View Poll Results: Lindsay is:
male 30 15.23%
female 141 71.57%
I would have no idea either way 26 13.20%
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:36 PM
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Lindsay: male or female?

Just curious: if you saw the given name "Lindsay", would you expect the person to be male or female? Said person is middle-aged and British, if that makes a difference.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:42 PM
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I immediately think of Lindsay Wagner (because I'm old), so I think 'female'.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:44 PM
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Middle Aged British, I might say male. But off the top of my head, "Lindsay Graham" is the only male Lindsay I can think of.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:44 PM
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I thought Lindsay was originally female and Lindsey was originally male, although I can't seem to find a cite. Several websites say that now either name can be used for a boy or a girl, indicating that there was a distinction in the past.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:47 PM
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I'm aware that the name was originally male, but all the Lindsays I've met have been women.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:47 PM
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Shit, I clicked too fast. Just Lindsay with no other information is female. Knowing it's a middle aged Briton switches it to male in my head for some reason.
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:38 PM
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Lindsay - female

Lindsey - male

in my head at least

Last edited by Rhiannon8404; 09-12-2012 at 06:39 PM. Reason: wrote it backward...bleah
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:45 PM
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Female.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:28 PM
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Male.

At least it was until a certain drug addled redhead actress became identified with the name.

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Old 09-12-2012, 07:51 PM
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I voted female because I named my daughter Lindsay, but I've known men by that name.

Of course, I also have an uncle named Leslie, so maybe my family just has a tenuous grasp on names and gender.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:53 PM
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I immediately think of Lindsay Wagner (because I'm old), so I think 'female'.
Guess I'm even older, because I read it as unisex.

I'm sorry, but using last names as first names has always struck me as bizarre. Whether for boys or girls, it makes no difference, it has a weird ring to it either way. I think it must have started as a WASP custom, because nobody had such names in the ethnic environment where I grew up.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:08 PM
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Shit, I clicked too fast. Just Lindsay with no other information is female. Knowing it's a middle aged Briton switches it to male in my head for some reason.

Lindsay Buckingham

But Lindsay Wagner was my first Lindsay, then Buckingham, so...it still seems a girlish name, but so is Leslie. And Nat is rather masculine, yet that's MY name, so there ya go.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:16 PM
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I would expect any given Lindsey to be female, but not be surprised if they were male. Same with Leslie, Kelly, Shannon, Jamie.

I didn't know the spelling -ay/-ey indicated gender, that's interesting.
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The first Lindsay I ever knew was a boy, so I always associated that name with being male.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:57 PM
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Probably female but I'd double-check to be sure. The spelling would make it much more likely, but still not definite.

If the person were British and middle-aged then I'd be even more likely to say female, because I've known female Lyndsays in that age group but not male.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:11 PM
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I just met a girl Lindsay at my school... so perhaps that biases me.

But it definitely sounds female to me.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:17 PM
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Lindsay Buckingham
Lindsey
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:17 PM
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I dated a female Lindsay so female it is.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:41 PM
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The first Lindsay I ever knew was a boy, so I always associated that name with being male.
Similarly, in my first encounter with the name Hillary, that was a male. So it took me a long time (and years later) before Hillary seemed suitable for a female. (Not sure how spelling counted. It might have been Hilary.)


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I didn't know the spelling -ay/-ey indicated gender, that's interesting.
Likewise, there's Francis (male) / Frances (female). But these might be pronounced subtly differently too:
Francis: Fran-siss.
Frances: Fran-seez.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:58 PM
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Likewise, there's Francis (male) / Frances (female). But these might be pronounced subtly differently too:
Francis: Fran-siss.
Frances: Fran-seez.
The two women I know who are names Frances, pronounce their name exactly like the male spelling.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:44 PM
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Interesting--without reading the OP I too immediately said "female," because basically everybody I've ever known with a name like Lindsay is female and (currently) under about 30.

But like a couple of others, when I read it was middle-aged and British I said, 'Oh, wait a minute...maybe it's male."

And now that I think about it, I would have almost exactly the same response with Robin.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:49 PM
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Or Evelyn or Meredith or Leslie or Ashley or Winifred or Hilary...

It always goes one direction. Boy names easily get adopted as girl names. But never in reverse. Never, never, never, with only one known exception: Sue K. Hicks. Because it's disgraceful for a man to have any feminine attributes, while women get vastly more leeway about taking on masculine attributes. Is there any way to interpret this phenomenon other than that masculinity is valued while femininity is devalued?
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:50 AM
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Female. The name automatically evokes an image of a preppy girl in her early to mid 20s.

The only name I can think of right now where I don't make an automatic assumption about gender is Jordan. And I guess also Alex.
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My uncle's name is Lindsay but I know women with the name as well.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:14 AM
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I know a male Lindsay (from Scotland) and a female Lindsey (from the USA). I think both are gender neutral.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:27 AM
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Is there any way to interpret this phenomenon other than that masculinity is valued while femininity is devalued?
Slowly, but surely, the women are reducing the pool of male names to one, emphasizing the fungibility of males and increasing their expendability.

Males already commit suicide at a higher rate.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:17 AM
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First I think male, then I think either a female chav or an American woman or a female American chav (or whatchamacallit, white trash or something).

I recently had to email a Lindsay, but it was a Dr so that was easy! I guessed man for him though, because he was English, and I was right.

I get emails back all the time saying "Dear Mr [my name]", I've sometimes wonder if I should put something in my signature, like Ms? But that's so weird. Maybe I should just get a PhD too, just to help people out.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:51 AM
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IME, Britons are much less likely to gender-bend when naming kids than Americans.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:52 AM
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My nickname is Lindsey, so I associate it with female. I would be weirded out to hear a male introduced as Lindsey...... just my opinion!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:59 AM
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Maybe Lindsaybluth can help. She is of the female persuasion, but obviously not her real name.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:43 AM
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I'm sure the suspense was killing you, so I will reveal that the person in question was male.

In my experience, Lindsay with an "i" and an "a" is usually male, Lindsey or (especially) Lyndsey is female. Below the age of about 30, though, all bets are off.

I went to school with a male Ashley, born in the late 1970s. One of my female friends is married to another male Ashley of a similar age. I reckon they must be the last of the breed, though, as Ashleys nowadays are all irritating American high-school girls.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:08 AM
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Not only female, but cute and blonde. I don't think I've ever known a Lindsay who was anything but.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:12 AM
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I feel the name Lindsay has big tits. So, female.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:21 AM
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I feel the name Lindsay has big tits. So, female.
Not so of Lindsay Bluth.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:24 AM
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Not so of Lindsay Bluth.

She doesn't have big tits or isn't female?

I can't comment on the former but she assures me she is female.
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My first "Lindsey" was thate cute lawyer from Wolfram & Hart. Wikipedia seems to indiate that alternate spellings do not indicate gender.

I once knew a girl named Michael--angels don't really have gender, do they? And who can forget The Man They Call Jayne?
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I've always thought of Lindsay as a girl's name. I always wondered why Lindsey Buckingham had a girl's name.

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And Nat is rather masculine, yet that's MY name, so there ya go.
I think of Nat as a nickname for Natalie, which is definitely a female name. I can't think of a male name which would use Nat for short, except for Nathaniel, but that would more than likely be Nate.

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She doesn't have big tits or isn't female?
You tell me. (Possibly a little NSFW.)
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I once knew a girl named Michael
Me too. And let's not forget the actress Michael Learned.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:48 AM
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Not so of Lindsay Bluth.
Female like that don't need no big tits.
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Female like that don't need no big tits.
Female like that better with small tits.
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A middle-aged British Lindsay would be more likely to be male IMO. I'm interested in names, so I'm aware that Lindsay is traditionally a male anglo name. However in the states, probably 90% of Lindsays are female (and under 35).
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A middle-aged British Lindsay would be more likely to be male IMO. I'm interested in names, so I'm aware that Lindsay is traditionally a male anglo name. However in the states, probably 90% of Lindsays are female (and under 35).
That's true for the uk too - it is mostly a female name here, easily 90%, with more males in scotland.
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Shit, I clicked too fast. Just Lindsay with no other information is female. Knowing it's a middle aged Briton switches it to male in my head for some reason.
This, sort of.

"Lindsay" with an A scans like the traditional male version of the name (I also picture a former mayor of NYC whose last name was Lindsay); but in my probably limited experience, "Lindsey" tends to be the spelling of the female name that has taken over in popularity, genderwise, in the past 20-30 years.

That said, I don't personally know any Lindsays/Lindseys. The only male "Lindsay" I could think of offhand is Lindsay Buckingham, the guitiarist from the band Fleetwood Mac, and a Wikipedia cross-check reveals that he spells it "Lindsey" (d'oh!). As a female name, the only one I can think of is the fictional character Lindsey Neagle from The Simpsons.
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Probably female but I'd double-check to be sure. The spelling would make it much more likely, but still not definite.

If the person were British and middle-aged then I'd be even more likely to say female, because I've known female Lyndsays in that age group but not male.
How funny. I am a middle aged British female and my take is that a middle aged Lyndsay would be male but would pretty much have to come from Scotland. All the female Lyndsays I know (of) are younger. It may of course depend on where you think middle aged starts -- and I've got to the stage where that's a year or so older than me.
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Not only female, but cute and blonde. I don't think I've ever known a Lindsay who was anything but.
May I introduce you to an estate agent?
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:22 PM
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May I introduce you to an estate agent?
Well thanks, you've just ruined the world of Lindsays for me.
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I voted male, given the "middle-aged and British" info, but lacking that I would have voted "female".
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:39 PM
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Lindsay Lohan immediately springs to mind. Female.

I've never met a male Lindsay among the Brits over here. OTOH, I've never personally met a Lindsay of either gender my whole life.

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Old 09-14-2012, 01:19 AM
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I've always thought of Lindsay as a girl's name. I always wondered why Lindsey Buckingham had a girl's name.


I think of Nat as a nickname for Natalie, which is definitely a female name. I can't think of a male name which would use Nat for short, except for Nathaniel, but that would more than likely be Nate.
You're right on that, on both counts. That's my name, and my nephew's name is Nathaniel/Nate. Hrm...now I'm struggling to think of a guy with the nickname of Nat. I always associated it as sounding male, when I'm very much not so.
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