Posted 15 September 2008 - 09:57 PM
I like to think I have a different perspective on unisex names then most traditionalists. I've live in UK and currently in the States, and from what I've seen people here in the States are all about making themselves unique, since most people living here have your traditional English or Anglicized version of foreign names. I grew up knowing a Leslie, Lindsey, and Darcy - all 3 were boys. They lived in England, where these names are traditionally male. Not to bash my own country, but it seems people in the States are generally the first to convert clear cut male English first names, or even surnames, and use them on their daughters. I don't know if it's still a rebellious streak that, like a teenager, we need to do something drastic to separate us from the mother-land or whatever. I mean James on a girl? Are you kidding me?! In any language there is a clear cute Masculine or Feminine possession of a word. The same holds true with names. Some people don't like to think about gender identification coming from something as simple as a first name, but that's not the way our multi cultural, multi lingual world works. There ARE rules in language, and YES names are definitely a vital part of any language. I'm a translator and can vouch that when I'm transcribing legal documents or contracts I NEED to know that yes, this letter is singed by a Mr. James Doe not a Ms. James Doe. People don't sign their names Mr or Ms. Grr!!
I know most people who like unisex names aren't going to change their minds after reading this, but I hope they AT LEAST take pause and consider the ramifications of the name they do choose.
Alright, I've said my peace. Sorry, if I've offended anyone.