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2019.12.20

What's in a Name? Part 1

Hello everyone, Jessica here.

Names and nicknames have been coming up a lot in class recently so I thought I'd write a little about them. Today I'll talk about names and some tips to help you identify whether they're male or female names.

If a name ends in '-a', it's most likely a woman's name. Just like my name.

A few examples:

Male //////////Female

Alexander ////Alexandra

Victor//////// Victoria

Oliver ////////Olivia

George/////// Georgia

As you can see here, more traditional names are often (but not always) -er/-or for men and -a/-ia for women.

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Another good guide is -ie for women. This one is helpful BUT a lot of more modern men's names are changing to adopt these endings too. Male names will usually be spelt with a -y or -e though as -ie feels too cute. e.g. Bradley or Jesse. Let's have a look:

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Male /////// Female

Kyle ///////Kylie

Jules ///////Julie

Stephan ////Stephanie

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However, many modern names are unisex which means they can be for a man or a woman. A good example is Alex. Alex can be a nickname for Alexander or Alexandra but it can also be a name by itself. Jordan, Taylor and Morgan are some other common unisex names.

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I'll leave you with a final common ending for women's names which is '-tte'. This comes from French but we use many names in English that follow this rule; such as Juliette, Charlotte, Annette and Bridgette. These will always be female.

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