32 Gender-Neutral Baby Names That Even Your Mother-In-Law Will Love

Ad failed to load

Everyone loves a gender-neutral name. Something about it is just so cool and mysterious, and now, since people are more comfortable with stepping away from the norm — it makes us more unique, after all — why not opt for a gender-neutral baby name for your bundle of joy?

There are the classic names like Sam and Alex that we've seen given to boys and girls for years, but more unique names like Mackenzie and Oakley are quickly becoming more popular and they make great unisex names. When coming up with your baby's name, some go the traditional route and select a family name, but others take a more modern approach and try to choose one that's unique and will hopefully reflect their child's personality. You can even combine or hyphen two names to make a more original one. Like Dakota-Sky. It's such a beautiful name, and I'm sure your kid will be the only kid in their class who has it.

Basically, when picking a name for your new pride and joy, you can choose whatever you want — celebrities do. Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple, and yes, that's an unconventional name but it's also freakin' adorable. If you're not so inclined to name your child after your favorite snack, take a look at some of these favorite gender-neutral names that any sex can rock.

Ad failed to load



The name Alex is a derivative from the Greek Aléxandros which means "protector of men". If you ask me, we need more Alex's in the world.


Avery actually comes from the German name Aubery which means "ruler of elves". Perhaps your child will be in a position of leadership one day.


Bobby is a relatively trendy name (as an abbreviation for Robert), and it suits its meaning: famed, bright and shining.

Ad failed to load


Cameron is a Scottish name and actually means "crooked nose", but don't be nervous that the definition is a foreshadowing for your kid's future. But if you're worried, maybe don't encourage sports?


The meaning of Carey: from the fortress, or near the castle. Sounds like your child is destined for royalty.


"Proclamation of peace" is the original meaning of Casey. Come to think of it, I have never known a Casey who wasn't a peacemaker.

Ad failed to load


Typically you meet boys with this name, but it's such a cool name for girls as well either ending with an -ey or -ie.


There are some meanings for Cory; it means "heart" in French, "chosen" in English, and "hollow" in Irish. Or maybe you just like the name because it's cute.



Courtney is an old French word for... short nose. Why are so many names named after noses?

Ad failed to load


Dakota is a Native American name that means "friend" and it's a sweet name, indeed.


The name Dylan is Welsh by origin where it means "son of the wave". Funny every Dylan I have known was a surfer.


Whether you're spelling Devin with an 'o' or an 'i', there are a few different origins for the name, my favorite of which translates to "perfect".

Ad failed to load


Emerson is such a cool unisex name that translates to brave or powerful, both of which are favorable traits for your little babe.


The Greek name Elliot has strong religious ties, translating to "jehovah is God" so if that's in your wheelhouse, then it's an especially great name to consider for your little one.



Harper is a lovely name, whether your child grows up to be a harpist or not.

Ad failed to load


A supplanter is one who overthrows, and that's the meaning behind this popular name. Do with that what you will.


Jordan has biblical origins, but even if you're not religious, it's a cool name for a boy or a girl.


Kelly means "warrior" which makes it one to definitely consider for your little one. Plus there are plenty of successful Kelly's to be inspired by, from the OG American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson to the super impressive surfer Kelly Slater.

Ad failed to load


The name Oakley gives off some major surfer-slash-skater vibes and there's nothing wrong with that.


The Scottish name Mackenzie can be spelled a couple different ways — either way, there are a bunch of cool nicknames for it: Mac, Ken, Mackie, etc.


Micha actually originates from Michael and is translated as "who is like god". The pronunciation also varies typically between boys and girls, but you do you and pick whatever pronunciation and spelling you want.

Ad failed to load


The name Parker comes from France as "keeper of the park." Who knows, maybe your little Parker will have an affinity for parks.



A mystical bird, A phoenix is known to obtain new life by arising from the ashes of it is predecessor. That's pretty awesome.


The name Reese translates to "fiery" and in a way, that seems pretty spot on in defining the most popular actress with name: Reese Witherspoon. As a matter of fact, she's not a bad role model for your child to look up to.

Ad failed to load


The meaning of Riley is: valiant. Picturing your child to grow up as a courageous person is probably giving you all the feels right now.


Rory is originally a male name, but it's also the name of our favorite Gilmore Girl character. Well, one of them at least.



Ryan means "little king" and that's probably exactly what you'll you'll think of your baby when they arrive: that they're more special than royalty.

Ad failed to load


It's a popular name for boys and girls, and typically a shortened version of either Samuel or Samantha, but you can be bold and just opt for the abbreviated version of Sam. It's short and sweet and they'll probably send you thanks every time they fill out a form.


Skyler is a Dutch name that means "scholar" so maybe your baby will be an academic — or at least hopefully get good grades.


The name Sydney is French in origin and while typically a more popular girl's name, it suits boys as well.

Ad failed to load


There are so many cool celebs named Taylor from musical sensation Taylor Swift to Taylor Kitsch, so you know your kid is in good company.


Quinn is more popular as an Irish surname which means wisdom, reason, and intelligence, but it makes such a unique first name as well.

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

These Millennial Parents Are Taking Gender-Neutral Parenting To An Entirely New Level

A woman on the subway looks at my bulbous shape and asks, “What are you having?” I take a deep breath and throw a glance to my 5-year-old. “I’m having a baby,” I say to the woman. “No, no” the woman says laughing as she pushes further. “Are you havin…
By Madison Young

I’m Registered At Babies “R” Us, & I'm Freaking The Hell Out

Hi. My name is Abi, and I’m registered at Babies “R” Us — and I’m freaking out. This may sound silly, but after being a die-hard Toys “R” Us kid, I was so excited to register at their baby store once my husband and I finally got our big fat positive …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

My Daughter Is Obsessed With Being "Pretty" & I'm Way Past Terrified

Last week, when I picked up my daughter after school, she immediately wanted to know if I liked her hair. "Is it pretty?" she asked. Her hair was pulled up into two ponytails that were intertwined into thick, long braids. A shimmering pink and purple…
By Dina Leygerman

7 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 20s, But I Will

I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. The pregnancy was a surprise, since I was on birth control (side note: antibiotics and birth control don't mix), but my partner and I decided to continue with the pregnancy and committed to m…
By Candace Ganger

Women Who Miscarry Early Deserve To Grieve — Here's How Hospitals Should Be Helping

When I lost my baby back in 2013, it was because of a very early miscarriage. Because of the little amount of time I spent being pregnant, it was though my child had never really existed, which made the next few years hard — I felt like they had been…
By Risa Kerslake

7 Things I Wish My Partner Had Said To Me In The First Hour After Giving Birth

I don't know if it was the buzz of the surrounding machines, the non-existent cry of our son as the doctors tried to resuscitate him, or the fact that I'd already been through labor and delivery once before, but I knew something was missing after I h…
By Candace Ganger

Moms’ Groups Weren’t For Me, Sorry

I go to my moms’ club everyday of the week, but not usually on weekends. My moms' group is a place I can always count on finding fellow mothers who understand the daily struggles and triumphs of parenthood and of juggling life’s responsibilities. Dep…
By Samantha Taylor

Millennial Women Are Getting Married Later Than Gen X, & The Reasons Why Are Pretty Badass

The battle of the generations seems to come up when it comes to every lifestyle or career choice people make. Women, especially, are an important demographic when it comes to analysts looking at the lifestyle choices we make or the expected milestone…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

I've Had 3 Miscarriages But *Please* Keep Telling Me About Your Pregnancy

I can feel the tension the moment my friend announces her pregnancy. I can hear the forced nonchalant attitude she's willing herself to exude as she fishes for the ultrasound. I know why I was the last to learn that she was expecting; why she keeps l…
By Danielle Campoamor

7 Early Signs You're Going To Need An Epidural, According To Experts

Even if you've constructed an elaborate birth plan, it's impossible to control every aspect of labor and delivery. Complications can occur, proactive measures might be necessary, and your mind is subject to change when those damn contractions really …
By Candace Ganger

I'm Pregnant & I Refuse To Read Any Parenting Books

I didn't read any parenting books when I was expecting my daughter, and I refuse to read any parenting books as I await my second child now. I'm the first to admit that I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to raising my daughter. A good d…
By Marie Southard Ospina

7 Reasons Why March Babies Are Total Badasses

From the moment you become pregnant, you begin to wonder what your little one will be like. Will they look like you, your partner, or your Great Aunt Edna? Will they be the quiet, thoughtful type or arrive on this planet raring to go? It's fun to ima…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

12 Overnight Face Masks To Use To Wake Up Feeling Pampered AF

Spring is right around the corner, and as far as I'm concerned, the sunshine and warm breezes can't come soon enough. But now that we're about to say goodbye to winter, it's a good time to take stock of your facial skincare routine. You know, in the …
By Katie Malczyk

11 Essential Products To Pack In Your Hospital Bag, According To OB-GYNs

The minute you go into labor (or think you're going into labor), chaos ensues. You and your partner are likely to get a little frantic, just like in the movies, so you most definitely want to have a hospital bag packed before the day comes. This prec…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

7 Photos You *Must* Take In The First 6 Months Of Motherhood

In my experience, becoming a mom is like becoming an amateur photographer. There's just something about the need to capture every single coo and sorta-smile that leaves you obsessed with all things photography. I know I couldn't stop taking selfies w…
By Candace Ganger

Here's How Early An Ultrasound Can Actually Determine Your Baby's Sex

From the moment you see those two lines on a pregnancy test, there are a few markers along the way that stand out as especially exciting. Amongst them are hearing your baby's heartbeat and feeling that first, sweet little kick. And if you are finding…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

9 Easy Kid Foods To Turn Green, Just In Time For St. Patrick's Day

The best part about having kids is that you get your own personal crew to celebrate the holidays with, in all your color coordinating and matching glory. And with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, you are obviously working on turning everyth…
By Mishal Ali Zafar

Here Are Some Conditions That Might Require You To Be On Bed Rest During Pregnancy

When I worked in an office, I worked with quite a few pregnant ladies all at the same time. Something must have been in the water, because while I was there for three years, two of my coworkers got pregnant twice, and another girl was pregnant with h…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

I Didn't Follow The Pregnancy Diet Rules & My Daughter Turned Out Just Fine

My diet is an ever-changing and wholly personal thing, which is precisely why I refused to follow any pregnancy diet rules when I was expecting my daughter. For years, I've essentially practiced intuitive eating, in that I listen to my body and eat w…
By Marie Southard Ospina

5 Foods You & Your Partner Should Eat If You're Trying To Get Pregnant

When you're trying to conceive (TTC) and it's just not happening, it's easy to feel like you're doing something wrong. It can be soul-crushing to keep seeing negatives when all you really want to do is wave a positive pregnancy test in the air. So wh…
By Kate Miller