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2015 Will Be the Year of the Gender-Neutral Baby Name

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Thanks Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Well, 2015 is only half-over, but it’s apparently shaping up to be the year of unisex baby names.

BabyCenter.com noticed this emerging trend in its midyear report. Though gendered names like Noah and Emma remain super common, gender-neutral names like Amari, Karter, Phoenix, Quinn and Reese are rising in popularity too.

“As usual, baby names are reflecting a larger cultural shift,” says BabyCenter’s Global Editor in Chief Linda Murray. “Millennials are an open-minded and accepting group, and they don’t want their children to feel pressured to conform to stereotypes that might be restrictive.”

Celebrities are, of course, contributing to the gender-neutral trend by giving girls traditionally male monikers like Lincoln (Kristen Bell/Dax Shepard), James (Blake Lively/Ryan Reynolds) and Mason (Sara Gilbert/Linda Perry).

The real question here: are Ruckus and Legendary gender-neutral names?

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