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If you and your partner aren’t exactly seeing eye to eye on baby names, picking a unisex option could cut the number of baby name battles in half. (I know that would have saved us a little unexpected angst!) But don’t worry that you’ll be stuck with something bland and boring if you opt for one name. These days lots of totally cute monikers are appearing on both sides of the aisle. Check out our picks of the best unisex baby names.

1. Angel

This beatific name is one of the most long-standing unisex options.

2. Avery

This red-hot girls’ name has also become popular for boys. It means ruler of the elves.

3. Cameron

Hilarious Cameron from “Modern Family” helped give this name its current buzz. Despite Cameron Diaz showing how cool the name can be for girls, Cameron skews heavily toward the boys, at least for now.

4. Charlie

This nickname for both Charles and Charlotte is nearly equally popular for boys and girls as a name as its own right.

5. Emerson

A cute surname pick, Emerson means industrious, and surprisingly, is more popular for girls now than boys.

6. Finley

One of a whole slew of charming unisex Irish names, Finley means “fair-haired,” and is currently storming the baby name charts for either sex.

7. James

James for a girl? It’s been used in the middle spot by several celebs, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose it as the first name for their daughter.

8. Jordan

Jordan is a geographic name — a river and country in the Middle East — that’s a favourite for both boys and girls. (It currently skews more toward boys.)

9. Marley

This surname that means meadow has been long popular for girls, but has become more popular for boys in the last five years.

10. Parker

Another surname favourite, Parker still skews slightly toward the boys’ camp.

11. Quinn

An Irish favourite that means “leader,” it’s consistently picked for both boys and girls.

12. Riley

Basically, if it has a “ley” ending, it seems to be fair game for either sex. Currently, Riley skews more heavily toward the girls.

13. River

This nature-themed name has been a long-standing favourite for boys (River Phoenix anyone?), but has become more popular for girls in the past five years.

14. Rowan

Another “red-head” name with Irish and Scottish origins, Rowan is becoming more popular for both boys and girls .

15. Rory

A vibrant Irish name that means red-haired, Rory’s a sweet unisex option.

16. Sage

This herb and greenish hue has been equally popular for boys and girls.

17. Sawyer

The surname of Mark Twain’s famed boy hero is a top pick for boys, but is gaining favour with girls too.

18. Skyler/Skylar

This variant spelling of the Dutch name Schuyler actually has nothing to do with the atmosphere — it means scholar. Thanks to Breaking Bad, it’s become a much more popular option for both boys and girls.

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