Gender Neutral Names
So, I've been tossing around the idea of making this post for a while, and then tonight I ran across a few names while looking through forum posts.
One thing I did, both times I was pregnant, was have a boy list, a girl list, and an intersex list -- we'd decided that if we had an intersexed baby, we would not have any non-medically-necessary surgery, and we'd give the baby a gender-neutral name. At the time, I couldn't come up with a lot of neutral names that I liked, and so we just had "Alex". As time goes by, I've started collecting names that strike me as gender-neutral, whether I like them or not.
Here are the top names *I* think of, when I think of gender-neutral names:
Sasha (I think this is more common for girls in English, and usually a nickname rather than a legal name for both men & women)
Blair (more common for girls, but used by boys too)
Lee (this is a family name for us, male on one side, female on the other; the male Lee feels strongly that it is a "girl" name, though)
Rory (traditionally a boy name, but sometimes used for girls as a legal name or nickname)
River (I know more men with this name than women, but not enough for it to read one way or the other to me)
http://www.babynames1000.com/gender-neutral/ has a list of the most gender-neutral names in the US 2012 data, some of which don't mentally translate as gender-neutral to me at ALL.
If we decide to have another baby, anyway, I think I'll have Alex on the list...and maybe Taylor and Casey. I would probably put Morgan on it -- a longtime favorite -- but it's our niece's name.
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:07pm