Monthly topic: Masc/fem pairs

The monthly topic for February is going to be masculine/feminine pairs of names, but very broadly construed. When we asked for input as to the topic on social media, a commenter on Facebook suggested “Names that have switched genders between medieval usage and now”, which we think is an excellent way of interpreting the broad topic! In addition to this, we will also take a look at when and where you find masculine/feminine name pairs; the influence of Latinization; dithematic Germanic names and which themes are used by which genders; and rare examples of masculine names formed from feminine names.

So a bit of a hodge-podge but we hope you’ll find it interesting!

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