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    Masculine forms of feminine names?

    Feminine forms of originally masculine names abound, but what about names that turn this pattern on its head?

    Demetrius, Dimitri, etc. - from Demeter
    Cecil, Caecilius, etc. - from Cecilia
    Beatus - from Beata
    Cassander - from Cassandra
    Dorotheos - from Dorothea
    Isaurus - from Isaura
    Euphemios - from Euphemia
    Hypatos - from Hypatia
    Hortensius - from Hortensia
    Laurus, Lauro - from Laura
    Lucretius - from Lucretia
    Natalius, Natale, Natalio - from Natalia
    Sabinus - from Sabina
    Zoran - from Zora
    Agathon - from Agatha
    Carmine - from Carmen
    Laelius, Laelio - from Laelia
    Leocadio, Leocadius - from Leocadia
    Zenobios, Zenobio - from Zenobia

    * I used Behind the Name as my source; I know, for example, that Nameberry has Cecilia listed as a "feminine form of Cecil," rather than the other way around, but BtN has Cecil being derived from Caecilius, which was in turn listed as a masculine form of Cecilia. A list of more potential candidates can be found here (though this list may not be 100% valid): http://www.behindthename.com/submit/...=m&operator=or

    What do you think? Which do you like (or like best)? Can you think of any others?
    on my mind, for the moment

    Daria | Athena | Ramona | Winifred | Maeve | Blythe | Nadine | Dorothea | Margot | Cyra | Renata | Hypatia | Junia | Thisbe

    Flynn | Otto | Winston | Claude | Leif | Roald | Tavish | Lionel | Cormac | Tobin | Oswin | Rory | Damon | Tycho

    Mildred "Red" ☆ Obedience "Bede" ☆ Relief "Leafy" ☆ Dorothea "Doro" ☆ Penelope "Pen" ☆ Ruth "Rue" ☆ Eudoxia "Exie"

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    There's some pretty nice names amongst the list there. I can't really think of any others to add, but I like the following names from the list:
    Demetrius
    Demeter
    Cecil
    Zoran
    Carmine
    Updated Name List- http://www.ebabynames.com/list/eff115- Vote away...

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    I'd heard Emmett was a male form of Emma.

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    Here's a list of metronymic surnames: http://www.britishbabynames.com/blog...-surnames.html
    ♂ | Samuel ◊ Edward ◊ George ◊ Arthur ◊ Ezra ◊ Gideon ◊ James ◊ Quentin ◊ Solomon ◊ Jasper
    ♀ | Helen ◊ Cora ◊ Anne ◊ Jane ◊ Caroline ◊ Catherine ◊ Gwen ◊ Georgia ◊ Elizabeth ◊ Lydia

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    Quote Originally Posted by southern.maple View Post
    Here's a list of metronymic surnames: http://www.britishbabynames.com/blog...-surnames.html
    Interesting! I know it's not on that particular list, but this reminded me that Madison means "son of Maud" - maybe it was derived from Maudson? Along the same line, I also recently noticed that Isidore means "gift of Isis".
    on my mind, for the moment

    Daria | Athena | Ramona | Winifred | Maeve | Blythe | Nadine | Dorothea | Margot | Cyra | Renata | Hypatia | Junia | Thisbe

    Flynn | Otto | Winston | Claude | Leif | Roald | Tavish | Lionel | Cormac | Tobin | Oswin | Rory | Damon | Tycho

    Mildred "Red" ☆ Obedience "Bede" ☆ Relief "Leafy" ☆ Dorothea "Doro" ☆ Penelope "Pen" ☆ Ruth "Rue" ☆ Eudoxia "Exie"

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