What to name your new baby is always a complex decision–especially if you aren’t into gender norms and traditions. Maybe you don’t want to completely stray away from Jewish names and customs. One of the popular baby naming trends right now is using unisex or gender neutral names (for instance, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan named their daughter Max).
So, we made a list of some of our gender neutral names that are perfect for a boy or a girl. (Of course, don’t forget to check out our baby naming guide while you’re at it.)
Here’s what we chose:
1. Leor. Leor means “My light” in Hebrew, which means it’s an especially appropriate name to give your bundle of joy if they’re born around Hanukkah, as it’s known as the “Festival of Lights.”
2. Neta. Neta means “seedling” or “plant.” Besides the fact that babies are literally like seedlings who are at the beginning of their life’s journey and haven’t blossomed yet, isn’t it exciting to be named after something with so much potential?
5. Dror. Dror means “freedom” in Hebrew–and freedom is something we should never take for granted–and is definitely a worthy idea to name your child after.
6. Gefen. Gefen means “grapevine.” There are so many good songs that this reminds of me of, like this:
7. Rimon. Rimon means “pomegranate,” which is basically every poet’s favorite fruit to reference in a poem. Pomegranate, however, are one of the most recognizable and highly symbolic fruits in Jewish culture. For instance, it is customary to eat pomegranate on Rosh Hashanah, as it represents fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom.
8. Liron. Liron means “my song” or “my joy,” which is not only beautiful, but apropos for your child.