"Tristan" now feminine given name

Joanne M. Despres jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Fri Feb 24 14:47:59 UTC 2006

Of course, plenty of female names end up being cut back to male
names in their nickname form.  For example, I've heard women
named "Georgette" referred to as "George."  There's also "Sam" for
"Samantha," "Bert" for "Bertha" or "Roberta," "Marty" for "Martha,"
"Jo" for "Joanne," etc., etc.


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