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Celebrity Gender-Benders: Blake, Reese, and Drew

September 11, 2014 Linda Rosenkrantz

Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names?  You betcha.  First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.

Here are some who have had a perceivable influence in making their lad names more acceptable for ladies.

Blake

Blake Lively, who was named after her grandmother’s brother, broke out in her role as Serena van der Woodsen in the CW teen drama series Gossip Girl in 2007, though she 'd had been seen in films before that. Blake entered the girls’ list in 1990, and is now at its high of 550, while still way ahead for boys at #75.

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