Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Are So Many Girls Given Boy Names But Not The Other Way Around?

Dear McFartnuggets: 
Why are so many girls given boy names, but not the other way around? It’s not too uncommon to meet a woman named “Ryan” or “Taylor” but you never meet a man named “Christine” or “Shirley.” What is the issue here? -- Patrice from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Dear Patrice:
I believe it’s a sign of gender inequality. It’s acceptable and almost empowering to give a girl a man’s name (provided it isn’t too masculine like Lawrence or Kenneth) but it would be considered embarrassing to give your son a name like Tiffany or Jacqueline. It’s a sad state of affairs when a parent can name their daughter Stevie or Daryl, but can’t name their son Genevieve or Gwenyth. I think that’s something society needs to work on. When women have true equality you’ll start to see more baby boys named Amber and Rosa, but til then the whole giving kids names from the incorrect gender will be a girl thing.

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