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When you hear a name, do you know it is male or female?

  1. May 2, 2006 #1
    When you hear a name, do you know it is male or female ?

    I heard /rachel/ twice and each time different sex,
     
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  3. May 2, 2006 #2
    Rachel is a woman's name.
     
  4. May 2, 2006 #3
    A man named Rachel? That's disturbing.
     
  5. May 2, 2006 #4
    Yeah, sometimes I'm not sure whether it's for male of female although most of them are well known. For example when I hear "Dennis" I have no idea whether it's a boy or a girl or "Carol" in U.S that's mostly a female's name, but as far as I know it's widely used in Europe as male's name.
    It's pretty hard to distinguish between them if you had never heard of a name. I also know that there are some countries where female names always end with specific vowel, just google for it. There are some girls in the school I go to named 'Rachel'.
     
  6. May 2, 2006 #5
    There are guys named Lindsey and Tracey.
     
  7. May 2, 2006 #6

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    Rachel is a female name, never heard of a man named Rachel.

    Dennis is a man's name, you must be thinking of Denise, they are not spelled or pronounced the same.

    Francis is male, Frances is female.

    I've known men and women named Shirley. :bugeye:

    Names like Pat, Terry (Terri) Jody, Robin, & Gale can be male or female.
     
  8. May 2, 2006 #7
    I think some names are meant for only one gender, but that doesn't stop certain crazy parents from naming their kid with a name intended for the wrong gender.
     
  9. May 2, 2006 #8

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    Nicknames get more confusing, Jess, Jessie, Billie can be male or female.
     
  10. May 2, 2006 #9

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    Surely you jest? :rofl:

    edit: Leslie Nielsen (comedian) - Leslie can be either male or female.

    "Surely you jest?" was followed by Nielsen's response,

    "My name's not Shirley." IIRC, from 'The Naked Gun'
     
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  11. May 2, 2006 #10

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    No, my doctor's first name was Shirley, he was male. You can imagine my surprise the first time I met him, I was expecting a woman.
     
  12. May 2, 2006 #11

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    This is the first case of a man named Shirley. The closest I've heard is Sherrell. There is also Sheldon who goes by Shelly.

    Of course, there is a song about A Boy Named Sue.

    I wonder if Shirley was someone else in a different life.

    Remember Dr. Rene Richards? My daughter went to her for eye examinations. Her office was not to far from our home when we first moved to NY.
     
  13. May 2, 2006 #12
    Thank you everyone,
     
  14. May 2, 2006 #13
    I liked the song "A Boy Named Sue" when I heard it during my school's speaking contest. Also, I knew of two young men named Ashley.
     
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