Gender-neutral baby names are set to be a big trend in 2020
Gender-neutral names have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and championing the phenomenon is UK-based maternity wear and baby clothing retailer, JoJo Maman Bébé.
In fact, the brand has created a list of names it believes is suited to those of all genders.
First up on the list is River.
"Although Rivers have traditionally been male, the name has gained a lot more popularity for girls in recent years," the retailer writes. "This a great name to choose for an easy-going baby who is destined to go with the flow."
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The second most popular gender-neutral name is Gray, which JoJo Maman Bébé describes as "Calm and serene". "Gray (or Grey) makes a change from the vibrant colour names usually reserved for girls, such as Violet and Scarlet." The brand continues, "this soft and soothing name tends to be more popular as a middle name, but we think it makes a great first name too."
It describes Quinn, third on the list, as "a unisex name of Irish origin. These days it’s slightly more popular with girls - perhaps Margot Robbie’s portrayal of supervillain Harley Quinn has something to do with it. Nonetheless, Celtic names never fail to strike the perfect balance of relaxed yet strong, and Quinn is no exception."
Up next is Wren: "Despite being a small and delicate songbird, the wren was considered ‘king of the birds’ according to early folklore, giving the cute creature an air of hidden strength. We think babies called Wren will go on to do great things – just like Sir Christopher Wren, the celebrated designer of St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace."
Here is JoJo Maman Bébé's full list of gender-neutral baby names:
Interestingly, a few of the names - including Max, Teddy, Jude - were entries on the list of popular boys' names in the UK in 2019, the Metro states.
Furthermore, the name Evelyn was included in most popular girls’ names list this year despite apparently being "gender-neutral".