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    Cool Martyn

    Hi,

    Is Martyn a boy's name or a girl's name?

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    Re: Martyn

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Is Martyn a boy's name or a girl's name?
    Generally, a boy's name. It's an alternative spelling of Martin. Though these days, names seem to be unisex quite often!

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    Re: Martyn

    In the US these days it is often difficult to determine a person's gender from their written name. Very "trendy" parents have been giving their female babies traditionally male names for the last five years or more. Teachers reading their classroom attendance sheet on the first day of school have become accustomed to discovering that Elliott, Justyn, Owen and Martyn are female students.

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    Re: Martyn

    They're also making up names quite a lot too, or coming up with unusual spellings of ordinary names.

    Coincidentally, given the name in this thread, the usual female version of Martin is Martine, but I recently saw this spelt "Mahteen". I despair, sometimes. I'm rather in favour of the Swedish system where, I believe, when you go to register a child's name, if they think it's ridiculous or made up, they simply refuse to register it!!!

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    Re: Martyn

    You two ladies may enjoy this Web site. I go here when I need a good laugh.
    Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Martyn

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You two ladies may enjoy this Web site. I go here when I need a good laugh.
    Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing
    I only got as far as Section II and already started to think that forced sterilisation might be a good thing!

    (Before anyone shouts, I'm joking! )

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    Re: Martyn

    But aren't her responses hysterical?

    Hint: Any time you need to include how to pronounce the name in parentheses, it's a bad, bad name!
    Last edited by Barb_D; 19-Jun-2010 at 22:21.
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