"Tristan" now feminine given name

Joanne M. Despres jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Fri Feb 24 15:06:30 UTC 2006

Quite a few nuns I've known have taken male names and combined
them with other female ones:  Sister William Marie, Sister Helen
James John, Sister Elizabeth Henry, etc.  I think they're allowed to
re-name themselves when they become sisters and (evidently)
aren't restricted as to the gender of the name.  This, of course, is a
very esoteric phenomenon within a small community.


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