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78 unisex character names to use in your stories

Naming characters can be a big struggle for writers, and many people find it even more difficult to name non-binary, queer, or gender non-conforming characters. How do you find the perfect unisex character names? Have no fear, you’re in the right place.

I’ve compiled a list of 78 unisex character names for writers to use in their novels, stories, and anything else. That’s 3 names for every letter of the alphabet.

No matter whether you’re writing an LGBTQ+ character or just want to try something different – maybe you’re looking to write a crime novel where the gender of a character is speculative or unclear – you can find all kinds of options for your characters here.

Oh, and if randomly-ordered lists bug you? Don’t worry. I’ve listed all the names alphabetically!

A collection of names on colourful card.
Names don’t have to be just blue and pink, there’s more choice out there.

Is gender-neutral the same as unisex?

Unisex names, you ask? Why would I, a non-binary person, write a blog about unisex character names?

Well, other than the fact that ‘unisex’ is searched for far more often than ‘gender-neutral character names’ (at the time of writing; I hope this changes!), I think it’s important to consider what ‘unisex’ means.

Many dictionaries define ‘unisex’ in terms of being ‘for both sexes’ or ‘by both males and females’. There are a few great dictionaries out there which use more inclusive language, like Dictionary.com (“of, designed, or suitable for any gender”) and the Free Dictionary (“Designed for or suitable to anyone regardless of one’s sex”).

Unfortunately, most of the more official dictionaries, like Merriam-Webster and Cambridge Dictionary, use very gendered language, at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, ‘gender-neutral’ as a term has risen in popularity and understanding over the past few years. While ‘unisex’ is still used in many contexts, not everyone understands that the two terms mean the same thing.

Shocking, right?

For the purpose of reaching a wider audience who are interested in using gender-neutral names but might default to searching for unisex names, this blog uses the term ‘unisex’ throughout.

For the people out there who aren’t as fond of the word: I’m sorry, and I get you. I’ve had to correct myself many times throughout writing this to substitute ‘unisex’.

The simple truth is this: ‘unisex’ is an outdated term now largely replaced by ‘gender-neutral’, which I completely agree with. But for many people, when looking for gender-neutral names, the term ‘unisex’ is still very prevalent.

So, below, you’ll find unisex character names, and all of them are equally described as gender-neutral too!

Unisex names for characters

Here’s a list of 78 unisex character names for writers to use. Every letter of the alphabet is used, even the trickiest of all: X!

  • Andy
  • Ashton
  • Avery
  • Beck
  • Blair
  • Blake
  • Cade
  • Cal
  • Chance
  • Darcy
  • Drew
  • Dylan
  • Ellis
  • Emery
  • Evan
  • Flores
  • Flynn
  • Frankie
  • Gale
  • George
  • Griffin
  • Harlow
  • Harry
  • Hollis
  • Iggy
  • Indie
  • Irie
  • Jackie
  • Jasper
  • Jules
  • Kendall
  • Kit
  • Kyle
  • Laurel
  • Leo
  • Levi
  • Maddox
  • Miles
  • Miller
  • Nico
  • Norris
  • North
  • Oakley
  • Owen
  • Ozzy
  • Paisley
  • Parker
  • Perry
  • Quentin
  • Quincy
  • Quinn
  • Remy
  • Rhys
  • Rowan
  • Scout
  • Spencer
  • Sterling
  • Theo
  • Toby
  • Tyler
  • Uli
  • Umber
  • Uriah
  • Val
  • Vesper
  • Vick
  • Wes
  • Whit
  • Wren
  • Xand
  • Xavier
  • Xi
  • Yanis
  • Yuki
  • Yuri
  • Zaire
  • Zeke
  • Zephyr

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