Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Wed Sep 24 16:22:29 EDT 2003

--- minnow at wrote:
> Robyn remarked:
> >>interesting things). The most popular girls name
> is
> >>Jessica (21 of them), followed by
> >>Ashlea/Ashleigh/Ashlee/Ashley/Ashliegh
> >
> >Yeah, what is it with Ashley? I have 4 of them in
> my 3 classes this year. I
> >also have 7 Jennifers, and 3 Lindsays.
> It's bewildering that Ashley, which in England was a
> boy's name -- and all
> the people I have known here called Ashley have been
> male -- is a girl's
> name in the USA.  I'd love to know why the shift
> happened, and when.  I
> think it had happened by the 1960s, because looking
> through the name-books
> I have, the English ones up to that time give it as
> male, the two US ones
> as female, and Lareina Rule (Bantam, so I suppose
> US, 1963) gives it under
> male but adds in brackets "(also used for women)";
> under female she says it
> is "Anglo-Saxon" but adds "Popular modern U.S.
> name."
> Come to think of it Lindsey or Lindsay used to be a
> boys' name too.
> Not Jennifer, that I ever noticed, though!  (Phew)

We have four Jades in the school, two boys and two
girls, with one of each also sharing the same last
name (but not related) which can be very confusing.


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