Weekend Post: In Another Tongue

from rhinopoetry.org

This week something that has very much been on my mind are names that switch gender depending on which culture you’re in. The collection of names which fit into this category range from the familiar to the not so familiar – but they’re all evidence that just because a name is one gender in one place does not mean it’s that gender everywhere else. A few examples in the English-speaking world to start off with (using 2010 data):

E&W USA
Ashley M #178 F #27
Bailey M #79 F #78
Brooklyn M #248 F #34
Harper M #897 F #119
Mackenzie M #239 F #69
Morgan M #106 F #63
Skyler F #1731 M #262
Taylor M #97 F #36

And then we go international with these names:

Aki

Male: Finland

Female: Japan

Ami

Male: Biblical

Female: Japan

Andrea

Male: Italy

Female: English, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia

Ane

Male: Netherlands

Female: Denmark

Bora

Male: Turkey

Female: Albania

Callisto

Male: Italy

Female: Greek Mythology

Carol

Male: Romania

Female: English

Cato

Male: Ancient Roman

Female: Netherlands

Claude

Male: English

Female: France

Demeter

Male: Hungary

Female: Greek Mythology

Dima

Male: Russia

Female: Arabic

Gabriele

Male: Italy

Female: Germany

Gerd

Male: Germany, Netherlands

Female: Scandinavia

Halle

Male: Norway

Female: English

Isa

Male: Arabic

Female: Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain

Jocelyn

Male: France

Female: English

Juno

Male: Portugal

Female: English

Kader

Male: Arabic

Female: Turkey

Kai

Male: Hawaii, Germany, Finland, Netherlands

Female: Hawaii, Sweden

Kari

Male: Finland

Female: Norway

Kim

Male: Scandinavia

Female: English

Kristen

Male: Denmark, Norway

Female: English

Laci

Male: Hungary

Female: English

Laurence

Male: English

Female: France

Leone

Male: Italy

Female: English

Luca

Male: Italy, Portugal, English

Female: Hungary, Croatia

Marlen

Male: Russia

Female: Germany

Mika

Male: English, Finland

Female: Japan

Moe

Male: English

Female: Japanese

Neo

Male: English

Female: South Africa

Nicola

Male: Italian

Female: English

Nika

Male: Russia

Female: Slovenia, Croatia

Nino

Male: Italian

Female: Georgia

Nima

Male: Iranian

Female: Arabic

Ola

Male: Norway, Sweden

Female: Poland

Orla

Male: Denmark

Female: Ireland

Paris

Male: Greece

Female: English

Patrice

Male: France

Female: English

Raja

Male: India

Female: Arabic

Rio

Male: English

Female: Japan

Roma

Male: Russia

Female: English

Simone

Male: Italy

Female: France

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4 thoughts on “Weekend Post: In Another Tongue

  1. Elea

    Fascinating post. Orla surprises me and I’m now looking at Rio in a whole other light.

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  2. Fascinating post. Orla surprises me, and I’m now looking at Rio in a whole other light.

    Like

  3. For Bailey and Skyler, we follow the UK, for the others, the US. Not sure how that works …

    Kai is boy, Luca is boy, Mika is girl, Neo is boy, Paris is both, and Rio is boy.

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