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Why do most traditional names of women end with “a”? What’s the linguistics behind it?

@szbalint first declension (a stem) latin nouns are mostly feminine. Feminine names ending in a probably take inspiration from there, I‘d assume. However, I‘d appreciate a linguists view on this.

@szbalint I don't know much Latin, but in Italian, most things ending in "a" are feminine ("pasta"), most things ending with "o" are masculine ("pesto").

@szbalint A bit of googling suggests Latin is the culprit, via the common -a ending for feminine nouns.

Also featured in latinized greek names, like "Europa" is a latinized form of the greek Ευρωπη (Europe) and Agatha is latinized Αγαθη (Agathe)

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