Baby Names: Beyond Pink and Blue

When I was seven years old I swore that I would name my first daughter Sarah. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I would give birth to a boy named John and a girl named Sarah. Of course, my future husband would happily agree to the chosen names because, you know… he loved me… and who wouldn’t want a son named John and a daughter named Sarah?

Oh, and the huz would commute daily to his job on Wall Street from our home in Greenwich, Connecticut, while John, Sarah and I baked cookies from scratch.

Ah, sweet, innocent seven.

Fast forward about 30 years, and I have the daughter I always dreamed of, but her name is not Sarah. In fact, her chosen moniker is much closer to John than it is to Sarah.

Yeah, my daughter’s got a boy’s name.


Okay, it’s not 100 percent boy.

According to the “experts,” my daughter is one of about 60 million or so kids in the U.S. under the age of 18 with a unisex name.

Insert your “Pat” joke here.

A recent report by the Social Security Administration shows that there are now more baby names in the top 1000 that appear on both the male and female lists than a decade ago.

So, why are more and more parents these days bestowing names that were traditionally used for boys on their newborn daughters? And why is it not the other way around?

According to, unisex names are trendier than ever. In fact, the website recently posted the Top 20 unisex baby names of 2009:

1. Riley

2. Peyton

3. Jordan

4. Jayden

5. Alexis

6. Angel

7. Hayden

8. Avery

9. Taylor

10. Payton

11. Cameron

12. Logan

13. Morgan

14. Dakota

15. Kayden

16. Dylan

17. Parker

18. Ryan

19. Reese

20. London

My daughter’s name made the Top 10.

Is your child’s name on the list?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.