Baby name trends come and go, but one that looks like it鈥檚 more than just a passing fad is the unisex name. With recent parents Blake + Ryan聽going with聽James for their daughter,聽Shakira naming her son Sasha and Haylie Duff choosing Ryan for her little lady, it鈥檚 clear the gender-neutral name game isn鈥檛 going anywhere.聽BabyCenter聽confirms that theory as they shared how creative parents are getting when it comes time to give their聽li鈥檒 guy or gal聽a lifelong title. Looks like those name evolution videos will look a lot聽different in another century ;)

gender neutral baby names

According to聽BabyCenter鈥檚聽naming experts they have noticed a huge rise in popularity of gender-neutral picks聽for both sexes over the past few years thanks to a shift in society. Unique unisex names like聽Amari, Karter, Phoenix, Quinn and Reese have been big trending choices for parents of both genders recently. The parenting site attributes this rise in part by retailers like Toys 鈥淩鈥 Us issuing聽gender-free catalogs and removing 鈥渂oy鈥 and 鈥済irl鈥 aisles from its stores, Apple making only unisex Apple Watch bands and even Caitlyn Jenner鈥檚 story.

鈥淎s usual, baby names are reflecting a larger cultural shift,鈥 says BabyCenter鈥檚 Global Editor in Chief Linda Murray. 鈥淢illennials are an open-minded and accepting group, and they don鈥檛 want their children to feel pressured to conform to stereotypes that might be restrictive. Just as companies have started making more neutral kids鈥 clothes, and taking 鈥榖oy鈥 and 鈥榞irl鈥 labels off toys, an increasing number of parents are choosing unisex names.鈥

gender neutral baby names

Also helping make this trend last is other famous faces switching up the gender-conforming birthname world on its head. From Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard鈥檚 daughter Lincoln and Mila Kunis + Ashton Kutcher choosing Wyatt for their little lady to Drew Barrymore鈥檚 mini-me Frankie and Jessica Simpson鈥檚 lookalike Maxwell, it鈥檚 starting to look like the new normal doesn鈥檛 include only pink-and-blue-focused names.

Looking for more gender-neutral name inspo? BabyCenter shared the ones that made the top 100 on its聽2014 list, and they include Alex, Avery, Bailey, Blake, Brooklyn, Easton, Harper, James, Kennedy, London, Mackenzie, Owen, Peyton, Reagan, Riley, Ryan, Skyler and Sydney. Happy naming (gender-neutral or not), parents!

What are your thoughts about the increase in gender-neutral names and which is your favorite? Share with us in the comments.