Whether a name tends to be more popular for boys or girls may change over time, but don’t fret—we’ve compiled some basic rules to follow when considering a unisex name for your baby:

1. Don’t deliberately create confusion. The names Quincy, Tyler or James are not going to give your daughter an edge in male-dominated fields of employment, sports or education—her character and accomplishments will. This reasoning isn’t worth a lifetime of making corrections and explanations.

2. Do use middle names for clarity. If you’ve chosen a unisex first name, consider a more distinctly gendered choice to give your child options.

3. Do know if a name is truly unisex. Choosing a masculine name for a girl (or feminine name for a boy) doesn’t make a name unisex; it’s actually related to the name’s meaning and origin. Knowing this may not influence your choice, but it is best to be informed.

4. Do remember you’re naming someone else. A girl named Riley won’t necessarily turn out a tomboy and a boy named Ashley may not be gentle and scholarly. Make sure you choose a name based on what’s best for your child and what you love.

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