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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 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.
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