History Main / GenderBlenderName

17th Feb '17 12:37:51 PM SolariusScorch
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Most of the time, one can guess somebody's gender by reading his/her first name. Most first names have a well-defined gender, such as [[AliceAndBob Alice or Robert]].[[note]]In Germany you even have to give a child at least one first name which makes the child's sex (since assigning a child male or female at birth is the only thing that matters for this) clear. This both reinforces the gender binary for everyone and can be a problem especially for intersex (or probably any non-cisgender) people, since the only sexes - and, as a consequence, genders - that are officially (by german law, the gouvernment) acknowledged in Germany are male and female.[[/note]]

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Most of the time, one can guess somebody's gender by reading his/her first name. Most first names have a well-defined gender, such as [[AliceAndBob Alice or Robert]].[[note]]In Germany many countries you even have to give a child at least one first name which makes the child's sex (since assigning a child male or female at birth is the only thing that matters for this) clear. This both reinforces the gender binary for everyone and can be a problem especially for intersex (or probably any non-cisgender) people, since the only sexes - and, as a consequence, genders - that are officially (by german law, the gouvernment) acknowledged in Germany are male and female.clear.[[/note]]
11th Feb '17 7:03:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* Holly on ''Series/RedDwarf'' starts out as a balding middle aged man, and only in series 3 becomes a blonde woman. Curiously in a parallel universe, Holly's female counterpart, whose likeness he later copies, is called 'Hilly'. Strictly speaking, as a computer, 'he' doesn't have a gender, and the name is partly influenced by HAL ('HAB' was used in a [[SonOfCliche prototype radio show]]). Not that it matters as 'Holly' is a unisex name anyway, it's simply more commonly seen as a woman's name than a man's which is why it doesn't matter that Holly was originally supposed to be a girl. The writers were blown away by Norman Lovett's performance, and cast him instead.

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* Holly on ''Series/RedDwarf'' starts out as a balding middle aged man, and only in series 3 becomes a blonde woman. Curiously in a parallel universe, Holly's female counterpart, whose likeness he later copies, is called 'Hilly'. Strictly speaking, as a computer, 'he' doesn't have a gender, and the name is partly influenced by HAL ('HAB' was used in a [[SonOfCliche [[Radio/SonOfCliche prototype radio show]]). Not that it matters as 'Holly' is a unisex name anyway, it's simply more commonly seen as a woman's name than a man's which is why it doesn't matter that Holly was originally supposed to be a girl. The writers were blown away by Norman Lovett's performance, and cast him instead.
8th Feb '17 2:41:08 PM Kombucha
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* Literature/{{Sapphire}}: Not only does Claude sound rather feminine in English, it is a gender-neutral name in his native French. Rather fitting for a French-born {{Bishounen}}, eh?

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* Literature/{{Sapphire}}: Not only does Claude sound rather feminine in English, to some English speakers, it is a gender-neutral name in his native French. Rather fitting for a French-born {{Bishounen}}, eh?
8th Feb '17 8:56:00 AM Morgenthaler
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** Due to the nickname deriving from these names, Mike from ''MikeLuAndOg'' should fit in here. Her given name, however, is the [[AerithAndBob rathern uncommon]] Michelanne, but still [[EmbarrassingFirstName she prefers Mike]].

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** Due to the nickname deriving from these names, Mike from ''MikeLuAndOg'' ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'' should fit in here. Her given name, however, is the [[AerithAndBob rathern uncommon]] Michelanne, but still [[EmbarrassingFirstName she prefers Mike]].
24th Jan '17 2:47:15 PM Xtifr
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** There are both a Georgia and a Georgette in the NewsFlesh Trilogy. Georgia goes by [[Film/DawnOfTheDead1978 George]], matching her (adoptive) brother [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]]. Georgette goes by [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]].

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** There are both a Georgia and a Georgette in the NewsFlesh Literature/{{Newsflesh}} Trilogy. Georgia goes by [[Film/DawnOfTheDead1978 George]], matching her (adoptive) brother [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]]. Georgette goes by [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]].
24th Jan '17 1:49:46 PM Willbyr
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** Kaede (mostly used for females, although [[SlamDunk Rukawa]] stands out as a rare exception).

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** Kaede (mostly used for females, although [[SlamDunk [[Manga/SlamDunk Rukawa]] stands out as a rare exception).
21st Jan '17 5:42:51 PM nombretomado
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* Novelist AnneRice's legal given name is Howard Allen O'Brien, because her parents thought it would be cute to name a girl Howard. Apparently, she didn't agree; on her first day of kindergarten, and she answered "Anne". (Remarkably quick thinking for a five-year old.) Her mother witnessed this but chose not to correct her.

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* Novelist AnneRice's Creator/AnneRice's legal given name is Howard Allen O'Brien, because her parents thought it would be cute to name a girl Howard. Apparently, she didn't agree; on her first day of kindergarten, and she answered "Anne". (Remarkably quick thinking for a five-year old.) Her mother witnessed this but chose not to correct her.
19th Jan '17 7:56:32 PM tejojo
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* Some theme park rides with pre-recorded video use this so that the ride attendant can be male or female. For instance, at the "Disaster!" ride at Universal Studios Orlando, the real-life person interacting with Frank Kincaid (a pre-filmed ChristopherWalken) is named Taylor, which can be a boy or a girl. At the "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Music/{{Aerosmith}}" in Disney's Hollywood Studios park, the assistant in the recording booth who interacts with Aerosmith in the pre-ride video is similarly named "Sam".

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* Some theme park rides with pre-recorded video use this so that the ride attendant can be male or female. For instance, at the "Disaster!" ride at Universal Studios Orlando, the real-life person interacting with Frank Kincaid (a pre-filmed ChristopherWalken) is named Taylor, Lonnie, which can be a boy or a girl. At the "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Music/{{Aerosmith}}" in Disney's Hollywood Studios park, the assistant in the recording booth who interacts with Aerosmith in the pre-ride video is similarly named "Sam".
19th Jan '17 1:21:42 PM Willbyr
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** Hence Adrian Andrews from ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney.''

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** Hence Adrian Andrews from ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney.''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney.''



* Nic/Nick/Nicki/Nicky - Nicole, Nicola, Nicholas... [[PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix?]] or possibly a full name. Also, Dominique..

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* Nic/Nick/Nicki/Nicky - Nicole, Nicola, Nicholas... [[PhoenixWrightAceAttorney [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix?]] or possibly a full name. Also, Dominique..
18th Jan '17 10:23:33 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Sarah eventually reveals that her birth name is "Sam" (she previously revealed that her middle name is "Lisa"). It's not clear if it's "Samantha" or just "Sam". Her real last name is never revealed.


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** In ''Film/IdentityThief'', Sandy Patterson is constantly teased about his first name, despite him constantly correcting people and pointing out that he was named after Sandy Koufax. It also works for Diana, who uses the neutral name to open several credit cards and make a fake driver's license with the same Social Security Number.
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