Monday, July 27, 2015

Caitlyn and Zoey

From the NameVoyager application at Baby Naming Wizard, the history of the name Caitlyn:

It first crops as a name for infants in the eighties and begins to become somewhat familiar in the nineties.

And of the name Zoey (the adopted name of the feminine transgender woman who physically threatened a wrecker who dared to state the biologically obvious fact that, gender identification aside, Caitlyn and Zoey are, biologically, both males):

Zoey first shows up in the nineties and still may yet to have peaked as a trendy name.

If these two had thought about becoming (or being, or whatever) women for their entire lives, one might expect that they would've long since identified names to represent their true identities, names that would've been popular when they were growing up, like Bruce or Robert.

If, on the other hand, transgenderism is the consequence of something else, like psychologically unstable men acting on a narcissistic desire to lust after themselves, we might expect them to pick names they had recently been exposed to from coming across hot teenagers or twenty-somethings with those names.


Anonymous said...

According to the interview he did with Diane Sawyer, when he began the gender switch in the 1980s, the name he was going to use was Heather.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there is any singular cause of transgenderism. There are people born with chromosomal abnormalities, and people born intersex. I think that transgendered people probably have a disorder similar to those people.

I have heard that people who identify as transgender have a higher rate of chimerism. It's entirely possible that they are a result of opposite-sex twins fusing into one person:

I have also heard that transgendered people have a higher rate of chromosomal abnormalities, that is, they are more likely to have XXY or X0 instead of the usual XY or XX.

Then there's the people who are born intersex. I think those people should have the freedom to decide which sex they want to identify with.

It's entirely possible that there's just a small percentage of people out there who were born with the brain of one gender and the reproductive organs of the other gender. There are so many congenital abnormalities out there that it seems absurd to harp endlessly on one type.

Audacious Epigone said...


Good points. I'm not claiming anything close to certainty, it just strikes me as curious when these quite competitive, fecund guys, often working in high-risk/high-reward occupations--quite 'hyper'-masculine profiles, IOW--reveal they've felt like women for their entire lives and decide to adopt names common to barely legal teenage girls.

Anonymous said...


I think that part of it is that the media likes to hype on a certain type of transgendered person. They love it when a tall, muscular man becomes transgender, especially late in life. Of the three transgendered people that I know, one was a boy who became a girl, and two were girls who became boys. The two girls who became boys were neither tomboys nor girly girls when they were kids. They were both kinda nerdy and asexual from the beginning. The boy who became a girl was tall, but always had an effeminate personality. My first memory of this person was that they were the only boy at my preschool who wanted to play My Little Ponies with us girls. Fastforward 15 years later and I'm wasn't shocked when this person became transgender.

Audacious Epigone said...

In the 80s Heather would've also been a name most common among barely legal teenagers, heh.