Thursday, 28 January 2016

Adam and Eve.

Small pointless observation:

Most male names seem to end in consonants.

Most female names seem to end in vowels.

At least in the Western cultural linguistic tradition. Indeed a masculine name can be feminised by adding a vowel. Paul > Paula, Brendan > Brenda, Peter > Petra, Patrick > Patricia, Fred > Freda, etc.

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Pete said...

The same is broadly true in Thai.

It should be borne in mind that all first names in Thai are Pali-Sanskrit in origin (except about half of the Muslims). Pali-Sanskrit are Indo-European languages. Since you almost certainly took your point of reference as Indo-European languages (but not Italian with its male names ending in vowels), you could widen your research to include other language groups to see if your hypothesis holds fast.

Pete said...

Nigel --> Nigella