During preparations for last month’s March Madness tournament, I faced one particular quandary: what to do with unisex names?
The brackets are neatly divided by masculine and feminine. My first impulse was to class these names but what I understood them to be – but if I’m honest, I think all eight work equally well for either a boy or a girl.
I thought of just throwing them in based on the preferences of the reader who originally made the request, or maybe based on the prevailing sentiment in the comments. But that wasn’t always clear. And I imagined scores of “I would have voted for X, except I really only like it for a boy …” comments.
Alas, the only course of action was to remove these eight names from the running, and instead share them here.
The eight most popular unisex names on Appellation Mountain, both by number of page views and search terms, is as follows:
Since the winners of the tournament tend to be fairly traditional, I think these would have been knocked out in the first round! What do you think? Would you have mixed them in, or do they deserve their own category?