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Gender-neutral names list for writers: A, B, C…

I’m a massive supporter of gender-neutrality, so I’ve pulled together some resources and lists of gender-neutral character names to help writers. Organised by letter, these gender-neutral names lists contain tons of inspiration for your characters.

Whether you’re writing an LGBTQ+ character or trying something different, like using an ambiguous name in a crime novel, I hope you’ll find a gender-neutral name you like below.

Gender-neutral names can be used for any kind of character, and recent popularity in using more gender-neutral names can easily be reflected in fiction.

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What is a gender-neutral name?

A gender-neutral name is any name that isn’t strongly associated with being feminine or masculine.

It’s important to remember that names can change over time and within particular cultures to become more or less associated with a gender. As a white English non-binary person, my views on what constitutes a gender-neutral name is different to that of someone living in Africa or Asia.

For that reason, this blog post is viewed through my personal experiences and bias. If you’re looking for gender-neutral names from a particular culture or nationality, you should seek out name resources from that origin.

Alphabetical gender-neutral names list

This alphabetical gender-neutral names list isn’t exhaustive by any means. Instead, I’ve picked some of my favourite gender-neutral names and have listed them with no other information. Why? Because information about names changes often and I don’t want to overwhelm you! Or, let’s face it, I could end up being wrong because a source is now outdated.

Pick some names below that you like and, if you want to do more research, search ‘[name] origin and meaning’ for more information.

Some of my favourite name research websites include Nameberry and Behind The Name.

Gender-neutral names beginning with A

  • Ace
  • Adair
  • Addison
  • Alexis
  • Amari
  • Andi
  • Angel
  • Arden
  • Asher
  • Aspen
  • Atlee
  • Aubrey
  • Austen
  • Aven
  • Averill

Gender-neutral names beginning with B

  • Bailey
  • Bellamy
  • Bennett
  • Bernie
  • Billie
  • Blaine
  • Bobby
  • Brady
  • Brett
  • Brody
  • Brooks
  • Bryn

Gender-neutral names beginning with C

  • Campbell
  • Carey
  • Carson
  • Channing
  • Chris
  • Clancy
  • Clarke
  • Cody
  • Collins
  • Cooper
  • Courtney
  • Cypress

Gender-neutral names beginning with D

  • Dale
  • Dana
  • Daniell
  • Darian
  • Declyn
  • Dee
  • Devin

Gender-neutral names beginning with E

  • Echo
  • Eden
  • Eli
  • Ellison
  • Emerson
  • Emery
  • Eris
  • Ever
  • Everest
  • Ezra

Gender-neutral names beginning with F

  • Fable
  • Fenn
  • Ferris
  • Finch
  • Finn
  • Freddie
  • Freddy

Gender-neutral names beginning with G

  • Gage
  • Gem
  • Georgie
  • Gracen
  • Gray
  • Graylin
  • Greer
  • Greyson

Gender-neutral names beginning with H

  • Harper
  • Hayden
  • Henley
  • Holland
  • Hudson
  • Hunter
  • Huntley

Gender-neutral names beginning with I

  • Idris
  • Inari
  • Indigo
  • Ira
  • Isley
  • Isra
  • Ivey
  • Izzy

Gender-neutral names beginning with J

  • Jac
  • Jaden
  • Jamie
  • Janson
  • Jarrin
  • Jas
  • Jay
  • Jaz
  • Jesse
  • Jody
  • Joss
  • Jude

Gender-neutral names beginning with K

  • Kasey
  • Kass
  • Kel
  • Kelly
  • Kelsey
  • Kennedy
  • Kenzie
  • Kirby
  • Kitt
  • Knightley
  • Kodi

Gender-neutral names beginning with L

  • Lake
  • Lee
  • Leighton
  • Lennon
  • Leslie
  • Linden
  • Lindsay
  • Logan
  • Luca

Gender-neutral names beginning with M

  • Mackenzie
  • Malone
  • Mason
  • Max
  • Merlyn
  • Merritt
  • Mickey

Gender-neutral names beginning with N

  • Nat
  • Neo
  • Nick
  • Nicky
  • Niko
  • Nile
  • Nix
  • Noah
  • Noel
  • Nolan
  • Nova

Gender-neutral names beginning with O

  • Oakes
  • Ocean
  • Odell
  • Odie
  • Ollie
  • Onyx
  • Owen
  • Owyn

Gender-neutral names beginning with P

  • Page
  • Palmer
  • Pat
  • Pax
  • Penley
  • Pepper
  • Perry
  • Poe
  • Porter
  • Prentiss

Gender-neutral names beginning with Q

  • Quartz
  • Quest
  • Quill
  • Quin
  • Quince
  • Quinlan
  • Quinley

Gender-neutral names beginning with R

  • Rain
  • Reece
  • Reilly
  • Remi
  • Ricki
  • Riley
  • Ripley
  • River
  • Rory
  • Ryan

Gender-neutral names beginning with S

  • Sage
  • Sawyer
  • Scottie
  • Scout
  • Selby
  • Sevyn
  • Shannon
  • Shelley
  • Sidney
  • Skylar
  • Sloane
  • Sol
  • Stevie
  • Sunny

Gender-neutral names beginning with T

  • Tallie
  • Tatum
  • Taylor
  • Teagan
  • Teddy
  • Terrell
  • Terry
  • Timmi
  • Tobi
  • Tommy
  • Tone
  • Toni
  • Tristen

Gender-neutral names beginning with U

  • Ulf
  • Ulric
  • Ulysses
  • Urban
  • Urgell
  • Uri
  • Urien

Gender-neutral names beginning with V

  • Vale
  • Valen
  • Valentine
  • Valeri
  • Vero
  • Vinni
  • Vinny
  • Viv
  • Voss
  • Vox

Gender-neutral names beginning with W

  • Wallis
  • Waverly
  • Wen
  • Wendall
  • Westley
  • Whitney
  • Winslow
  • Wyn

Gender-neutral names beginning with X

  • Xander
  • Xandy
  • Xanthe
  • Xerxes
  • Xola
  • Xue
  • Xylon

Gender-neutral names beginning with Y

  • Yael
  • Yale
  • Yancy
  • Yardley
  • Yarrow
  • Yeats
  • York

Gender-neutral names beginning with Z

  • Zai
  • Zaide
  • Zain
  • Zaki
  • Zane
  • Zare
  • Zari
  • Zeke
  • Zenith
  • Zuri

For even more name ideas, check out my list of 78 unisex character names, with three names per letter of the alphabet.

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