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gendered naming patterns 
13th-Mar-2011 12:47 pm
boom de yada!
A friend of mine just asked an interesting question on his facebook:
Are there any languages/cultures that don't have ANY distinctly gendered naming patterns for people? (Like "female" names ending in vowels, etc)

I have no idea! But I figured somebody here might. Any thoughts?

Thank you!
13th-Mar-2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
The US/English technically doesn't, although a boy named Sue might have issues. But there are definitely a lot of girl names that are also boy names like Alex, Kim, Jodie, Jamie, Casey, Frances (Yes I have a girl named Frances), Tristan, Riley, Harley, Skyler, Hayden, Payton, Sidney, Jordan, Taylor, Cameron, Micah, etc. I could go on but those are some of the most common that I've seen.
13th-Mar-2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Frances is female, Francis is male. Knowing a girl named Frances is uncommon, but not as weird as if she were named Francis.
13th-Mar-2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
I've seen both versions.
13th-Mar-2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
And I've seen a male named Frances.
14th-Mar-2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Depends where you are on whether it's uncommon. My first name is Frances (I'm female), there've been a few women in my family called Frances and I know a few other Franceses as well.
14th-Mar-2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
I'll give you that. In New England I have noticed few Franceses but many Francises.
14th-Mar-2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm female and my middle name was Francis/Frances. I say both because depending on which parent filled out the form, it would be different. My mom wanted 'cis', my dad wanted 'ces'. Either way, I hated the name and dropped it when I married.
13th-Mar-2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
English has some - nothing hard and fast, obviously, but definitely some distinct patterns - I think my friend was asking was if there are any languages that don't have *any* at all.
13th-Mar-2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm struggling to think of a boy's name that ends with A that doesn't scream "I'm from a different language/culture" though.
13th-Mar-2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Joshua, Dana (yep, another gender neutral), Sascha (though definitely Russian based), Asa are the ones that I can think of..
13th-Mar-2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Wow. I clicked on this in my email, and my next google ad at the top of my inbox read as follows:

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I know they pick ads based on email content but dude... that's kind of messed up!
13th-Mar-2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
That's disturbing... so glad that I use Thunderbird
13th-Mar-2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ok, you got me with Joshua! And Dana too I guess...I would assume it was a girl Dana if I just saw it written, though I wouldn't be shocked to see it on a man.
13th-Mar-2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
I hear ya! The first couple times I've seen Jodi and Kim on men it's a little weird.

But what about Dana Carvey (or am I just dating myself?)
13th-Mar-2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
Dana Carvey would be the reason why I wouldn't be shocked to see it on a man!

Mostly Dana is just a super uncommon name in the UK (I don't think I've ever met or heard of anyone here with that name), so in fact I might actually be inclined to think it was both a girl and a typo of Diana.
13th-Mar-2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yah, I think that is true for the US as well. I've heard it on two people: Dana Carvey and Dana Delaney (from Desperate Housewives).
15th-Mar-2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
...or Dana White from UFC...
15th-Mar-2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
No idea who that is.
13th-Mar-2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Luca (though again, Balkans' culture based).
14th-Mar-2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Or Italian!
15th-Mar-2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Some Vietnamese names are gendered (particularly traditional middle names), but generally speaking, most Vietnamese names tend to be unisex.
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