What makes a name feminine or masculine

The 33 most beautiful unisex names

Sasha, Robin or Eike are names that you can give your child regardless of gender. In Germany, gender-neutral names have become increasingly popular in recent years. In English it has long been widespread that one and the same name is borne by both sexes. We'll introduce you to a number of nice-sounding names.

Arguments for the unisex name

The undisputed main argument for any name is that you like it as parents. You have to call your offspring millions of times to register them in the crawling group, baby swimming or baptism. Therefore the name has to sound nice and match the family name. Again, that's a matter of taste. A few forward-looking thoughts are definitely worthwhile at this point. Sometimes young children are teased by their peers if the name is too out of line. We all know examples of this.

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Surprise until the end

If you want to keep the tension up until the birth, you will not find out anything beforehand about the gender of your baby. In this case, you can still think of a name that always fits. Instead of Emma, ​​if it's a girl, or Ben (both of which were the most popular names of 2018), if not, you are optimally prepared. You can already reveal the name to your circle of friends without anyone knowing whether it will be given to a girl or a boy. Either way - the name fits perfectly.

Diversity of names for various genders

Names are literally smoke and mirrors, but in most cases they reveal the gender of the person who wears them. Current debates about gender neutrality and diverse genders may favor unisex names, but are not responsible for them. Rainer Maria Rilke or Klaus Maria Brandauer, for example, were baptized when these terms did not even exist. Nevertheless, if your child later feels that they are sexually diverse, they do not have to change their first name. Intersex children (who cannot be clearly assigned to a gender) can later decide for themselves at which point on the gender spectrum they place themselves - without their name getting in their way.

Modern unisex names: our favorites

The following names are suitable for girls and boys alike and are also in use internationally. If your child later travels through South America or goes to study down under, there will be no tongue twisters because the locals cannot pronounce the name correctly.

  • Alex:
    The name is common as an abbreviation of Alexander or Alexandra, but can also be used as a proper name for boys or girls. The origin is in Greek and means something like "protector". The name is timeless and can be combined with other names.
  • Fishing rod:
    The name should be pronounced in English where it means "angel". International versions of this name are also popular in Portugal, Italy, Spain, and South America. As a short form, it can be used for Angelina (female) or Angelo (male).
  • Arin:
    This originally male name is of Hebrew origin. Arin means something like "mountain" and it does occur in classic women's names (e.g. Katarina or Karin). Whoever bears the unisex name can look forward to 4 name days a year.
  • Charlie:
    The name Charlie comes from the old German, where it is associated with the meanings “war band” or “the capable one”. Classically it is derived from Karl (-Heinz), but can also represent the nickname of Charlotte.
  • Daniele:
    Daniele is a traditional women's name in Lithuania, while in Italy it is more common for men. However, it can be traced back to the Hebrew language, where it means something like "God is my judge".
  • Dominique:
    This name comes from Latin, where it means "belonging to the Lord". In French, Dominique traditionally occurs as a female and male name. It not only has an international flair, but also 5 name days.
  • Dylan:
    In Welsh, Dylan stands for "the sea" and at the same time the god of the sea. In Kurdish the name means "heart" and there is a dance named after him. Girls or boys with the name (which is also spelled Dilan) have their name day on January 22nd.
  • Eden:
    The paradisiacal Garden of Eden takes its name from the Hebrew words “beauty” or “pleasure”. Originally it was only given to girls, but in the English-speaking world it is common for both genders.
  • Elvin:
    The frequency of this name is less than 1 per mille in this country. As a unisex name, it is available in different spellings, e.g. B. Alvin or Elwin. Presumably is derived from various Old English names. In Arabic, Alvedin means "gift of faith".
  • Finn:
    This name is suitable for both genders and it is also becoming increasingly popular in Germany. Popularly, it could come from Old Irish and stand for "the knowledgeable". However, it can also be descended from "the Finn".
  • Yasha:
    The name, which is widespread in the Russian and Slavonic regions, probably goes back to the Hebrew word "God" (Yahweh). It is often used as a pet form for the male name Jakob. In this country, however, Jascha is a name for both sexes.
  • Jonah:
    The short form of Johanna or Johann (es) goes back to the Hebrew term for "God gifted" or "God's gift". Names related to Jonah can be found in many languages ​​around the world. In Germany it is enjoying increasing popularity.
  • Jule:
    Due to the proximity to Julia, the name Jule is very often given to girls. It is permitted as a boy's name, not least because it is also a short form for Julius or Julian. In ancient Roman it means something like "from the Julier family" (Roman noble family).
  • Kaya:
    If you name your baby that, it will likely turn out to be a globetrotter. In Japanese, Kaya means “quiet place”, in the Orient “stone” or “rock” and in African the word stands for “wide steppe”. Your Kaya can also celebrate the name day on New Year's Eve.
  • Kim:
    Kim has been used as a girl or boy name for a long time. In Asia it means among other things "gold". In addition, there are roots in Celtic ("leader") or Old English, where he abbreviates the traditional name Kimberly. Kims have 8 name days!
  • Kyle:
    The name comes from the word "strait" (Gaelic) and is widespread in the English-speaking world. In the US he is predominantly masculine, while in Ireland and the UK he is more feminine and also appears as Kylie.
  • Loki:
    There are a number of myths about the origins of Loki. It could come from the old Norse name Loptr, which means something like "god of the air". In Norse mythology, the god of fire, jokes and evil has this beautiful-sounding name.
  • Loris:
    So far, this name has been given to boys because it is descended from Laurentius. However, a relationship to Laura is also possible. As a translation, “the laurel adorned” can be derived from the Latin.
  • Lou:
    If you see a "famous fighter" in your offspring, the name Lou is appropriate. This name has its origin in the names Louise and Louis, which in turn both represent the French variant of good old Ludwig.
  • Lovis:
    Closely related to Lou is the name Lovis, whose origins can also be traced back to Ludwig. In Astrid Lindgren's "Ronja the Robber's Daughter", Ronja's mother is called Lovis. No wonder, because Lovis is a typical woman's name in Scandinavia.
  • Luca:
    Luca (or Luka) is mostly used in Germany as the feminine form of Lukas, although he is considered gender-neutral. The roots of the name are probably in Greek or Italian and promise something like "bright", "shining" or "white".
  • Maris:
    In Latin, Stella Maris stands for "sea star". The name is particularly popular as a pet form for Maria in Holland. A derivation via the masculine name Marius is also conceivable. The unisex name Maris is very rarely given in Germany.
  • Marley:
    Allegedly Marley goes back to the old English term for "clearing / meadow by the sea / lake". What was initially a place name has developed over the generations into a popular family name that is also suitable as a gender-neutral nickname.
  • Marlin:
    In the form of Merlin, this name stands for the "falcon". Marlin is an ancient Roman given name that used to be classically given to boys who were born in March. The name gained fame through “Finding Nemo” and is suitable for both girls and boys.
  • Maxim:
    This name is not for giants, because in Latin it simply means “the greatest”. In francophone countries you will not come across this name as rarely as in this country. Maxime is, for example, quite suitable for a double name.
  • Michele:
    Like Michell, Mika or Mickel, Michele comes from the Hebrew Michael, which means "who is like God". The name Michael can be individualized in many ways and thus assigned gender-neutral. There are also many nice-sounding pet names.
  • Nikita:
    In Greek the name stands for “winner” and Elton John had a world hit with the song of the same name. In it, decades ago, he alluded to the fact that boys and girls could be called that. In Hindu Nikita (by the way, purely female) means "the winner".
  • Noah:
    According to the Bible, Noah saved animals and people from the flood with his ark. Today it's not just boys who are called Noah, which, by the way, translates as "to create calm (or comfort)". The name comes from Hebrew and is traditionally a Jewish family name.
  • Quinn:
    The name Quinn stands for “willpower” in Gaelic. The name is monosyllabic and has been given to boys and girls as a neutral name in the USA for decades. It is seldom written with an N at the end. Quincy is a shorthand form of it.
  • Renèe:
    Renèe translates as “reborn”, which means “renatus” in correct Latin. It is therefore also clear that Renèe is derived from Renate or Rene. People with this name can celebrate name days (May 22nd and 23rd) twice in a row.
  • Sidney:
    No, this name does not come from Australia. Sidney is actually derived from the god of wine and fertility. His name is Dionysios, which is related to the English name Denis. You can also write Sidney itself as Sydnee or Sydney.
  • Skyler / Skylar:
    Behind it is the Anglic version of the word "pupil". Dutch immigrants brought him to the USA as early as the 17th century. Over time, the name Schuyler became Skylar. Incidentally, the 17th US Vice President already bore this unisex name.
  • Taylor:
    With a lot of imagination you can discover the word waistline in the name. No joke, because in English-speaking countries Taylor means “tailor”. Both boys and girls have this name there. Taylor Swift has made it really popular right now.

Tip: Our name generator

If there was no name for your baby among our extensive range, we still have an idea. On our site you will find a name generator that can spit out countless suggestions. You determine the first letter and the origin according to language regions. As a result, you will receive suggestions that sound particularly nice together with the family name.

Not all names are allowed

Before 2008, children with a unisex name had to be given a middle name from which the gender can be clearly identified. Example: Eike Thomas Mustermann. These times are over since a ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court (BVG). The unisex name can now be used as the only first name. However, a registry office can still lodge an objection. For example, when they fear that a child will be ridiculed because of their name or that they will face discrimination. Accordingly, woodruff, Borussia or Bierstübl, among others, have so far been rejected as a nickname for a child. The fact that the authorities interfere in the name of the child's best interests in such cases is, however, quite understandable.

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About the author: Patrick has been the father and founder of Babelli.de for 4 years. He can understand the challenges young families face in Germany because he dedicates his work and personal experiences to them on this portal. As editor-in-chief, he is responsible for finding topics, editorial processes, structuring and quality assurance of the content.