Unisex Names

United States
August 21, 2015 5:24pm CST
When I was in Junior High School, there were two sisters, whose names were; Billie Jo and Bobbie Sue. I guess their parents wanted boys. However, their first names were spelled the female way. So that gave them a bit of a break. If reading their names that is. Now a days unisex names seem to be coming more and more common. Such as; Shannon, Kim, Stacy, Casey, Drew, Tracy, etc. Have you ever mistook a gender due to their name? I know on the net, it can easily be the case.
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
22 Aug 15
Most definitely..in the way of your name..How do i know you are a lady??..You could be a enchilada, or some pizza or a brownie???
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• United States
22 Aug 15
Psssss... whispers, I am actually a 'Hot Tamale'.. can you guess the gender?
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
22 Aug 15
@TexanTornado right now all i can think of is food..You Hot Tamale you..
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• United States
22 Aug 15
@Rosekitty You hungry aren't you? Wish I could help you. I just put a ham in the oven.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
22 Aug 15
I am sure there is some study out there that says girls with unisex names grow up to be more successful and self-confident but I am sure that it is the opposite for boys.
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• United States
22 Aug 15
Is there? Or are you just guessing? This was all brought on by the fact, that when going into town yesterday, my radio station is set on Country Legends, and the old famous song by Johnny Cash, 'A Boy Named Sue' was playing. In the song, if you don't know it, his father explains to him at the end, it would make him stronger/tougher.
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• United States
22 Aug 15
@Rollo1 Ah ok. It might be an interesting study. I know sometimes women feel the need that they have to out do, out perform, etc. if they want to work in the man's world.
@topffer (34159)
• France
21 Aug 15
We have only a few unisex names, about 20, and, except 2 or 3, they are more used for boys or for girls. My father had a unisex name which was used in 80% for girls. Each time he was receiving a letter starting by "Ms" or "Mrs", he was dropping it in a post box with "Unknown at this address. Return to sender".
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• United States
22 Aug 15
I have run across people, especially online with a name, and I would have to confirm what gender they are. It's not to be rude, but sometimes it's hard to tell especially if their is no avatar to help indicate. OMG! That is too funny. I can't really say I blame him.
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@topffer (34159)
• France
22 Aug 15
@TexanTornado It is sometimes difficult to tell. A name like "Dominique" in France is 50/50, so you have to guess. I met a woman who is a road, canal and port engineer, which is rare for a woman and her name is Dominique. She told me that 9/10 when people not knowing her were calling, they were starting by "I would not have thought that you were a woman" and that she was responding "Never mind. Call me Sir."
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• United States
22 Aug 15
@topffer Yes, that is what I am talking about. Sometimes when people give a name and no gender specified, we might totally get the wrong gender. Seems she was a good sport about it all. That is the attitude to have.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Aug 15
One of my granddaughters has the name Morgan which is unisex. I don't think I have ever mistook someone's name for the wrong gender, at least I don't remember it if I did.
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• United States
22 Aug 15
Morgan isn't so bad. I have a few times, like when my present hubby told me his boss's name was Kim. I thought it was a female, but turned out he was a good looking guy.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
23 Aug 15
@TexanTornado Oh my! I don't think that I have ever known a guy named Kim.
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• United States
23 Aug 15
@simone10 He was the 1st and only one I know.
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@pattisw (50)
• Flushing, Michigan
22 Aug 15
When I was in high school there was a guy named Kim.I had never heard of a guy with what I thought was a girl name.
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• United States
22 Aug 15
Ah so there is another one. 1st time I heard of a guy name Kim, is when I married my present hubby, and his boss was named Kim. He was a real good looking guy too.
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@sofssu (14462)
23 Aug 15
@TexanTornado and you eyed you hubby's boss.
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• United States
23 Aug 15
@sofssu Of course I did. Nothing wrong with my eyes.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
22 Aug 15
Indeed there are a lot of unisex names now . One example is Alexander and their nicknames are the same Alex , of the male gender . And this name seems a plenty now.
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• United States
22 Aug 15
Yes, the name is becoming a bit more popular. My son has a friend he went to school with, whose name is Alexis (male).
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@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
23 Aug 15
@TexanTornado My nephew's name is also Alexis . He is a big boy now .
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• United States
23 Aug 15
@SIMPLYD Oh cool. He was 1st male I heard with that name.
@sofssu (14462)
22 Aug 15
Some User names on the internet are kind of puzzling.. Goodlife ,hereandthere etc. We have quite a few unisex names here..I have noticed that the girls don;t get bullied as much as the boys do. A boy with a girly name really has a tough time in school. We had a boy called Maria Joseph and the boys would always call him Maria and tease him about it.
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• United States
22 Aug 15
Yes, I know what you mean about the usernames in which you stated. They don't give a clue as to what gender they might be. I truly think it depends on the kids, but yes, a guy with a name that is more associated with a girls name, does seem to get the blunt of it. It's a shame really. Maria? Ok, I never heard that one for a boy.
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@sofssu (14462)
23 Aug 15
@TexanTornado Its pretty common here where the catholic faith is more prevalent.
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• United States
23 Aug 15
@sofssu Really? Catholic is the major religion in Louisiana too, but I haven't run across a male Maria.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
24 Aug 15
My daughter's name is Tristan, which I guess is typically a boy's name, but when I had decided to name her it sounded very girly to me. In Kindergarten she had another Tristan in her class who was a boy. It was probably spelled differently. Although over the years we have run into a few other girls named Tristan, so she's not the only oddball!
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• United States
25 Aug 15
Yes, it is one of those names that can go either way. Hopefully she didn't suffer any ridicule over it. Well, it's good to know she isn't an oddball. It's actually a pretty name..
• Bucharest, Romania
22 Aug 15
We don't have many unisex names here in Romania
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• United States
22 Aug 15
I wouldn't necessarily say that is a bad thing. It probably even helps a bit, that it is that way.