Giving children gender-neutral names has become a popular way to avoid reinforcing gender norms from a young age. And based on this year's most popular gender-neutral baby names, these types of names can also be really pretty. Look no further than Nameberry's "Hottest Baby Names of 2017" report for proof of that.
To determine which names are the most popular right now, Nameberry — an online database of baby names — analyzed which names on its site saw the greatest increase in traffic this January compared to last January. "A whole raft of hot new names signal a major cultural shift in 2017," Nameberry creator Pamela Redmond Satran writes on the company's blog. Many of the most popular names were from places outside the United States, and many others were inspired by celebrities like David Bowie, celebrity kids like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' daughter Ines, and fictional characters like Moana. The gendered names that have risen in popularity the most compared to last year are Tatjana for girls and Kyd for boys.
Gender-neutral names were actually a bit less popular than they were last year, but there were still some good ones. Here are the year's most popular gender-neutral names so far.