[DWJ] In which I satisfy the curious (I hope!)

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Thu Sep 21 16:48:22 EDT 2006

Minnow wrote:
> This has to be Western theory, or at least not-Japanese, because don't
> female Japanese names tend to end with an "o" sound?
They often end with the syllable '-ko' (which in isolation means 'child').
> Attilla.  I have never heard it used in England and it isn't in any of the
> "name your baby" books I have around the place, but it does exist.
> (Actually, I went and looked in the books-of-names at this point, and apart
> from Attilla, which wasn't there, all the boys' names I found ending in "a"
> came from the Hebrew: Amasa, Asa, Elijah, Elisha, Ira, Joshua, Josiah,
> Zachariah and Zedekiah -- I'm counting "ah" as "a-really", but I don't
> think that's cheating *too* much.)
Attilla is neither Indo-European nor Semitic. In Indian culture 
(certainly north, and I think south as well), names in -a are usually 
male. Female names are often in -i.


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