perception of gender in names
juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US
Mon Jun 10 20:01:53 UTC 2002
Laurie Bauer is originally from the Uk, I believe. Laurie, are you out there?
In the US, Robin can go either way, as can Toni, Jerry, Lynn, and a host of others. I have a female colleague whose name is Michael. My brother-in-law's name is Kerry, which sounds to me like a female name. Of course, many of the names that can go either way have different spellings, depending on whether males or females have them.
>>> laurence.horn at YALE.EDU 06/10/02 12:47PM >>>
At 11:11 AM -0700 6/10/02, FRITZ JUENGLING wrote:
> >>> adrian.pable at ENS.UNIBE.CH 05/27/02 03:28AM >>>
>I always find it difficult as a German speaker to tell whether
>certain English names are female or male, e.g. Laurie and Lyle
>Lyle is male and Laurie looks female to me. However, I have dealt
>with people from other English-speaking countries named Laurie or
>Lawrie (UK and South Africa, respectively) who are males. I believe
>in both cases, it's short for Lawrence. But it still sounds very
>odd to me.
I grew up as Laurie (although to survive junior high school I
converted to Larry) and it was short for Laurence. My mother
believed that Laurence --> Laurie while Lawrence --> Larry, but it
doesn't really work that way most of the time. I was actually named
for the character Laurie in _Little Women_, whose full name was
Theodore Laurence. Most of the male Lauries around anymore are from
commonwealth lands--Scotland, maybe England, Canada, and as you say
South Africa, as well as the antipodes, as in our (current?
erstwhile?) listmate, Laurie Bauer from New Zealand.
Larry, nT Laurie
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