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Unisex And 'Gender Neutral' Baby Names: The Latest Trend For Celebrity Children?

31/03/2015 15:27 | Updated 31 May 2015

Unisex and 'gender neutral' baby names: The latest trend for celebrity children?

The latest baby name trend is to keep people guessing about whether you've had a boy or a girl!

For UNISEX names are now all the rage, with celebs leading the way with gender neutral monikers for their newborns. Among babies recently welcomed into the world are supermodel Coco Rocha and husband James Conran's little girl Ioni, Hollywood heart throb Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's daughter James, and Mad Men actress Jessica Pare's son Blues.

Rocha, 26, announced the birth of her baby girl on Instagram on Saturday and shared a snap of her newborn with the caption: "James & I are so proud to welcome into the world our healthy and beautiful baby girl, Ioni James Conran! #ioniconran."

I think she likes me. ❤️ #IoniConran ❤️

A photo posted by Coco Rocha (@cocorocha) on

Last week Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively revealed the name of their daughter – James - who was born in December.

James is traditionally a boys name meaning 'supplanted', and is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob.

In an interview with the Today Show, Blake confirmed his daughter's name by joking: "It is Butternut Summersquash. No, it's out there! It's out there. It's James. Everyone knows and I told everyone who would listen that."

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have also gone down the same unisex route by naming their daughter Wyatt, an Anglo-French surname that means 'brave at war'. Sixteen girls were named Wyatt in America last year compared to almost 8,500 boys, according to the baby name website nameberry.com

And as well as choosing a non-gender specific name, sports illustrated model Robyn Lawley says she plans to raise her daughter Ripley, born in February, in a 'gender neutral' environment with unisex toys and clothes.

In her first interview since Ripley's birth, Robyn told Brands Exclusive magazine: "I think we separate the genders too greatly by the toys and hobbies."

However, nameberry.com founders Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz said once boys names are adopted for girls, parents tend to abandon them for boys altogether.

The duo told The Huffington Post: "It's been a truism that once unisex names become widely used for girls, parents abandon them for boys.

"Now we see a welcome reverse of that sexist trend with boys reclaiming names that had long been going toward the girls.

"Most recent statistics see boys taking back ground on such popular unisex names as Alexis, Carey and Casey."

CELEBRITIES' NEUTRAL BABY NAMES

• Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin called their daughter Apple in 2004

• Nicole Richie and Joel Madden chose Harlow for their baby girl in 2009

• Jessica Simpson's daughter was named Maxwell Drew in 2012

• Kourtney Kardashian's son was named Reign

• Teri Hatcher's daughter is Emerson

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