11057 Unisex Baby Names With Meanings

Unisex Baby Names With Meanings

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When it comes to naming your baby, there are no hard and fast rules. With the recent trends shifting towards unisex baby names, the traditional gender norms have been revoked. Celebrities like Kim and Kanye named their daughter North while Kristen and Dax named their daughter Lincoln.

Historically, while some cultures had laws preventing the use of unisex names, others have maintained a degree of flexibility in naming practices. In Native American cultures, names were tied to nature, qualities, or achievements rather than gender. Such names were given to a child based on the traits they seemed to possess. Similarly, Tibetan cultures had names made of familiar words and, thus, were used commonly for both genders. The culture majorly relied on their lineage, and thus such names reflected familial or communal values more than gender-specificity. Several African cultures, such as the Bantu group of Shona, have used unisex names to indicate worship and days of birth. Indian names have been known to follow a unisex format since immemorial, especially when interpreted into other languages. For instance, among the Sikh community, names such as Baldeep, meaning lamp of strength, Dalbir, meaning soldier, and Gurdeep meaning radiance of the guru, are all gender-neutral. Such names thus require a suffix such as Singh or Kaur to identify whether the person is male or female.

In modern times, there has been a significant rise in unisex names among the Vietnamese and Israeli populations. However, in Vietnamese, unisex names are identified by the use of the middle name, while the Israelis use Hebrew unisex names as first names. With celebrities choosing unconventional names for their children, character names from books, movies, and television shows are becoming inspirational for those seeking names that defy traditional gender norms.

The increasing acceptance of non-binary and transgender identities further fuels the popularity of unisex names, thus acting as the medium for communicating one’s gender. So, if you are still unaware of the gender of your baby, but want to decide on a name beforehand, do consider taking a look at this list of unique unisex names.

NameGenderMeaning
Favorite baby name
Challis
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Shawl
Favorite baby name
Challita
heart image baby boy sign Unisex The most beautiful of all
Favorite baby name
Champ
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Winner; Victor; Someone who is highly skilled or successful
Favorite baby name
Champagne
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Luxury, celebration, elegance
Favorite baby name
Chamroeun
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Prosperity and success
Favorite baby name
Chancelor
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Chief secretary; Office holder
Favorite baby name
Chanchal
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A playful individual
Favorite baby name
Chanchala
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Active; state of awareness
Favorite baby name
Chancy
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A risk taker
Favorite baby name
Chand
heart image baby boy sign Unisex The beautiful moon
Favorite baby name
Chandell
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A candle
Favorite baby name
Chandelle
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Everlasting candle
Favorite baby name
Chandira
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Derived from Sanskrit, Moon
Favorite baby name
Chandlan
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Beautiful and everlasting Moon
Favorite baby name
Chandler
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A candle-maker and seller
Favorite baby name
Chandon
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A type of Parrot
Favorite baby name
Chaniel
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Grace of God
Favorite baby name
Chankrisna
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A sweet-smelling tree
Favorite baby name
Chanley
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Graceful; Wise; Elegant
Favorite baby name
Channel
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Communication, media, connection
Favorite baby name
Channer
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A wise and charming being
Favorite baby name
Chantesuta
heart image baby boy sign Unisex The one who has a firm heart
Favorite baby name
Chanteyukan
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A benevolent human being
Favorite baby name
Chanthou
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A flower found in Cambodia
Favorite baby name
Chanvatey
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A scholar or an educated person
Favorite baby name
Chao
heart image baby boy sign Unisex The one who surpasses
Favorite baby name
Char
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A charming free man
Favorite baby name
Charanjeet
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Winning the service of Guru's lotus feet; One who has won the chance of serving God's Feet
Favorite baby name
Chard
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Rough ground; Brushwood; Leafy green vegetable
Favorite baby name
Chardon
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Bar of sand
Favorite baby name
Charitha
heart image baby boy sign unisex Graceful; Kind-hearted
Favorite baby name
Charito
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Grace; Kindness
Favorite baby name
Charl
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Freeman
Favorite baby name
Charley
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Free man; Person who has a free mind
Favorite baby name
Charlie
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Free man; Army
Favorite baby name
Charlot
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A born Prince who gives orders and is prosperous
Favorite baby name
Charm
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Attractiveness; Grace; Captivating personality
Favorite baby name
Charmin
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Delightful; Charming
Favorite baby name
Charming
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Attractive; Delightful; Appealing.
Favorite baby name
Charmy
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Charming and delightful
Favorite baby name
Charu
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Name of a flower in Sanskrit; Divinely good looking; Out of materialistic world; Beauty like the moon; Lord Ram
Favorite baby name
Charul
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A charming being
Favorite baby name
Chasen
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Huntsman
Favorite baby name
Chasin
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Strong; Mighty
Favorite baby name
Chasten
heart image baby boy sign Unisex To discipline or punish
Favorite baby name
Chaston
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Rock; Stone
Favorite baby name
Chat
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Conversational interaction, typically informal or casual
Favorite baby name
Chathurya
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Clever individual
Favorite baby name
Chau
heart image baby boy sign Unisex dewy rice field
Favorite baby name
Chavis
heart image baby boy sign Unisex God's place
Favorite baby name
Chay
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A fairy tale
Favorite baby name
Chayah
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Vitality, life, breath
Favorite baby name
Chayanika
heart image baby boy sign Unisex The selected one
Favorite baby name
Chayanne
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Gracious; Charismatic singer
Favorite baby name
Chayce
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A huntsman
Favorite baby name
Chayil
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Strength, valor, bravery
Favorite baby name
Cheche
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A small thing
Favorite baby name
Cheech
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Diminutive of Richard; Brave ruler
Favorite baby name
Chellam
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A dear one
Favorite baby name
Chelsa
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A port for limestone
Favorite baby name
Cheney
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Growing from the Oak grove
Favorite baby name
Cheng
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Completed; Sincere
Favorite baby name
Chenric
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Amazing morning
Favorite baby name
Ches
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Clearing camp
Favorite baby name
Chesed
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A merciful individual
Favorite baby name
Cheska
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Frenchman
Favorite baby name
Cheslee
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A meadow of camp
Favorite baby name
Cheslie
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Camping on a meadow
Favorite baby name
Chetanzi
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A yellow Hawk
Favorite baby name
Chevis
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A thick bodied Fish
Favorite baby name
Chevrolet
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A place where goats are raised
Favorite baby name
Chewy
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Soft texture; Something chewable
Favorite baby name
Chey
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Speak incoherently; Red speakers
Favorite baby name
Cheydan
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Peaceful or patient
Favorite baby name
Chez
heart image baby boy sign Unisex At the home of; At the house of
Favorite baby name
Cheza
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Dance
Favorite baby name
Chia
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Seed of life
Favorite baby name
Chibueze
heart image baby boy sign Unisex God is the king
Favorite baby name
Chibuzo
heart image baby boy sign Unisex God is the way
Favorite baby name
Chicago
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Wild garlic
Favorite baby name
Chidera
heart image baby boy sign Unisex God is merciful
Favorite baby name
Chidhatma
heart image baby boy sign Unisex The real God
Favorite baby name
Chidori
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A thousand birds
Favorite baby name
Chidubem
heart image baby boy sign Unisex The one repaired by the Almighty
Favorite baby name
Chiedozie
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Planned by God
Favorite baby name
Chigozie
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Blessing from God
Favorite baby name
Chiharu
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Springs and clear skies
Favorite baby name
Chikelu
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Created by God
Favorite baby name
Chikere
heart image baby boy sign Unisex God has created
Favorite baby name
Chiki
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Quick; Prompt; Small
Favorite baby name
Chile
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Where the land ends; Cold; Snow
Favorite baby name
Chili
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Hot; Spicy fruit
Favorite baby name
Chilli
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Cold place
Favorite baby name
Chimalus
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A Bluebird
Favorite baby name
China
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Filled with affection
Favorite baby name
Chinedu
heart image baby boy sign Unisex God leads
Favorite baby name
Chino
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Chinese; From China
Favorite baby name
Chinua
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Blessings from God
Favorite baby name
Chisa
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Small; Precious
Favorite baby name
Chise
heart image baby boy sign Unisex A thousand blessings; A thousand storks

Throughout history, names were often closely linked to gender roles, and societal expectations. Unisex names stand as a testament to the power of language to shape and reflect our world. From Tibet to India to America, while some cultures have grown to adopt gender-neutral names, others have had them from time immemorial. These names highlight the ongoing evolution of societies' attitudes toward gender and identity. The above names are some such unique names that draw their awe-inspiring meanings from diverse cultures, histories, nature, and global religions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which unisex baby names are associated with different colors?

Unisex baby names are associated with different colors based on cultural and personal interpretations. For example, 'Indigo' is a unisex name associated with indigo, representing leadership (1). the name 'Green' represents nature and growth. 'Azure' is linked to the blue of the sky and sea. 'Jade' is a green gemstone and a bluish-green color, symbolizing elegance and natural beauty.

2. Why would someone choose a unisex name?

By choosing a name that is not distinctly associated with a specific gender, individuals can challenge traditional norms and encourage inclusivity. Unisex names also offer flexibility and can be seen as more modern and progressive. Additionally, a unisex name can provide practical benefits, such as avoiding potential bias or discrimination in certain situations and providing a sense of uniqueness and individuality.

3. What are some unisex but feminine names?

Unisex names that have a feminine touch include Charlie, Taylor, Parker, and Remi' These names can be used for both boys and girls. Still, they are commonly associated with femininity due to their softer sounds and cultural references.

4. What are some unisex names associated with royalty?

Some unisex names associated with royalty include 'Emyr,' Welsh for 'king' or 'lord.' Another option is 'Reagan,' an Irish name meaning 'little king.' The name 'Rex' is also derived from Latin and directly translates to 'king.' These names can evoke a sense of regality and grandeur without being tied to a specific gender.

5. Is Kai considered a unisex name?

Yes, the name 'Kai' is considered a unisex name. It originates in various cultures and can be used for both sexes. 'Kai' means 'sea' in Hawaiian and 'forgiveness' in Japanese, highlighting its gender-neutral nature.

6. Is Karina a unisex name?

Karina' is typically considered a feminine name rather than a unisex name. It is derived from 'Katherine' and is commonly associated with girls.

7. What are some unisex names commonly used in India?

In India, several popular unisex names are widely embraced. One such name is 'Kiran,' derived from the Sanskrit word 'kiraṇa,' meaning 'ray' or 'ray of light' or 'beam of light.' Another commonly used unisex name is 'kamal,' which denotes a lotus. Additionally, the name 'Lucky,' commonly referred to as a lucky person, is a popular choice for both sexes in India.

8. What are some unisex baby names inspired by mythology?

Here are some unisex baby names inspired by mythology. 'Loki,' originating from Norse mythology, is a name that possibly means 'lock (2).' 'Phoenix,' derived from Greek mythology, symbolizes rebirth and is associated with dark red (3).' Another option is 'Rowan,' which has roots in Celtic mythology and is connected to the rowan tree, often seen as a protective symbol. 'Rowan' is also associated with the color 'red (4).'

9. What are some unisex baby names inspired by pop culture?

Unisex names influenced by pop culture have become popular. Examples include 'Harley,' associated with Harley Quinn from DC Comics, meaning 'hares' meadow.' 'Peyton,' inspired by pop culture and known from 'One Tree Hill,' means 'fighting man's estate.' 'Charlie,' meaning 'free man,' draws inspiration from various characters, including Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Infographic: Unisex Baby Names With Meanings

Unisex names reflect qualities that embody adaptability and relevance through time. Discover a collection of one-of-a-kind names with rich stories and cultural roots. The following infographic contains a list of interesting unisex baby names that offer a fresh perspective on naming your child.

impressive baby names to consider for your baby (infographic)

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References

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  1. WHAT IS INDIGO?
    https://indigo.site.seattleartmuseum.org/what-is-indigo/
  2. LOKI
    https://sites.psu.edu/miamidolphins/2017/03/16/loki/
  3. Mountain ash
    https://treetour.wwu.edu/details.aspx?treeID=54
  4. The Phoenix Through the Ages
    https://www.swarthmore.edu/bulletin/archive/wp/october-2008_the-phoenix-through-the-ages.html
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