凱 (pyrrhic_victoly) wrote in linguaphiles,

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Japanese: 健 as a unisex/girl's name?

I know that as a boy's name, 健 is usually read as Ken or Takeshi, but I was wondering if there were other nanori readings that would be okay for a girl's name. Would it be unheard of for a girl to write her name as 健, perhaps as a shortening of 健子 or 健美?

I'm interested because I know someone who changed her name from Hiroe to just Hiro, which I think may be the same sort of linguistic change that happened to names like Sam, Pat, and Chris. There's also the musician Shimabukuro Hiroko, who also goes by Hiro.

Are there other examples of traditionally masculine-only names now starting to become acceptable as feminine names?
Tags: japanese, names
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