2015 is the year of gender-neutral names

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2015 Is the Year of Gender-Neutral Names

We've heard names that are traditionally female like "Emily" and "Jessica" and traditionally male like "Samuel" and "Joseph" for years.

According to BabyCenter, though, 2015 is the year of the gender neutral name so far.

"The most popular example right now, Amari. ... Not far behind, Reese, Rory, Taylor," NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie said.

Another name on that list near and dear to NBC's heart? Carson.

"They're beautiful, they're smart, we have something about us," NBC anchor Carson Daly said.

BabyCenter's Global Editor in Chief said it's all thanks to millennials procreating:

"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. ... an increasing number of parents are choosing unisex names."

Celebs are on board too, although their chosen names may not necessarily be considered unisex.

Jessica Simpson named her daughter Maxwell. Kristen Bell named her daughter Lincoln. Mila Kunis named her daughter Wyatt, traditionally male names.

One commenter said some of the names mentioned by BabyCenter don't actually sound that unisex either. Like "Ryan" or "James."

"How can you say a name like James is Unisex? Just because you name a girl James doesn't make the name unisex ... it just gives a girl a 'boy's' name."

However, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively may disagree. They named their little girl James.

Some of the other gender neutral names climbing the ranks are: Karter, Phoenix and Quinn.

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