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I was almost named Shirley, but my parents played it safe. My maternal grandfather was named Shirley--friends called him Shirl--and he was, by all accounts, a "man's man." I think I would have had a "Boy Named Sue" kind of childhood if I had been named Shirley, but now that I'm older (37) I sometimes wish I hadn't missed out on a unique name. After all, how many "David"s are there in my generation? (Answer: many.)
Evan Rachel Wood.
The reason for the girls named Evan in the early 21st century.
If I recall correctly.. wasn't King Arthur's Sister named Morgan?
Morgen Le Fea.
I wrote a crossword a couple years ago called "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" featuring "crossover" names like Joyce Cary, Shirley Povich, and Evelyn Waugh. It's still online at http://www.thehighhat.com/Detritus/005/xword.html .
I wonder what Ms. Nilsen has to say about names from other languages/cultures adopted by Americans to name children of the opposite gender, e.g. Kristen, Andrea, etc. That seems interesting to me.
Besides the Census website, people should consult the Social Security Administration who have a great name database: http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/.
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