Names

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


--- minnow at belfry.org.uk 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.

Jon


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