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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon May 2 20:47:04 UTC 2016


There's also the name J or J., as in the movie reviewer J. Hoberman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Hoberman), although that's not his actual name. Wonder how many other J's of either sex are out there.  Google also provides at least two individuals named "Jeigh", I assume pronounced like "Jay(e)", one of each sex.  If there's really just one of each (Jeigh Moore, female; Jeigh Singleton, male), this is a true unisex name.  

LH


> On May 2, 2016, at 6:13 PM, Cleve Evans <cevans at BELLEVUE.EDU> wrote:
> 
> 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. 
> 
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> On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 7:24 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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>> 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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