Wilton, CT (PRWEB) October 23, 2008
The name Jordan is still America's top unisex baby name, according to a new study by the baby names website Baby Names Garden (http://www.babynamesgarden.com). It is the second study by Baby Names Garden of the prevalence, and changes in the popularity, of unisex baby names in the United States. The new study is based on the latest data available from the U.S. Social Security Administration, for the year 2007.
While Jordan's popularity ranking as a girls' name slipped slightly, to # 100, it is still the only name in America to be a top 100 choice for both boys and girls. (It is # 45 in popularity among boys). Runners-up include the very popular names Riley, Alexis, Angel, Jayden, and Peyton.
Four new names have earned the designation of androgynous baby names since 2005, the year examined in Baby Names Garden's previous study. The new unisex baby names are Emery, Jaylen, Kamryn, and Lyric.
Meanwhile, nine names have lost their unisex label over the same period. Campbell, Guadalupe, Kennedy, Shannon, and Shea are now distinctly female names, while Ashton, Devin, Devon, and Drew are solidly male names.
The downward overall trend in unisex baby names, observed since 1995, continues. As of 2007, a total of 59 names out of the top 1000 U.S. names are unisex. (The Baby Names Garden study defines a name as unisex if it appears as both a boy's name and a girl's name in the Social Security Administration's annual Top 1000 Most Popular Names). The down trend represents a net decline of five names since 2005, when the Top 1000 list included 64 unisex names. It is part of a decade-long shrinking, from 1995 to 2005, which saw a drop of more than 20% in the number of androgynous baby names.
The in-depth study by Baby Names Garden, which can be accessed at http://www.babynamesgarden.com/unisex-baby-names-2007.aspx, lists all 59 of the current unisex baby names.
One fascinating aspect of unisex baby names is the role played by variant spellings of a single name. Frequently, the exact variant spelling will dictate whether or not a name is unisex. For example, Reese is a unisex name, but its variant spelling, Reece, is solidly male. Bailey is also a unisex name, but the variant Baylee is strictly female. Ariel is unisex, but Arielle is female. But this is not always the case -- the names Riley and Rylee are both unisex names.
And the baby name with the largest number of unisex variants? That's Jayden, which comes in a total of five variable spellings, including Jayden, Jaden, Jadyn, Jaiden, and Jaidyn. And every single one is popular with both boys and girls.