Gender neutral names: Don't be so sure!

David Van Fleet, Leanne Atwater

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Males and females were asked to rate the gender neutrality of familiar and unfamiliar names in order to identify gender neutral names for training and research purposes. A large group of non-traditional students and a group of practicing managers provided responses to a series of names. Two follow-up studies were also conducted to provide replication and verification. Initially, 26 familiar and 21 unfamiliar names were studied although in the final study that was expanded to include nine more familiar names. The most neutral names identified were Pat, Terry, Chris, and Lee.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-123
Number of pages13
JournalSex Roles
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Van Fleet, D., & Atwater, L. (1997). Gender neutral names: Don't be so sure! Sex Roles, 37(1-2), 111-123.