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Old 2011-07-06, 09:51 AM   #1
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Male and female first names

It is not related to unicycling, but I guess we've got so many native speakers here in the forum, that I thought I'd open this thread anyway.

I'm interested in building a list of first names that can be used for both, boys and girls. I am just curious..

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Dana
Joe
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Old 2011-07-06, 10:21 AM   #2
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Not sure about a couple of those...
Dana sounds definitely female to me, and the female form of Joe (for Joanne, Joanna, Josephine etc) is normally without the e.

A couple more gender-ambiguous names I can think of are
Bobby (Robert or Roberta),
Andy (Andrew, Andrea),
Chris (Christopher, Christine),
Alex (Alexander, Alexandra, Alexis),
Charly (Charles, Charlotte, although often spelt -ie if female),
Stevie (Stephen, Stephanie),
Alice (mostly female except Cooper - sorry )
There must be loads more...

And a couple of international ones that can be confusing in English, like Jan and Jean (male in German and French respectively, female in English, but pronounced differently so perhaps not a great example).

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EDIT: Found a list here, but some (most) of them are pretty weird.
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Old 2011-07-06, 11:29 AM   #3
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Dana Andrews was a male actor best known for The Best Years of Our Lives, a wonderful film.

Michael Learned was the mom on The Waltons.

And of course, Leslie is fine unisex name.

Carroll O'Connor was Archie Bunker.
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Dana sounds definitely female to me,
One of my US based colleagues first name is Dana - and he's definitely a man!
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in french:
Dominique ?
+ lot of others like Claude, ....
(BTW I am always confused when sending mail to the U.S. because I often do not know wether I am writing to a "she" or a "he")
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I suppose my name could be used for either, Dane.

Then there are very standard unisex names like Alex, Jordan, Taylor
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Perhaps Dana is an American thing...
Leslie is a good one - hadn't thought of that (although it's become mostly a female name now, like Lindsay (I knew a male Lindsay - he used his second name most of the time!))

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That's an awesome name you've got. I love the name Dave (my name), but my close second choice would be Dane. Enjoy your name. I hope you really like it a lot. I know I would.
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Alex is the only one i can think of
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