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Names: Male or Female?

Updated on August 26, 2016
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks, an ordained minister of Christian education, holds an M.A in Christian education and an M.Div. in Divinity.

There are some names that we know to be female names, but they are given to males. Then there are some names we know to be male names, but they are given to females. Then there are some names that could be either male or female. We called them unisex names. While some countries and culture have unisex names, there are other countries that require a given name be gender-specific.

Unisex Names

Sometimes unisex names are shortened forms of given names such as Pat, Alex, Chris or Sam. If you did not know these people, there is no way you would know if they were male or female.

  • Pat could be the shortened form of Patricia or Patrick.
  • Alex could be the shortened form of Alexandra or Alexander
  • Chris could be the shortened form of Christine or Christopher.
  • Sam could be the shortened form of Samantha or Samuel.

Sometimes unisex names are homophones. That means the pronunciation is the same for both females and males; however the spelling is different.

Male 
Female 
Tony 
Toni 
Jerry 
Jeri 
Terry 
Terri 
Jonny
Joni
Francis
Frances

“What's in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.”

― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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    • revmjm profile image
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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Miss Capri, Thanks for reading and commenting on this article.

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      Miss Capri 6 years ago

      Neat hub. Names are a fascinating subject.

    • revmjm profile image
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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for reading. Hopefully you got them all correct on the quiz.

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      Dian'swords4u 6 years ago from North Carolina

      This was very interesting. Thanks for this hub.