A few posts back I mentioned that it was difficult to find interesting female names in eighteenth century sources. Well, ignore that. All the names below are of real women who married between 1538 and 1700. The names were taken from the Berkshire Parish Registers.
Many people dislike 'boy names' being given to girls. Clearly, though, this is not a new occurence. Parents have been giving their daughters masculine names for a very long time. I neither dislike or like this trend. It's all about individual names and individual circumstances, for me. I think we really have to ask: What is gender? How do we define it? If it's not all to do with body parts, is there really a problem with giving girls boy names?
Image: 'The Jewish Bride' by Rembrandt