I've known both men and women named Robin, Lynn and Dale, and I'm sure you've also met individuals with dual-gender names like Tracy, Kerry, Marion, Jackie and Jody.
But what about next generation unisex names -- the names that are currently being given to both baby boys and baby girls?
Below is a list of today's most popular unisex names. All of them ranked among the top 500 girl and boy names in 2009.
While all of the above are unisex names, most are more popular for one gender than for the other, relatively speaking. For instance, Emerson and Morgan are more popular for girls, while Cameron and Quinn are more popular for boys.
In terms of looking for patterns and similarities, it's notable that over half of the names above end with the letter N.
It's also interesting to see just how many of these names are in the top 50. Alexis, Avery, Peyton, Riley and Taylor ranked within the top 50 for girls last year. Angel, Jayden, Jordan and Logan ranked within the top 50 for boys.
There are other unisex names outside of the top 500 as well. The names below all ranked among the top 1,000 girl names and boy names last year:
Because of the larger range, some of these names ranked very high for one gender and much lower for the other. For example, Addison ranked 12th for girls but 866th for boys, and Micah ranked 118th for boys but 818th for girls. In the coming years (depending on whether these gaps shrink or grow) these names may either become more strongly unisex or cease being dual-gender names altogether.
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