[Ads-l] [Marketing Mail] Re: Name "Jay" goes unisex

Cleve Evans cevans at BELLEVUE.EDU
Mon May 2 18:13:13 UTC 2016

Just what percentage of males and females need to bear a name before you all consider it "unisex"?

According to Social Security's data, in 2014 there were 34 boys and 31 girls born in the USA named Jae; 831 boys and 17 girls named Jay; 10 boys and 13 girls named Jaye. There were also 196 boys and 32 girls named Jai, but that spelling may often be pronounced to rhyme with "lie" or "buy". 

As an official first name on birth certificates, then, the spelling Jay was still almost 98% male, while the much rarer Jaye was 56% female, with Jae being 52% male. Jaye and Jae would seem to be "unisex", but giving a girl the spelling Jay as an official first name still seems to be a bit eccentric.

Cleveland Evans

P.S. Data for 2015 will probably be available sometime within the next two weeks. 

On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 7:24 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Remember Jaye P. Morgan?

As a matter of fact, I do! That name is probably the subconscious basis of my facile assumption that Jaye Padgett must needs be a woman, till - well, y'all probably prefer "before," but y'all gnome sane - we became Facebook friends.
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