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

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Mon May 2 20:52:34 UTC 2016


The name on the birth certificate of my late uncle Jay Bissonet was "J"; 
he was born with a cleft palate, and they weren't sure he'd live. (This 
was close to a century ago.) Rather than (potentially) waste a perfectly 
good name on him, they gave him an initial - one which could be 
converted to a name without difficulty.

Jim Parish

On 5/2/2016 7:47 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> 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.
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> LH
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>> On May 2, 2016, at 6:13 PM, Cleve Evans <cevans at BELLEVUE.EDU> wrote:
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>> Just what percentage of males and females need to bear a name before you all consider it "unisex"?
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>> 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".
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>> 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.
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>> Cleveland Evans
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>> 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>
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>>> Remember Jaye P. Morgan?
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>> 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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