question about gender of two names

Bindu Bhat bb145 at COLUMBIA.EDU
Thu Sep 22 20:48:10 UTC 2005

Kavita Krishnakumar Pandit

Kavita is Female. In Gujarat, women write their husband's first name after 
their personal name and before their last name or surname. So it becomes 
like a middle name. To me it looks like Krishnakumar is Kavita's husband's 
name. Mostly men write their father's first name as their middle name in 
Gujarat and some parts of Maharashtra. I am not sure if in other parts of 
India also this practice is prevalent.

In Rajasthan, Tilak would be a man's name. Tilak even in the sense of 
ornament would be masculine.

Hope this helps.

--On 22 ??????? 2005 15:49 -0400 Allen W Thrasher <athr at LOC.GOV> wrote:

> A patron needs to know the gender of this person:
> PANDIT, Kavita Krishnakumar  (1956- )
> Temporal and Spatial Variation in Sectoral Labor Allocation during
> Development.  Ohio State University [United States], 1987 (Ph.D. in
> Geography).  Chairperson/Major Adviser: Emilio Casetti.  xi, 159p.  DAI
> 48, no.9 (Mar. 1988): 2423-A; UM 8726704.
> Kavita of course is female, but the middle name is male.  Is there any
> part of the country where a woman may have a male middle name?  Could
> this be from  a patronimic naming system, as in the Maharashtrian 'middle
> names'?   Attempts to get the information from Ohio State have been
> unavailing because of privacy laws (sic).
> A similar question from another source:  In Rajasthan would Tilak be a
> man's given name or a woman's?  In Sanskrit the common noun is masculine,
> but on the other hand one might speculate the meaning, "ornament," would
> also be appropriate for a woman.
> Thanks,
> Allen
> Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D., Senior Reference Librarian
> South Asia Team, Asian Division
> Library of Congress, Jefferson Building 150
> 101 Independence Ave., S.E.
> Washington, DC 20540-4810
> tel. 202-707-3732; fax 202-707-1724; athr at
> The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Library of
> Congress.

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