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10 Unisex Baby Names That Uni-SUCK

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I personally think the unisex baby name trend is intriguing. My son is named Elliott, and we later found out that the name Elliot (also used in Scrubs) had started trending again for a girl. We patted ourselves on the back thinking that Elliott’s name was unique and—what do you know—there was another little girl in his very small daycare class named Elliot too. Though I am clearly biased, I love the name Elliot for a girl and was interested to see it play out as a unisex crossover.

My second son is named Jonah. Obviously, we named him after Jonah Hill because he is so hot right now (and possibly my baby’s true father—don’t tell), but I was also surprised to hear that the name Jonah could be used by a girl. Without even realizing it, both of our sons’ names are unisex. This doesn’t bother me one bit, especially since I love both names for a baby of any gender.

The art of baby naming is entirely subjective, so take my opinion worth a grain of salt. With that being said, I have some strong feelings about these 10 baby names that could work for a boy or a girl:

1. Alexander

Baby name blogs report this as a technically unisex name, though I have yet to meet a baby girl named Alexander. You’re just going to shorten it to Alex anyway.

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2. Angel

Growing up in a predominantly Hispanic area of Texas, I have met so many male Angels. To be fair, I don’t like the name for a boy or a girl. So there.

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3. Flynn

Flynn is such a cool boy’s name, but I’m not feeling it for a girl. Convince me.

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4. Henry

Henry has recently been reported as a gender-neutral name for girls, but I don’t like it one bit.

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5. Jennifer

Jennifer was the most popular girl’s name of my generation, and it also hit the boys’ top 1000 chart between 1967 and 1989.

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6. Marlowe

I have a hard time picturing a little guy with this vintage name.

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7. Mason

Mason for boys is so played, and Camille Grammer’s daughter Mason on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ruined the girl version for me.

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8. Paris

Paris is said to be a “masculine name of Greek origins,” but classy Paris Hilton taints it for both sexes.

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9. Sage

Sage just happens to be the name of Sylvester Stallone’s son, but how can we trust the judgment of a celebrity?

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10. Sarah

Would you believe that Sarah was ranked #789 in boys’ names in 1984?

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