It is hard to believe that it has been five years since coronavirus was first detected. In these five short years, the virus has changed how we think about many things – including our daughter’s names. The virus made headlines when a number of children in Saudi Arabia were diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This article will discuss six ways coronavirus has changed how we think about girl names . . .
It has influenced the names for future generations of girls. According to The Atlantic, coronavirus has led many parents in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to change their girl children’s name from a traditional Arabic one that sounds like “Ghanima” or “Ghada” Âto something more Western sounding such as Elizabeth or Anna. Even if you are not expecting your first child anytime soon, there may be some new trends coming down the pipeline when it comes time for baby naming.
Girls will have an easier time getting jobs with non-gender specific given names on resumes because they won’t need to choose between male or female versions (e.g., John vs Joan). For decades, people have chosen a gender-specific given name in order to avoid confusion on paper. Girls will be able to take more traditionally male roles, such as engineers and doctors since there won’t be any need for them to have female versions of their names. Some girls may even reconsider the idea that they can’t become firefighters or pilots because of their lack of masculinity. Â It is hard not think about how corona virus has changed girl’s lives when you see what it has done over 20 years ago with just one generation of children: Saudi Arabia transformed from having two possible Arabic first names (Ghanima and Ghada) into now only having Elizabeths and Annas; people are no longer restricted by gendered work