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Names Given To Both Sexes

Names Given To Both Sexes

Only a small proportion of first forenames have been given to many babies of both sexes. 

In some of the unusual cases, NRS’s statistical database could have an incorrect code for a baby’s sex. All the data for the earlier years were keyed into the computer from paper forms which were completed manually by registration office staff (rather than being copied electronically from the official record of the registration of the birth) and so might not be as reliable as the information that appears on the child’s birth certificate. However, based on the above numbers, the code for sex in NRS’s statistical database is wrong in at most only a very small fraction of one percent of cases.

The below statistics are for all names that had 50 or more boys and girls for each name. 

Names Given to Both Sexes
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