
  • Colorado’s 1 unique boy name: Cale
    • Professional hockey player Cale Makar plays for the Colorado Avalanche (and won the Stanley Cup with them in mid-2022).

Connecticut

  • Connecticut’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Connecticut’s top boy name: Liam
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

Delaware

  • Delaware’s top girl name: Sophia
  • Delaware’s top boy name: Liam
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

District of Columbia

  • D.C.’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • D.C.’s top boy name: Henry
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

Florida

  • Florida’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Florida’s top boy name: Liam
  • Florida’s top 10 unique girl names: Abigaelle, Ainoa, Keisha, Anaelle, Alysha, Jamia, Jehlani, Mariangel, Taraji, Aaleyah (total of 123)
  • Florida’s top 10 unique boy names: Piero, Kenley, Kensley, Kion, Romel, Royale, Promise, Adams, Imani, Jahkai (total of 110)

Georgia

  • Georgia’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Georgia’s top boy name: Noah
  • Georgia’s top 10 unique girl names: Yari, Choyce, Janova, Aloni, Kelli, Sarabi, Serayah, Zakiyah, Cai, Candelaria (total of 33)
  • Georgia’s top 10 unique boy names: Deuce, Walton, Jamario, Lawton, Jeb, Kanon, Masyn, Peace, Pearce, Robel (total of 29)

Hawaii

  • Hawaii’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Hawaii’s top boy name: Noah
  • Hawaii’s 5 unique girl names: Lilinoe, Mahealani, Kelia, Mehana, Mele
  • Hawaii’s top 10 unique boy names: Ikaika, Ryzen, Kainalu, Kaeo, Kaikoa, Kawika, Makani, Hayzen, Kalai, Kiai (total of 11)

Idaho

  • Idaho’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Idaho’s top boy name: Oliver
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

Illinois

  • Illinois’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Illinois’s top boy name: Noah
  • Illinois’s top 10 unique girl names: Kinzie, Zuzanna, Maleyah, Miliani, Novella, Ozzie, Colleen, Iga, Kamira, Kamoura (total of 15)
  • Illinois’s top 10 unique boy names: Vuk, Aleksandar, Andrej, Michal, Nikodem, Teodor, Lazar, Namir, Nyaire, Abdurrahman (total of 22)

Indiana

  • Indiana’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Indiana’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Indiana’s 10 unique girl names: Israel, Brenlee, Talaya, Arionna, Dalayah, Islay, Jacklynn, Laiana, Saylah, Wrigley
  • Indiana’s 6 unique boy names: Maciah, Brayton, Jentry, Jordon, Menno, Olyver

Iowa

  • Iowa’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Iowa’s top boy name: Oliver
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

Kansas

  • Kansas’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Kansas’s top boy name: Liam
  • Kansas’s 1 unique girl name: Breckyn
  • Kansas’s 1 unique boy name: Calan

Kentucky

  • Kentucky’s top girl name: Harper
  • Kentucky’s top boy name: Liam
  • Kentucky’s 2 unique girl names: Rosetta, Tinslee
  • Kentucky’s 2 unique boy names: Jansen, Taytum

Louisiana

  • Louisiana’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Louisiana’s top boy name: Liam
  • Louisiana’s 9 unique girl names: Kamyri, Jaylei, Juri, Kemani, Ellarie, Jaisley, Kaleigha, Kenslei, Weslyn
  • Louisiana’s top 10 unique boy names: Khyzer, Kennon, Aysen, Denym, Brylon, Caisen, Dedrick, Mahzi, Tory, Treylin (total of 11)

Maine (ME)

  • Maine’s top girl name: Evelyn
  • Maine’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Maine’s 1 unique girl name: Acadia
    • Acadia National Park is located in Maine.
  • No unique boy names.

Maryland (MD)

  • Maryland’s top girl name: Ava
  • Maryland’s top boy name: Liam
  • Maryland’s 6 unique girl names: Nature, Arsema, Loyal, Ayomide, Eniola, Hasset
  • Maryland’s 4 unique boy names: Record, Tavon, Ezana, Kymere

Massachusetts (MA)

  • Massachusetts’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Massachusetts’s top boy name: Noah
  • Massachusetts’s 8 unique girl names: Emilly, Marialuiza, Mariaclara, Aylla, Emanuelly, Hellena, Eloa, Isabelly
  • Massachusetts’s 2 unique boy names: Eoghan, Murilo

Michigan (MI)

  • Michigan’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Michigan’s top boy name: Noah
  • Michigan’s top 10 unique girl names: Reema, Zahraa, Germany, Rital, Areej, Harlym, Kamylah, Layal, Zyaire, Elloise (total of 17)
  • Michigan’s top 10 unique boy names: Floyd, Renley, Mohsen, Stuart, Wissam, Amaree, Delon, Husayn, Ishaaq, Joud (total of 12)

Minnesota (MN)

  • Minnesota’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Minnesota’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Minnesota’s top 10 unique girl names: Maryama, Siham, Ahlam, Manal, Mumtaz, Rayan, Ikhlas, Nawal, Afnan, Maiza (total of 34)
  • Minnesota’s top 10 unique boy names: Yahye, Muhsin, Mohamedamin, Munasar, Nels, Sudais, Amaar, Brekken, Hanad, Majid (total of 29)

Mississippi (MS)

  • Mississippi’s top girl name: Ava
  • Mississippi’s top boy name: James
  • Mississippi’s 5 unique girl names: Rivers, Kaisleigh, Rhyleigh, Kulture, Mills
  • Mississippi’s 1 unique boy name: Khyler

Missouri (MO)

  • Missouri’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Missouri’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Missouri’s 5 unique girl names: Quinley, Rilee, Taylynn, Sekani, Teddy
  • Missouri’s 6 unique boy names: Petie, Tennessee, Devontae, Kolsyn, Maclin, Weslee

Montana (MT)

  • Montana’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Montana’s top boy name: William
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

Nebraska

  • Nebraska’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Nebraska’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Nebraska’s 1 unique girl name: Eh
  • Nebraska’s 1 unique boy name: Creighton
    • Creighton University is located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Nevada

  • Nevada’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Nevada’s top boy name: Liam
  • Nevada’s 1 unique girl name: Hemen
  • No unique boy names.

New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • New Hampshire’s top boy name: Theodore
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

New Jersey

  • New Jersey’s top girl name: Emma
  • New Jersey’s top boy name: Liam
  • New Jersey’s top 10 unique girl names: Tzivia, Shulamis, Ita, Debra, Fay, Sheva, Dena, Esti, Giorgia, Mattea (total of 11)
  • New Jersey’s top 10 unique boy names: Gershon, Boruch, Michoel, Yechezkel, Pinchos, Avigdor, Ahsan, Betzalel, Ibn, Nesanel (total of 15)

New Mexico

  • New Mexico’s top girl name: Sophia
  • New Mexico’s top boy name: Liam
  • No unique girl names.
  • New Mexico’s 1 unique boy name: Cruzito

New York

  • New York’s top girl name: Olivia
  • New York’s top boy name: Liam
  • New York’s top 10 unique girl names: Faigy, Gitty, Yitty, Raizy, Goldy, Shaindy, Blima, Henny, Pessy, Hinda (total of 197)
  • New York’s top 10 unique boy names: Shaya, Mendy, Usher, Yitzchak, Avrum, Yossi, Hershel, Elimelech, Shloma, Yida (total of 179)

North Carolina

  • North Carolina’s top girl name: Olivia
  • North Carolina’s top boy name: Liam
  • North Carolina’s top 10 unique girl names: Huntleigh, Makinley, Meylin, Talayah, Adair, Alaura, Avacyn, Bryelle, Emersen, Goddess (total of 18)
  • North Carolina’s top 10 unique boy names: Darrius, Shelton, Sheppard, Ward, Waylan, Zeb, Chasen, Clarke, Kaysin, Kori (total of 22)

North Dakota

  • North Dakota’s top girl name: Olivia
  • North Dakota’s top boy name: Oliver
  • North Dakota’s 1 unique girl name: Girl (a placeholder name)
  • No unique boy names.

Ohio

  • Ohio’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Ohio’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Ohio’s top 10 unique girl names: Kierra, Lamiyah, Paizlee, Dempsey, Myonna, Annamae, Iyonna, Jaila, Jamyah, Khori (total of 29)
  • Ohio’s top 10 unique boy names: Bennet, Cylas, Merlin, Abdallah, Wayde, Atlee, Bashir, Blessing, Bryden, Cylus (total of 19)

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Oklahoma’s top boy name: Liam
  • Oklahoma’s 4 unique girl names: Lakota, Huxley, Lun, Raelee
  • Oklahoma’s 2 unique boy names: Thang, Ripken

Oregon

  • Oregon’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Oregon’s top boy name: Oliver
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Pennsylvania’s top boy name: Liam
  • Pennsylvania’s top 10 unique girl names: Barbie, Verna, Lavina, Alahna, Allure, Gionna, Laela, Lovina, Giavonna, Jennica (total of 25)
  • Pennsylvania’s top 10 unique boy names: Benuel, Enos, Arlan, Penn, Munir, Welles, Kendry, Koleson, Tyreek, Ahsaan (total of 25)

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Rhode Island’s top boy name: Liam
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

South Carolina

  • South Carolina’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • South Carolina’s top boy name: Noah
  • No unique girl names.
  • South Carolina’s 4 unique boy names: Rashaun, Tillman, Keylan, Tyquan

South Dakota

  • South Dakota’s top girl name: Evelyn
  • South Dakota’s top boy name: Oliver
  • South Dakota’s 1 unique girl name: Kimimila (from the Lakota word kimímila, meaning “butterfly”)
  • No unique boy names.

Tennessee

  • Tennessee’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Tennessee’s top boy name: Liam
  • Tennessee’s top 10 unique girl names: Neely, Annsley, Elleanor, Kimberlynn, Whitlee, Alasia, Brenley, Brylie, Copper, Enslee (total of 15)
  • Tennessee’s top 10 unique boys names: Neyland, Holston, Opie, Hatcher, Kevon, Randal, Ryman, Aleczander, Dekari, Kaven (total of 14)
    • The University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium was named after former athletic director/coach Robert Neyland.
    • Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium was named after Nashville businessman Thomas Ryman.

Texas

  • Texas’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Texas’s top boy name: Liam
  • Texas’s top 10 unique girl names: Landrie, Devany, Darianna, Atalie, Conley, Eliane, Leddy, Aitanna, Darely, Heiress (total of 501)
  • Texas’s top 10 unique boy names: Riggin, Witten, Job, Weldon, Cutter, Judge, Stratton, Blayze, Cross, Ferran (total of 310)

Utah

  • Utah’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Utah’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Utah’s 9 unique girl names: Alta, Liesl, Swayzee, Indica, Manaia, Nayvie, Quincey, Rorie, Savvy
  • Utah’s 10 unique boy names: Stockton, Ammon, Dallin, Cache, Kimball, Tyce, Hudsen, Niels, Quin, Talmage
    • Former professional basketball player John Stockton spent his entire NBA career with the Utah Jazz.
    • Dallin H. Oaks is one of the leaders of the LDS Church.
    • James E. Talmage was one of the leaders of the LDS Church in the early 1900s.

Vermont

  • Vermont’s top girl name: Amelia
  • Vermont’s top boy name: Henry
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

Virginia

  • Virginia’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Virginia’s top boy name: Liam
  • Virginia’s 2 unique girl names: Cameran, Menna
  • Virginia’s 5 unique boy names: Amnen, Arkan, Athens, Kani, Khylen

(Here are the top baby names in Virginia, and within each of Virginia’s largest ethnic groups, according to the state itself.)

Washington

  • Washington’s top girl name: Olivia
  • Washington’s top boy name: Oliver
  • Washington’s 10 unique girl names: Mishika, Simona, Angelika, Hermela, Masina, Meklit, Shelly, Skadi, Soliana, Zakia
  • Washington’s top 10 unique boy names: Ruvim, Leul, Nazar, Orrin, Eldon, Ilya, Odysseus, Roscoe, Ryett, Tavish (total of 11)

West Virginia

  • West Virginia’s top girl name: Amelia
  • West Virginia’s top boy name: Asher
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Wisconsin’s top boy name: Henry
  • Wisconsin’s 3 unique girl names: Lorene, Luann, Maevis
  • Wisconsin’s 3 unique boy names: Lavern, Wilbur, Willem

Wyoming

  • Wyoming’s top girl name: Charlotte
  • Wyoming’s top boy name: Noah
  • No unique girl names.
  • No unique boy names.

(Here are the top baby names in Wyoming according to the state itself.)


Many of the unique names above can be attributed to large religious/ethnic groups within certain states, such as the Amish in Pennsylvania/Ohio/Indiana, the Jews in New York/New Jersey, the Mormons in Utah/Idaho, and the Somali in Minnesota.

In fact, some of the names that appeared in the data for two states can be attributed to usage within these groups as well. Examples include…

  • Hyrum, Utah & Idaho
  • Mckay, Utah & Idaho
  • Mordechai, New York & New Jersey
  • Malka, New York & New Jersey
  • Rhoda, Ohio & Pennsylvania

Do you have any thoughts about the single-state names above? Or about any of the other names in the 2022 state-by-state data? If so, please leave a comment!

(One thought I had: The most interesting top-5 this time around has to be West Virginia’s boys’ list: Asher, Grayson, Waylon, Oliver, and Liam. And sixth place is a tie between Maverick and Noah.)

Source: Popular Names by State – SSA

Image: Topographical Map of the USA by NOAA

Top gender-neutral baby names of 2021: Parker, River, Charlie

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Looking for baby names that work for both genders?

Actually, let me rephrase that: Do you want to see which names are being given to sizeable numbers of baby boys and baby girls in the U.S. right now?

I wanted to ask the question in a more specific way because I think the details matter. Names can be gender-neutral in theory, but that doesn’t mean they’re being given to babies of both genders in practice.

It’s the difference between Evelyn and Everest.

Gender identity is a big topic of conversation these days, so it’s not surprising that an ever-growing number of parents are searching for baby names that aren’t strongly associated with one gender or the other.

To know what’s happening with baby names in real life, though, we need to focus on the data. That’s why I didn’t consider anything but data when I created the list below.

These names were culled from the 2021 U.S. baby name data (provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration). Each one saw usage that was at least one-third female and at least one-third male, making all of them relatively gender-neutral among today’s newborns.

Top gender-neutral baby names

Let’s start with a quick rundown of the 20 most popular gender-neutral baby names in the U.S. right now:

  1. Parker
  2. River
  3. Charlie
  4. Blake
  5. Hayden
  6. Emerson
  7. Amari
  8. Finley
  9. Remington
  10. Phoenix
  11. Oakley
  12. Dakota
  13. Tatum
  14. Rory
  15. Ari
  16. Alexis
  17. Armani
  18. Remy
  19. Reign
  20. Milan

Now here’s the same list again, but this time around I’ve added some details.

Parker (#1)

Last year, the name Parker was given to 6,229 babies. Of these babies, 2,406 (38.63%) were girls and 3,823 (61.37%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Parker placed 115th for girls and 93rd for boys.

Parker is an English surname that originally referred to someone who was employed as the keeper of a hunting park.

River (#2)

Last year, the name River was given to 5,317 babies. Of these babies, 1,862 (35.02%) were girls and 3,455 (64.98%) were boys. In terms of rankings, River placed 151st for girls and 110th for boys.

River, the English word that refers to a flowing body of water, was derived from the Latin word ripa, meaning “riverbank” or “seashore.”

Charlie (#3)

Last year, the name Charlie was given to 4,190 babies. Of these babies, 2,202 (52.55%) were girls and 1,988 (47.45%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Charlie placed 127th for girls and 189th for boys.

Charlie is a diminutive of the male name Charles, which ultimately comes from the Germanic name Karl, which meant “freeman” (i.e., not a serf or slave).

Interestingly, Charlie is a top-10 name for boys in some regions (like New Zealand and Ireland) and a top-10 name for girls in others (like Quebec).

Blake (#4)

Last year, the name Blake was given to 3,337 babies. Of these babies, 1,497 (44.86%) were girls and 1,840 (55.14%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Blake placed 199th for girls and 205th for boys.

Blake is an English surname that can be traced back to either of two Old English words that happen to have opposite meanings — one being “black,” the other being “white.”

Hayden (#5)

Last year, the name Hayden was given to 3,283 babies. Of these babies, 1,096 (33.38%) were girls and 2,187 (66.62%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Hayden placed 290th for girls and 176th for boys.

Hayden is an English surname that originally referred to someone from one of several different like-named locations. In many cases, the place names were made up of elements meaning “hay” and “hill.” (Depending upon the location, though, the first element sometimes meant “fence enclosure,” and the second element sometimes meant “valley.”)

Emerson (#6)

Last year, the name Emerson was given to 2,952 babies. Of these babies, 1,729 (58.57%) were girls and 1,223 (41.43%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Emerson placed 167th for girls and 279th for boys.

Emerson is an English surname that originally referred to the son of someone named Emery.

Amari (#7)

Last year, the name Amari was given to 2,880 babies. Of these babies, 972 (33.75%) were girls and 1,908 (66.25%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Amari placed 333rd for girls and 199th for boys.

Amari is a modern name that doesn’t seem to have a specific origin or meaning.

Finley (#8)

Last year, the name Finley was given to 2,705 babies. Of these babies, 1,407 (52.01%) were girls and 1,298 (47.99%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Finley placed 211th for girls and 265th for boys.

Finley is based on the Gaelic name Fionnlagh, which is made up of elements meaning “white” and “warrior.”

Remington (#9)

Last year, the name Remington was given to 2,475 babies. Of these babies, 890 (35.96%) were girls and 1,585 (64.04%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Remington placed 348th for girls and 231st for boys.

Remington is an English surname that originally referred to someone from the town of Rimington, in Lancashire. (It’s also an American gun brand.)

Phoenix (#10)

Last year, the name Phoenix was given to 2,454 babies. Of these babies, 1,032 (42.05%) were girls and 1,422 (57.95%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Phoenix placed 308th for girls and 248th for boys.

Phoenix, the word that refers the mythological bird that rises from its own ashes, was derived from an ancient Greek word meaning “crimson” or “purple.”

Oakley (#11)

Last year, the name Oakley was given to 2,292 babies. Of these babies, 1,524 (66.49%) were girls and 768 (33.51%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Oakley placed 193rd for girls and 403rd for boys.

Oakley is an English surname that originally referred to someone from one of several different like-named locations. In all cases, the place names were made up of elements meaning “oak” and “clearing.”

Dakota (#12)

Last year, the name Dakota was given to 2,090 babies. Of these babies, 1,147 (54.88%) were girls and 943 (45.12%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Dakota placed 270th for girls and 344th for boys.

Dakota, the name of a Native American tribe, means “friendly” or “allied” in the Siouan language of the Dakota people.

Tatum (#13)

Last year, the name Tatum was given to 1,959 babies. Of these babies, 1,125 (57.43%) were girls and 834 (42.57%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Tatum placed 279th for girls and 385th for boys.

Tatum is an English surname that originally referred to the homestead of someone named Tata.

Rory (#14)

Last year, the name Rory was given to 1,919 babies. Of these babies, 789 (41.12%) were girls and 1,130 (58.88%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Rory placed 396th for girls and 295th for boys.

Rory is an Anglicized form of the Irish name Ruaidhri, which is made up of elements meaning “red” and “king.”

Ari (#15)

Last year, the name Ari was given to 1,598 babies. Of these babies, 649 (40.61%) were girls and 949 (59.39%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Ari placed 478th for girls and 342nd for boys.

Ari has several potential definitions, including: “lion” in Hebrew, “brave” in Armenian, and “eagle” in Icelandic.

Alexis (#16)

Last year, the name Alexis was given to 1,569 babies. Of these babies, 940 (59.91%) were girls and 629 (40.09%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Alexis placed 341st for girls and 472nd for boys.

Alexis comes directly from the ancient Greek (male) name Alexis, which meant “helper” or “defender.”

Armani (#17)

Last year, the name Armani was given to 1,540 babies. Of these babies, 661 (42.92%) were girls and 879 (57.08%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Armani placed 469th for girls and 369th for boys.

Armani is an Italian surname that originally referred to the child of someone named Armano. (It’s also an Italian fashion brand.)

Remy (#18)

Last year, the name Remy was given to 1,451 babies. Of these babies, 550 (37.90%) were girls and 901 (62.10%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Remy placed 550th for girls and 357th for boys.

Remy, written Rémy in French, is based on the Latin name Remigius, which meant “oarsman.”

It’s interesting that both Remy and Remington are on this list. Remy is a standalone name…but it could also be used as a nickname for Remington.

Reign (#19)

Last year, the name Reign was given to 1,338 babies. Of these babies, 884 (66.07%) were girls and 454 (33.93%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Reign placed 349th for girls and 608th for boys.

Reign is an English word that can be traced back to the Latin word regnum, meaning “royal power” or “kingdom.”

Milan (#20)

Last year, the name Milan was given to 1,278 babies. Of these babies, 452 (35.37%) were girls and 826 (64.63%) were boys. In terms of rankings, Milan placed 655th for girls and 388th for boys.

Milan is a Slavic name based on the element milu, meaning “dear, sweet.” (It’s also a city in northern Italy.)

More gender-neutral baby names

What other gender-neutral names made the cut?

Here are the names that were used a bit less often than the twenty above…

Number of babies*Percent girlsPercent boys
Shiloh1,24561.69%38.31%
Legacy1,08666.30%33.70%
Salem97062.99%37.01%
Briar95562.20%37.80%
Denver94138.68%61.32%
Skyler93058.92%41.08%
Drew91337.13%62.87%
Jamie84748.41%51.59%
Bellamy81245.44%54.56%
Justice81246.92%53.08%
Azariah79447.23%52.77%
Layne76143.63%56.37%
Chandler75839.97%60.03%
Ocean67345.77%54.23%
*Male and female usage added together

All of the above ranked among both the top 1,000 girl names and the top 1,000 boy names last year. Two of the below (Robin and Landry) did as well.

Number of babies*Percent girlsPercent boys
Quincy65333.38%66.62%
Murphy61065.25%34.75%
Tru60836.02%63.98%
Kingsley59437.71%62.29%
Robin54653.11%46.89%
Amiri50234.46%65.54%
Landry48955.01%44.99%
Ira46535.91%64.09%
Kacey42548.94%51.06%
Joey42441.75%58.25%
Campbell41450.72%49.28%
True40553.09%46.91%
Everest38534.55%65.45%
Arden38558.70%41.30%
Harlem37937.20%62.80%
Shea37963.85%36.15%
Sol37563.47%36.53%
Bowie37036.76%63.24%
*Male and female usage added together

Most of the above appeared in at least one top-1,000 list last year. The exceptions were Kacey, Campbell, True, Arden, Shea, and Sol.

None of the names from this point onward reached the top 1,000 for either gender.

Number of babies*Percent girlsPercent boys
Hollis36245.03%54.97%
Yael34839.37%60.63%
Joan34045.59%54.41%
Laken31556.19%43.81%
Gentry30245.36%54.64%
Lux29636.15%63.85%
Sidney29355.29%44.71%
Kasey28456.34%43.66%
Kadence28066.43%33.57%
Ever27840.65%59.35%
Camdyn27036.67%63.33%
Jael27048.15%51.85%
Dominique26033.46%66.54%
Montana26057.69%42.31%
Kodi25856.20%43.80%
Ramsey25447.24%52.76%
Perry25342.69%57.31%
Storm24557.14%42.86%
Ashtyn24360.91%39.09%
Honor24047.92%52.08%
Kit23344.64%55.36%
Brighton23246.98%53.02%
Isa22733.48%66.52%
Armoni21050.00%50.00%
Merritt20860.58%39.42%
Jupiter20662.62%37.38%
Arrow20338.42%61.58%
Laine20363.55%36.45%
Jules20143.78%56.22%
*Male and female usage added together

Here are the gender-neutral baby names that saw overall usage ranging from 100 to 199 babies (in descending order):

Yuri, Arie, Ridley, Kobi, Jean, Channing, Linden, Shannon, Indiana, Marlo, Taylin, Divine, Cypress, Iman, Daylin, Aris, Wynn, Jelani, Halston, Rumi, Levy, Camari, Jackie, Austen, Azari, Issa, Lake, Huntley, Amen, Loren, Eastyn, Sora, Everette, Timber, Kaylen, Johnnie, Nikita, Ryver, Lexington, Reilly, Hudsyn, Charleston, Aven, Akari, Koi, Dru, Lou, Kylar, Payson, Finlee, Cove, Halen, Bryar, Royale, Tracy, Eliyah, Larkin, Amarii, Mecca, Britton, Emari, Nazareth, Kamani, Valentine, Ellington, Tenzin, Ryley, Kaidence, and Kirby.

And, finally, here are the gender-neutral names that saw overall usage ranging from 50 to 99 babies (in descending order):

Soul, Gracen, Daelyn, Wisdom, Conley, Arley, Evren, Rogue, Rhythm, Peace, Mykah, Blue, Masyn, Lowen, Golden, Callaway, Phoenyx, Blu, Lael, Rainn, Tommie, Bleu, Jadyn, Alexi, Bennie, Lennix, Choyce, Amaree, Atley, Rei, Crimson, Tristyn, Maeson, Declyn, Honest, Ilya, Amory, Rawlings, Jianni, Jensyn, Teigen, Lynden, Weslee, Maze, Graycen, Zaelyn, Paxtyn, Tennessee, Davey, Marvel, Joud, Rhylan, Deniz, Azure, Davy, Desi, Rhen, Breeze, Arlie, Harlo, Roux, Riven, Lakota, Airam, Denym, Jae, Tayler, Bostyn, Adair, Ciel, Namari, Kodie, Quinlan, Salah, Drue, Kamoni, Kayan, Jordin, Carrington, and Sakari.


Most of the names above don’t have a long history of usage in the U.S., so they aren’t anchored one gender or the other — making them good options for expectant parents who want names that work for both genders.

Note that many fall into a handful of categories, including: nature names, place names, surnames, color names, and virtue names. It may be worthwhile to focus on categories like these as you continue your search, as they’ll tend to naturally contain a good proportion of gender-neutral names.

Sources:

Image: Adapted from Gallery 1 by Sarah Howells under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Saintly surnames: Bosco, Neri, Sheen, Talbot

Looking for a surname-inspired baby name with a connection to Catholicism?

Here are more than 200 options, most of which come from Catholic Englishmen martyred during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Because the goal was to include as many realistic baby names as possible, I interpreted “surname” and “saint” liberally in some cases. Xavier is not technically a surname, for instance, and many of the folks below are not yet full-fledged saints.

  • Abel, for Bl. Thomas Abel (d. 1540) of England.
  • Abbot, for Bl. Henry Abbot (d. 1597) of England.
  • Albert, for Bl. Federico Albert (d. 1876) of Italy.
  • Almond, for St. John Almond (d. 1612) of England.
  • Amias, for Bl. John Amias (d. 1589) of England.
  • Ancina, for Bl. John Juvenal Ancina (d. 1604) of Italy.
  • Andleby, for Bl. William Andleby (d. 1597) of England.
  • Aquinas, for St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274) of Italy.
  • Arrowsmith, for St. Edmund Arrowsmith (d. 1628) of England.
  • Ashley, for Bl. Ralph Ashley (d. 1606) of England.
  • Ashton, for Ven. Roger Ashton (d. 1592) of England.
  • Atkinson, for Bl. Thomas Atkinson (d. 1616) of England.
  • Aufield, for Bl. Thomas Aufield (d. 1585) of England.
  • Barlow, for St. Ambrose Barlow (d. 1641) of England.
  • Baylon, for St. Paschal Baylon (d. 1592) of Spain.
  • Becket, from St. Thomas Becket (d. 1170) of England.
  • Beesley, for Bl. George Beesley (d. 1591) of England.
  • Belson, for Bl. Thomas Belson (d. 1589) of England.
  • Bertie, for Servant of God Andrew Bertie (d. 2008) of England/Malta.
  • Bertrand, for St. Louis Bertrand (d. 1581) of Spain/South America.
  • Bessette, for St. André Bessette (d. 1937) of Canada.
  • Bonzel, for Bl. Maria Theresia Bonzel (d. 1905) of Germany.
  • Bosco, for St. John Bosco (d. 1888) of Italy.
  • Bosgrave, for Bl. Thomas Bosgrave (d. 1594) of England.
  • Bowes, for Bl. Marmaduke Bowes (d. 1585) of England.
  • Briant, for St. Alexander Briant (d. 1581) of England.
  • Britton, for Bl. John Britton (d. 1598) of England.
  • Buxton, for Bl. Christopher Buxton (d. 1588) of England.
  • Cabrini, for St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (d. 1917) of Italy/U.S.
  • Campion, for St. Edmund Campion (d. 1581) of England.
  • Carey, for Bl. John Carey (d. 1594) of England.
  • Carter, for Bl. William Carter (b. 1584) of England.
  • Casey, for Ven. Solanus Casey (d. 1957) of the U.S. (His religious name “Solanus” comes from St. Francis Solanus, below.)
  • Cassant, for Bl. Pierre-Joseph Cassant (d. 1903) of France.
  • Catherick, for Bl. Edmund Catherick (d. 1642) of England.
  • Chanel, for St. Peter Chanel (d. 1841) of France.
  • Claver, for St. Peter Claver (d. 1654) of Spain.
  • Claxton, for Bl. James Claxton (d. 1588) of England.
  • Collins, for Bl. Dominic Collins (d. 1602) of Ireland.
  • Cope, for St. Marianne Cope (d. 1918) of Germany/U.S.
  • Corbie, for Ven. Ralph Corbie (d. 1644) of Ireland.
  • Cornelius, for Bl. John Cornelius (d. 1594) of England.
  • Dalby, for Bl. Robert Dalby (d. 1589) of England.
  • Daniel, for St. Antoine Daniel (d. 1648) of France/Canada.
  • David, for Bl. Vicente Vilar David (1937) of Spain or Bl. Toros Oghlou David (d. 1895) of Armenia
  • Davy, for Bl. John Davy (d. 1537) of England or Bl. Charlotte Davy (d. 1794) of France.
  • Dean, for Bl. William Dean (d. 1588) of England.
  • Dorie, for Bl. Pierre Henri Dorie (d. 1866) of France.
  • Douglas, for Bl. George Douglas (d. 1587) of Scotland.
  • Drexel, for St. Katharine Drexel (d. 1955) of the U.S.
  • Drury, for Bl. Robert Drury (d. 1607) of England.
  • Duff, for Servant of God Frank Duff (d. 1980) of Ireland.
  • Duke, for Bl. Edmund Duke (d. 1590) of England.
  • Durando, for Bl. Marco Antonio Durando (d. 1880) of Italy.
  • Dutton, for Servant of God Joseph Dutton (d. 1931) of the U.S.
  • Ebner, for Bl. Margareta Ebner (d. 1351) of Germany.
  • Emmerich, for Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich (d. 1824) of Germany.
  • Errico, for St. Gaetano Errico (d. 1860) of Italy.
  • Errington, for Bl. George Errington (d. 1596) of England.
  • Evans, for St. Philip Evans (d. 1679) of Wales.
  • Faber, for St. Peter Faber (d. 1546) of France.
  • Falzon, for Bl. Nazju Falzon (d. 1865) of Malta.
  • Farina, for St. Giovanni Antonio Farina (d. 1888) of Italy.
  • Fasani, for St. Francis Anthony Fasani (d. 1742) of Italy.
  • Felton, for Bl. John Felton (d. 1570) in England.
  • Fenn, for Bl. James Fenn (d. 1584) in England.
  • Fenwick, for Bl. John Fenwick (d. 1679) of England.
  • Ferrari, for Bl. Andrea Carlo Ferrari (d. 1921) of Italy.
  • Ferrer, for St. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1419) of Spain.
  • Filby, for Bl. William Filby (d. 1582) of England.
  • Frassati, for Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati (d. 1925) of Italy.
  • Fulthrop, for Bl. Edward Fulthrop (d. 1597) of England.
  • Finch, for Bl. John Finch (d. 1584) of England.
  • Fisher, for Bl. John Fisher (d. 1535) of England.
  • Foley, for Servant of God Theodore Foley (d. 1974) of the U.S.
  • Fontaine, for Bl. Marie-Madeleine Fontaine (d. 1794) of France.
  • Forest, for Bl. John Forest (d. 1538) of England.
  • Garnet, for St. Thomas Garnet (d. 1608) of England.
  • Gavan, for Bl. John Gavan (d. 1679) of England.
  • Gennings, for St. Edmund Gennings (d. 1591) of England.
  • Gerard, for Bl. Jeanne Gerard (d. 1794) of France or Bl. Joseph Gérard, (d. 1914) of France/South Africa.
  • Gerosa, for St. Vincentia Gerosa (d. 1847) of Italy.
  • Gervase, for Bl. George Gervase (d. 1608) of England.
  • Gibson, for Bl. William Gibson (d. 1596) of England.
  • Goretti, for St. Maria Goretti (d. 1902) of Italy.
  • Grove, for Bl. John Grove (d. 1679) of England.
  • Gwyn, for St. Richard Gwyn (d. 1584) of Wales.
  • Harrington, for Bl. William Harrington (d. 1594) of England.
  • Heath, for Bl. Henry Heath (d. 1643) of England.
  • Hewitt, for Bl. John Hewitt (d. 1588) of England.
  • Higgins, for Bl. Peter Higgins (d. 1642) of Irish.
  • Houghton, for St. John Houghton (d. 1535) of England.
  • Howard, for St. Philip Howard (d. 1595) of England or for his grandson, Bl. William Howard (d. 1680) of England.
  • Humphrey, for St. Lawrence Humphrey (d. 1590) of England.
  • Hunt, for Bl. Thurston Hunt (d. 1601) of England.
  • Ingleby, for Bl. Francis Ingleby (d. 1586) of England.
  • Ingram, for Ven. John Ingram (d. 1594) of England.
  • Janssen, for St. Arnold Janssen (d. 1909) of Germany.
  • Kemble, for St. John Kemble (d. 1679) of England.
  • Kern, for Bl. Jakob Kern (d. 1924) of Austria.
  • Kirby, for St. Luke Kirby (d. 1582) of England.
  • Kolbe, for St. Maximilian Kolbe (d. 1941) of Poland.
  • Konrad, for Bl. Nicholas Konrad (d. 1941) of Ukraine.
  • Lakota, for Bl. Gregor Lakota (d. 1950) of Ukraine.
  • Langley, for Bl. Richard Langley (d. 1586) of England.
  • Lanteri, for Ven. Bruno Lanteri (d. 1830) of Italy.
  • Larke, for Bl. John Larke (d. 1544) of England.
  • Laval, for Bl. Jacques-Désiré Laval (d. 1864) of France/Mauritius.
  • Lawrence, for St. Robert Lawrence (d. 1535) of England.
  • Leigh, for Bl. Richard Leigh (d. 1588) of England.
  • Lewis, for St. David Lewis (d. 1679) of Wales
  • Liguori, for St. Alphonsus Liguori (d. 1787) of Italy.
  • Lilli, for Bl. Salvatore Lilli (d. 1895) of Italy.
  • Lloyd, for St. John Lloyd (d. 1679) of Wales.
  • Lockwood, for Bl. John Lockwood (d. 1642) of England.
  • Lucas, for Bl. Charlotte Lucas (d. 1794) of France.
  • MacKillop, for St. Mary MacKillop (d. 1909) of Australia.
  • Majali, for Bl. Giuliano Majali (d. 1470) of Sicily.
  • Majella, for St. Gerard Majella (d. 1755) of Italy.
  • Manna, for Bl. Paolo Manna (d. 1952) of Italy.
  • Marchand, for St. Joseph Marchand (d. 1835) of France.
  • Marella, for Ven. Olinto Marella (d. 1969) of Italy.
  • Mareri, for Bl. Philippa Mareri (d. 1236) of Italy.
  • Margil, for Ven. Antonio Margil (d. 1726) of Spain/Central America.
  • Mari, for Servant of God Ida Mari (d. 1981) of Italy.
  • Martin, for St. Louis Martin (d. 1894) of France or Bl. Richard Martin (d. 1588) of England.
  • Marsden, from Bl. William Marsden (d. 1586) of England.
  • Marto, for Bl. Francisco Marto (d. 1919) of Portugal.
  • Mason, for Bl. John Mason (d. 1591) of England.
  • Massey, for Bl. René-Julien Massey (d. 1792) of France.
  • Maxfield, for Bl. Thomas Maxfield (d. 1616) of England.
  • Munden, for Bl. John Munden (d. 1584) of England.
  • Mayer, for Bl. Rupert Mayer (d. 1945) of Germany.
  • McAuley, for Ven. Catherine McAuley (d. 1841) of Ireland.
  • Meehan, for Bl. Charles Meehan (d. 1679) of Ireland.
  • Merlo, for Ven. Thecla Merlo (d. 1964) of Italy.
  • Medina, for Bl. Manuel Medina y Olmos (d. 1936) of Spain.
  • Mela, for Ven. Itala Mela (d. 1957) of Italy.
  • Merton, for Fr. Thomas Merton (d. 1968) of the U.S.
  • Mesina, for Bl. Antonia Mesina (d. 1935) of Italy.
  • Miki, for St. Paul Miki (d. 1597) of Japan.
  • Molina, for Bl. Mercedes de Jesús Molina y Ayala (d. 1883) of Ecuador.
  • Molla, for St. Gianna Beretta Molla (d. 1962) of Italy.
  • Mora, for Bl. Elisabeth Canori Mora (d. 1825) of Italy.
  • Morse, for St. Henry Morse (d. 1645) of England.
  • Nelson, for Bl. John Nelson (d. 1578) of England.
  • Neri, for St. Philip Neri (d. 1595) of Italy.
  • Newman, for Bl. John Henry Newman (d. 1890) of England.
  • Nichols, for Bl. George Nichols (d. 1589) fo England.
  • Nolasco, for St. Peter Nolasco (d. 1256) of France.
  • Ogilvie, for St. John Ogilvie (d. 1615) of Scotland.
  • Owen, for St. Nicholas Owen (d. 1606) of England.
  • Page, for Bl. Anthony Page (d. 1593) of England or Bl. Francis Page (d. 1602) of England.
  • Percy, for Bl. Thomas Percy (d. 1572) of England.
  • Potter, for Ven. Mary Potter (d. 1913) of England.
  • Powell, for Bl. Edward Powell (d. 1540) of Wales.
  • Quinn, for Ven. Edel Quinn (d. 1944) of Ireland.
  • Rawlins, for Bl. Alexander Rawlins (d. 1595) of England.
  • Regis, for St. John Francis Regis (d. 1640) of France.
  • Reynolds, for St. Richard Reynolds (d. 1535) of England or Bl. Thomas Reynolds (d. 1560) of England.
  • Richardson, for Bl. Lawrence Richardson (d. 1582) of England or Bl. William Richardson (d. 1603) of England.
  • Rigby, for St. John Rigby (d. 1600) of England
  • Rivi, for Bl. Rolando Rivi (d. 1945) of Italy.
  • Robinson, for St. Christopher Robinson (d. 1598) of England.
  • Rochester, for Bl. John Rochester (d. 1537) of England.
  • Roe, for St. Alban Roe (d. 1642) of England.
  • Romano, for Bl. Vincent Romano (d. 1831) of Italy.
  • Rossello, for St. Maria Giuseppa Rossello (d. 1880) of Italy.
  • Sala, for Bl. Maria Anna Sala (d. 1891) of Italy.
  • Savio, for St. Dominic Savio (d. 1857) of Italy.
  • Scott, for Bl. Montford Scott (d. 1591) of England or Bl. Maurus Scott (d. 1612) of England.
  • Serra, for St. Junipero Serra (d. 1784) of Spain/New Spain.
  • Seton, for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (d. 1821) of the U.S.
  • Sheen, for Ven. Fulton J. Sheen (d. 1979) of the U.S.
  • Shelley, for Bl. Edward Shelley (d. 1588) of England.
  • Sherwin, for St. Ralph Sherwin (d. 1581) of England.
  • Sherwood, for Bl. Thomas Sherwood (d. 1578) of England.
  • Sinclair, for Ven. Margaret Anne Sinclair (d. 1925) of Scotland.
  • Slade, for Bl. John Slade (d. 1583) of England.
  • Solanus, for St. Francis Solanus (d. 1610) of Spain.
  • Southwell, for St. Robert Southwell (d. 1595) of England.
  • Southworth, for St. John Southworth (d. 1654) of England.
  • Steno, for Bl. Nicolas Steno (d. 1686) of Denmark.
  • Spenser, for Bl. William Spenser (d. 1589) of England.
  • Spencer, for Ven. Ignatius Spencer (d. 1864) of England.
  • Stefani, for Bl. Irene Stefani (d. 1930) of Italy.
  • Stein, for St. Edith Stein (d. 1942) of Germany.
  • Stone, for St. John Stone (d. 1539) in England.
  • Sullivan, for Ven. John Sullivan (d. 1933) in Ireland.
  • Sutton, for Bl. Robert Sutton (d. 1587) of England.
  • Talbot, for Ven. Matt Talbot (d. 1925) of Ireland or Bl. John Talbot (d. 1600) of England.
  • Tansi, for Bl. Cyprian Michael Tansi (d. 1964) of Nigeria.
  • Taylor, for Bl. Hugh Taylor (d. 1585) of England, Francis Taylor (d. 1621) of Ireland, or Ven. Frances Margaret Taylor (d. 1900) of England.
  • Tezza, for Bl. Luigi Tezza (d. 1923) of Italy.
  • Thirkeld, for Bl. Richard Thirkeld (d. 1583) in England.
  • Thompson, for Bl. James Thompson (d. 1582) of England.
  • Thorne, for Bl. John Thorne (d. 1539) of England.
  • Thorpe, for Bl. Robert Thorpe (d. 1591) of England.
  • Tirry, for Bl. William Tirry (d. 1654) of Ireland.
  • Tomasi, for St. Giuseppe Maria Tomasi (d. 1713) of Italy.
  • Tunstall, for Bl. Thomas Tunstall (d. 1616) of England.
  • Turner, for Bl. Anthony Turner (d. 1679) of England.
  • Vega, for Servant of God Pablo Muñoz Vega (d. 1994) of Ecuador.
  • Venard, for St. Jean-Théophane Vénard (d. 1861) of France.
  • Vera, for Ven. Jacinto Vera y Durán (d. 1881) of Uruguay.
  • Verna, for Bl. Antonia Maria Verna (d. 1838) of Italy.
  • Vianney, for St. Jean Vianney (d. 1859) of France.
  • Ward, for St. Margaret Ward (d. 1588) of England.
  • Webster, for St. Augustine Webster (d. 1535) of England.
  • Wells, for St. Swithun Wells (d. 1591) of England.
  • Wharton, for Bl. Christopher Wharton (d. 1600) of England.
  • Whitaker, for Bl. Thomas Whitaker (d. 1646) of England.
  • Wilson, for Ven. Mary Jane Wilson (d. 1916) of British India.
  • Wright, for Bl. Peter Wright (d. 1651) of England.
  • Xavier, for St. Francis Xavier (d. 1552) of Spain.
  • Zaccaria, for St. Antonio Maria Zaccaria (d. 1539) of Italy.
  • Zola, for Bl. Giovanni Batista Zola (d. 1626) of Italy.

Which of the above do you like best?

And, what other saint-inspired surnames would make good baby names? I’m sure I missed a few. Let me know in the comments!