What’s in a Name?
Our notions of names and gender may be showing some ‘fluidity.’ A long-time trend of male names losing their popularity or even their acceptibility once the same names become popular for girls may be shifting to a new ‘gender fluidity.’ While it’s still true that fewer and fewer boys are named Leslie, Shirley, Kim, Ashley, Shannon, Whitney, or Carol, other names have emerged as unisex monikers: Jordan, Angel, or Peyton. Logan has re-emerged as a more clearly male name. See this article in today’s N.Y. Times Magazine. The essay was penned by Sam Kean: is that Samuel or Samantha? Does it matter?