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Old 12-14-2012, 08:32 AM
 
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Ashley Wilkes? HELLO????? OK, he's fictional, but probably the most famous "Ashley" in the United States.
Thank you! I KNEW you would be the one to bring that up! Well done. Again.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:33 AM
 
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Most of the current female names that end with -ly or -ley (Beverly, Ashley, Hayley, Shirley, Bailey) used to be male names. They are typically names of places, becoming a surname in the English tradition, and later being used as first names for boys. This does not count made-up names like Kaylee and Miley, of course.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:39 PM
 
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Many girls' names were originally boys' names, like Ashley and Lindsey, and they are family names. I don't know why the heck a boy would be named Jessica, though.

To Rhaven, you know who "Jody" is in the military, don't you? That's who I think of when I hear of a boy named Jody.
That is the more likely scenario. Many names that are now used for females were originally male names.

Here are some - Leslie, Marion, Robin, Hillary, Joyce and Lynn.

In general, when a boy's name becomes a female name, it is not used by both genders.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Keep in mind that the name Terry/Terri is usually short for Terrance (male forename) or Theresa (female forename). For me, the name Terry usually invokes the image of a man, not a woman.

Names like Robin, Ashley, and Shannon are names that I assume to belong to females when I hear them. I've known many female Ashleys, several female Robins, a few female Shannons, and one male Shannon. This is, of course, just my experience.

Personally, I prefer non-gender-neutral, traditional names for children...call me old-fashioned.
Terry/Terri are (is?) also names in their own right these days, or rather I should say in my generation (late 40s/50s). You don't see many little boys or girls with these names today.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:05 PM
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That is the more likely scenario. Many names that are now used for females were originally male names.

Here are some - Leslie, Marion, Robin, Hillary, Joyce and Lynn.

In general, when a boy's name becomes a female name, it is not used by both genders.
Joyce Kilmer comes to mind.

Leslie (Bob) Hope, also, and Marion Morrison, a/k/a John Wayne.

I think Robin for a man is more common in the UK than here.

Another name that went male to female is Kelly. I have a male coworker named Kelly.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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This thread reminds me of a Fleetwood Mac concert I went to several years ago. A very enthusiastic man came in and sat down in the empty seat beside me. He kept telling me that he was the biggest Fleetwood Mac fan ever, had all the albums, named his favorite songs, etc. Said he loved Lindsey Buckingham.

When the concert began John McVie came out first and introduced Lindsey Buckingham. The guy sitting next to me stood up and cheered, "YAY LINDSEY!!" but then said, "Hey! Where's Lindsey?? I can't see Lindsey!!"

I pointed to Lindsey for his benefit, but just then Stevie Nicks ran out on the stage. The guy then started cheering and pointing to her, cheering, "LINDSEY!!! I love you LINDSEY!! I'm your biggest fan LINDSEY!!"

It was even worse when Stevie sang one of her solo songs, she was the only one on stage and he kept screaming "LINDSEY!!" to her.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:14 AM
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This thread reminds me of a Fleetwood Mac concert I went to several years ago. A very enthusiastic man came in and sat down in the empty seat beside me. He kept telling me that he was the biggest Fleetwood Mac fan ever, had all the albums, named his favorite songs, etc. Said he loved Lindsey Buckingham.

When the concert began John McVie came out first and introduced Lindsey Buckingham. The guy sitting next to me stood up and cheered, "YAY LINDSEY!!" but then said, "Hey! Where's Lindsey?? I can't see Lindsey!!"

I pointed to Lindsey for his benefit, but just then Stevie Nicks ran out on the stage. The guy then started cheering and pointing to her, cheering, "LINDSEY!!! I love you LINDSEY!! I'm your biggest fan LINDSEY!!"

It was even worse when Stevie sang one of her solo songs, she was the only one on stage and he kept screaming "LINDSEY!!" to her.
^^^ That is hilarious. Big fan, eh? And even funnier that SHE has a boy's name.

I do have trouble sometimes with Indian names. Certain names, like Chandra, sound female to me, but that can be a man or woman's name. The problem comes when I see the name and have to write an email to them and don't know whether to use Mr. or Ms.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:23 AM
 
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That happens to me too, MQ. I have to write letters to Cary, Dory, Terry ... I usually try to call and ask a receptionist.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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someone told me that this is illegal in German or it was given a child a unisex name .... i forget.


but any how ....... at my local WALMART there is a person and i kid you not I don't know if ITS a man or a woman ITs name is Roybn reminds me of the character PAT that was once on Saturday Nite Live.

Its voice can be either or, the chest area is hard to figure out ...... lol the features can be either male or female it annoys me because i want to ask lol
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