Unisex names: Laurie

Laurie

This weekend’s unisex name is Laurie.

According to Behind the Name, it is a:

“Diminutive of Laura or Laurence.”

That makes it unisex, right? Yes, it is.

Even though it is a unisex name, in many parts of the English-speaking world, Laurie is considered feminine. Hell, I even think so too, but I do switch back and forth from time to time.
In the case for England and Wales though, it is considered unisex. Most of the time, it leans to the feminine side but in 2013, it leaned to the masculine side.

How does that compare with the situation in other countries?

E&W USA BC Ontario (’10) South Australia
Male 32 <4 <4 <4 0
Female 24 56 <4 6 0
Ratio 57.1% M 96.5% F // 75.0% F //

While it’s not as popular as it was in the 1960s, it seems as if Laurie is still considered largely feminine outside of England and Wales.

The tables below show how the gender perceptions change over time from the 19th century to the modern era.

Before 1915

E&W USA BC Ontario South Australia
Male 167 152-236 0 27 2
Female 484 357-373 4 117 1
Ratio 74.3% F 65.3% F 100.0% F 81.2% F //

E&W – 1837-1915, USA – 1880-1915, BC – 1854-1903, ON 1869-1912 & SA – 1792-1915

1966

E&W USA BC Ontario South Australia
Male 11 5,664 <4 <4 1
Female 22 23 56 317 0
Ratio 66.7% F 99.6% F 96.5% F 99.4% F //

1973

E&W USA BC Ontario South Australia
Male 17 2,894 <4 <4 1
Female 29 19 39 212 0
Ratio 63.0% F 99.3% F 95.1% F 99.1% F //

1980

E&W USA BC Ontario South Australia
Male 23 1,338 <4 <4 0
Female 43 6 23 105 0
Ratio 65.1% F 99.5% F 92.0% F 98.1% F //

1996

E&W USA BC Ontario South Australia
Male 43 <4 <4 <4 0
Female 52 135 <4 9 1
Ratio 54.7% F 98.5% F // 81.8% F //

Whilst scrolling around and compiling the data for England & Wales, British Columbia and Ontario, I noticed that there were some of the girls were given the name ‘Annie Laurie,’ in reference to the old Scottish song. With regards to Scottish immigration to Canada in the 19th century, it might make sense that the ratio was higher there than in the United States.

Right. I think I should end it here since I now can’t think of anything else to write. So, what do you think? Did anything astound you in some way? Leave your thoughts in the comments section as always.

Sources:

For Laurie’s meaning and history: Behind the Name
Available at ancestry.co.uk: England & Wales FreeBMD Birth Index (1837-1915) and England & Wales Birth Index (1916-2005)
Available at familysearch.com: British Columbia Birth Registrations (1854-1903), Ontario Births (1869-1912) and Australia Births & Baptisms (1792-1981)
For USA: Social Security Administration
For England & Wales (1996 onwards): Office for National Statistics
For British Columbia (1915 onwards): Government of British Columbia
For Ontario (1917-2010): ontario.ca Male & Female
For South Australia (1944 onwards): South Australian Government Data Directory

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