Roger dropped this at the very bottom of a post:
The database also can track the most gender-neutral name of the decade. With Rooney, a baby with this name is only 0.29% more likely to be a baby girl than a baby boy. Other gender-neutral names include Clarke, Amory, and Cypress.
I concede that none of those names triggers any gender-related thoughts in the back of my mind. (Maybe Cypress, since there are a lot of traditionally feminine names derived from flora, such as, well, Flora.) What I’m wondering is whether there’s any tendency for gender-neutral names to remain gender-neutral; Kelly seems to be holding on, but Carol and Beverly have gone almost entirely female. I recall one case where two Kellys wed, one man and one woman, though they eventually split up. Then again, “Taylor,” almost certainly due to Taylor Swift, is likely destined for Girls Only, and her brief dalliance with Taylor Lautner probably doesn’t matter in this weird calculus.
And what of Rooney, anyway? We all know Rooney Mara, and we also know her older sister Kate. What we tend to overlook is that they have the same middle name: “Rooney,” likely for Art Rooney, their great-grandfather on their mother’s side, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Tim Mara, great-grandfather on their father’s side, founded the New York football Giants; his son Wellington co-owned the Giants for many years.) Anyway, Kate’s first name is actually “Kate”; Rooney’s is “Patricia.”
Oh, and Roger has a sister named Leslie, which is also fairly gender-neutral, though if you spell it “Lesley,” you’re almost certainly a girl.