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Perhaps it might be, at least partly, the other way round that when aname loses popularity as a male name, it becomes available as a female one. Someone mentioned Douglas is Brian next?

There's already Brianne. Does anyone actually know a girl called Douglas? (or is it Doug-lass?)
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Steve Hayes wrote on 16 Jun 2004:
Do you mean "feminine" here? How can one be "more" or "less" female or male?

Female in sex, but masculine in gender?

Yes, Steve, that's the one possibility that I'd thought of, a female consciousness trapped inside a male body.

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Dylan Nicholson wrote on 16 Jun 2004:

That "Dug-less", I believe.

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Is Sidney as a female name an upper-class twit name in the UK, then?

I've never met an English woman called Sidney. I think that I have heard or seen an actress called Sidonie. Wasn't that one of Colette's names?

One of my second cousins was a ballet dancer and choreographer, and used the stage name Sidonie Danell or Sidonie Darell.
She was Gillian Veronica Scott, nee Bain.
If you have any information about her, I'd love to know more!
When I mentioned it to my wife she said she ... nights newespaper there was a picture of a female Cydne.

What about Cyd Charisse?

Haven't heard of that one!

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I've just been reading "A suitable vengeance" by Elizabeth George, ... which is why I've only encountered her now.

Please excuse the digression, but it seems that Scotland Yard is mighty crowded these days with Thomas Lynley et al ... all working on more murder cases than England sees in a year and yet they never bump into each other.

Just as well Reg Wexford is in Sussex (East or West?) and Morse was in Oxford before he popped his clogs, or it might have got even more crowded. Not to mention Skinner in Edinburgh.

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Please excuse the digression, but it seems that Scotland Yard ... a year and yet they never bump into each other.

Two more androgynous names that people have forgotten

Julian and Robin ( I know in the US the female form of the late is usually Robyn)
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I've just been reading "A suitable vengeance" by Elizabeth George, ... "Sidney". I've never encountered a female Sidney in real life,

IMDb turns up Sidney Brammer, Sidney Fox, Sidney Greenbush and several more. Even more if you want to count Sydne Rome.

Cydney Charisse?
IGMC.

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Please excuse the digression, but it seems that Scotland Yard ... a year and yet they never bump into each other.

Just as well Reg Wexford is in Sussex (East or West?) and Morse was in Oxford before he popped his clogs, or it might have got even more crowded. Not to mention Skinner in Edinburgh.

Who never bumps into Rebus.
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