An honest question about other cultures and languages (I)

Please forgive me my ignorance here. I just want to know something …..

Is there any culture in the world which lacks the notion of “boys’ names” and “girls’ names”?

3 Responses to “An honest question about other cultures and languages (I)”

  1. Zeth says:

    There are languages that don’t have separate he/she. Most given names tend to come from Christianity or some other religion or historical/mythological basis, and thus are gendered, but it would be interesting to find out if there are any exceptions.

    Many Indian names appear epicene (common to both) but that is because the transliteration into Latin characters loses information. However, I think someone once said something about Sikh names being all adjectives? If so then you might want to look into that.

  2. AJS says:

    That’s kind of interesting. I remember from Religious Studies classes in secondary school all those years ago that Sikhs took the name “Singh” or “Kaur” at coming-of-age; but nobody ever mentioned that first names were unisex, nor what they really meant.

    Not that there would have been time to fit it in anyway, given the apparently disproportionate amount of time my school devoted to Judaism.