Is there any logic behind having "boy names" and "girl names"?
Not really, many of them have been or are becoming interchangeable anyways.
True! My neighbor is a male-Leslie, a friends dad is Francis, and a good friend (male) Courtney. My son is Jesse, names change, trends change.
There is logic in naming a child a name that won't hinder their success (boy named Sue example). But the names themselves are purely changeable social constructs. For example: Sidney used to be a male name and now (with a y) is predominantly female
Heh, good point. Can't really think of one.
The only names I have a point of contention with are hipster names like Brayden or Jayden or Dakota --- the first two sound like the offspring of lame yuppies and the third sounds like what you'd name a dog
But I like the name Dakota :-\
(funny I actually wanted to name my dog that a few years back so I could call him Koda Bear but yeah it does sound sorta doggish but WHY CANT I JUST HAVE SOMEONE TO CALL KODA BEAR EVEN IF ITS A HUMAN CHILD UGH)
Only in Spanish.
Of course there is. Boys and girls are different. Had you not noticed?
That has nothing to do with names being put into different categories. A name is just a bunch of phonemes that don't have to reflect gender.
But one would tend to presume that parents would like the name to reflect the gender of the child. Most people just aren't going to name their sons Susan or Ernestine, or their daughters Bob or Ralph.
It's true for names traditionally used for one gender, so to name a boy Sue isn't a good idea, but nothing against using gender neutral names.
...like Refrigerator or Frog?
No, more like invented names that don't have ballast. Let's say I invent a name, it's "Vayley". Fine for girls and boys. It isn't "loaded" like your suggestions. What is wrong with it?
Nothing, really. My only reservation is that if you see the name you don't know if it's male or female, leading to some confusion. If I'm responding to a blog post by Vayley, I don't know whether to call him/her Sir or Ma'am. That's all. :o)
So couldn't you just ask? Or not really care what it's gender is because it doesn't make a difference
Now that I think about it, nope. Not a big deal though.
"Life ain't easy for a boy named Sue"
I have an uncle named Coral.
no, names are a social construct. some names have flip flopped back and forth over the centuries and some have become unisex while some unisex names have went to one gender or the other. its all dependent on what's popular at the time
No, and I favor unisex names like Kim (Kim Jong Un or Kim Kardashian).
Kim is his surname.
I'd rather not be called Butch, thank you.
yes but is the logic sound?
No. Not a big deal in my opinion though.
Not particularly, I don't think, especially since some of them are not gender specific.
No but now that they exist good luck getting rid of them. Bigger fish etc etc.
To separate them during roll call!
None at all
I guess not logic as much as custom maybe?
But is there any point in following custom? Tradition is usually rather illogical, no?
Usually, but at the same time if you name your son Jessica, he will be made fun of and on paper, will be assumed to be a girl. Likewise with a girl named George.
What's interesting is when you think about how there are a lot more girls with "boy" names than boys with girl names. If a girl has a "boy" name people don't assume negative things about her, but they do about a boy with a "girl" name.