OT : Names

Anita Graham amgraham at cygnus.uwa.edu.au
Mon Sep 29 09:18:01 EDT 2003

We're probably wandering a bit too far OT, but I know that some people
stick by the rules Sally cites (basically a "y" version) being female,
except for Kym. I have always thought they were fairly artificial rules
though, and I've known female Robins (and I'd never call a child Robyn
simply because of being female, if the name I liked was Robin), Leslies
and my female GP is Kym. But many Kims seem to be Kimberleys anyway.


> > Aside from Laurie in _Little Women_, every single Laurie (or Lori, 
> > which to my mind is the *wrong* spelling, although seemingly the 
> > default one here in the US anyway) I've ever encountered 
> was female.  
> > Is it different outside the US?
> Laurie isn't the only name that's different for you and us. A 
> "Robin" here is almost always male. Females are spelled 
> "Robyn."  A "Leslie" will be male, a "Lesley" female. Names 
> that are truly unisex include Val, Jamie, Lindsay/Lindsey, 
> (though usually that pari goes M/F), Kim/Kym (A Kim can be 
> either, a Kym will be male) and Chris.

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